Interview with a Social Entrepreneur: On Finding Balance, Support and Success


Smita Satiani, Project Manager at Ashoka Changemakers, chats with Tonya Surman of Ashoka Canada, co-founder and CEO of Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) about challenges a social entrepreneur faces while juggling work, family life and social responsibility.

Surman tells her life motto is: "make social change, and have fun doing it." She divulges her biggest fears, life's mistakes, how she established a connection of support, and her personal definition of success.


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Adam Braun, founder of Pencils of Promise, is giving nonprofits a no-nonsense way to bring entrepreneurship to the next level. Pencils of Promise is a philanthropic organization that focuses on forming sustainable educational programs, and forging long-lasting, partnerships with communities. The organization aims to increase access to quality education and impact students and their families in high-need communities throughout Laos, Ghana and Guatemala.




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