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On Wednesday, October 29, join the Wilson Center for their second annual True Partnerships event featuring Impact America Fund, the Center’s Social Enterprise in Residence, to learn best practices in collaborations for social impact.

The Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship invites you to join them for the second annual True Partnerships panel discussion, True Partnerships: Best Practices in Collaborations for Social Impact on Wednesday, October 29, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Aniello Bianco Room on the NYC Campus.

Kesha Cash, partner and director of investments, and her associate Clarissa Middleton from the Impact America Fund, the Center’s Social Enterprise in Residence, will discuss the ways they have collaborated to launch Impact America this past summer. The panel discussion will give attendees insight into effective partnerships among nonprofits and community leaders from two practitioners in the field.

Reception and light refreshments will begin at 6:00 p.m., and the panel discussion will begin at 6:30p.m. Speakers include:

  • + Kesha Cash, Partner and Director of Investments, Impact America
  • + Clarissa Middleton, Associate, Impact America
  • + Rebecca Tekula, PhD, Executive Director, Wilson Center; Assist. Prof. Public Administration, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
  • + Archana Shah, Moderator, Associate Director, Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Click here to register and learn more about the event.


About the Wilson Center: The Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship was created in 2005 to serve the nonprofit community and Pace University. Devoted to honing the risk-taking spirit and managerial skills of nonprofit organizations, the center was launched with a pledge of $5 million from Helene and Grant Wilson, Boston-area entrepreneurs and philanthropists whose philanthropic endeavors convinced them that entrepreneurial management can help social ventures increase their impact.

About Impact America Fund: Impact America Fund is the evolution of Jalia Ventures, a three-year minority-focused impact investing initiative that was executed with the support and collaboration of leading investors, accelerators, community organizations, university programs, and industry experts across the country. With the support of Serious Change, LP and Josh Mailman, Kesha Cash launched and managed this initiative. Cash deployed $5 million, of which $3.5 million was invested into nine minority-owned companies to create the Jalia Ventures demonstration portfolio. Prior to Jalia Ventures, Cash spent three years as a mergers and acquisitions analyst at Merrill Lynch and then six years as a consultant to inner-city businesses in Los Angeles and Puerto Rico. In the summer of 2009, Cash worked in London at Bridges Ventures, a leading $475 million UK private investment firm that delivers both financial and social returns. Cash is a lifetime member of the Social Venture Network. She received her BA in Applied Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley and her MBA from Columbia Business School.

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