OEN PubTalk: Sustainable Strategies for Social Impact Businesses

**Online registration is now closed!** We will continue registration at the door. 

How can you create a sustainable business model for your social impact initiative, and measure its social or environmental impact as it grows?

Leading social entrepreneurs often use practical, existing business tools and apply them in creative ways for positive social impact. This panel will discuss the use of legal designations, sustainable revenue models, and lean entrepreneurship tools that both emerging and advanced entrepreneurs can use to create, scale, and measure the impact of a social enterprise.

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09/12/2018 05:15 PM
09/12/2018 07:00 PM
OEN PubTalk: Sustainable Strategies for Social Impact Businesses
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Lucky Lab, 1945 NW Quimby



The OEN PubTalk™ is our flagship monthly happy hour — a perfect starting point for new community members and a great place for established members to make new connections. As always, the program will be preceded by time for casual networking and will include free appetizers and pizza. Registration begins at 5:15 p.m.

Hashtag: #oenpubtalk

Cost: $10 for OEN members; $25 for non-members. We take walk-ins if space allows, but prices will be $15 for OEN members and $35 for non-members at the door.
*Sorry, no refunds.*

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Jeanne Enders

Jeanne Enders is a social and organizational psychologist on the management faculty at Portland State University (PSU) and a partner at Endersgroup. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago studying human interaction. Jeanne teaches in the areas of organizational behavior, team processes, managing innovation, leadership, and ethics. She has published on leadership, organizational intervention strategies and business education.

She also teaches and advises MBA students at the University for Economics and the Environment in Nuertingen, Germany. In addition to work in administration, Jeanne recently led the development of a fully online upper-division degree program in the School of Business at Portland State University through a large organizational change initiative called “ReThink PSU”. She writes and presents on applied strategies for the development of ethical identity and tweets through @InnovateHiEd on topics related to innovation in education.


Yesenia Gallardo

Yesenia Gallardo is a serial entrepreneur. She has started several ventures–small and large– with a focus on sustainable agriculture. Her first company, Poda Foods, was one of the first human-grade cricket farms in the country and helped grow the edible insect industry. She is now working on a new venture to support small holder coffee farmers and producers in Latin America. She is a graduate of Willamette University and Yale.

David Griswold

David’s coffee career began in 1989, when he helped organic coffee cooperatives in Mexico find new markets for their coffee and co-founded Aztec Harvest, the first coffee-importing and marketing office owned by small-scale Mexican coffee growers. In 1997, he founded Sustainable Harvest to bring an innovative sourcing approach that disrupted the opaque, commodity-driven trade that was dominant at the time. Through Sustainable Harvest, David helped pioneer the sourcing model of Relationship Coffee, which creates transparent relationships between producers and roasters that increase value throughout the supply chain and foster greater sustainability. His innovative approach to global trade led the G20 to recognize the company with an award for Inclusive Business in 2012. Relationship Coffee regularly comes to life at Sustainable Harvest’s flagship event, Let’s Talk Coffee, which has been held in producing countries for the past 15 years and provides a dynamic forum for producers, roasters, and other stakeholders to discuss industry issues, share knowledge, and build long-lasting relationships.

Farhad Ghafarzade

Farhad Ghafarzade is founder and owner of Green Drop Garage, and eco-friendly auto repair shop. After graduating from U.C. Santa Cruz with a degree in Molecular Biology, Farhad took some time off before entering dental school. In 2005, he moved home to Beaverton, OR in his vegetable oil-powered Mercedes. After a long, strange trip that included a boat, lots of road trips and a brewery, Farhad abandoned dental school to pursue his belief that auto repair can be sustainable, ethical and fun! Both Farhad and Green Drop Garage have been recognized through numerous awards including Portland Business Journal’s 40 under 40 award (2017), Oregon’s Fastest Growing Company (2016, 2017 & 2018), Portland Rotary Club Oregon Ethics in Business Finalist (2016) and named Portland’s favorite auto repair shop by Willamette week. Green Drop Garage is a certified Eco Biz and a Certified B Corporation and recently was named #3 Greenest workplace in Oregon. Farhad also currently serves on the Board of Metro Family Services, and is an active member of the Portland Pearl Rotary Club.


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September 12, 2018 5:15 PM
September 12, 2018 7:00 PM
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Lucky Lab
1945 NW Quimby
Julie Brown
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