TFC Summit for Social Ventures

Saturday, January 27th, 2018

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Principal, Skoll Foundation

Motivated by a passion for building resilient organizations and leaders, James Nardella serves as a Principal on the Portfolio & Investments Team at the Skoll Foundation. He identifies organizations with the potential to drive large scale social change, screens these organizations for the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, leads the Foundation’s relationship with a portfolio of current Skoll Awardees, and contributes thought leadership to the field of social entrepreneurship.

Prior to joining Skoll, James led the Lwala Community Alliance, a Kenyan health and development organization affiliated with Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health. Lwala targets a rural population with acute needs and is best known for its community approach to increasing child survival, improving access to primary healthcare, and increasing school completion for girls. James oversaw the expansion of programs to reach 30,000 people and to drive a 300% decrease in deaths in children under five, achieve 97% hospital based delivery, and near gender parity in primary school completion. This progress has been featured by Clinton Global Initiative, Apple, ABC World News, CNN, and in the documentary Sons of Lwala.

James holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts from Boston University and a M.Ed. in International Education Policy and Management from Peabody College at Vanderbilt. James is married to Jena Lee Nardella, the co-founder of Blood:Water and the author of One Thousand Wells. The Nardellas met through their mutual work in Africa and have two young children.


Program Officer, Results for Development

Stephanie Ahn is a global health professional with nearly 10 years of experience at research institutions and international development non-profit organizations across Africa, Asia, and the United States. She has a keen interest in strengthening systems and markets to improve maternal and child health outcomes, and has supported the development of standard operating procedures for the implementation of prevention policies for mother-to-child HIV transmission; the evaluation of national immunization programs; and efforts to reduce childhood illness through increasing access to essential medicines in emerging economies.

Stephanie currently works at Results for Development (R4D) in Washington, DC as a Senior Program Officer on the Market Shaping Team. She holds a Masters of Public Health from the University of Washington and a Bachelors of Art in international political economy from the University of California, Berkeley.


Assistant Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dr. Michelle Griffith is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. After completing her residency and fellowship at Vanderbilt, she worked for several years at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. At UPMC, she helped to develop a successful telemedicine service focused on glycemic management for rural patients. She returned to the Vanderbilt faculty in mid-2017 and continues to work on telehealth expansion in endocrinology and other divisions while maintaining a clinical practice in endocrinology.


Community Impact Manager, Google Fiber

Daynise Joseph leads the Community Impact initiatives for Google Fiber in Nashville, TN and Huntsville, AL. As Community Impact Manager she works with nonprofits, government agencies, and community stakeholders to support efforts to make digital literacy, STEM, and minority entrepreneur programs more widely available to underserved communities.

Daynise is from Nashville and her educational background is in Management and Organizational Development. She specializes in community organizing; strategic planning; organizational development; program planning; and nonprofit management.


Director of Educational Programs, Sesame Workshop

Emmanuel is currently the Director of Educational Programs at Sesame Workshop. In this role, he develops and executes content strategy and intervention design for International Social Impact initiatives, working collaboratively with Sesame Workshop project teams and external partners.

His current projects include Techniques for Effective Teaching in Ghana, the WASH UP! program in Mali and Niger, and leading the education content for the upcoming four seasons in Bangladesh. Prior to joining Sesame, Emmanuel was the Head of Learning and Evaluation at Pencils of Promise, where he led the monitoring and evaluation strategy and oversaw the programmatic implementation of the organization’s Teacher Support, WASH and scholarship programs in Laos, Guatemala and Ghana.

Additionally, he worked with Transition International and ILO consultants in South Sudan on the Accelerated Learning Program with child soldiers and refugees. He received his Master’s degree from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs in 2011.


Affiliated Faculty, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Joerg Rieger is the Cal Turner Chancellor’s Chair of Wesleyan Studies and Distinguished Professor of Theology at Vanderbilt’s Divinity School. Previously he was the Wendland-Cook Endowed Professor of Constructive Theology at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. He received an M.Div. from the Theologische Hochschule Reutlingen, Germany, a Th.M. from Duke Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in religion and ethics from Duke University.

For more than two decades he has worked to bring together theology and the struggles for justice and liberation that mark our age. His work addresses the relation of theology and public life, reflecting on the misuse of power in religion, politics, and economics. His main interest is in developments and movements that bring about change and in the positive contributions of religion and theology. His constructive work in theology draws on a wide range of historical and contemporary traditions, with a concern for manifestations of the divine in the pressures of everyday life.


Assistant Clinical Professor, Vanderbilt Law School

Lauren Rogal is launching Vanderbilt’s new Community Enterprise Clinic, in which students will support nonprofit organizations and start-up entrepreneurs, in fall 2017. Rogal began her legal career as an associate with Klamp & Associates, a D.C.-based law firm that represents nonprofits and social enterprises, where she focused on developing sustainable financing structures for community development and facilitated complex international transactions. She continued to practice of counsel with the firm from 2015 to 2017 while pursuing an LL.M. in advocacy and teaching the Social Enterprise and Nonprofit Law Clinic at Georgetown. Her current scholarship focuses on reforming executive compensation in the nonprofit sector. Rogal is affiliated with the law school’s Social Justice, Law and Business and Law and Innovation programs.

She earned her J.D. cum laude at the University of Michigan Law School, where she was a Clarence Darrow Scholar, and also holds a B.A. magna cum laude in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar, and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, where she was associate editor of Perspectives Journal of International Development.


Co-founder, LuminAID Lab

Anna Stork is co-founder of LuminAID Lab. Anna was a 2012 Kauffman Global Scholar . As a Kauffman Fellow, she worked as an Operations Intern at Warby Parker. Anna has also worked in product development at the Department of Defense developing new technologies for soldiers in remote locations. She completed her Masters in Architecture at Columbia University and earned her B.A. in Engineering and Studio Art from Dartmouth College


Co-founder and COO, CNote

Yuliya hosts a decade of experience on Wall Street and has developed financial products on 3 continents. She started her career designing investment solutions for the global asset management firm AMG Funds, and later joined the wealth management boutique Summit Rock Advisors to develop the firm’s risk management framework. Over the years, Yuliya has maintained her passion for demystifying finance, including creating an investment education portal in Russia and advising non-profits and startups around the world.


Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dr. Chris Turner recently joined the Vanderbilt faculty in the Division of Hospital Medicine. His focus is on clinical medicine with a broader interest in process improvement, population health, and utilization management. After growing up in Sikeston, Missouri, he completed medical school and residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His wife, Jennifer, stays home with their two-year-old twin boys, Connor and Chase. When away from work, he enjoys spending time with family, traveling, watching sports, running, and considers himself a “foodie”.


Executive Director, Benefit Chicago

William Towns is a scholar activist and practitioner dedicated to helping solve civic and urban issues at the structural level. William is the inaugural executive director of Benefit Chicago, a collaboration between The Chicago Community Trust, The MacArthur Foundation, and Calvert Impact Capital, to create a $100 million impact investment fund targeting the social enterprise sector in the Chicago region. His responsibilities include, among other things, strategy development, investor and media relations, and deal sourcing.

He came to Benefit Chicago from the University of Chicago, where he was an Assistant Vice President and led the Office of Civic Engagement’s Anchor Strategy.

He is alum of Loyola University Chicago, University of Wisconsin, the University of Notre Dame and the Harvard Kennedy School. Currently, he is enrolled in MIT’s Sloan School of Management’s Advance Management Program, focusing on strategy and innovation, and is a Ph.D. Candidate at Benedictine University where his research in Organizational Development focuses on Corporate Social Responsibility.


Faculty Director, Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management

Dr. Victor joined the Owen faculty from the Institute for Management Development International (IMD), in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he was Professor of Management and Director of the Program for Management Development. Prior to IMD, Dr. Victor was on the faculties of the University of North Carolina and the University of Nebraska. In addition to serving on the Advisory Board for the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures, Dr. Victor leads the Project Pyramid program.