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Devin D. Thorpe
Devin Thorpe

Small State, Big Social Impact

The Social Enterprise Greenhouse in Rhode Island is working to help social entrepreneurs succeed.

Kelly Ramirez, CEO of the SEG as it is commonly known, says, “Our model is unique: comprehensive set of services to support social entrepreneurs from idea to funding.”

She notes, “We mainly work with RI based entrepreneurs but are doing increasingly regional work.”  She adds, “Our secret sauce is our amazing network of 150+ business and community leaders who really drive our work.”

Kelly reports that entrepreneurs have created hundreds of jobs in Rhode Island and has helped 250,000 around the world.

On Thursday, January 29, 2015 at noon Eastern, Kelly will join me for a live discussion about her work and the entrepreneurs she supports. Tune in here then to watch the interview live.

You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes.

More about Social Enterprise Greenhouse:

SEG, formerly Social Venture Partners Rhode Island, is a Rhode Island-based nonprofit that convenes a large and growing network of business and community leaders who mentor impact entrepreneurs and contribute expertise and financial resources to build the impact sector in Rhode Island and beyond. Our mission is to create positive social and economic impacts by supporting social entrepreneurs and enterprises with the tools and networks they need to thrive. SEG defines social enterprises as organizations – nonprofit, for profit, and hybrid – that use business tools and harness market demand to achieve their missions, delivering both social and financial returns. These enterprises contribute to the economy and their local communities, create meaningful jobs, and monitor their ecological impact.
Since 2009, SEG has significantly contributed to economic development and positive social change in Rhode Island by catalyzing nearly 150 social ventures generating over 750 jobs in our state. Further, these ventures have improved the lives of more than 250,000 people from Rhode Island to Uganda.


Kelly’s bio:

Kelly Ramirez is the CEO of Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG), and the founder of the SEEED Summit. Kelly also teaches courses on Social Enterprise at Providence College and Salve Regina University. Previously, she directed the Social Enterprise Initiative at the William Davidson Institute (WDI) and was an adjunct lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. She has consulting and project management experience with organizations including Aid to Artisans, the Ford Foundation, the European Commission, USAID, the State Department, and Roche. Previously, Kelly worked as a political analyst for the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service, an election monitor for the OSCE, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Slovakia. Kelly received MA Degrees in Public Policy and Urban Planning and a BA in political science from the University of Michigan, completed executive education courses at the Ross School of Business, and received a scholarship to attend the Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. She was named a Woman to Watch by the Providence Business News, is a 2014 BALLE Fellow, and was recently appointed to the Rhode Island Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors.

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