PCDN’s Career Series June Webinar on Key Trends in Social Innovation with Avary Kent, Executive Director of Conveners.org

Our June Webinar will focus on Key Trends in Social Innovation with Avary Kent, Executive Director of the Conveners.org.Social Innovation, social change and social impact. In every field we have new trends. Social Innovation is no exception. Join PCDN for this interactive session with Avary Kent, a leading expert in facilitating collaboration and scaling social impact.  She will highlight key trends that will be of great interest to individuals building careers in the field and organizations seeking to facilitate change. Avary brings a wealth of experience in her role at Conveners.org, a leading network for organizations dedicated to advancing ecosystem-wide impact through collaboration.


In this webinar you will learn, among many other things:

1. Emerging trends in funding of social innovation

2. How a networked approach to change is critical to advancing impact.

3. Suggestions for people seeking to advance a career in social change or impact.

The event is free to everyone, we have limited space so register here and share with others. The session will take place on the Zoom webinar platform. Participants will be provided with the login info prior to the event.

When:     June 29, 2017

Time:       2 pm EST*

Register:  via this link

*Click here to find the webinar in your time zone

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Avary combines training as a genetic engineer and geobotanical field ecologist with an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise to lead impact-focused startups from idea to reality. Avary has reincorporated her love of ecosystems through her role as Executive Director of Conveners.org serving the Impact Ecosystem by coordinating impact-focused conveners and accelerators globally.  Her expertise in experience design supports her clients in the development of participant focused events integrating human centered design techniques that deliver outstanding feedback and results. As an on-site facilitator she has worked with politicians, academics, cyber security experts, factory owners and workers, Fortune 100 brands, investors, and foundation leaders. She is adept at navigating challenging conversations and supporting groups towards productive dialogue and action.

Avary has worked on Impact Metrics with HIP Investor, the International Finance Corporation, and other corporate clients. She is the co-founder of Impactalpha.com, the Happiness Institute, and Puzzlebox LLC.  At The Happiness Institute (a community video production studio in San Francisco) she hosted over a hundred events specializing in logistics and event production. As Executive Director of Conveners.org she has most recently designed a multi-stakeholder meeting Cotton to Cloth: Transparency in the Apparel Industry in Sri Lanka in December 2016.  She has provided facilitation and experience design training to C&A Foundation, the Chairman of the Board for the Association of Enterprise Opportunity, as well as to the Net Impact, and GSBI Boost Training communities. She has also served on the leadership team of the Greenermind Summit for the last 7 years organizing a 100-person sustainability unconference in the Mendocino Woodlands.

Craig Zelizer

Craig Zelizer

Dr. Craig Zelizer is the Founder of PCDN.global, which connects a global community of changemakers to the tools, community and opportunities to build careers of impact and scale change. He has strong experience in the development sector, academia and social entrepreneurship. From 2005 to 2016 he served as a professor in the Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown University (where he still teaches). He has led trainings, workshops and consultancies in over 20 countries organizations including with USIP, USAID, CRS, Rotary International and others. Craig is a recognized leader in the social sector field. He has received several awards including George Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution’s alumni of the year award and an alumni career achievement award from Central European University. Dr. Zelizer spent two years in Hungary as Fulbright Scholar and was a Boren Fellow in Bosnia. He has published widely on peacebuilding, entrepreneurship, and innovation in higher education.
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