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October 23, 2012

Women for Women Series featuring Nicole Stubbs from First Access

Join us as we kick off a brand new series for NYWSE members to help each other reach their goals!


Date: Thursday, November 8, 2012 
Time: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. (EST)
Location: Jump Associates, 915 Broadway

REGISTER ONLINE:  http://bitly.com/QUeVF0

For our first event in this series, NYWSE will be featuring member Nicole Stubbs and her social enterprise, First Access. Nicole will present the First Access business model and accomplishments, and then outline a challenge she's currently going through as a woman entrepreneur in her first year in business. NYWSE members and attendees, with the help of our facilitator Elyse Marr from Jump Associates and Kellee Joost from Pipeline Fellowship, will brainstorm to help Nicole push past this challenge.

The evening is designed to be a practical and solutions-based exercise for the speaker, but will also serve as inspiration, idea-sharing, and a connection to resources for all participants.

Come ready to voice honest opinions, hear strategic issues, tackle challenges, and create solutions!

Read more about partners and the event below.

NYWSE team



CEO and Co-founder of First Access

Focused on supporting entrepreneurship in emerging markets, Nicole has experience in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe.

Prior to First Access, Nicole worked with the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) to create a policy and advocacy strategy, and conducted an extensive survey on talent and compensation practices among impact investors and capacity development providers in emerging markets. She also helped design and launch MicroWorld, a Paris-based social enterprise that offers P2P and CSR microlending opportunities in Senegal, Cambodia, Peru, Lebanon and Tajikistan. She has contributed strategic research on private equity and venture capital trends in emerging markets to Endeavor Global in NYC, on Chinese microfinance policy to PlaNet Finance China, and on the expansion of pilot community healthcare programs in Tibet to Surmang Foundation, which has provided free healthcare to over 150,000 Tibetans.

Nicole holds a Master of Public Administration degree in development economics and social enterprise from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She also has a self-designed degree in Writing about Culture from Kenyon College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, and with Highest Honors. She has also studied at Tsinghua University in Beijing and the School for International Training in Fortaleza, Brazil. She speaks French, Portuguese, Spanish and Mandarin, and is working, too slowly, on basic competence in Swahili, Wolof and Malagasy.

Connect with First Access:

Website: http://www.first-access.org

Twitter: @1stAccess


OUR HOST: Jump Associates

Elyse Marr, Design Strategist

Elyse Marr is a design strategist at Jump Associates helping companies create new businesses and reinvent existing ones. Made up of hybrid thinkers – people thinking at the intersection of design, culture, and business - Jump provides Fortune 500 companies new growth strategies to navigate highly ambiguous questions. Prior to Jump, Elyse was product design lead at Embrace Innovations, creating disruptive technology for the Indian healthcare system. In this role, she was responsible for translating ethnographic needs research into actionable insights to inform the development of low-cost infant incubators for mothers and healthcare workers in rural villages. Elyse also has experience launching new ventures in the Silicon Valley, mapping systems for adoption strategies and theory of change, designing products for social impact, and services for behavior change. Her projects have included quantitative-self wearable devices, surgical simulators for medical training, and a new type of product category called “calming technology.” Elyse received her B.S in Product Design from Stanford’s School of Engineering. Outside of work, she continues to be an art activist creating public spaces for memorialization and community building, as well as a mentor helping social entrepreneurs conduct research in the emerging market and structure their design cultures to drive innovation.

Jump is a growth strategy firm, whose approach integrates design, business, and social science. We help Fortune 500 companies assess their existing strengths, reframe their competitive landscape, define new products and services, and transform their most compelling ideas into actionable business plans ready for implementation.

Connect with Jump Associates:

Website: http://www.jumpassociates.com

Twitter: @JumpAssociates @ElyseMarr


INVESTOR PERSPECTIVE: Pipeline Angels (Pipeline Fellowship's alumnae network)

Kellee Joost, 2012 NYC Pipeline Fellowship Graduate

Kellee Joost has a background as an entrepreneur, fundraiser, marketer, and public policy professional. Most recently she was co-founder and managing director of Integrative Pet Care, an animal rehabilitation center in Chicago, taking the entity from conception to capitalization to realization and its sale. Now residing in New York with her husband, she is an operations consultant for Hope Sings, serves on the Season of Cambodia planning team, and is an avid international traveler. Kellee holds a BA in Communications Arts and Sciences from The Pennsylvania State University.

The Pipeline Fellowship is an angel investing bootcamp for women philanthropists. Fellows commit to invest in a woman-led for-profit social venture in exchange for equity and a board seat. Pipeline Angels is Pipeline Fellowship's alumnae network.

Connect with Pipeline Fellowship:

Website: http://www.pipelinefellowship.com

Twitter: @PipelineFellows


NYWSE: Introducing the Women for Women Series

Women for Women is a new NYWSE Series where changemaking women in the community come together to make ideas happen. Made up of more than 1800 women, NYWSE members have the unique opportunity to access the resources needed within our own community to accomplish goals. The purpose of this series is to create a venue that connects our members to those resources and fosters authentic, long-lasting supportive relationships to build a more solutions-based community.

At each event in this series, one woman within the NYWSE community will pitch her organization or project, present a challenge she's going through, and invite NYWSE members to brainstorm solutions as a community. Participants benefit from learning about different models for change from a fellow NYWSE member and connect to causes they're passionate about.

NYWSE has partnered with Jump Associates, an innovation and growth strategy consulting firm, to facilitate the interactive discussion around the issues our speakers bring up, as well as a strategic collaboration with the PipelineFellowship's alumnae network, Pipeline Angels, to bring an investor's perspective to the conversation.

Connect with NYWSE:

Website: http://www.ywse.org/nywse

Twitter: @NYWSE


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Women for Women is a new series to look forward in this NYWSE. I am a woman who is interested to be a part of this program. Can you tell me how can I contribute my skills to make things happen. It's a broad idea. What should we suppose to contribute?

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