October 13-15, 2017


Events / Philadelphia 2017



Yasmine Mustafa

Founder, CEO, ROAR for Good

Yasmine is fueled by a passion to leverage technology for good. She's the CEO of ROAR for Good, a B-corp aimed at helping protect women using smart jewelry and education. She's also the founder of Girl Develop It Philadelphia, a non-profit aimed at lessening the gender gap in technology.  In addition, she sits on the board of Coded by Kids, a non-profit that helps inner city youth learn how to code. Yasmine was selected as one of the BBC's 100 Women of 2016 as well as Upstart 100's most dynamic people shaping business. She was also recognized as one of Philadelphia’s Top 20 Tech Disrupters for her work empowering women

Mason Wartman

Owner, Rosa’s Fresh Pizza

Leaving his job on Wall Street, Mason Wartman returned to his hometown of Philadelphia to open Rosa’s Fresh Pizza. The restaurant serves 1$ slices of pizza while giving customers the option to pay extra to buy slices for the homeless. After gaining national attention on The Ellen Show, Rosa’s Fresh Pizza has now given away over 70,000 slices of pizza.

Robert Cheetham

Founder and CEO, Azavea

Robert is the Founder and CEO of Azavea, an award-winning software development, analysis, and visualization firm that applies geospatial technology for civic, social, and environmental impact.

Lauren Fine

Co-founder, Co-Director Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project

Lauren Fine, Esq., is the co-founder and Co-Director of the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP). Before YSRP, Lauren was a Zubrow Fellow in Children’s Law at Juvenile Law Center, a federal law clerk, and a research assistant/project manager at the Brookings Institution. At Juvenile Law Center, among other projects, Lauren co-authored Amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court and state supreme courts on juvenile life without parole sentences, aided in successfully challenging the adjudication of homicide for an 11 year old; provided legal intake services at a homeless shelter for youth, and co-authored a Model Act and reports on juvenile record expungement and on trauma and resilience. She is a 2014 Echoing Green Fellow, a 2015 American Express-Ashoka Emerging Innovator, a 2016 Claneil Emerging Leader Fellow, a 2016 American Bar Association Lawyer on the Rise, a 2016 Billy Penn Who’s Next recipient, a TEDx speaker and has appeared on NPR and the Social Entrepreneur podcast. A volunteer with Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the Pennsylvania Coalition for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, Lauren is a graduate of Yale University and Duke University School of Law.

Garrett Melby

Co-founder and Executive Director of GoodCompany Ventures

Garrett Melby is co-founder and Executive Director of GoodCompany Ventures, a nonprofit accelerator for social entrepreneurs that has mobilized over $40mm in private capital to scale their impact. Garrett is also the founder of Iolite Impact Capital, the developer of MAPS (Mission Aligned Portfolio Strips), a patented structure that improves returns and reduces risk for impact investors while also generating capital for aligned nonprofit partners.
Garrett is an active angel investor with Investors’ Circle, where he was a founding member of IC’s first regional chapter and a member of their national Selection Committee. He also serves on the Investment Committee for the Wharton Social Venture Fund and as a judge for the Corzo Center’s Wells Fargo Fellowship and the William James Foundation’s Sustainable Business Plan Competition. Garrett is also a Director of, the platform for social innovation in greater Philadelphia.
Garrett is a frequent speaker at national social enterprise, impact investing and venture capital events, including the Social Venture Institute, NPR’s Radio Times, Investors’ Circle, Sustainatopia, Business 2.0 Summit, Wharton Private Equity Conference and National Academy of Management.


Anthony Gold

Co-Founder & COO, ROAR for Good

Anthony Gold is a social entrepreneur, advisor, and board member for several companies in the Philadelphia region - both for-profit and non-profit. He began his career designing supercomputers for Unisys, then created a software and services startup that helped propel open source software into the mainstream. He has eight patents around enterprise hardware and software design, and his ES7000 enterprise server was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for hosting the largest number of concurrent gamers. He subsequently ran a healthcare company focused on helping reduce the incidence of chronic diseases. To help drive an improved startup ecosystem in the Philadelphia suburbs, Anthony launched Liberty Valley Initiative, a non-profit for connecting entrepreneurs with mentors, resources, and investors. His latest co-venture is a wearable tech company called ROAR for Good focused on reducing the incidence of assaults against women and addressing the underlying causes of violence. In his blog, Anthony’s Desk, he shares life and business lessons for achieving goals and transforming society.

Morgan Berman

CEO and Founder, MilkCrate

Morgan is the CEO and founder of MilkCrate, a platform that enables people — employees of corporations, members of nonprofits, students and staff at schools — the chance to make collective social impact by incentivizing and tracking behavior on the individual level. A multidisciplinary designer, Morgan received her Masters of Science in Sustainable Design at Philadelphia University, where she focused on interactive and industrial design within the broader context of sustainability. Prior to her work as a sustainability advocate and designer, she worked as a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania and as an educator/advocate in women’s health.

Esuga Abaya

Corporate and Securities Lawyer at DLA Piper

Esuga Abaya is a corporate attorney at the Philadelphia office of DLA Piper LLP (a global law firm with offices in 40 countries). He has experience representing a range of clients, including start-ups, private companies, public companies and private equity firms, in various corporate matters including mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, commercial contract drafting, equity financings and general corporate governance. His experience spans different industries, including life sciences, new technology, software, manufacturing and financial services. He focuses much of his corporate practice on providing counsel to startups and emerging growth companies in such matters as corporate formation, corporate restructuring, corporate governance and corporate financing.

Mike Maney

Storyteller, co-founder, Corporate Rebels United

Mike Maney is an award winning communications executive and professional photographer. He helps companies align their sales, marketing, PR and product market and tie it all into the bigger picture of what’s happening around their industry and beyond. He’s led global communications programs for high profile, culture shifting Fortune 500 business divisions and helped startups find the Hollywood blockbusters hiding behind their marketing. He co-founded Corporate Rebels United, a global movement of more than 1,000 khaki clad change agents working to establish speed, transparency and innovation as the new corporate norm. And he once stood on the Saturday Night Live stage with Chris Farley. More info at

Yuval Yarden

Executive Director at Philly Startup Leaders

Yuval Yarden, 25, is the Executive Director at Philly Startup Leaders, a local nonprofit that works to develop the technology and startup community in Philadelphia. After graduating from Temple University in 2013, Yuval worked in Management Consulting before she caught the startup bug. Since then, she's worked at four startups and consulted for countless others. Yuval is passionate about helping founders launch their businesses and connecting them to local resources. In addition to Philly Startup Leaders, Yuval is a Co-Organizer of Amplify Philly, an initiative that works to raise national awareness of the Philadelphia tech scene.

Amanda Levinson

Co-Founder and COO at NeedsList, a marketplace for humanitarian aid

Amanda is a creative entrepreneur with 20 years of experience leading social change projects in the civil society and tech sectors. She has led digital marketing and content strategy for a diverse array of clients including Ello, the US Fund for UNICEF, +Acumen, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Catholic Relief Services, and others. Prior to founding ThirdSpace, Amanda was Director of Policy Programs and Operations at Hope Street Group, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding economic opportunity for all Americans through 21st century policy innovations. She is the co-founder of VOZ, an immigrant rights organization in Portland, Oregon.

John Cardone

Founder and Principal of MetaMeta

John is the Founder and Principal of MetaMeta, a human centered design consultancy in Philadelphia. He helps organizations redesign their teams, processes, and businesses, ensuring that systems serve people, and not the other way around. A former social impact artist, John is particularly interested in how we can use technology and design thinking to solve society's most challenging problems. He's passionate about urbanism, social impact, and the future of education. He believes all design should be human centered, and that nothing is beyond scrutiny. Prior to MetaMeta, John co-founded Being Design, taught a college course on Urbanism at Syracuse University, made public art, and studied Arts & National Identity in Dakar, Senegal.

Tracey Welson-Rossman

Founding Member and Chief Marketing Officer at Chariot Solutions

Tracey Welson-Rossman is a Founding Member and Chief Marketing Officer at Chariot Solutions, a leading Philadelphia area enterprise application and mobile development consulting firm, and the Founder of TechGirlz, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring teenage girls to consider careers in technology. Prior to joining Chariot Solutions, she spent three years as the Director of Marketing at Skylight Systems, an accounting software company that specialized in solutions for mid-size and large wholesale distributors. In 1996 Tracey bought KangaKab, a child transportation service company, where she developed her passion for startup companies.

She is co- founder and current co-chair of the annual Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise Conference, Founder of the Women in Tech Summit, and a Founding Board Member of Philadelphia Startup Leaders. She was recently honored as one of 40 Women to Watch over 40 worldwide. Tracey is also an adviser for Roar for Good.

Marion Leary

Director of Innovation Research for the Center for Resuscitation Science at the University of Pennsylvania

Marion Leary is the Director of Innovation Research for the Center for Resuscitation Science at the
University of Pennsylvania, Course Director for the Research/Inquiry-based Service Residency and
the Innovation Specialist at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing and an Instructor in
the Penn Master of Public Health program. Ms. Leary has focused her research and education over
the past ten years on cardiac arrest and CPR quality with the current goal of developing innovative
strategies to improve CPR and resuscitation training. Ms. Leary has participated as an author on
over 45 scholarly publications pertaining to CPR and resuscitation science, including the AHA’s
digital health consensus statement and an AHA scientific statement on CPR quality. She currently
serves on the Science Subcommittee of the AHA Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee and
was a member of the AHA’s Education Innovation Summit.

Ms. Leary is also a consultant with the Penn Medicine Digital Health Lab and a Senior Fellow at the
Center for Public Health Initiatives at Penn. Ms. Leary completed her master's degree in nursing at
Penn, in health leadership and a master's degree in public health at Penn.

Ms. Leary is a contributor to the Huffington Post, is an organizer of the March for Science PHL and is
also on the board of Start Talking Science a free public event increase the public awareness of —
and interest in — cutting-edge, local research.

Ms. Leary is the founder of the newly formed ImmERge, LLC, focusing on using mixed reality
platforms to reimagine how the world prepares for emergencies. ImmERge Labs is the 2017 winner
of the University of Pennsylvania AppItUP competition and the University Science Center’s Digital
Health Accelerator.

Ms. Leary was the winner of the first Nurse Hackathon at Northeastern University and is now on their
planning committee. Ms. Leary serves as a mentor for that event as well as the Penn Apps
Hackathon and has participated in a number of other hackathons and accelerator programs. Ms.
Leary was recently named Philadelphia’s Geek of the Year for 2017.

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Dillon Myers is a social entrepreneur and has a passion for helping ideas grow from their earliest stages. He's excited to launch GiveBackHack in Philadelphia, and consequently, another class of ideas to make a real impact. In addition to his work with GiveBackHack, he's a Cofounder and CEO of Potluck, a social, video chat-based platform that connects people around shared interests. He's an alum of the Venture for America fellowship and a board member of the non-profit Daca Time.

Sophie Kaye is a Venture for America alum and 2015 Yale grad, now running operations and communications for an early-stage venture capital firm in Philly. Despite being a native New Yorker, she immediately fell in love with Philly's eclectic food scene, vibrant startup ecosystem, and friendly vibes. Having founded a disabilities awareness non-profit in high school, Sophie jumped at the opportunity to help bring GiveBackHack to Philadelphia and further empower the social enterprise community here and across the country. She also volunteers for Philly Startup Leaders and serves on the Programs Committee of Venture for America's Alumni Board.

Priya is a Venture for America Fellow and graduate of Barnard College, where she studied Sociology and learned how to write emails to get people to do stuff. She has experience working in the nonprofit and legal worlds, but feels much more at home in entrepreneurial environments. Venture for America led her to Philadelphia where she works in Customer Success at Guru, a growing tech startup nestled in Old City. Priya's greatest joys are thinking about social enterprises, replicating recipes from food blogs, and creating spreadsheet itineraries for social events.

June is a 2016 Venture for America fellow and recent Duke graduate now calling Philly home. She's worked at early-stage startups and healthcare non-profits which gives her a passion for social entrepreneurship. She's excited to bring GiveBackHack to the City of Brotherly Love for it's first year and see the impactful ideas that come out of the event.  In her free time, June enjoys drinking caffeinated beverages, spending time outdoors, and growing succulents.

Sarah is 2016 Venture for America Fellow. She is passionate about constituent engagement, digital marketing, and strategic communications. Sarah currently works at Seer Interactive in Philadelphia as an SEO Associate. She is originally from Birmingham, AL and recently graduated from Duke University, where she studied Public Policy. In her free time, Sarah takes classes to beef up her UX design skills, volunteers for Planned Parenthood, explores the local Philly food scene, and practices yoga and kickboxing.

Marcel is a new Philadelphia resident who's excited about finding ways to solve problems with the use of technology. He is a full-stack software developer at CoverMyMeds, one of the fastest growing healthcare IT companies in the United States. Prior to CoverMyMeds, he was an instrumentation and controls engineer at American Electric Power, an electric utility company in Columbus. He is passionate about social enterprise, entrepreneurship, and all things related to science and technology.

Patrick Han is the cofounder of Humanlytics, an AI-based marketing analytics platform that automates actionable recommendations for small and medium-sized businesses. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2016, Patrick moved to Philadelphia to join Venture for America, an entrepreneurial apprenticeship program in which fellows work for a startup for 2 years to learn how to grow a business. Today, he leads business development and marketing for the Humanlytics team (learn more at


Free Flow
We are figuring out how might we make menstrual care products more accessible in shared spaces.
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Fashion Forward
Making ethically & sustainably made clothing more accessible
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Invest in You
Documentary to highlight the need for financial literacy education (utilizing celebratory support)
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Gateway (SAT Easily)
SAT Curriculum for all schools and accessible online
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Green Light Learning
Subtle way for students to let a teacher know they didn't under stand a concept
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Strike a Chord
Maker's space for instruments to make music more accessible
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Girls Supply
Girl Supply is aimed toward girls ages 8-13 who are making the transition from girlhood to womanhood. Our mission is to empower young girls and eliminate the taboo around bodily changes by changing the shopping experience for new bras.
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Lift (Streets of Philadelphia Combo)
Way to donate to a homeless person through online resources to ensure productive use of funds
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Critical Communication in a Crisis -- inspired by the recent natural disaster in Puerto Rico.
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