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You’re invited to join us for our upcoming event:

Women & Sustainability in Social Entrepreneurship

Wed, June 4, 2014, 12-1:30 pm,
The New School, Wollman Hall (5th Fl),
65 West 11th St, New York, NY 10003.


Experts in social innovation and medical technologies will engage in conversation about women in social entrepreneurship; what sustainability looks like in entrepreneurship, in the medical device field, and when working in developing contexts; and will share challenges and feedback with young women entrepreneurs from a promising new medical device startup.


  • Michele Kahane, co-leader of The New School’s Social Innovation Initiative, formerly of the Ford Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative
  • Erica Frenkel, Vice President of Business Strategy at Gradian Health Systems
  • Sabine Blaizin, Director of Alumni Relations and Community Engagement at Public Allies NY and leader of social entrepreneurship
  • Natalie Grillon, of the innovation team at Acumen, former Acumen Global Fellow, as well as COO and co-founder of JUST, an online marketplace to connect designers with ethical sustainable suppliers.
  • Lindsay Siegel, Managing Director of Social Entrepreneurship at Zahn Innovation Center, City College of NY
  • Moderator:  Erika Nonken, Founder and CEO of Reimagine Consulting, fundraising associate at the Omega Institute, and friend of WNSF

Featured Entrepreneurs: Sisu Global Health

Sisu Global Health is a global platform to implement culture-centric, resource-derived medical technologies in the developing world. Sisu is bringing medical products to market through a set of design criteria and connections to in-country sales-channels, developed over the course of 4 years of local involvement in Ghana and India. The first step in developing this platform is implementing Sisu’s patent pending technology in Ghana, starting with the (r)Evolve, a modular centrifuge capable of separating blood both with and without electricity. This will be followed by the Hemafuse, a completely manual autologous transfusion device as well as other medical technologies. Founded by three young women (pictured above), this new company looks forward to serving as a case study for the conversation on women, sustainability and entrepreneurship, and will welcome feedback.  More information can be found on sisuglobalhealth.com, or in recent features in MiBiz and Rapid Growth Media.


The event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP (via Eventbrite) is required.
No need to bring your printed ticket: we’ll have your name on a list at the door.

Questions about the event?

Feel free to contact us.