An Interview Jenny Kassan: “Ask yourself what makes you come alive.”

Have you seen this inspiring interview with Jenny Kassan? The Bay Area social entrepreneur and financial innovator spoke with The Courage to be Happy Community ezine about the obstacles she’s faced along the way, and how she’s overcome self-doubt.

Reading the interview, it’s clear just how giving, honest, and positive Jenny is. She’s all about empowering entrepreneurs to help one another, and motivating women to figure out the things that—in her words—”make your heart sing.”

The Yale and Berkeley-educated attorney and advisor also shared one of her favorite quotes, from civil rights leader Howard Thurman: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Are you ready to make your heart sing, and help your business come alive?

Jenny will be in Pittsburgh on Friday, April 21 to present her “Fund and Fuel Your Dreams” workshop, which she recently gave as a three-day version in San Francisco. One of the most knowledge sources when it comes to creative capital-raising for social enterprises and small businesses, Jenny will help you learn to:

  • Take your business to the next level.
  • Make an impact doing what you love.
  • Avoid pitfalls and stay in control.
  • Find investors that are the right fit for you.
  • Get clarity and support in a community of inspiring women.

Join us for this special one-day workshop, and learn the tools and strategies for raising capital on your own terms.

Fuel and Fund Your Dreams

Friday, April 21, 2017
8:30 a.m. (registration) – 5 p.m.,
Location: The Shop, 621 N. Dallas Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Price: $99, includes reception following workshop
Register

Fund Your Dreams

I first met Jenny Kassan at last year’s SoCap conference in San Francisco. I liked the unusual stance Jenny has taken as an SEC attorney.  She helps women find the right sort of money for their businesses, not just any money.  And I love that she doesn’t just wear an attorney hat.  She’s put herself right into the middle of things by leading a Regulation Crowdfunding raise with a group of like-minded people on WeFunder.  Together they raised over $400,000 for The Force for the Food Accelerator Fund. Wow!

Jenny makes me feel like there must be an army of women out there like me, building up businesses that seek to do good while searching out the right tools and the right money.
And Jenny is providing those tools. Later this spring, she’s hosting “Fund and Fuel Your Dreams,” an event in Oakland, CA. Beginning on March 30, Jenny will be convening a three-day meeting for women looking to connect with socially conscious investors and to prepare their businesses for long-term, sustainable growth by connecting with the right money.

I’m going.  Want to join me?  Jenny’s offering my friends a discount here –  just use the code “IMAGINE2017.”

conversation

There are so many inspirational conversations happening around city and place. If you can filter out the national noise and rancor, it’s pretty clear that people everywhere are convening in many ways to find serious solutions that make our cities, towns and neighborhoods better places to live in. These conversations focus on a shared vocabulary of sustainability, inclusiveness and equity, but elevate those words from catch-all terms to reality.

Over the last few months I’ve been to Chicago, twice. (RealCap and Place Lab Salons). I’ve been to New York, San Francisco (SoCap), Los Angeles (GreenBuild), briefly back home to Pittsburgh (p4) and then last week to Cincinnati for the “People Investing in Place” convening.  My travels have centered on crowdfunding and its potential impact on cities but that’s just one little slice of the pie. There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of other conversations going on on how to make our cities better places for everyone.

“People Investing in Place,” hosted by People’s Liberty (an outgrowth of the Haile Foundation) was a particularly interesting convening. Every year, People’s Liberty provides several fellowships and a bunch of project grants to a new breed of young people, all motivated to make Cincinnati better. People’s Liberty believes these people are the future leadership of Cincinnati, so while they are investing in projects that make places better, they are also investing in people.  It’s a terrific program, but still, the small People’s Liberty team want to do better, want to do more.

Fifteen of us convened, from lots of other cities, and brought our ideas along with us.  We shared projects, thoughts and commonalities.  We prodded People’s Liberty (and ourselves) to take more risks and new directions. I have 15 new friends now, all who care about cities as much as I do.

This is the culture committed to repairing our cities. We are all makers, remaking the places we live in. Crowdfunding just happens to be my tool.  What’s yours?