Crisis forces us to change course and adapt to what can feel like insurmountable adversity. We have all, surely, felt the need for a sounding board from within our communities and networks, who can help us to overcome uncertainty in a way that enables us not just to survive but thrive. Yet, access to robust networks and resources that can guide us through unforeseen shocks and stresses is not a privilege enjoyed by all.
MicroMentor, a social enterprise housed within the global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps, is committed to a world in which everyone contributes to a thriving economic future. Our easy-to-use social platform enables the world’s largest community of purpose-driven entrepreneurs and business mentors to create powerful connections, solve problems, and build successful businesses together.
At a time when face-to-face interaction poses a threat to public health and safety, online communities and networks are no longer supplemental to how we connect as social entrepreneurs— they are key drivers of an inclusive, global economy. MicroMentor holds the online space for radical collaboration among entrepreneurs and experienced professionals to build trust and respond to crisis together; charting a path toward long-term recovery and resilience. We see that mentored entrepreneurs are more likely to survive, create jobs, and access and manage financial resources more successfully than those who go it alone.
In this session, a diverse group of MicroMentor team members and experienced global mentors and social entrepreneurs, including Paralympian and mentor Vibhas Sen, will facilitate a virtual mentoring session focusing on real-world challenges that entrepreneurs are currently facing, such as access to and management of emergency financing, rapid business model pivots, adaptation to online sales and marketing, and stress management. We will demonstrate how our inspiring one-to-many virtual mentoring sessions facilitated via breakout rooms addressing these pressing topics, can leverage participants’ social capital to develop the skills, tools, knowledge, and ideas that can make social ventures more resilient in the short and long terms.
To actively lay the groundwork for a growth mindset of resilience, MicroMentor proposes to create a bespoke community on the MicroMentor platform for participants of the SOCAP Open MicroMentor session, where the rich conversations sparked in this session will continue to unfold among the SOCAP Open participants and extend beyond to our growing community of over 120,000 members from 180 countries around the world.
Featured MicroMentor Team Members:
Anita Ramachandran is the Executive Director of MicroMentor at Mercy Corps. She has over 20 years of combined Non-Profit (NGO) and corporate management experience across a wide spectrum of industries and countries. She’s an entrepreneur, problem-solver, and changemaker, passionate about mentoring and personal growth. She was the recipient of the Portland Business Journal’s Women of Influence award in 2019 and has recently been named Exceptional Woman for selfless service by the Chetana Foundation in Portland, Oregon. Anita received a bachelor of science in Environmental Science and Economics, Summa Cum Laude, and a MBA, Magna Cum Laude, from Portland State University.
Tatiana Petrone is the Global Program Director and leads the expansion of MicroMentor in Latin America, MENA and SE Asia. She is responsible for global marketing and working with local teams to support the adaptation and implementation of MicroMentor through project planning, methodology transfer, and adaptive management. She draws on her experience in economic development collaborating with organizations such as Ashoka, Americas Society, and Pathways to Prosperity Innovation Challenge, among others. Tatiana has an MA in Social Community Psychology from the University of Buenos Aires.
MicroMentor Session Facilitator:
Emily Joy is the Business Solutions Manager, overseeing MicroMentor’s business operations and monitoring and evaluation activities. She focuses on business development, customer success, and enterprise product management. By prioritizing experimentation and research, Emily uses human-centered design and adaptive management practices to steer MicroMentor’s global success. Emily has an MA in International Development from the University of Denver, has worked in community economic development programs in the US and Latin America, and has a small-business background.
Featured MicroMentor Mentor:
Vibhas Sen is a strategic marketing consultant and Paralympian. He has previously worked with MetLife India & Dentsu Aegis Network in various marketing roles over the last 14 years. He is an alumni of IIMC & Mumbai University. Currently, he is consulting startups in brand & marketing. Vibhas is a frequent TedX Speaker speaking on various accessibility issues and a Sport Diplomat.
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