Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
My experience working and managing teams in the start-up environment has given me the training and ability to multi-task across many departments. This skill set is needed in building a grassroots organization. I was part of a team that completed a large and successful re-brand for a company that was losing its market share. I learned what it takes to be committed to the vision, while at the same time, being able to execute on a detailed task level. I also had executive experience working for a non-profit that combats homelessness through running. I understand the importance of developing an individual’s self-worth before you can assist them back into mainstream society. I relied on that expertise as I began cultivating my relationships with street children.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
The Chik-Fil-A’s philanthropic branch, Lifeshape International, has been critical in the development of our organization and leadership training. We have multiple leaders from their organization on our board, and their management teams visit us in Haiti multiple times throughout the year. I rely on a Christian Council, and Leadership Council – made up of leaders in the non-profit industry - who provide personal guidance as we continue to grow. We also have local community leaders who serve on the Board and provide the expertise needed from a local perspective.
Lastly, we partner with other NGO’s including; Second Mile (www.secondmilehaiti.org), Makouti Agro Enterprise (www.makouti.com/home.html), Caris Foundation (www.carisfoundation.org), FC Grace (fcgrace.org), Asebed (www.asebed.yolasite.com) and other organizations making a lasting impact on the local communities. These partnerships are imperative in ensuring a positive future for our children.