Panel Discussion With Top Socio-Economic Development Entrepreneurs + Q&A!

Panel Discussion With Top Socio-Economic Development Entrepreneurs + Q&A!
Event on 2012-11-13 18:00:00

"Driving Economic Development Through Social Entrepreneurship" 

Panel Discussion With Socio-Economic Entrepreneurs + Q&A

Featuring Just To Name A Few:

Nancy Welsh


Nancy Welsh has been lauded for her achievements in affordable housing and green building and has set a new standard for "extreme green" affordable housing, recycling entire houses otherwise destined for demolition and outfitting them with the latest in energy efficiency – all the while providing jobs to under-served communities. The success of Builders of Hope communities is being heralded as a universal solution to the housing crisis facing cities nationwide. The Wall Street Journal called Builders of Hope as potentially "the most politically correct housing development on the planet." The concept started in North Carolina and is quickly spreading.

Social Entrepreneur Nancy Welsh is an inspiring example of how determination, a thoughtful approach and environmental leadership are a winning formula for the millions of Americans in need of affordable housing. She was the focus of a book entitled "Builders of Hope: A Social Entrepreneur's Solution for Rebuilding America." She has been featured on PBS, the Washington Post, and Wall Street JournalUSA TodayCBS NewsIndependent Weekly, and WRAL.


Kevin McDonald


Kevin McDonald,  Founder of TROSA


Kevin McDonald is the Founder, President, and CEO of TROSA, an innovative multi-year residential program that enables substance abusers to be productive, recovering individuals by providing comprehensive treatment, work-based vocational training, education, and continuing care. The TROSA formula works. Over 1,100 people have graduated from the program and gone on to live healthy, productive lives. It has grown into a million operation serving more than 400 people at a time. Prior to founding TROSA, Kevin directed a program for homeless parolees in Los Angeles that assisted former gang members. He has been recognized nationally for his achievements.



He has received the Leadership for a Changing World Award by the Ford Foundation, the Service to Mankind Award by the Sertoma Club, the Healthcare Heroes Award by the Triangle Business Journal, and the Social Enterprise Innovation Award by the Social Enterprise Alliance. Recently, he was named the Legacy Leader by the Triangle Business Journal. He has been featured by the Herald Sun, the Triangle Business Journal, and the Philanthropy Collaborative.



Martin Eakes


Martin Eakes,  Founder of Self-Help

Martin Eakes founded Self-Help, which a community development lender and real estate developer that works with individuals, organizations, and communities traditionally undeserved by conventional markets. The organization has stepped in to provide alternatives to the predatory lending and banking practices that hurt low-income families.

Through the success of Self-Help, he has demonstrated how responsible investing can be leveraged to lift up entire communities and raise the economic profile of a region. Self-Help has provided almost billion in financing to more than 60,000 homebuyers, small businesses, and non-profits. Among its many awards and recognitions, Self-Help was featured as 1 of 12 exemplary nonprofit organizations in the book Forces for Good: Six Practices of High-Impact Non-Profits (2007).

He has been featured on Stanford Social Innovation ReviewFast CompanyPBS, and the News and Observer.


at Nelson Mandela Auditorium-Fedex Global Education Center – UNC campus
301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, United States

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