Columbus

October 7-9, 2022
Columbus College of Art and Design

Events / GiveBackHack Columbus 2022

Overview

Have you ever wanted to be a part of the solution for issues in your community?

Have you ever had an idea to solve those issues?

GiveBackHack is your next step – up to $15,000 (brought to us by IGS Energy and The Columbus Foundation) will be awarded to the top ideas coming out of the event! Attend to team up with other talented and passionate community members and make ideas into a reality.

Friday, attendees pitch innovative ideas to solve the most pressing social issues in Columbus and form teams.

Saturday, participants are lead through the GBH process to vet, validate, and prototype their concepts. They will receive support from world-class mentors

Sunday night, teams will pitch to a panel of judges for the opportunity to earn funding, mentorship and other resources to move forward with their solution.

Your ticket for the weekend includes:

  • World-class Design Thinking training,
  • Mentorship by local social entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders, venture capitalists, tech execs and more.
  • The opportunity to grow and learn alongside the most incredible people in the city.
  • Meals + GiveBackHack t-shirt
  • Surprises and swag from our sponsors and community partners
  • An opportunity to change your community for the better.

Stay in touch!

Moving forward, we at GiveBackHack want to help teams succeed. We support teams in finding the right next step whether it be funding, an accelerator, mentorship, workshops, or other local opportunities.

Don’t just hear it from us:

Check this video interview from GiveBackHack Columbus 2019 Winner, Renter Mentor!


Schedule

Friday, October 7

5:00pm
Doors Open + Dinner
5:30pm
Dinner + Networking
6:00pm
Friday night begins! We'll cover everything you need to know, let you pitch, vote on top ideas & form teams for the weekend
9:00pm
Finalize teams, register, + start your plan for validation
10:00pm
Wrap for the day!

Saturday, October 8

8:00am
Doors Open
9:00am
Breakfast + Pour-overs + exclusive GBH mugs ($)
10:00am
Community Huddle - Validation
11:00am-1:00pm
Morning Mentors
12:00pm
Lunch
2:00pm
Community Huddle - Prototyping
3:00pm- 5:00pm
Afternoon Mentors
5:00pm
Dinner arrives
6:30pm
Final huddle - Final pitches
9:00pm
Wrap for the day!

Sunday, October 9

8:00am
Doors Open + Breakfast
12:00pm-2:00pm
Pitch Practice
2:30pm
Final decks are due
1:00pm
Lunch
3:00pm
Final Pitches!
6:00pm
Wrap!

Judges

Lindsay Karas Stencel

Partner, Thompson Hine LLP

Lindsay Karas Stencel has been in venture capital for nearly 16 years. She is a Partner at Thompson Hine LLP running the New Ventures group in Columbus, OH where she focuses on growing venture capital, and increasing capital access generally, for entrepreneurs throughout the Midwest, representing venture firms and startups from NYC to Palo Alto. She is also the chair of the firm’s Fund Formation ... Read More »

Emily Savors

Director of Grants Management, The Columbus Foundation

Since 1991, Emily has assisted the Foundation in carrying out its services to donors and supporting organizations, nonprofit organizations, and the community at-large. She has served as a catalyst in addressing community needs by researching, reviewing, and spearheading projects for funding consideration, and developing funding partnerships for special initiatives. Prior to joining the Foundation, ... Read More »

Arnab Nandi

Entrepreneur & Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University

Arnab works on human-in-the-loop data infrastructure, with the goal of empowering humans to effectively interact with data. This involves solving problems that span the areas of data management, visualization, human-computer interaction, and information retrieval. At Ohio State, Arnab has co-founded initiatives such as The STEAM Factory, a collaborative interdisciplinary research and public outreach ... Read More »

Mentors

Alan Gilbert GiveBackHack Mentor

Alan Gilbert

Principal, Swiftcurrent Partners

Alan has spent his 40-year career building products, teams, and companies that solve problems and improve people’s lives. He has worked in a wide range of environments ranging from small startups to corporate giants but his passion and specialty is in scaling high-growth, early-stage companies. He has led teams in hardware, software, product and project management, manufacturing, construction, field ... Read More »

Amanda Greenwood

Founder, Petals That Inspire

Amanda Greenwood is the "Flower Lady" and founder of Petals That Inspire, LLC. Petals is a social enterprise with the mission to empower the community through the art of floral design. Amanda firmly believes in the power of a creative atmosphere and is dedicated to providing a space for members of our community with barriers to employment to grow into sustainable futures. Through Petals, Amanda has ... Read More »

LoLo

Co-founder and VP of Equity and Inclusion of the Urban Business Development Center

LoLo is a social entrepreneur who cares about creating effective solutions around equity gaps for entrepreneurs of color along with incorporating true cultural competence in programming and curriculum development to bring about positive impact. Professionally, she is the Co-founder and VP of Equity and Inclusion of the Urban Business Development Center, also known as The U. The U is an Urban Entrepreneur ... Read More »

Arianna Gianakopoulos

Principal Consultant, AG Innovation Consulting

Arianna has built her career at the intersection of user research, product design and sustainability. She currently leads product management and go-to-market strategy for Uplight’s electric vehicle solutions. Arianna works across Uplight’s product portfolio applying human-centered design practices to create a seamless end-to-end journey for electric vehicle adopters. Her responsibilities include ... Read More »

Jenny Lane

CEO Ohio Impact Fund

Jenny is the CEO of the Ohio Impact Fund, a $5M venture fund that uplifts and empowers entrepreneurs creating scalable tech solutions to address social, economic, and environmental problems. The fund provides its investors not just ROI, but also a measurable improvement to the community of Ohio and beyond. Prior to OIF, Jenny was a champion of Regulation A/CF equity crowdfunding, an alternative investment ... Read More »

Kristen Brown

Founder, Rela Art

Kristen Brown is a Columbus arts advocate passionate about building systems to prioritize equity, accessibility, and connection. Kristen is excited to learn about new initiatives and help them define goals, develop strategy, consider brand/user experience, and measure social impact. Kristen is the founder of Rela, a platform and distribution model for local art, making any space an art gallery through ... Read More »

Alina Boyte

Founder and CEO, Changemaker Institute

Alina is a social impact educator and intellectual property strategist. Her background is in law - graduating Stanford Law with a PhD in copyright law and history, as well as the Universities of Cambridge and London for her Masters and Bachelors of Law. Her career path took her to the Multimedia Development Corporation as a Senior Executive advising the Malaysian government on cyberlaw and intellectual ... Read More »

Vicki Muscarella

VP Engineering, AndHealth

Vicki Muscarella is a seasoned technology leader with over 30 years experience building technology products in a number of industries. Currently, Vicki leads the product and engineering team at AndHealth, a digital health startup focused on helping patients reverse chronic disease. She's spent the last 8 years in the healthcare industry and is strongly motivated to find new ways to help patients live ... Read More »

Julia Fletcher

Director of Finance, Aware

Julia is a financial leader with a speciality in innovative, venture-backed firms. She has worked with different stage startups to scale their finance and accounting teams and has raised a cumulative $100M+ in funding. Julia is passionate about making the complex world of finance just a bit simpler and empowering founders & CEOs to become honorary members of their own finance team. Currently, ... Read More »

Manny Larcher

Deal Flow Associate

Manny Larcher joined JumpStart Ventures in 2022 as a Deal Flow Associate, where he connects early-stage technology companies with Pre-Seed, Seed, and Series A funding, as well as nourishing relationships with entrepreneurial resources around Ohio. Before joining JumpStart Ventures, Manny had several years of experience in business development roles at for-profit and nonprofit companies. In 2017, ... Read More »

Rachyl Kershaw

Founder, Greater Columbus Consulting

Rachyl founded @greatercolumbusconsulting from her passion for helping small local businesses succeed. Rachyl is a lifelong Buckeye, with a degree from The Ohio State University, and 20 years of business experience in central Ohio. She has assisted executive teams in securing over $65M in funding, as well as helping businesses of all sizes create strategic goals that are realistic based on their past ... Read More »

Harley Blakeman

Founder and CEO of Honest Jobs

Harley Blakeman is the Founder and CEO of Honest Jobs - an employment platform helping people impacted by the criminal justice system find better jobs faster. As a for-profit social enterprise, Honest Jobs has raised $3M in venture capital and created a sustainable business model that's driving both scalable revenue and positive social impact. Harley also enjoys advising founders and organizations ... Read More »

Asegedech Kumnegere

Director of engagement and impact, Social Ventures

Asegedech Kumnegere has Extensive background in Eastern Philosophy, centered on the highest approaches to manifesting/ mindfulness. Asegedech guides in mediation by teaching an effortless technique for recharging your mind and body to help create a positive state of mind.  Asegedech is the co-founder of a social Enterprise, Fit to Navigate (FTN). Fit to Navigate provides wellness education to cultivate ... Read More »


Speakers

Elio Harmon

Founder, 614Startups

As Director of Provider Relations for National Church Residences, Elio helps primary care practices implement pre-acute intervention programs and address social determinants of health that negatively impact their senior populations in order to help reduce hospitalizations, promote aging at home, and improve quality of life. As Host of 614Startups Podcast, Elio interviews Columbus, Ohio top startup ... Read More »

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Facilitators

Emily is a Design Thinking practitioner by day and a Social Innovation enthusiast by night. She spends her time building the social impact launchpad at GiveBackHack, coaching social entrepreneurs, and empowering communities through Design Thinking facilitation. She is passionate about leveraging systems thinking to build sustainable social solutions, creating true social impact in our communities. Previously ... Read More »


Organizers

Adam is a co-founder of Wild Tiger Tees, a budding social enterprise work program for youth experiencing homelessness. (Which started as a GiveBackHack project in 2018!) He is passionate about inspiring others to get involved, and hosts the People Helping People Podcast to inspire greater social change in the world. By day, he utilizes his technology background as the CTO for Asset Strategy Group, where ... Read More »

Emily is a Design Thinking practitioner by day and a Social Innovation enthusiast by night. She spends her time building the social impact launchpad at GiveBackHack, coaching social entrepreneurs, and empowering communities through Design Thinking facilitation. She is passionate about leveraging systems thinking to build sustainable social solutions, creating true social impact in our communities. Previously ... Read More »

Max is a Software Engineer living in Columbus. He is thrilled by watching people drive to make great ideas a reality, especially when they are focused around compassion and community. He loves the outdoors and music.

Rachyl founded @greatercolumbusconsulting from her passion for helping small local businesses succeed. Rachyl is a lifelong Buckeye, with a degree from The Ohio State University, and 20 years of business experience in central Ohio. She has assisted executive teams in securing over $65M in funding, as well as helping businesses of all sizes create strategic goals that are realistic based on their past ... Read More »

The ebullient Suzy Bureau (as she was referred to in TechCrunch) is dedicated to building impactful communities & products. Suzy is the Founder of GiveBackHack, an organization that helps bridge the gap between tech & social impact communities through the integration of Lean Startup/Design Thinking. GiveBackHack comes to life via a volunteer-based team of 50+ and has helped vet over 100 social ... Read More »

Grant loves applying his skills to create a positive impact in the Columbus community. He is inspired by the ideas brought forth at GiveBackHack, and hopes he can help bring them to fruition!  In his spare time, he enjoys music, watches sports (especially Ohio State football), goes bike riding, and plays soccer.

Clayton is a versatile professional with a background spanning hospitality, tech, real estate, and finance. His career journey began in hospitality, where he honed his customer-centric approach, and he transitioned into the tech startup ecosystem, igniting his passion for innovation and entrepreneurship. In real estate and finance, Clayton excelled in strategic thinking and risk management. However, ... Read More »

Lydia is the senior graphic designer at AndHealth and has over 10 years of experience working with nonprofits, social enterprises, and startups. She is on the boards for the Columbus Center for Architecture and Design (CFAD) and Columbus Society of Communicating Arts (CSCA).

Ms. Tran Dieu Anh “Annie” is deeply entrenched in the social innovation ecosystem in her community, having founded several social enterprises focused on creating sustainable lifestyles. She is also the founder of Sustainable Entrepreneurship Fellowship, which is an initiative designed to help pre-incubating social innovators and young potential social entrepreneurs in Vietnam. She is focused on ... Read More »

Zachary Thayer is a digital media specialist. From photo and video creation to social media management he is passionate about it all. He is the owner of Relentless Productions in Columbus Ohio. He is inspired to create visual and audio content to get people more involved!

Terry is Founder of Philosophical Entrepreneurship, an upcoming social enterprise development organization contributing to declassify the blueprints of generational wealth & financial freedom for at risk youth / future entrepreneurs. He is also a proud co-founder of Youth in Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, a Columbus-based hackathon that enables today's youth/early adults to make their own ... Read More »

Bob Fornal is Senior Solutions Developer (Front-End) with a passion for learning, testing, mentoring, speaking and personal growth. He is a blessed husband and proud father of two as well

Ryani is an ecosystem collaborator and social innovation promoter that believes in building community to nurture social innovation and scale social enterprise. She serves as Program Director at Jakarta-based social innovation launchpad, working with aspiring and emerging social enterprises to create long-term sustainable impact at Social Innovation Acceleration Program (SIAP). She is passionate about ... Read More »


Pre-submitted Ideas

Submit your Idea 

  • 1. Climate Impact Interactive Dashboard submitted by Brian Nutwell

    Climate Impact Interactive DashboardSubmitted by Brian Nutwell


    What is the problem are you solving?

    Climate change is a huge and complex problem which will require a myriad of solution trials and collaborative work from all parts of society -- including both innovators and citizens. The specific problem this proposal will solve is "how can I personally help, and how much impact could I have?"


    How will this idea solve the problem?

    Leveraging John Doerr's book Speed and Scale, which frames the climate challenge in distinct categories with numerical targets, we will make that information more accessible and interactive -- to drive ideation and personal decision-making.


    Is this idea brand new or has it been partially-vetted?

    Brand New


    Why are YOU uniquely positioned to solve the problem? What other people do you need to help?

    I have experience in data analysis and visualization, interactive dashboards, both physical and software product development, and innovation. I'm currently a Masters degree student in Data Analytics. And I'd like to do something useful.

  • 2. Kappagee submitted by Charvis Wah

    KappageeSubmitted by Charvis Wah


    What is the problem are you solving?

    In 2020, it cost sub-Sahara African immigrants US$3.44 Billion in transaction fees alone to send US$42 Billion to support their families which is about 8% of the amount sent. Local businesses in sub-Sahara Africa rely almost solely on cash as a method of payment. Costing businesses 9 percent loss of revenue.


    How will this idea solve the problem?

    A mobile app and web portal that gets rid of transaction fees thereby allowing users to send more money back home to support their families. Allow businesses to easily accept cashless payments and track their transactions. 


    Is this idea brand new or has it been partially-vetted?

    Brand New


    Why are YOU uniquely positioned to solve the problem? What other people do you need to help?

    We have done extensive market research and have the right team.

  • 3. Alternate Scholarships submitted by Jamie KP

    Alternate ScholarshipsSubmitted by Jamie KP


    What is the problem are you solving?

    The problem is people not having enough funds to fix their credit and still remain current on everyday living bills.


    How will this idea solve the problem?

    This idea will be provide a certain amount of funds that will pay off a specific debt that will assist with fixing credit reports furthering better credit and financial opportunities. This will help people focus on the detailed process of credit repair giving them the opportunity to housing, credit and financial products.


    Is this idea brand new or has it been partially-vetted?

    Partially-vetted


    How you have vetted your idea and the success or difficulties you have seen thus far?

    I selected partially vetted because this particular idea is new but I am already a business owner. I currently have a business called The Alternative Bureau we help people of color get started with fixing their credit using alternative resources and tools and then create an alternative credit portfolio within our bureau. The difficulty I've seen so far with credit repair is clients having trouble with paying off accrued debt causing discouragement and continued block from further opportunities such as housing, credit and further financial products such as refinancing. My idea is to create an scholarship company that helps people pay off a certain amount of debt. For example: The current grants and scholarship available pays for schooling to give people an opportunity to better education. A scholarship created to pay off debt would give people a better opportunity at lowering their income to debt ratio and fixing their credit. This scholarship would be similar to your typical school curriculum Participants would be required to take a course, show understanding of finances and credit and received a scholarship (payment) to pay off a certain amount of debt that will further their financial opportunities. I've pretty much just vetted this idea by asking current clients questions like "What's holding you back?" I've researched where the funds from other scholarships come from and the requirements from participants.


    Why are YOU uniquely positioned to solve the problem? What other people do you need to help?

    I'm a credit specialist and Compliance officer. But I don't believe I need to be either titles for this idea. I'm extremely empathetic I know first hand the frustration of not having the funds to get to the next spot in life or not getting second chances with credit. I know about all the opportunities you'll be locked out of if you have poor credit and how it feels to really want to fix things but still stay afloat. I have previous life experience regarding this problem.

  • 4. Girl Code submitted by Chanel Jack

    Girl CodeSubmitted by Chanel Jack


    What is the problem are you solving?

    Problems within our girl culture:

    1. The encouragement of girl fighting, drama, and violence being displayed for tv ratings as entertainment.
    2. The Lack of Leadership and accountability. (There were people who recorded Ma'Khia Bryant during her fight instead of stopping it)
    3. Friendship cliques which can promote cruel behavior to the ones that are excluded from the group.
    4. Bullying.
    5. Lack of Self love


    How will this idea solve the problem?

    This program will help girls in:

    1. Developing confidence in their leadership potential and their own sense of identity.
    2. Improving self-esteem in themselves and others.
    2. Enhancing their communication skills (nonverbal, listening, written and oral communication) in sharing, reflecting, and discussing.
    3. Understanding the importance of diversity and improving their ability to relate to others.
    4. Learning effective decision-making methods and experiencing problem-solving situations.
    5. Practicing managing different types of resources.
    6. Learning group social skills.


    Is this idea brand new or has it been partially-vetted?

    Partially-vetted


    How you have vetted your idea and the success or difficulties you have seen thus far?

    This idea has been "partially vetted" because I created the "Girl Code" reference book a year before I had the idea to make it a curriculum. With little to no marketing this book has been purchased by several women, entrepreneurs, and mentorship programs. Unlike most books that take 5 days to read to get the main lesson, my book gives over 400 lessons at the fraction at the time. I think this book is ultimately a good guide to life that instills morals, and values that are not being taught anymore.

    Because of the great feedback on the book, I educated myself to expand on it and to create effective programming in hopes to also create more leadership opportunities with the women in the community.


    Why are YOU uniquely positioned to solve the problem? What other people do you need to help?

    I absolutely love this question! I have worked with the youth as a career for 14 years, so I have experience and understanding with this age group. I also think I am qualified to do this because I still live in the community that I am trying to reach, which has led to my role as a leader since high school because representation matters.

    Not only do I look like the girls I am aiming to service but I know what they face because I lived it which makes me credible. I know that defining your social status and creditability in high school means more than actually getting the education. However, I loved being popular, and different. I shared my morals, and beliefs in God OUT LOUD and that made people really drawn to me and my light. I graduated high school a proud virgin, and never lost my social status, I wanted to show girls how much power we possess and what leadership looked like up close. I STILL get messages from people I went to high school with saying how much I still inspire them to become more, no matter what barriers they have because they watched me walk with a cup half full even though success was never promised to me. If I would have conformed to all the peer pressures around me, I wouldn't have made a huge impact on my community the way I have.

    Although I exuded confidence in being different, I had close friends that I loved that did not make the best choices, that always fought, or got pregnant early. However, I noticed these girls did not have loving, or available parents, or role models that taught them self-love, how to be a lady, how to deal with temptation, cruelty, morals, etc. My heart went to them, and the girls like them when I wrote this book and curriculum.

    I could have become my environment, but I chose at an early age to change it and God continued to gift me influence in those environments on and offline. I created a community online and know the power and gifts I have to bring change and to come up with innovate creative ideas to support my initiative. However, as a black woman, I need the support/help of others, and access to resources to see the change that I know can be achieved.

  • 5. Carry A Mood LLC submitted by Tahlayah Morrow

    Carry A Mood LLCSubmitted by Tahlayah Morrow


    What is the problem are you solving?

    Carry A Mood is a streetwear clothing brand with a primary focus on mental
    health and self expression. C.A.M is about redefining confidence and self
    expression one day at a time. There is psychology behind art and the world
    needs to know that. There needs to change in the way we view self
    expression, that could even mean the language we use towards ourselves
    and the understanding of mental health wether it's our own or someone
    else's. 1 in every 25 American suffer from serious mental health illnesses. A
    lot of conversation sparks after something tragic happens to someone but
    these conversation needs to start before that point. Mental health is seen as a
    cliche especially. It is our job to make mental
    health a normal conversation. Talking about how to practice healthy mental
    health habits, seeking help, the list goes on. These are things that need to be
    talked about now and constantly not once someone is about to be put 6 feet
    under. In teenagers, 92% of parents have stated how they believe social
    media has a negative impact on their child's life. Mental health has no gender
    it constantly impacts us and the world around us daily. 13.4% of American
    identifies as black or African American, of those more than 16% reported of
    having a mental illness in the past year, that is over 7 million people. 16.4% of
    black and Hispanic men ages 18 to 44 who experienced some sort of daily
    feelings of anxiety or depression were likely to have used mental health
    services compared to the 45.4% of their counterparts who experience those
    same feelings. Mental health is a daily struggle it will not just go away over
    night because you want it to. It's something you have to constantly work and
    fight for everyday even when it seems hard you can't give up.


    How will this idea solve the problem?

    Encouraging teens or even adults to
    be themselves unapologetically allows so much growth and freedom of
    expression you are able to witness what someone is truly capable of. We can't
    let the new generations current and to come suffer the same things we do
    because we didn't want to get help. It may be a tough pill to swallow but when
    it comes down to it POC communities we have to fight with one another for one another to ever see any
    kind of progress. This is just the beginning to making greater change.
    Through my clothing as well as any in person events, pop up shops,
    community events, and social media presence we can begin to make that
    change because it's more than the clothes those are just a minor piece to a
    greater puzzle. Leading by example starts from within.


    Is this idea brand new or has it been partially-vetted?

    Partially-vetted


    How you have vetted your idea and the success or difficulties you have seen thus far?

    I’ve been working on Carry A Mood since March, I’ve been through an accelerator to receive help on how to start up a business. Carry A Mood LLC has a current social media pretense with conversations centered around mental health and fashion. Samples for the clothes are in production at this moment as well as ambassadors for the brand have been chosen. Finding funding is one of the biggest difficulties so far because the idea is very fresh it does not meet a lot of the requirements for funding. Coming up with the proper schedule for the idea is also a struggle since this is my first time starting a business.


    Why are YOU uniquely positioned to solve the problem? What other people do you need to help?

    As someone who experiences mental health illnesses and sometimes self
    expression /confidencel can relate. I've even lost loved ones t this battlefield
    we call life. I see people. I understand them, I am them. Things like this start at
    a young age and manifest into adulthood. Allowing people to be themselves
    means so much mor than what you may believe. One of the first things you
    notice about a person is how they look. I also currently study both psychology and fashion at The Ohio State. Not only do I speak from experience but this is also something I immerse myself into daily because I want to make a difference in this world that has positive impact.

  • 6. Community Recruiters, LLC submitted by Chance Shannan

    Community Recruiters, LLCSubmitted by Chance Shannan


    What is the problem are you solving?

    There continues to be a labor shortage in Columbus. And companies are struggling to build diverse talent pipelines to fill underrepresented roles despite their best DEI efforts.
    How do you increase labor participation and build a DEI talent pipeline at the same time?
    Find the people who have barriers to work and help them get the tools they need to succeed.
    Right now, our nonprofits take on this heavy lift every day of helping people overcome barriers for free. And they continue to be strapped for resources. At the same time businesses are reaching out to nonprofits desperate for people because they are a source of diverse talent, but the problem remains. Nonprofits are not equipped to operate like staffing agencies.


    How will this idea solve the problem?

    Create the Uber of talent recruiting. This will be a matchmaking platform between company demand for talent and talent supply from nonprofits.
    This app will provide a place where companies share their open roles, nonprofits make candidate referrals and the company pays a commission for the new hire. This will allow companies to enlist the recruiting efforts of potentially hundreds of organizations in Central Ohio. The commissions will also be reinvested by nonprofits to continue to expand on the good they already do every day.


    Is this idea brand new or has it been partially-vetted?

    Partially-vetted


    How you have vetted your idea and the success or difficulties you have seen thus far?

    The idea won a pitch competition with Can't Stop Columbus. People are generally excited about the concept, but nothing has been developed and a low fidelity test has not yet been conducted. There have been a couple consultation meetings, but not much has happened since then.


    Why are YOU uniquely positioned to solve the problem? What other people do you need to help?

    I am currently the COO of the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio and see the issues for businesses and nonprofits first hand. I was also on the Business team and see the need for better ways of recruiting diverse talent. I have also been an entrepreneur in the past and have a background in business and management.