Two social entrepreneurs to serve on SocialVentures’ Board
COLUMBUS, OH—Dan Finkelman, consultant, Mulberry Street Consulting, LLC; Doris Korda, founder & CEO, Wildfire Education; Stephen Myers, associate vice provost for Outreach and Engagement, The Ohio State University; Kenny Sipes, founder of Redeeming Injustice/The Roosevelt Coffeehouse and president of Redeeming Injustice Foundation’ Lily Vail, program lead, Kiva Columbus; and Steve Votaw, president, Furniture Bank of Central Ohio, will take their seats on the SocialVentures Board of Directors on February 1.
Among these newly elected members, Sipes and Votaw represent social enterprises, while Vail and Finkelman bring micro-finance and angel investing expertise respectively.
“As someone who has been in the social enterprise space for many years, I’m excited about the momentum, the collaborative spirit and long-term support that Central Ohio professionals and social entrepreneurs continue to offer,” said Allen Proctor, president and CEO, SocialVentures. “And we are immensely fortunate to have access to the insights of so many of these community leaders, who genuinely believe in and actively participate in the mission of SocialVentures.”
More about the six new board members:
Dan Finkelman is currently an independent investor/consultant working under the banner of Mulberry Street Consulting, LLC. With over 35 years of experience, Finkelman is a senior, seasoned executive and has been both a Consultant and C-Level executive with Alliance Data (NYSE: ADS), L-Brands (NYSE: LTD), Cardinal Health (NYSE: CAH) and McKinsey & Company. He has been an active Angel Investor and is currently a member of the Ohio TechAngels Fund and X-Squared Angels. Finkelman serves on a few start-up and PE/VC-backed company Boards, including Excell Marketing & Procurement (Denver, CO), Headcount Corporation (Alberta, Canada), and Clarivoy, Inc (Columbus, OH). He is currently the Chair of the Board at MentorcliQ, LLC (Columbus, OH). He also serves on the Board of The Works – Central Ohio’s Museum of History, Art, and Technology. He is an elected member of the Granville, Ohio Village Council with a term expiring November 2019.
Doris Korda is founder and CEO of Wildfire Education. Korda has successfully helped hundreds of educators and schools transform their academic programs based on the innovative method she developed during 22 years of teaching. Korda created Hawken School’s nationally acclaimed K12 entrepreneurship education program while also running Hawken’s innovative academic program. Prior to her 21 years as an educator, she spent 15 years as an engineer-turned-entrepreneur in the early days of the high-tech industry. Korda started at AT&T Bell Laboratories, then grew a small network company into Sterling Commerce, a $300 million, publicly traded electronic commerce software business. She left business to teach kids and is developing models of education in the hopes of disrupting and democratizing education.
Stephen Myers is associate vice provost for outreach and engagement at The Ohio State University. In this role, Myers provides leadership in fostering a university-wide culture of collaboration and engagement. Myers’ responsibilities include oversight for a portfolio of university engagement programs informed by the university’s College Engagement Council.
Kenny Sipes is the founder of Redeeming Injustice/The Roosevelt Coffeehouse and president of Redeeming Injustice Foundation. Sipes spent ten years before The Roosevelt in youth ministry leading mission trip experiences all over the United States, Lesotho, Africa and Cambodia. He handles all the operations of the non-profit coffeehouse which was built to fund organizations fighting the injustices of hunger, unclean water, and human trafficking. Sipes built The Roosevelt from scratch and in less than three years it has been voted the number one coffee shop in Columbus (Columbus Underground 2016 and 2017 Reader’s Survey). Sipes has been nominated as Ohio entrepreneur of the year. He was awarded the Napoleon Bell award from Columbus State Community College for his work in the community. He has also received recognition as an Everyday Hero by the Columbus Dispatch Media Group. Kenny has built a reputation of creating community by way of the values of the Roosevelt: Love, Justice, Coffee, Humility, and Optimism.
Lily Vail started as program lead for Kiva Columbus in January 2017. Prior to this role, she served as volunteer coordinator for Iracambi Research Center in Rosario de Limeira, Brazil. Additional experience spans from outreach, education and advocacy work for the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Youth Program in New York City, New York, and Two Ocean’s Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa.
Steve Votaw is president of Furniture Bank of Central Ohio. Votaw began his role with the Furniture Bank in January of 2015 where he serves as the organization’s leader in their mission to turn empty houses into homes. He oversees the operation that serves close to 4,000 families annually with furniture and support that reduces the impact of poverty. He has lead the organization’s development and implementation of two social enterprises, Furniture with a Heart and Downsize with a Heart, which were initiated to earn additional revenue for the organization’s mission. Votaw has worked in the nonprofit field for over 35 years serving in leadership roles since 1982.
SocialVentures advances remarkably good businesses that intentionally integrate social impact as a non-negotiable component of their business model. Founded as the Center for Social Enterprise Development in June 2014, SocialVentures aims to develop and sustain a thriving ecosystem that supports social enterprises and social entrepreneurs from initial concept to sustained financial viability and creation of significant social impact.