GSC Web Meeting: Social Investment (Part 2): Financial Inclusion
Hear experts from Accion’s Center for Financial Inclusion, IBM’s Human Ability & Accessibility Center and Social Accountability International (a pioneer non-profit) discuss the importance and business advantages of hiring and empowering underprivileged individuals. According to IBM: “Making your organization more accessible to citizens, employees and other businesses is as promising as it is challenging.” Listen to our experts discuss why it should be not only proper but profitable for businesses to source their employees from places others might not look into – how to discover a great pool of concealed talent among people with disabilities and otherwise underprivileged individuals.
Prepare questions! The panel will end with a Q&A with the audience!
Joshua Goldstein | Principal Director for Economic Citizenship & Disability Inclusion at Center for Financial Inclusion at ACCION
Josh Goldstein – Principal Director for Economic Citizenship & Disability Inclusion. Mr. Goldstein is the program manager for the Center’s Financial Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities initiative, which was launched three years ago. Mr. Goldstein speaks about disability rights, and the importance of inclusion, at conferences around the world. He also manages the Center’s Advisory and Faculty councils. He writes regular blog posts for the Center as “Mr. Provocative.” Mr. Goldstein began his career in international development by running a small nonprofit, Timoun Haiti, to help that country’s poor servant children and mount other relief efforts. Mr. Goldstein is a graduate of Yale University.
The Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion (CFI) was launched in 2008 to help bring about the conditions to achieve full financial inclusion around the world. Constructing a financial inclusion sector that reaches everyone with quality services will require the combined efforts of many actors. CFI contributes to full inclusion by collaborating with sector participants to tackle challenges beyond the scope of any one actor, using a toolkit that moves from thought leadership to action.
The Center defines full financial inclusion as a state in which everyone who can use them has access to a full suite of quality financial services, provided at affordable prices, in a convenient manner, with respect and dignity. Financial services are delivered by a range of providers, in a stable, competitive market to financially capable clients.
K. Anne-Rivers Forcke | IBM Certified Project Executive, IBM Research – Human Ability & Accessibility Center
Ms. Forcke is an experienced global program manager, today providing business and market analysis and strategic focus for a variety of programs within IBM Research. As a certified IBM Project Executive, she brings a strong business acumen and outstanding communication and presentation skills to Research projects focused on enhancing productivity and business value through improved cognitive interactions, contextual computing and improved customer experiences. Ms. Forcke is a persistent contributor to process and methods development, thought-leadership and analytical tools within, and outside of, IBM.
For more than 20 years, Ms. Forcke has provided effective relationship management, marketing and business strategy, and program management for global, multi-cultural and remote teams addressing complex markets and information and communication technology (ICT) solutions. Her clients span IT organizations, Government, Telecommunications, Education, Media and Manufacturing.
As IBM’s representative to the Board of Directors of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) from 2000-2006, Ms. Forcke was active in several standards and policy projects, including the current development of recommendation for the technical standards revision to Section 508 and Section 255 regulating the accessibility of Information and Communication Technologies. From 2004-2006 she also represents IBM on the Board of Governors for the Electronics Industry Association (EIA) and is an Associate Professor of Business Communications at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Alice Tepper Marlin | President and CEO of Social Accountability International (SAI)
Ms. Tepper Marlin is the President and Founder of Social Accountability International. She has held this position since 1997, upon the founding of SAI. Ms. Tepper Marlin has received numerous awards (e.g. 2010 Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior by Trust Across America, Adweek and Mademoiselle Woman of the Year, Japan Society Fellow, Ashoka, Right Livelihood Award, Wellesley college Alumna of the Year), been profiled in various newspapers and magazines around the world (e.g. New York Times, People, Time, Le Monde) and has also been interviewed on numerous television and radio programs (e.g. Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN). READ MORE