The Tanner Lecture Series on Ethics, Citizenship, and Public Responsibility
“Entrepreneurship as a Tool for Social Change”
In 2005, Jessica Jackley co-founded Kiva, an innovative micro-lending website. She went on to co-found and serve as CEO of ProFounder, a crowd-funding platform providing tools to small business entrepreneurs to access capital and harness community involvement. She is a now a Venture Partner with the Collaborative Fund, and a Visiting Practitioner at Stanford University. A highly sought-after speaker, she has received numerous awards for her work, including The Economist’s “No Boundaries” Innovation Award.
Tuesday, March 18
Reception following the lecture
Guests are welcome and no RSVP is required
Special parking arrangements
Park at the Irving Avenue Garage and indicate you are attending the Jessica Jackley/Tanner/Maxwell School event to receive the special lecture parking rate
More About Our Speaker
Jessica Jackley is a founder and former chief marketing officer of KIVA, the world’s first peer-to-peer micro-lending website. Through KIVA, users lend to poor entrepreneurs around the world, providing affordable capital to start or expand microenterprises. Founded in 2005, KIVA has facilitated loans of more than $500 million to entrepreneurs across 206 countries. It was named one of the top ideas of 2006 by the New York Times Magazine.
Jackley has worked in public, nonprofit, and private organizations, including the Stanford Center for Social Innovation, Potentia Media, Amazon.com, and many others. She also founded ProFounder, which joined forces with GOOD in 2012 to create innovative tools and experiences for entrepreneurs to crowdfund.
She is a venture partner with the Collaborative Fund, focused on investing in creative entrepreneurs who want to change the world through emerging technologies. She is also a visiting practitioner at Stanford University’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society and has taught at Drew University and USC. She holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Jackley was named one of five rising stars in healthcare, education, and the environment by Forbes and is the recipient of the 2012 Symons Innovator Award, which recognizes the importance of women’s participation in technology innovation and business.
What does it mean to be an ethical citizen? What do the needs for public responsibility demand from us, whether we work in the private or the public sectors, and whether we are entry-level employees or top leaders? The Tanner Lecture Series on Ethics, Citizenship, and Public Responsibility provides a public forum for exploring these questions in provocative and challenging ways. Speakers are leaders in their fields who have wrestled with these questions and demonstrated—through their life and work—that generative efforts can enrich both our private and public lives. Collectively the lectures aim to stimulate audiences to re-envision their own responsibilities in different, and at times deliberately unsettling ways—not merely to inform, but to engage and provoke, and to leave a lasting impression that influences future behavior. In this way, the Tanner Lectures seek to expand horizons and spark new conversations about the problems and opportunities we collectively face as citizens of nations and of the world.
The series has been generously endowed by Dr. W. Lynn Tanner, founder, CEO, and chairman of TEC Canada, a leadership development organization dedicated to accelerating the growth and development of outstanding twenty-first century leaders. Dr. Tanner received his Ph.D. from the Maxwell School in 1975, where his studies focused on organizational change and development in the public and private sectors. For more information visit The Campbell Public Affairs Institute.