Social entrepreneurship is an approach by individuals, groups, start-up companies or entrepreneurs, in which they develop, fund and implement solutions to social, cultural, or environmental issues. This concept may be applied to a wide range of organizations, which vary in size, aims, and beliefs. For-profit entrepreneurs typically measure performance using business metrics like profit, revenues and increases in stock prices. Social entrepreneurs, however, are either non-profits, or they blend for-profit goals with generating a positive "return to society". Therefore, they use different metrics. Social entrepreneurship typically attempts to further broad social, cultural and environmental goals often associated with the voluntary sector in areas such as poverty alleviation, health care and community development.
It’s not an easy task, creating a company but keeping in mind the vision and the purpose in every step of the way. Every venture, every task requires diligence and discipline. Scaling looks different. It's intended to accomplish a mission and or a goal. What is your end result? Families receiving toiletries, sponsoring seats at conferences, aiding in individuals achieving mental health treatment is at the forefront of my mission. Capital is important, that will come with time. I stepped out on Faith and as I grow, I learn, I surround myself with other business minded folks, driven and determined.
Undergraduate was one step. Graduate school was another level of dedication. Entry level social worker in the community with a plethora of academic knowledge, but there is nothing like working and watching your natural gift flourish. I have always had the ability to speak, to talk to others, to communicate effectively. This probably started in middle school on the debate team. Let’s just say you don’t stand a chance with me. Okay, let's get back to the subject at hand. I see a lot of individuals in private practice, and they are burning out, they are losing sight of the reason they entered the field.
I stand firm on my belief that we cannot address mental health without addressing the social determinants. I ran an entire outpatient ambulatory department, educated medical students, staff and medical directors. Understanding how poverty impacts a person is so important. I enjoyed this work. I realized my skills are transferable. Teaching is important. The average lay person just would not get it if we don’t educate them. Let's just say NYU gave me sound clinical skills.
Socially Conscious and Social Entrepreneurship goes hand in hand for me.