A note from our Founder, Suzy Bureau:
The impact and footprint of GiveBackHack continues to grow every year and there is a major reason for that: the leadership of Emily Stuhldreher.
That is why it gives me great pleasure to announce her promotion to Program Director!
Emily has been leading our community full-time since October of 2020 and what a wild ride it has been. She jumped in with relentless force and energy to a difficult, ever-changing environment. In a time when many community organizations justifiably paused to regroup, Emily leaned in. She knew GiveBackHack and the social enterprise community could step up to the challenge. For our community, she has amplified impact every step of the way. Just a few of the many examples:
- Leading GiveBackHack Columbus alongside our incredible community organizers to protect the safety of our community without losing social enterprise momentum during Covid, pivoting to a more accessible week-long Design Sprint, then back to in-person event once safe.
- Continuing and expanding the impactful partnerships/relationships that drive social enterprise: The Columbus Foundation, IGS Energy, United Way of Central Ohio, CoverMyMeds, SEA Change, The Columbus College of Art and Design, Social Ventures, The Veale Foundation, The U, Business For Good, Can’t Stop Columbus, Yocum Law, Wild Tiger Tees, Roosevelt Coffeehouse, Rev1 Ventures, 614 Startups, Hack OHI/O, Petals that Inspire, YSEALI, ECDI, Petals That Inspire and The local startup community.
- Launching the Columbus City Schools program to enthusiastic students, teachers and community partners and leading that program through to student impact and enthusiastic renewal
- Launching a partnership with Veale Foundation that is now annual programming to help hundreds of students in the Northeast Ohio area gain quality access to entrepreneurship education.
- Launching programming to empower the non-profit ecosystem to leverage social enterprise best practices like Design Thinking. These programs are focused on initiatives like fighting human trafficking in Appalachia through partnership with Eyes Up Appalachia or creating/driving employment in communities.
- Launched and expanded programming with universities to ensure social enterprise isn’t just an option for students – it’s a strong consideration of an ability to create impact for the future, including University of Louisville and The Ohio State University
- ..and so much more profiled in our 2022 Impact Report
I’m proud to say that Emily’s leadership continues to take our organization to the next level. I am energized by all she has accomplished alongside the community and as someone who also knows what is next from my work with her week-to-week, I can say with utmost confidence that this is just the start.
Emily is truly an impeccable leader and furious advocate for social enterprise. Please take a moment to congratulate Emily and thank her for her remarkable work. I know we are all so lucky to have her!