Framing Philly's Social Impact Scene: Where Business, Nonprofit, & Philly Meet

By Business Resource and Innovation Center (other events)

Wednesday, May 2 2018 6:00 PM 8:00 PM

Whether nonprofit, for-profit, or somewhere in between, Philly’s social entrepreneurs are engaging with technology to make the City of Brotherly Love a better place. Join experts from some of the area’s top social impact organizations to learn how they are using technology to streamline their organizations, reach underserved populations, and engage with new audiences. 


Mo Manklang is the Communications Director of the U.S. Federation of Worker Co-ops, and a creative strategist focusing on cooperative solutions. Mo serves on the board of the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance and the Sustainable Business Network of Philadelphia, and is cofounder of the Bechdel Test Fest, festival for women, trans, and non-binary comedians. 


Stephanie Thome works for Azavea: a geospatial technology and data analytics company which focuses on projects that increase civic and social impact. There, she manages the Cicero product, which is a database of legislative districts and elected official contact information. In this capacity, Stephanie has assisted numerous nonprofits using technology to engage with their National, state, and local elected officials. Prior to joining Azavea in 2014, Stephanie worked at a nonprofit providing services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Erik Kivimäki is a Senior Standards Analyst at B Lab. Erik guides multinationals and Brazilian companies through the B Corporation Certification and GIIRS rating processes. Erik has a master's degree in Sustainable Development from Utrecht University in the Netherlands and has previously worked in management consulting in the clean tech and oil and gas sectors.

Cynthia Estremera is a Community Engagement and Marketing Associate at Strategy Arts, connecting Strategy Arts with its clients and community. Her work focuses on engaging client stakeholders with their programs and research initiatives. Cynthia also manages Strategy Arts’ digital media marketing and supports clients in similar activities, she is passionate about working with a wide variety of community demographics to formulate beneficial solutions and communicate impact-driven goals. Cynthia also serves as the Best for PHL initiative's Community Liaison, engaging and empowering businesses in the Philly region to be more impactful. Cynthia holds a B.A. in English from The Pennsylvania State University-Abington and a M.A. in English from Villanova University. She is also a PhD. Candidate in Africana Studies and English at Lehigh University.

Sara Hall is a social impact designer with over 8 years of experience working in the health, public, and private sectors. Currently, she is the Product Manager with the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Open Data and Digital Transformation. Her team collaborates with employees across the City to design, implement, and launch the City's new digital service experience, Sara holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Philadelphia University and Masters of Design for Social Impact from University of the Arts. She is the founder of "Ladies that UX PHL" and actively organizes and supports technology and design events that focus on women and people of color in the Philadelphia community.

Plus, we’ll have a networking happy hour sponsored by sustainable brewery Saint Benjamin Brewing Company! Saint Benjamin Brewing Company is a craft brewery and taproom operating in Kensington, Philadelphia. The brewery is located in the historic carriage house and stables of the defunct Theo Finkenauer Brewery. At Saint Benjamin, they interpret classic styles and design new creations such as the India Cream Ale and Junto, a coffee kolsch.

This program is presented as part of Philly Tech Week, presented by Comcast. #ptw18