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Building Greater Economic Mobility Through Social Enterprise

When: 
Thursday, June 27, 2019
5:00pm - 6:00pm UTC
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A Californian coalition (The Economic Mobility Collaborative) sets out this vision: “Every Californian should have a chance to work, to discover their potential, and to share that potential with others.” The Collaborative suggests that, among the most important things we need to do is to, “effectively promote evidence-driven approaches designed for accountability and inclusion and needed to restore trust and confidence in government’s ability to solve big problems.” Economic mobility is an especially remote dream for Californians who have been incarcerated or homeless, and young adults who are not working or in school – many who also are challenged by substance use, mental health issues, and/or time spent in foster care. Increasing workforce participation and driving greater economic mobility will require business, philanthropy, nonprofits, and government to work together.

Fortunately, California leads the nation in fostering an evidence-backed solution to employ people overcoming these barriers: employment social enterprise. Employment social enterprises provide jobs, on-the-job training, and specialized supports to people who face high barriers to work. Despite their evidence and measurable success, employment social enterprises face obstacles in obtaining the capital needed to grow due to their unique social impact business model.  

To meet this challenge, the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF) has proposed to the California State Legislature the creation of an Employment Social Enterprise Fund. With an initial investment from the State, the Fund would make public investments to scale up employment social enterprises. It would also invest in the data and systems required to assess results, in order to improve progress toward inclusive economic stability and mobility objectives. If successful, the Fund would leverage philanthropy’s investment in employment social enterprises along with the revenues earned by these enterprises.

With its widening wealth gap and stark economic disparities, now is the time for California to create a bridge for philanthropy, nonprofits, business, and government to collaborate to support the vibrancy, growth, and stabilities of its diverse communities.  

Speakers

Sarah Glenn-Leistikow
Deputy Executive Director, Center for Employment Opportunities

Chet P. Hewitt has more than 25 years experience working in the public and nonprofit sectors, and has served as the President and CEO of Sierra Health Foundation since September 2007. During his tenure at Sierra Health, Chet has been credited with increasing the foundation’s impact by establishing new mission-driven grant programs and creating local, state and national partnerships.

Prior to joining the foundation, Chet spent five years as the Agency Director for the Alameda County Social Services Agency, where he was credited with transforming its child welfare system into a national model. He also worked as Associate Director for the Rockefeller Foundation in New York, and established and managed the West Coast office in San Francisco. Chet has received several national awards, including the Annie E. Casey Foundation Child and Family Leaders Fellowship and the 2009 Black Child Welfare Administrator of the Year.

Sandra Hernandez
President & CEO, California Health Care Foundation

Chet P. Hewitt has more than 25 years experience working in the public and nonprofit sectors, and has served as the President and CEO of Sierra Health Foundation since September 2007. During his tenure at Sierra Health, Chet has been credited with increasing the foundation’s impact by establishing new mission-driven grant programs and creating local, state and national partnerships.

Prior to joining the foundation, Chet spent five years as the Agency Director for the Alameda County Social Services Agency, where he was credited with transforming its child welfare system into a national model. He also worked as Associate Director for the Rockefeller Foundation in New York, and established and managed the West Coast office in San Francisco. Chet has received several national awards, including the Annie E. Casey Foundation Child and Family Leaders Fellowship and the 2009 Black Child Welfare Administrator of the Year.

Chet Hewitt
President and CEO, Sierra Foundation Executive 

Chet P. Hewitt has more than 25 years experience working in the public and nonprofit sectors, and has served as the President and CEO of Sierra Health Foundation since September 2007. During his tenure at Sierra Health, Chet has been credited with increasing the foundation’s impact by establishing new mission-driven grant programs and creating local, state and national partnerships.

Prior to joining the foundation, Chet spent five years as the Agency Director for the Alameda County Social Services Agency, where he was credited with transforming its child welfare system into a national model. He also worked as Associate Director for the Rockefeller Foundation in New York, and established and managed the West Coast office in San Francisco. Chet has received several national awards, including the Annie E. Casey Foundation Child and Family Leaders Fellowship and the 2009 Black Child Welfare Administrator of the Year.

Carla Javits
President and CEO, REDF

Carla Javits is President and CEO of REDF (The Roberts Enterprise Development Fund), a pioneering venture philanthropy galvanizing a national movement of social enterprises—purpose-driven, revenue-generating businesses that help people striving to overcome employment barriers get good jobs, keep those jobs, and build better lives. Through her stewardship, REDF has invested in 177 social enterprises in 26 states. These businesses have generated $720 million in revenue and employed 36,135 people—and counting. REDF’s goal is to see 50,000 people employed by 2020, contributing their skills and talents to our communities and helping to build a stronger, more inclusive society.

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Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and SDG members and eligible non-members

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