"Social Enterprises and Feminist Businesses have much in common. As market-based, activist organizations designed to drive positive social change, both Social Enterprises and Feminist Businesses aim to use the tools of business — especially products and revenues — to pursue social good. But only one of these works at full power."--C.V. Harquail
Feminist business practice goes beyond conventional social enterprise approaches to creating change. Find out how in this action-packed, informative workshop and design jam.
Using the feminist business model canvas created by New Jersey and New York-based workshop facilitators C.V. Harquail and Lex Schroeder, you will learn how to design businesses that are deliberately feminist and how to leverage feminist business principles to amplify your social enterprise's impact. You will find out how to put into practice feminist values and beliefs about gender equity, social justice, community, and profit-making that benefits everyone. Throughout the day, we will explore what it means to create businesses that have a feminist mission and a sustainable feminist process for generating revenue, plus how feminist businesses interact with their stakeholders including customers, employees, and their industry ecosystem.
Also, we are pleased to be able to kick off the workshop with a keynote by special guest, internationally recognized expert, and author of Feminine Capital: Unlocking the Power of Women Entrepreneurs, Dr. Barbara Orser, Professor from the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa. Orser's keynote will focus on the under-supported potential of feminine capital in our economy plus provide us with an overview of the gendered matrix of value creation.
Key Learning Outcomes
For Entrepreneurs & Business People:
- Learn how to unleash the full power of your social enterprise.
- Get a taste of an inquiry-driven process for exploring business models, using the Feminist Business Model, questions/prompts, and interactive, iterative design conversation.
- Understand when to use the Osterwalder et.al, Business Model approach, the Running Lean Canvas of Maurya, and/or the Feminist Business Model Canvas to design the business that will best serve your purpose.
- Contribute to our understanding of value-driven business design by reality-testing the Feminist Business Model Canvas, identifying what needs to be developed next
For Accelerator Leaders and StartUp Mentors:
- Expand your business modeling toolkit
- Expand your understanding of purpose-driven business design, so that you can teach, create, and grow as a business leader
- Explore alternative Canvases and modeling processes that might be helpful for assigning less conventional entrepreneurs and business ideas in your accelerator/incubator classes
For Academics and Thought Leaders:
- Explore the challenges of turning abstract ideas into actionable practices that help expand options for business leaders
- Learn how to go beyond the individual level application of feminism to address system-level challenges
- Share your expertise and wisdom. Identify empty spaces where we need new theorizing about startups, purpose-driven organizations, and aligned/authentic problem-solution, product-market, and company purpose fit.
For all Participants:
- Be part of a creative and optimistic process to help develop tools we need to build the changes we seek in business
- Move theory and practice towards values and goals that matter most to you
- Join with other creative doers and thinkers to make something fun and useful
8:15-9:00 AM: Registration, Continental Breakfast, Networking
9:00-9:20 AM: Welcome, Introductions, Sponsor Thank Yous, Opening Remarks & Agenda Overview (Petra Kassun-Mutch, Eve-Volution & LiisBeth Media)
9:20-10:00 AM: Keynote: Entrepreneurial Feminism: Principles, Values and Market Dynamics plus the Gendered Matrix of Value Creation, by Dr. Barbara Orser. Full Professor and the Deloitte Professor in the Management of Growth Enterprises. In 2010, Dr. Orser was recognized by the Women's Executive Network as a 100 Most Power Women in Canada (Champion Category) and The International Alliance of Women World of Difference 100 Awards. In 2011, she received the University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management Award for Service, Teaching and Research.
10:00-10:45 AM: Introduction Feminist Business Practice and Feminist Business Model Canvas C.V. Harquail & Lex Schroeder of Feminists At Work, Workshop facilitators and creators of the Feminist Business Model Canvas
CV Harquail is Ph.D., scholar, and writer, plus faculty affiliate at the Stevens Institute of Technology (the Innovation University) in Hoboken, New Jersey. Lex Schroeder is a writer, editor, speaker on gender justice and the future of work. She is a Leadership Ambassador with Take The Lead and a former editor and strategist at The Lean Enterprise Institute.
10:45-11:00 AM: BREAK
11:00-12:30 PM: Designing A Feminist Business Model Part I
12:30-1:15 PM: Lunch Break/Feminine Capital Book Signing with Barbara Orser. (Lunch is not providedbut can be purchased at the CSI cafe).
1:15-2:45 PM: Designing a Feminist Business Model Part II
2:45-3:00 PM: Break
3:00-3:45 PM: Presenting Your Model/Feedback & Discussion
3:45-4:30 PM: Wrap-Up
* Optional Reception in CSI Lounge following the program (Cash Bar)
** This event is being run on a cost recovery basis. Proceeds go towards paying travel costs for presenters, marketing and out of pocket materials/printing costs for the workshop.
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