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Launching a Nonprofit Startup Panel (BIEN #27)

Interested in making a positive impact on the world around you? Been thinking of launching a nonprofit to make a difference?

Come listen to panelists talk about how to go about it, what you need to know, and myths/pros and cons about the nonprofit/for-profit choice.

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Moderator, Pat Hubbell, SM 1991 is Co-founder, Candorful, which matches experienced interviewers with transitioning military personnel to help them prep for job interviews.

Sarah Koenig is a CSR practitioner with experience leading and creating employee engagement, giving and sustainability programs. She serves as a mentor to several nonprofits and is currently on the leadership team of Boston's Corporate Volunteer Council. 

Dick Riley is a tax lawyer and a partner in the Washington DC office of Foley & Lardner LLP.  He specializes in tax, tax-exemption, governance and transactional issues for nonprofit organizations, and has substantial experience structuring business relationships among nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies.  He is a graduate of Yale University (BA 1980) and Duke University Law School (JD 1983).

Liz Powers is the Co-Founder & Chief Happiness Spreader (CEO) at ArtLifting, a business that empowers artists impacted by homelessness and disabilities. Liz was selected for 30 Under 30” and Boston Globe’s 2015 “Game Changers. Liz has given keynotes to crowds of 5,000. She has spoken at TEDx, Lean StartUp Conference, FedEx HQ, Fidelity, and South By Southwest. She has worked in social service and given speeches about social change for the last decade. Her impact has been featured in vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap">the, TODAY Show, and Washington Post. She graduated from Harvard with honors and earned a MSc at the University of Edinburgh.

Jerry Johnson spent his early career as a manager in the telecommunications industry and after achieving senior manager status, left in 1997 to become President and Chief Operating Officer at Hill Associates, a leading provider of corporate training located in Colchester, Vermont. He has volunteered with various organizations throughout his career and has increased that activity since retirement. Jerry is currently a consultant at the Center for Women and Enterprise, a consultant at Empower Success Corps, a mentor at Mass Challenge and a Board member at four 501C(3)organizations.

Eventbrite - Launching a Non-profit Start-up Panel (BIEN #27)

Date:  Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

  • 6:30pm: Registration, networking and light supper
  • 7:00pm: Introductions and NonProfit Panel
Venue: MIT Sloan, Building E62, Room 262, 100 Main Street, Cambridge, MA (

Parking: The closest on-campus lots are the Amherst Street/Building E51 parking lot (free after 5pm), and the East Garage/Building E62 (paid parking lot).  The closest public parking is Kendall Center Green Garage, next to the Marriott Hotel. The entrance is 90 Broadway Street. For other parking options, click here.


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