Framing Philly's Social Impact Scene: Where Business, Nonprofit, and Philly Meet
Whether nonprofit, for profit, or somewhere in between, Philly’s social entrepreneurs are engaging with technology to make the City of Brotherly Love a better place. Join experts from some of the area’s top social impact organizations to learn how they are using technology to streamline their organizations, reach under served populations, and engage with new audiences. We’ll kick things off with a networking happy hour sponsored by sustainable brewery Saint Benjamin Brewing Company!
Mo Manklang, Chief of Operations, U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, is a creative strategist focusing on cooperative solutions and network building. She has been convening people in the arts, nonprofit, social enterprise, and cooperative areas the past five years in Philadelphia. Mo is Board Vice President of the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance, a member of the Media and Marketing committee of the Kensington Community Food Co-op, a member of the Policy Committee of the Sustainable Business Network, and is cofounder of The Bechdel Test Fest, an annual festival highlighting women and transgender comedians in Philadelphia.
Nate Bronstein is a former teacher from North Philadelphia; he earned his Masters in Education, Public Administration and the Science of Social Policy respectively, from the University of Pennsylvania. Nate has extensive experience as a consultant on state-wide policy initiatives as well as political campaign strategy and management. He has spent the last five years working as both the Co-Founder and CEO of one DC-based startup and one Philadelphia-based startup working to solve inefficiencies in how people connect, organize and manage their resources. Nate has extensive experience in the social good startup space having successfully launched a startup and consulted on several others, as well as having actively participated in 19 different accelerators and incubators. Nate has written for the chronicle of social change and is currently serving on the board of Philadelphia's oldest and largest music school. He is a Philadelphia native and has a long history of youth civic engagement having become a Truman Finalist, the campaign manager of a political campaign and the student body president of American University in 2011. Currently Nate proudly serves as the CEO of his start up SmartTrack, as well as Principal at the Social Innovations Journal and the the Business and Membership Director of the Convenient Care Association.
Tracy Levesque is the co-owner of YIKES, Inc. a web design and development shop located in the lovely Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia. She has been designing websites since Mosiac was used to browse the web. She has expertise in front-end design and development. At YIKES you can find her managing projects, running discovery meetings and working on business development with Mia. Tracy still loves to code — day-to-day she works on building WordPress themes and plugins. Tracy also loves to teach and present on all things WordPress. She has spoken at WordCamps Philly, New York, Montreal, San Francisco and Lancaster. She was also a contributor to multiple versions of WordPress.As a Girl Develop IT instructor, Tracy shares her decade of WordPress experience.
Marc Coleman is the founder, chief executive officer, and president of The Tactile Group, a digital agency headquartered in Center City Philadelphia. A highly motivated serial entrepreneur, Marc has more than two decades of experience in creative direction, design, business management, and client relations. Marc founded The Tactile Group in 2004. Now with a diverse staff of 15 in 2017, the mission of The Tactile Group states “Designed to give a damn, we actively seek work whose goal is to improve the quality of life for all people.” The company builds complex digital products for clients including the U.S. Department of Education, the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia International Airport, PGW, the City of Boston, The University of Pennsylvania, small and medium size not-for-profits, and professional corporations including attorneys and architects. Marc serves on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Merchants Fund and the William Way LGBT Community Center. Marc is a member of the Philadelphia African-American Chamber of Commerce and the Independence Business Alliance.
During our networking happy hour, meet with some great, local, forward-thinking organizations the Independence Business Alliance, the Sustainable Business Network, and Young Involved Philadelphia.