posted by Joseph Gidjunis on May 1, 2015 Return to Non-Profits

Shift Series National Conference

Gustavo and I were honored to photograph a group of young people who are making a difference in the world by using their entrepreneurial skills for good.

Rebecca Ballard, Executive Director of the non-profit group Compass Partners, asked me to document the Shift Series National Conference, a two-day event hosted by The Compass Fellowship at Georgetown University.  Rebecca is as a former client and friend, as well as a woman who is driven and persuasive, so I very much looked forward to being part of the event. Compass Fellows, are all first-year students, chosen by each campus’ Mentor team, consisting of older students with relevant entrepreneurship experience.  It was inspiring to see a group of young people taking time out of their busy lives to strengthen the skills they will use to make the world a better place.

Many well-known people participated as speakers and panelists, including Dennis Whittle, co-founder of Global Giving, and Amanda Cole, daughter of fashion’s Kenneth Cole, who sponsored the event. The students attended small group sessions with titles like “How to Make Something Out of Nothing” and “10 Strategies for Successful Schmoozing.”  Then they had the opportunity to pitch their business ideas in front of their peers and judges.  The winners of the pitch contest were awarded advance copies of the upcoming book, Stand Out written by keynote speaker Dorie Clark.

If the future of our society belongs to these young entrepreneurs, it certainly is in capable and prepared hands. JPG loves doing this kind of documentation, because we love being part of telling the stories of people doing great things. These stories need to be told and remembered. We strive to work with the people who are using their creative thought and social entrepreneurship to do business in the 21st century. We were honored and touched when, on the last day of the event,  the fellows surprised us with applause and hugs for our own use of social entrepreneurship in our business model to give back and promote multiple causes including theirs, HRC, Make-a-Wish, and many others.


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