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Durham | Race in Social Innovation: A Panel of Perspectives

03/23/2017 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Nearly 30% of all businesses in the United States are minority-owned, yet people of color still face challenges in starting ventures and raising capital, including those working in the social impact space.

How can social innovation be more diverse, equitable, and inclusive, particularly around racial equity? How can people of color effectively leverage their unique assets and overcome common challenges when working in social innovation?

Join the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) and Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative (Duke I&E) as we bring together leaders of color in social innovation to tackle these questions and more at Race in Social Innovation: A Panel of Perspectives.

We’ll look at their unique perspectives and expertise as people of color in building solutions to wide ranging social innovation issues, challenges they have faced in their journeys, and lessons learned along the way. With experiences in the for-profit, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors, we’ll see how different organizations tackle social challenges in their own ways.

The Panelists

Dorian Burton, Co-Founder at Tandem ED

Dorian Burton is the Co-Director of The TandemED Initiative for Black Male Achievement and Community Improvement, the Chief Program Officer at the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, and the Wasserman Foundation Fellow in the Doctor of Education Leadership Program at Harvard University. Dorian started his professional career working for the National Football League and has since served as the founding Program Director of the Education Pioneers Houston Office, the Houston Director of Stand for Children, and the Chief Strategy Officer for TandemED. Learn more.

Maxeme Tuchman, CEO at Caribu, Inc.

Maxeme Tuchman is the CEO and Co-Founder of Caribu Inc., an education technology company that help parents and extended family read bedtime stories to children when they are far away. She was most recently appointed by President Obama to serve as a White House Fellow at the U.S. Department of the Treasury where she served as a senior policy advisor and worked on issues of financial inclusion. Max served as the Executive Director of Teach For America Miami-Dade and was responsible for overseeing daily regional operations for 26 staff members and cultivating over $15M of private and public support in service of over 500 current teachers and alums. Learn more.

Mike Williams, Curator and Co-Founder of the #BlackonBlack Exhibit

Mike Williams is all about fostering community. He’s the creator and curator of ArtsNow (artsnownc.com), a digital home for the Triangle arts community, and co-founder of The Black On Black Project, which works with artists of color on projects and events that aim to bring communities closer together. He enjoys working with visual and performing artists to help them on their respective journeys. Williams, a graduate of North Carolina Central University, is also a curator, public speaker, frequent panelist and event coordinator. He also works with local nonprofits that serve the youth.
The Moderator

Farad Ali, Institute for Minority Economic Development

Farad is the President and CEO at The Institute of Minority Economic Development. He has always been committed to shaping a shared vision for Durham, respecting the voices of the people and assuring accountability of government. Farad Ali works within an organization focused on addressing issues related to responsible community economic and minority business development. Learn more.


Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship


Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative
215 Morris St
Durham, NC 27701
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