WNG Networking Reception: Social Entrepreneurship & Ashoka
News Release: May 26, 2005
On Thursday, May 26, the Washington Network Group convened a "Technology and Social Change: A New Frontier" networking reception at Cafe Asia in Rosslyn, Virginia. For this event, we were pleased to partner with Ashoka: Innovator for the Public.
Our monthly networking receptions provide a relaxing way for professionals in the DC metropolitan area to network with one another. Many participants use these receptions as an event marketing opportunity for area businesses to build and increase awareness of their mission, products, and services. We convene them as an opportunity to develop new business relationships and partnerships.
Approximately 200 people attended the reception.
Registrants included individuals from:
• AboveNet • Accenture • ANSER • America Online • Approva Corporation • BearingPoint • Booz Allen Hamilton • Business Storytellers • Calvert Foundation • Canadian Embassy • Carnegie Endowment • Carter Cosgrove + Company • Cisco Systems • Cohesion Partners • Community IT Innovators • Cvent • DCpages.com • DemocracyInAction.org • EndeavorConnect • Environmental Protection Agency • Fairfax County Economic Development Authority • Fannie Mae • Freddie Mac • Gartner • GetActive Software • General Dynamics • General Services Administration • Global Investments & Traders • GlobaLynx • GlobeNet • InnoEngineer • INPUT • Inter-American Development Bank • InteraMotion • International Bank for Reconstruction and Development • International Monetary Fund • International Republican Institute • Internews Network • Intersections Inc. • IonIdea • Key Bridge Technology • Latin Trade Solutions Inc. • LeapFrog Solutions • Logotech • Managed Objects • Microsoft • Mitel Networks • National Democratic Institute • National Institute for Urban Entrepreneurship • National Science Foundation • Network Solutions • Nextel Communications • NPower Greater DC Region • PhilanTech • RemX IT • Rivermine Software • Sage Communications • Sify Elearning • Sprint • Strategic Analysis • TeleBright Corporation • TeraTech • The Beyster Institute • U.S. Airways • U.S. Committee for UNDP • U.S. Department of Commerce • U.S. Department of State • U.S. Navy • U.S. Senate Finance Committee • UK Trade & Investment • Unisys • Washington DC Sustainable Business Network • Washington Profile • Washington Technology Magazine • WorldReach Communications •
Our original invitation for the event:
"Technology and Social Change: A New Frontier"
Do you enjoy the intellectual challenges of your work, but feel like you could be spreading value in more meaningful ways?
Do you wish the volunteer "nonprofit" sector wasn't just about not making a profit, but actually about having impact?
Well, making a profit and making a difference don't have to be mutually exclusive!Please join the Washington Network Group when we convene our next WNG Networking Reception with Ashoka: Innovators for the Public.
Technology and Social Change: A New Frotier
Thursday, May 26, 2005
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
1550 Wilson Boulevard
Ashoka's mission is to develop the profession of social entrepreneurship around the world. Ashoka invests in people. It is a global organization that searches the world for social entrepreneurs - extraordinary individuals with unprecedented ideas for change in their communities. Ashoka identifies and invests in these social entrepreneurs when no one else will. It does so through stipends and professional services that allow "Ashoka Fellows" to focus full time on their ideas for leading social change in education and youth development, health care, environment, human rights, access to technology and economic development. Ashoka has invested in more than 1,500 Ashoka Fellows in 53 countries. Those Fellows have transformed the lives of millions of people in thousands of communities worldwide.
Meet Ashoka Fellows... and discover how low-income markets are the new frontier for business growth as some traditional markets become saturated or slow. Social entrepreneurs have the knowledge, innovations, and networks to access these vast and untapped markets more effectively, making them powerful partners for business.
Explore with us... your vision of the role of technology in economic development and social justice, environmental markets, innovative health care, education and job training, and communities developing online voices.
Learn why Now is the Time... for business-social collaborations centered simultaneously on profit and social impact to create value for all parties.
Registration Information: No Cover, Cash Bar. Members and non-members welcome. Advance registration required. Space is limited.