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January 9, 2012

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KIVA: Social Entrepreneur Speaks in Kelowna

by Arnica Rowan

Thursday, January 26, 2012, Jessica Jackley is a founder and former Chief Marketing Officer of Kiva, the world’s first peer-to-peer microlending website, will be speaking in Kelowna.  Jackley discusses a wide range of timely issues, from economic development to women’s empowerment to Web 2.0. Tickets are free, although you must register to attend.

The Distinguished Speaker Series
Presented by the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences

Jessica Jackley

Social Entrepreneurship: Challenging Common Business Practices

Bright, energetic, and unapologetically optimistic about the power of business to change the world, Jessica Jackley is a founder and former Chief Marketing Officer of Kiva, the world’s first peer-to-peer microlending website. Kiva lets users lend as little as $25 to poor entrepreneurs around the world, providing affordable capital for them to start or expand microenterprises.

Launched in 2005, Kiva now channels two million dollars every week to entrepreneurs in the world’s poorest communities.

Drawing on her eclectic background — she studied art and philosophy before earning an MBA — Jackley discusses a wide range of timely issues, from economic development to women’s empowerment to Web 2.0. She reminds us that, at the heart of social entrepreneurship, the relationships we form with each other and the extent to which we believe in each others’ potential are the most powerful forces for positive change.

Details about Jessica Jackley’s talk

Date: Thursday, January 26, 2012
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts — 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna, BC

Registration

Seats are free, but online registration is required via the Distinguished Speaker Series website.

To find out more visit www.ubc.ca/okanagan/speakers.

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