• "On Kiva, hundreds of thousands of people have given up financial return to lend $25 interest-free in exchange for the feeling of empowering an entrepreneur. They're willing to make zero percent interest to get a feeling of participation and to support someone they connect with and believe in."

Jessica Jackley-

is a founder and former Chief Marketing Officer of KIVA, the world’s first peer-to-peer microlending website.

Named one of the top ideas of 2006 by The New York Times Magazine, KIVA is one of the fastest-growing social benefit websites in history. In addition, Jackley was a finalist for TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in 2009, and the recipient of the 2012 Symons Innovator Award, which recognizes the importance of women’s participation in technology innovation and business. Convinced that social change happens across all sectors, Jackley has worked in public, nonprofit, and private organizations including the Stanford Center for Social Innovation, Amazon.com, Potentia Media and many others. She is widely considered to be a visionary entrepreneur, architect, and symbol of the changing business landscape of the 21st century. Currently she serves as a Venture Partner with the Collaborative Fund, focused on investing in creative entrepreneurs who want to change the world through emerging technologies.

Also an educator, Jackley was recently a Visiting Practitioner at Stanford’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society, has taught Global Entrepreneurship at the Marshall School of Business at USC, and lectures frequently at other universities around the country. She holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA in Philosophy and Political Science, and serves as an active advisor and board member on several organizations championing women, microfinance, technology, and the arts. Discussing a wide range of timely issues, from economic development to women’s empowerment to Web 2.0, she reminds us that at the heart of social entrepreneurship, the relationships we form with each other and the extent to which we believe in each other’s potential are the most powerful forces for positive change.

For more information, please visit the websites for
Jackley and The Lavin Agency, read Jackley’s profile on TED, and watch her her commercial for Best Buy in which she describes how her work in social entrepreneurship “started with just a dream and a laptop.”

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