Pay Us in Equity Part 2: Sustaining the Vision

Date & Time

Friday, Feb 21st, 2020

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Rubenstein-G-21, Neustadt, Harvard Kennedy School (79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138)


Historically, people of color experience greater barriers when it comes to access to funding. Structural inequities not only prevent the advancement of solutions developed by people most proximate to the communities being served, but they also perpetuate harmful biases in the system. The Social Innovation and Change Initiative (SICI) is thrilled to welcome Cheryl Dorsey for a second iteration on the conversation on investing in founders of color and proximate leaders. After one year of the release of Echoing Green’s report, “State of Social Entrepreneurship in 2019,” Cheryl will discuss the status of the social innovation ecosystem and identify where opportunities and gaps exist. Cheryl will also address structural inequities in the nonprofit and social impact sector and share strategies to hack biases and systemic barriers. Cheryl is a Beck Visiting Social Innovator at SICI and the President of Echoing Green, one of the most globally recognized social innovation funds acting as a catalyst for impact. Over thirty years, Echoing Green has invested over $40million in more than 700 social change leaders around the world. This conversation will be moderated by Khadijah Tribble, 2017 Cheng Fellow and Founder of the Marijuana Policy Trust.

All are welcome to attend. This event will especially appeal to those with an interest in equity, social innovation, and proximate leadership.

About Cheryl Dorsey
Cheryl L. Dorsey is a pioneer in the social entrepreneurship movement, and the President of Echoing Green, a global organization seeding and unleashing next-generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems. Prior to leading this social impact organization, Cheryl was a social entrepreneur herself and received an Echoing Green Fellowship in 1992 to help launch The Family Van, a community-based mobile health unit in Boston. She became the first Echoing Green Fellow to head the social venture fund in 2002. An accomplished leader and entrepreneur, she has served in two presidential administrations as a White House Fellow and Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Labor (1997 98); Special Assistant to the Director of the Women’s Bureau of the U.S. Labor Department (1998 99); and Vice-Chair for the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships (2009 16). Cheryl serves on several boards including the SEED Foundation, The Bridgespan Group, and, previously, the Harvard Board of Overseers. She has a medical degree from Harvard Medical School and her Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School and received her Bachelor’s degree in History and Science magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges.

Cheryl has received numerous awards for her commitment to public service, including the Pfizer Roerig History of Medicine Award, the Robert Kennedy Distinguished Public Service Award, the Manuel C. Carballo Memorial Prize, and Middlebury College Center for Social Entrepreneurship’s Vision Award. She was also featured as one “America’s Best Leaders” by US News & World Report and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School in 2009, as one of The Nonprofit Times’ “Power and Influence Top 50” in 2010 and 2011, and was named as one of “America’s Top 25 Philanthropy Speakers” by the Business of Giving in 2016. During the 2018 – 19 academic year, Cheryl will serve as a Beck Visiting Social Innovator at SICI. One of Cheryl’s favorite quotes from Robert Schuller sums up her career ideology: What would you attempt to do if you could not fail?

While at SICI, Cheryl will further her work by developing and piloting initiatives specifically aimed at closing the gap in access to resources for social impact leaders of color and proximate leaders. On campus, she will advance this project through meetings and collaborations with faculty, staff, and students to exchange knowledge on critical social innovation content and competencies.

About Khadijah Tribble

Khadijah Tribble is one of the most respected experts on equity and inclusion in the cannabis industry. As a credible and forward-thinking founder and activist, she advises cannabis investors, government regulators, entrepreneurs, and main-stream businesses.

Known as a committed advocate for fair and equitable policies for the betterment of veterans, LGBTQ, POC and individuals from marginalized communities, Khadijah has been at the forefront of interrupting systems for more than two decades. Tribble is a savvy strategist and a dynamic leader known for her inspiring and passionate style. Whether giving Tedx talks or leading panel discussions, she empowers through educating everyone from the corporate boardroom to the operating rooms- that marijuana matters. Prior to the mainstream discussion of cannabis, she took a huge risk to her reputation and brand by creating Marijuana Matters (M2), a cannabis education and advocacy incubator. M2 was created while Tribble was a Cheng Fellow at the Social Innovation and Change Initiative.

Khadijah Tribble has served on many boards and advisory groups, including Women in the Life Association, CTF Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce, Human Rights Campaign’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board, Not for Profit Hospital (United Medical Center) Board of Directors, National LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce Supplier Diversity Committee and the Community Wellness Collective.

Recognizing the need for trustworthy and experienced equity and inclusion diversity consultants in the cannabis industry, Khadijah Tribble has combined her knowledge of the cannabis ecosystem with expertise in the diversity and inclusion field to create the Marijuana Policy Trust (MPT). MPT provides expertise in developing, managing and leading programs designed to foster productive outcomes that lead to an inclusive and diverse cannabis industry.