"Empowering Women Through Microfinance" Coming to Los Angeles April 28th!

The Hub LA is excited to be a participating organization at the Yale Club of Southern California’s event “Empowering Women Through Microfinance.”  As a collaborative space aimed at uniting the social innovation community across metropolitan Los Angeles, events such as this one really inspire us.  We take pride in seeing social entrepreneurs and innovators from the Los Angeles community come together to discuss working together to make a difference for this city, for this state, and for this world, and so this event is one we absolutely encourage you to attend.

The list of speakers on the panel serves as a veritable who’s who among international microfinance and social venture funding.  Speakers include Jessica Jackley, the co-Founder of Kiva Microfunds, Bhalchander Vishwanath, founder of United Prosperity, Jon Yasuda, Vice President of Opportunity International, Eric weaver, CEO of Opportunity Fund, and Dean Karlan, who - when he isn’t teaching Economics at Yale University - works as President of Innovations for Poverty Action.

We would, of course, be remiss to forget our keynote speaker, none other than the venerable Bhagwan Chowdry, professor at the UCLA School of Management, where he has been teaching finance since 1988.  Professor Chowdry’s life’s work includes a most incredible proposal, which has been featured in Fast Company, The Economist, and The Huffington Post, among other publications.  The proposal would give every single child on earth - repeat, every child that is born anywhere on the globe - a $100 savings account so they can have some financial opportunity in their life.  The idea is a beautiful one, and I for one am thoroughly looking forward to hearing about how The Hub LA and other Los Angeles social enterprise organizations can help make his idea a reality.

The event is shaping up to be incredible, and after the panel and keynote address, we recommend sticking around for a mingling session that will include such esteemed social enterprise organizations as StartingBloc, Vittana, Wokai, DealGooder, and InVenture Fund, among others.  We are looking forward to seeing you at this exciting event.

Learn more about this event, taking place April 28th at the UCLA School of Management, in Korn Hall: http://losangelesmicrofinance2010.webs.com/agenda.htm

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