How to Change the World with Casey van der Stricht

Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Building 4, Room 265
182 MEMORIAL DR (REAR), Cambridge, MA 02139

Each week MIT Solve is inviting social impact leaders to speak in our First Year Discovery class, "How to Change the World: Experiences from Social Entrepreneurs." But it is so much more than a class! Join us for this free event with free refreshments open to the public to be inspired by incredible leaders. 

This week, we'll have Casey van der Stricht, Principal at MIT Solve's Innovation Future, an innovative mechanism to make investments in the Solver teams. Casey joined MIT Solve from Social Finance, where she was Vice President, Social Investments, responsible for sourcing, structuring, and placing social impact bonds and other impact instruments, as well as advancing firm strategic positioning. Committed to leveraging new tools to make impact, she has experience in management consulting, financial services, and the nonprofit sector. Casey holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in history from Yale University.

Class description:

Every week, we’ll meet role models who will provide a taste of what it means to change the world through social innovation. We’ll span from micro to macro: interviewing individual entrepreneurs, and exploring the broader ecosystem that supports change-makers, both around MIT and globally. Each session will cover an aspect of making an impact, from identifying opportunities for change, to market fit, and planning for scale. We will feature conversations with social entrepreneurs from MIT Solve’s portfolio. Each student will get hands-on mentoring from established leaders within the Solve, MIT and, Kendall Square ecosystem. This includes visits to MIT labs and offices in the Cambridge innovation community. Through these speakers and field trips, students will gain a greater understanding of how technology-based, impactful solutions can address global challenges. 

At the end of the semester, students will be confident in their ability to identify and address social and environmental problems. They will understand the relevance of this work for their time at MIT. They will see how to bring their ideas to fruition and extend their ties with the Solve community.

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