This month we're highlighting the #GEW2019 themes of ecosystems and inclusiveness with our special guests Slingshot Memphis!
Slingshot Memphis, an organization that "aims to create a demonstrable reduction in poverty by promoting a results-driven poverty-fighting ecosystem." Poverty is a global social issue and Slingshot is focused on making sure that every dollar invested and funded is making an impact. Memphis has the 2nd highest poverty rate in the United States and a child poverty rate of 44%. Poverty impacts every aspect of life and our city, especially our startup ecosystem.
Join us to learn more about Slingshot Memphis' innovative approach that:
Memphis is charitable city with numerous nonprofit organizations. Come learn about how you can have more impact using data and technology to advance your cause and create progress in your passion.
But wait! There's more......
Slingshot has graciously allowed one of their organizations to share the stage with them, CEO Works! You'll get to hear specifically how Slingshot has helped CEO works become more impactful in their work!
Don't forget to register today! We'll have a limited amount of tickets on sale and they will go fast!
And in case you forgot who we are....
Give First (Before taking)
Help Others (Before helping ourselves)
Make Friends (Not contacts)
See those brands on the event page and the website? You could have global exposure for your brand, too. Contact us to learn more. We'd love to talk to you!
Founder & CEO
Co-Founder & Chief Data and Strategy Officer
Co-Founder & Chief Knowledge Officer
Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO)
Deputy Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic and Southern Regions
Justin joined Slingshot Memphis in September 2016 and currently serves as its CEO. Prior to launching Slingshot, Justin worked as a Giving Strategist, where he helped individuals, families, and businesses develop, target and maximize charitable investments. Preceding this work, Justin was a member of the Fixed Income Division at Morgan Keegan/Raymond James. Servicing financial institutions and municipalities, Justin specialized in developing portfolio strategies and executing trades in fixed income securities. Earlier in his career, Justin was an educator at St. George's Independent School, where he served as Dean of Students, Associate Director of Counseling, Teacher, Coach and Chaplain. Justin holds a Master of Divinity from Emory University and a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Memphis.
Prior to joining Slingshot, Yoan worked on international development programs to alleviate poverty and to accelerate the growth and diversification of Sub-Saharan African economies through the advancement of science, technology, and engineering education. He began his career at the World Bank where he contributed to the establishment of the Nelson Mandela Institution and the African Institute of Science and Technology. He founded his own nonprofit organization, ACTE, in Gabon to help address local education challenges by leveraging innovations in technology with a focus on improving science and mathematics education. Yoan has degrees in computer science and electrical engineering from MIT, as well as a Masters of Education from Harvard and an MBA from Yale. He serves as an honorary member in several international organizations including the Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering, and Technology (PASET).
Doug joined the Slingshot team in December 2016. Having spent most of his career as an academic economist, most recently at the University of Memphis, where he was also Director of the Center for Economic Education, Doug brings to the team years of experience in research, consulting, data management and development, community engagement, and nonprofit administration. He is also a talented educator and excels in explaining economics to a variety of audiences. While at the University of Memphis, he won nearly every teaching award the University had to offer, and was the inaugural winner of the SPARK Award in the Educator category, in 2014. He has a Ph.D. in economics from Georgia State University and a BBA in economics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Patience Lewis-Walker is a native Mid-Southerner with a passion for using her gifts to serve those in need. She joined CEO in May 2018 as the National Director of Business Development where she led CEO’s public sector work crew development and expansion efforts before being promoted to her current position. As the Deputy Executive Director for the Mid-Atlantic and Southern Regions, Patience provides leadership and oversight for CEO’s work in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Louisiana while leading expansion efforts to increase CEO’s footprint in the Southern Region. She has close to 20 years of experience in executive-level program and grant management in the criminal justice, workforce development and education fields. Prior to coming to CEO, Patience most recently served as Senior Director for Seedco's Mid-South Regional Office where she provided oversight for programs that provided workforce and education opportunities for youth and returning citizens across the region. Patience earned a BA in Psychology from Spelman College in Atlanta and an MBA in Management from Union University in Jackson, TN. She is a graduate of the Leadership Memphis Executive Program Class of 2009.
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