Social Enterprise to Build Community

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Hear examples of how investing in social enterprise can create employment for those who faced barriers, provide needed products and services to underserved areas and offer innovative services that contribute to the development of sustainable local economies.


Jen Bowden, director of community investment, IGS Energy

Jen Bowden is the Director of Community Investment for IGS Companies, where she works to carry forward the company's purpose of making energy personal, meeting the energy needs of a growing population, and following the tenants of conscious capitalism. In this role, she's responsible for investments into the communities where IGS does business.  Before joining IGS, she was the vice president of community relations for the Columbus Blue Jackets and held roles as the director of corporate and government relations and capital campaign manager for Mid-Ohio Foodbank. She received a degree in International Studies from The Ohio State University.

Emily Savors, director of grants management, The Columbus Foundation

Emily assists in carrying out the Foundation's services to donors and supporting organizations, nonprofit organizations, and the community at-large. She has served as a catalyst in addressing community needs by researching, reviewing, and spearheading projects for funding consideration, and developing funding partnerships for special initiatives.

Tony Wells, co-founder and CEO, Tony R Wells Foundation

A business veteran recognized as a successful business entrepreneur, community philanthropist, family foundation, and board director.  The Wells Foundation was created in 2001 by Tony and Dana Wells to provide technology and social entrepreneurship grants to nonprofit organizations to "create value for the community by developing stronger nonprofit leaders and investing in the next generation of social innovations".  Wells has an International MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School and is an alumnus of the Wharton School of Business and the Kellogg School of Management. Wells was awarded an Honorary Doctoral degree in Public Service by Otterbein University in 2015.

Patrick Westerlund, education & impact investment consultant, Tony R Wells Foundation

Patrick leads the foundation's Social Impact Investing executive education program for nonprofit leaders and social entrepreneurs. Patrick also works on the investment team, providing advisory services related to social enterprise development and conducting due diligence on impact investment opportunities. Patrick is currently serving on the board of GroundWork group, serves at the United Way of Central Ohio on the Planning & Investments Committee, and co-founded the Festival for Good. Patrick is a graduate of The Ohio State University where he specialized in Finance, actively consulted for Columbus nonprofit organizations, and planned the Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship Summit. 


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Nonmembers: $50

Hosted by Philanthropy Ohio and originally published August 9, 2017

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