Center for Social Entrepreneurship

at Middlebury

2013 Symposium Workshops

2013 Workshop Facilitators:  

Lisa Nitze

A consultant on using the power of markets to drive positive social change, Lisa has spent the last 25 years working with leading corporations, foundations and government organizations to develop triple-bottom-line strategies for leveraged investments. As the Managing Director of Mission Measurement’s Washington, DC office, Lisa oversees client engagements with a portfolio of international aid, federal and state government offices and agencies, national nonprofits and corporations. Throughout her career, Lisa has worked with an array of stakeholders across the public and private sectors, including: The White House Office on Social Innovation; Inter-America Development Bank; U.S. Department of State; the States of New Jersey and Maryland; the cities of Denver, Jersey City, Newark and Camden; Citigroup; The Clinton Global Initiative; Goodwill Industries International; Goldman Sachs Foundation; NISH; UPS Foundation; Western Union Foundation; and General Electric Foundation. Most recently, Lisa served as the President and CEO of the largest membership network of social enterprises in North America—the Social Enterprise Alliance. Prior to that, she served as Vice-President of the Global Engagement Team at Ashoka, where she worked with a global team of employees to develop products and services to engage corporations, foundations, and philanthropists in supporting leading social entrepreneurs. Lisa is currently a trustee for The American University of Cairo and for United Hands for Health Colombia. She is a Speaker Specialist on social entrepreneurship for the U.S. State Department Office of International Information, having done speaking tours in India, Africa and Latin America, and is a mentor in the U.S. Department of State’s Pathways for Progress Program for women business entrepreneurs. Lisa holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University, a B.A. from Harvard University and is a graduate of the Leadership New Jersey Program.

Lisa Nitze

Katie Sparkes ’09

Katie teaches 5th grade writing at KIPP Academy Charter Middle School in the South Bronx.  She graduated from Middlebury in 2009, moved to the big city, and quickly decided that she would live as close as possible to Central Park for the length of her stay in New York. Katie fulfilled her two years of Teach for America at KIPP and simultaneously completed her Master of Education in Middle Childhood Education at TeacherU, a program through Hunter College (now the independent Relay Graduate School of Education). Katie still teaches at KIPP Academy, and she constantly feels grateful to be part of a challenging, caring community of teaching, learning, and trying very hard to do right by kids.

Sparkes Adventure

Carrie Sparkes ’10

Carrie graduated from Middlebury College in 2010 with a joint degree in Psychology and Sociology, a minor in Elementary Education, and a desire to put 21 years of schooling to work. She spent her first year after college student teaching to receive a certification in Elementary Education and traveling to Nicaragua to volunteer for a non-profit organization, Lacrosse the Nations. This organization, founded by a Middlebury graduate, uses lacrosse as the vehicle to teach a life skills curriculum and inspire kids in underserved communities to take pride in themselves and their education.

Currently, Carrie is in her second year at Roxbury Prep Charter School in Boston, Massachusetts. She enjoys the daily struggles, challenges and successes in her new role as a 5th grade reading teacher. She also works part time for Lacrosse the Nations in the summer leading trips for interested volunteers to Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Carrie feels incredibly fortunate to be passionate, invested and inspired by her jobs.

Anke Wessels

Anke Wessels is the Executive Director of the Center for Transformative Action (CTA), an independent, education-based non-profit organization affiliated with Cornell University. We have over forty years of experience cultivating change makers with innovative projects to resolve pressing social problems. We do this by offer hands-on educational programs in Transformative Action and social entrepreneurship at Cornell and in the region. We also provide fiscal sponsorship and back-office services to social ventures based in New York state, which become part of CTA and embody Transformative Action. Inspired by leading practitioners of non-violence, Transformative Action calls for courage to break the silence that surrounds injustices; patience and compassion for the ultimately liberating work of building an inclusive movement; imagination to stay free from “us vs. them” strategies; and inspiration to envision new solutions to common challenges.


Edie Stone Director, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation GreenThumb Program New York, NY

Edie Stone has been the Director of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation GreenThumb Program since 2001.  GreenThumb supports community efforts to create and maintain over 500 community gardens throughout the city.  Prior to joining GreenThumb, Ms. Stone worked for The Council on the Environment of New York City where she was active in helping community gardeners organize politically to work towards preservation of their garden sites.  Ms. Stone is a former editor of the Council on Economic Priorities “Corporate Environmental Data Clearinghouse” and a contributor to the organization’s publication “Shopping for a Better World.”  Ms. Stone is a graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University and attended the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources.

Kenneth Williams Outreach Coordinator for the GreenThumb Program, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation New York, NY

Kenneth Williams recently graduated from Middlebury College in the spring of 2012. Since graduating he has worked for the GreenThumb Program as the Outreach Coordinator for the community gardens in Manhattan. He coordinates workshops, facilitates events and serves as the first line of communication to community gardeners in the city. Prior to working with GreenThumb, he began a summer program in the South Bronx with a group of fellow students from his graduating class. The program focuses on environmental education and remains based in the Bronx Academy of Letters’ (BAL) school garden created by members of BAL and Middlebury College. He continues to work with the school and his fellow program coordinators to offer an internship for Middlebury College students to work at BALs’ school garden.

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