Meet our 2018 speakers below. Check back soon for information on 2019’s lineup!
Sheila Lirio Marcelo
Founder, Chairwoman and CEO, Care.com
Sheila founded Care.com in 2006 after her personal challenges as a young working mother finding care for two small children and ailing parents shed a spotlight on the massive care needs of families everywhere. Today, the company is the world’s largest online destination for finding and managing family care, serving more than 27 million people across 20 countries. Committed to building a company that can be both profitable and mission-based, Sheila continues to drive innovation across Care.com’s platforms and services to enable families to find care and caregivers to find meaningful work, while also leveraging the company’s data and reach to drive systemic change across the care economy as a whole. Prior to founding Care.com, Sheila was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Matrix Partners and held executive positions at Upromise, helping families save for college and at executive search engine TheLadders.com. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Boston Children’s Hospital, sits on the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board, and is a member of the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership. Sheila graduated from Mount Holyoke College and received her J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Harvard University.
Natalie Madeira Cofield
Founder and CEO of Walker's Legacy & Walker's Legacy Foundation
Natalie Madeira Cofield is Rochester, NY native and a millennial serial entrepreneur, diversity champion, and award-winning executive. Cofield began her career working three jobs in high school, attended college at age 16, started her first company at 26, and later went on to become a three-time CEO by age 30. She is a 2014 Aspen Ideas Fellow, a 2016 Ashoka Changemaker Fellow, and a 2017 Google NextGen Leader, a 2018 Tow-Knight Entrepreneurial Journalism Fellow and a 2018-2020 member of the AARP Innovation Council. Today, Cofield is the Founder & CEO of Walker’s Legacy and Founder & Chairwoman of the Walker’s Legacy Foundation. Walker’s Legacy is a digital platform for the professional and entrepreneurial multicultural woman. We exist to inspire, equip, and engage through thought-provoking content, educational programming and a global community. The organization has been named by Inc Magazine as one of the ‘25 Companies Determined to See Women Succeed’. The global women in business collective, which currently operates in more than twenty cities across the country, also has an adjoined nonprofit arm, Walker’s Legacy Foundation, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which was founded in 2016. As an advocate, Cofield has served as the youngest person to testify before the US Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship in 2009 and is a sought after expert for government and corporations on topics of diversity and inclusion. She was also the youngest Chamber President for a Top 15 City in the nation when she was appointed to the position of President & CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, a post she held for roughly five years.
CEO and Founder of Luminary Labs
Sara Holoubek is the CEO and founder of Luminary Labs, a consultancy that develops strategies and innovation systems to help Fortune 500, government, and nonprofit organizations thrive in the face of change. She is also an active early stage investor. Sara is a director and former chair of the Step Up National Board, a nonprofit that propels girls from under-resourced communities to fulfill their potential by empowering them to become confident, college-bound, career-focused, and ready to join the next generation of professional women. Sara’s previous advisory roles include serving on the inaugural RWJF Pioneer Fund Advisory Group and the Aspen Health Innovation Project Planning Committee. Sara has been widely quoted in publications such as Fast Company, The Washington Post and WSJ.com. She has been recognized by LinkedIn as a 2017 Top Voice in Technology, Mashable as a female founder to watch, SmartCEO magazine as a 2017 New York Brava award winner, and PepsiCo WIN for her contributions to women in technology. Her company has been profiled in business books, Geek Girl Rising, Here’s the Plan, The Big Enough Company, and Stiletto Network. She also serves as a frequent guest lecturer on the subjects of technology and innovation. Prior to founding Luminary Labs, Sara served as the Chief Strategy Officer of iCrossing and President of SEMPO, the global trade organization for the search marketing industry. Sara also brings an international perspective to her work, having lived and worked in Latin America and Europe; she is fluent in Spanish and French, and conversant in Portuguese. She holds a B.A. from the University of Iowa and an M.B.A. from HEC in France.
leading UK Human Rights Lawyer, founding director of the Migrant & Refugee Children’s Legal Unit (MiCLU) and founding partner of the 2027 Project
Baljeet Sandhu is an award-winning UK human rights lawyer. Her core interest spans human rights, social innovation and social and economic justice. She believes that the work of the UK social sector, and beyond, needs radical reform and transformation and has spoken widely on the need for inclusive and equitable opportunities for change-makers with direct lived experience of social issues and injustices we collectively seek to tackle. Working closely with UK funders and social purpose organizations, she is currently developing innovative organizational and leadership development plans to ensure people and communities are at the heart of social change initiatives now and into the future. She is a founding partner of the 2027 Project, helping to diversify the UK philanthropic sector and bring community power into grant giving. As the founding director of the Migrant & Refugee Children’s Legal Unit (MiCLU) she developed pioneering strategic legal, policy and practice reform programs and spearheaded a wide range of national and global access to justice and legal education strategies to address the protection needs of vulnerable migrant children in the UK and EU. She was awarded UK Young Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year, is a UK Clore Social Leadership fellow, a Yale World Fellow and a fellow of the Vital Voices Female Global Leaders Partnership. In recognition of her work, she was honored with the DVF International Award during the Women in the World Conference at the United Nations in April 2017. Baljeet is a 2018 fellow at the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale (CITY) and visiting fellow at the Yale Law School.
Vice President of Catalyst.org
As Catalyst Vice President, Strategic Engagement, Serena Fong drives positive change by leading and executing strategic communications and strategies to key stakeholders, including government leaders, policy-makers, influencers, strategic partners, Catalyst supporter organizations and board members. She works across the organization to create and execute a compelling and impactful engagement strategy. This includes: developing highly actionable, user-friendly education and awareness building toolkits to disseminate and implement Catalyst research, ideas, and insights, providing strategy and communications counsel as needed to drive mission impact, leading special projects such as the Catalyst CEO Champions For Change initiative, and leading and providing advice and recommendations on the development of Catalyst’s public positions on various social and governmental policies and issues. She positions Catalyst to give expert testimony, guidance, advice and recommendations to governments and organizations around the world, and serves as a policy expert and gives presentations for various speaking engagements and media opportunities. Prior to working at Catalyst, Serena was a television news producer, working for a number of broadcast news programs airing on national news networks such as ABC, Fox News, and MSNBC. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University.
Georgia Levenson Keohane
Executive Director of the Pershing Square Foundation
Georgia Levenson Keohane is the Executive Director of the Pershing Square Foundation, a New York-based family foundation that supports exceptional leaders and innovative organizations that tackle important social issues and deliver scalable and sustainable impact. She is also a professor in the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School, and author of Capital and the Common Good: How Innovative Finance is Tackling the World's Most Urgent Problems (Columbia University, 2016) and Social Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century: Innovation Across the Nonprofit, Private and Public Sectors (McGraw Hill 2013). From 2014-2016, Keohane directed New America's Profits & Purpose program, an initiative exploring ways in which social entrepreneurship, innovation, and finance addresses some of our most pressing social and economic challenges. Keohane speaks and writes regularly on social and economic policy and the intersection of business and society. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Time, the Harvard Business Review, the Washington Monthly, Slate, the Nation, and other publications. From 2011-2014, she was a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, where she worked on a range of issues in economic policy, including poverty and inequality, employment and job growth, social entrepreneurship and the role of firms in society. Keohane’s career has bridged the private and nonprofit sectors. A former McKinsey consultant, she advises a number of organizations including philanthropies, community development and finance organizations, educational entities, think tanks and social purpose companies. She has taught at Yale, and serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations. Keohane holds a B.A. from Yale University, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and an M.Sc. from London School of Economics, where she was a Fulbright Scholar. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.
Echoing Green Keynote Panel
Founding Chair of Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance; Co-Chair of Yale Alumni Task Force on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Executive Director of NYPACE (New York Professional Advisors for Community Entrepreneurs)
Ken Inadomi joined NYPACE as Executive Director in 2017, bringing a unique combination of entrepreneurship, social impact, and volunteer engagement to this leadership role. Since 1992 he has been the majority owner of CIS (Consolidated Information Services, Inc.), a startup that he grew into one of the largest independent credit reporting agencies in the US. From 2008-2015 he served as Executive Director of the New York Mortgage Coalition, a nonprofit housing collaborative that engages banks to provide affordable loans to low and moderate income homebuyers in the greater New York region, generating over $100M annually in affordable mortgages. Mr. Inadomi is also the founding chair of the Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance, the alumni-led nonprofit that unifies and leverages Yale's social impact community for the greater common good. He received his BA from Yale, MBA from Stanford, and an executive degree in Nonprofit Leadership from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Founder of The Hood Incubator, 2017 Echoing Green Fellow
Ebele Ifedigbo is co-founder and co-director of the Hood Incubator, a social impact organization creating pathways to ownership in legal cannabis for people of color. Ebele's passion lies at the intersection of racial and economic justice, and Ebele is committed to using business to foster innovation and racial equity in cannabis. Prior to the Hood Incubator, Ebele founded a Black youth leadership organization called Ambassadors for Africa. Ebele has also worked with the NAACP to develop federal and state policies and programs aimed at closing the national Racial Wealth Divide. Other professional experiences include working as an financial analyst at Ameriprise Financial and a legal and compliance analyst at Goldman Sachs. Ebele received a joint B.A. in economics and philosophy, with a minor in African studies from Columbia University, and a MBA from Yale University.
Founder of Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP), 2014 Echoing Green Fellow
The Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP) works to transform the experiences of kids prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system. YSRP partners with court-involved youth, their families, and lawyers to develop holistic, humanizing narratives that mitigate the facts of each case; get cases transferred to the juvenile system; and make crucial connections to community resources providing education, healthcare, housing, and employment. YSRP’s ultimate goal is to eliminate the practice of sentencing children as adults. Before co-founding YSRP, Lauren was s a Zubrow Fellow in Children’s Law at Juvenile Law Center, where she worked to end juvenile life without parole sentences, ease the transition to adulthood for young people aging out of foster care, limit collateral consequences of juvenile adjudications, and develop a model for trauma-informed advocacy. She also helped manage Juvenile Law Center’s youth engagement programs, and provided legal services at a homeless shelter for older youth. She co-founded YSRP as a reaction to the unmet needs she saw while doing this work. Prior to joining Juvenile Law Center, Lauren clerked for Judge David R. Strawbridge in the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Lauren graduated cum laude from Duke University School of Law, where she served as the Managing Editor of the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy and represented low-income children with legal issues related to their health and education. Prior to attending law school, Lauren worked at the Brookings Institution. Lauren graduated cum laude from Yale University with a degree in history and in international studies. She is a 2015 American Express-Ashoka Emerging Innovator, a TEDX speaker and has appeared on NPR.
Founder of Tujenge Africa Foundation with Etienne Mashuli, 2015 Echoing Green Fellow
Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey is the president and co-founder of the award-winning Tujenge Africa Foundation, a U.S. 501(c)(3) that uses quality education and public service to incubate ethical young leaders who will advance peace- and nation-building in Eastern/Central Africa. In addition to serving on the board of Tujenge, he is a board member of the Inspirit Foundation, a Canadian organization that leverages impact investing and the arts to promote pluralism and citizenship. He has received numerous awards in the United States and Canada in his ten plus years of community building and supporting disadvantaged youth. Wendell is a history doctoral candidate at Yale University, from which he earned the M.Phil. and M.A.