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Race and Pathways to Employment

Part of Change, Justice, Equity: WNYC and Echoing Green Solutions Week

Thursday January 12 2017 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm ET
In-person event


Food trucks staffed with youth returning from prison. Bakers staffed with immigrant women. Green building projects staffed with underemployed workers from vulnerable populations.

For the final installment of our four-part live event series, hear from social entrepreneurs who are creating new and innovative pathways to employment right here in New York City. Hosted by WNYC’s Jami Floyd.

During this event, we’ll hear from the speakers about why they couldn’t ignore this problem, and how they got the inspiration for their big, bold solution. Each solution and each social entrepreneur comes at the problem from a different angle. Hear them in conversation about how to have the biggest impact, and how you can challenge yourself to develop your own ideas and commitments to action.

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Can’t attend? Watch a live video stream here beginning 7pm ET



Jordyn Lexton is a 2015 Echoing Green Fellow and founder of Drive Change, which uses the food truck industry to provide quality employment and teach transferable skill learning to young people returning home from adult jail or prison so they can access opportunity and live crime-free, bright futures.

Jessamyn Rodriguez is a 2008 Echoing Green Fellow and founder of Hot Bread Kitchen, which captures lost human capital by bringing women’s traditional bread recipes to market, which builds recognition of the contribution of immigrant communities.

Donnel Baird is a 2012 Echoing Green Fellow and founder of BlocPower, which markets, finances and installs solar and energy efficiency technology to help houses of worship, non-profits, small businesses and multifamily projects to slash their energy costs.


Change, Justice, Equity: WNYC and Echoing Green Solutions Week

On the eve of our next president’s inauguration, The Greene Space at WNYC and Echoing Green convene the brightest minds in social entrepreneurship to show people how to see promise where others only see problems, teach them how to put bold ideas into action, and inspire them to bring change to their communities at the grassroots level. WNYC’s Jami Floyd hosts four evenings of storytelling, conversation, and hands-on solutions building with experts in the fields of technology, criminal justice, health care, and employment. This live event series runs from January 9-12. See the full schedule here.

Event Details

1 hour and 30 minutes
The Greene Space
44 Charlton Street
New York , NY United States

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