Tuesday, September 18, 2012

23 International Leaders Visit Walker

The Walker Group was honored to host 23 Visitors from 23 different countries as a part of the US State Deparment’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The program objectives include examination of the role of social entrepreneurship in the US, networking with US counterparts, assessing the impact of collaborations, and understanding the role of new and social media in driving social entrepreneurship. 

The countries represented were Albania, Bangladesh, Botswana, Burma, Cambodia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Hungary, India, Jordan, Laos, Malawi, Mongolia, Motenegro, Nigeria, PR China, Portugal, Romania, Sinapore, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, and United Arab Emirates. Representatives include changemakers from the private, public, NGO, and traditional nonprofit groups, all seeking to understand the new movement in social enterprise. 

The group arrived on September 8th with a tour of Washington, and then on to New York, landing in Connecticut on the 16th where their first stop was Farmington to visit The Walker Group and reSET (Social Enterprise Trust). Kate Emery, CEO of The Walker Group and Founder of reSET spoke to the group about her company’s journey to becoming a social enterprise, and about the work that reSET is doing to make Connecticut a hub of social enterprise. 

Peter Drasher, CEO and founder of Altrushare, also spoke in Farmington about his experience in setting up the first nonprofit owned stock brokerage. Then it was off to Billings Forge Community Works in Hartford where Mike Miller provided them with an overview and a tour. On Tuesday they will tour one of Connecticut’s most famous social enterprise, Newman’s Own and its beneficiary The Hole in the Wall Camp. 

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