Jerelyn Rodriguez is the co-founder of The Knowledge House, a New York City-based nonprofit that introduces young people to STEM career possibilities. At the summit, she met with two CEOS, one of a foundation and the other of a non-profit, like herself. Rodriguez said it was “so valuable to hear their stories.â€ She also had the opportunity to meet with potential funders.
Mirta Desir is the CEO of Smart Coos, a startup that makes it easy for parents and educators to give kids the opportunity to learn a second language through live-language sessions on its interactive web-based platform.
“When Aaron told me about Camelback, the keyword was ‘connection.’â€ Desir launched Smart Coos when she became a new mother and left the legal practice. For her, Camelback has been “amazing.â€ With the connections she established, her company was able to close its first round. Smart Coos recently experienced 70% user growth with parents, and is in the process of negotiating a $2.6 million dollar contract to provide content to classrooms.
“We Need All of the Talent Available to Usâ€
When asked why this mission is so important to him, Walker says, “We need to have all of the talent available to use, especially black and brown folks. Often, I think we are the solutions. It’s for me to support people creating those solutions. People who came before me were social entrepreneurs, like Dr. King.â€
About the fellows, Walker says, “They inspire me every day.â€