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Otterbein Offers Conversation on Social Change

Three presenters share how it’s done

March 20, 2013

Westerville, OH — Otterbein University will host its next Community Impact Summit from 8:30 a.m.­-12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at its Westerville campus on the topic of social innovation and national policy issues as they relate to business and community development. The event will include presenters Candace Klein of Bad Girl Ventures, Tara Abraham of the National Women’s Business Council and social entrepreneur Joe DeLoss, who will host a World Café.

“It’s important that we continue the dialog of issues on ways to improve the communities that we live in,” said Otterbein President Kathy A. Krendl. “Last year we kicked off our spring summit with a conversation around the ‘new’ American dream and the importance of community partnerships in creating opportunities for women. This year we are looking at another aspect of community impact – social innovation.”

More than 150 guests attended the 2012 summit keynoted by Jo Luck, former CEO of Heifer International and 2010 World Food Prize laureate. She was joined by Chris Jansing, NBC reporter and host of MSNBC’s Jansing and Co.; Janet Jackson, president of United Way of Central Ohio; and Kerrii Anderson, former CEO and president of Wendy’s International.

The 2013 Community Impact Summit at Otterbein will share leading-edge information on Social Innovation – new ideas that resolve existing social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges for the benefit of people and our planet. According to the Centre of Social Innovation, “it’s (social innovation) an idea that works for the public good.”

To share experiences that have impacted public good through her businesses, Candace Klein, CEO of Bad Girl Ventures, will kick off the event. She is the founder of two successful startup companies: Bad Girl Ventures and SoMoLend. SoMoLend is a new technology platform that connects business borrowers seeking loans with lenders looking to make a return on investment.

Following Klein’s keynote, Tara Abraham will provide an update on national policy issues that affect business development in our communities. Abraham was recently appointed to serve a three-year term on the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC). The NWBC is a nonpartisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to the President, Congress and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners. Abraham is chairman and CEO of Accel Inc., an award-winning contract packaging company specializing in creating innovative packaging and assembly solutions. Accel Inc. was awarded Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Emerging Business in 2000 and has been acknowledged as a Top Woman-Owned Business in Central Ohio for several years as well as being named one of America’s Top 500 Diversity Businesses.

After the opening sessions, summit participants will engage in the World Café: Leading Communities through Social Innovation with Joe DeLoss.

DeLoss is an ambitious social entrepreneur with a particular interest in workforce development. In the spring of 2011, he founded Nobul, a Columbus-based company committed to creating bold, sustainable solutions to community challenges. Nobul’s current venture, FrameWork, aims to solve the growing employment crisis by developing and leasing a motivated, reliable and loyal workforce to companies seeking entry-level labor. Previously, DeLoss founded a social enterprise venture called Freshbox Catering for Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio. The business earned him acclaim in the top five of BusinessWeek’s 2010 Young Entrepreneur competition.

DeLoss is currently an adjunct instructor at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. He sits on several local boards and on city and county task forces related to issues of workforce. He graduated from Capital University in 2006 with bachelor’s degrees in both business and communication.

Community and business leaders, young entrepreneurs, faculty and students are encouraged to come learn more about social innovation and its potential for positive, meaningful impact in our communities. The cost to attend is $25 for general admission and $10 for students. Reservations can be made at www.otterbein.edu/summit. For more details regarding the event please call 614-823-1232.

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