Book Party for Changing the World Without Losing Your Mind: Leadership Lessons from Three Decades of Social Entrepreneurship by Alex Counts
About this Event
Join us for a book party and author talk featuring Alex Counts, founder of Grameen Foundation and author of Changing the World Without Losing Your Mind: Leadership Lessons from Three Decades of Social Entrepreneurship.
Deborah Drake of Accion will also speak, and Fatema Sumar of Oxfam America will moderate a "fireside chat" with Alex Counts after he makes some introductory remarks.
There will be time for questions from the audience, networking, and purchasing books.
6:00 Doors open, light refreshments
6:30 Program begins with welcome by Oxfam representative and opening remarks by Deborah Drake of Accion
6:40 Alex Counts talks about his book
6:55 Fatema Sumar conducts "fireside chat" with the author
7:10 Open Q&A with audience
7:20 Closing comments by Deborah Drake
7:25 Networking & Book Signing
Alex Counts founded Grameen Foundation and became its President and CEO in 1997, after having worked in microfinance and poverty reduction for 10 years. Initially as a Fulbright Scholar, he trained under Professor Muhammad Yunus, the founder and managing director of Grameen Bank, and co-recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. Since its modest beginnings sparked by a $6,000 seed grant provided by Prof. Yunus (who was a founding board member and continues as a director emeritus), Grameen Foundation has grown to become a leading international humanitarian organization with an annual budget that reached $25 million in 2009.
Counts advanced Grameen Foundation’s philosophy through his writings, including the books Small Loans, Big Dreams: How Nobel Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus and Microfinance Are Changing the World (John Wiley & Sons, 2008) and Give Us Credit (Times Books/Random House, 1996). Counts has also been published in The Washington Post and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. In 2007, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Horace Mann School in New York City.
He is a Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland College Park, an affiliated faculty of the Do Good Institute, and a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).
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