MET Community, an international organization dedicated to supporting women entrepreneurs through mentorship, education and technology, and the sponsor IE Business School, hosted the Fourth Annual ForoMET DC on Thursday, March 15, 2018 in Washington, D.C., in honor of International Women’s Day.
The event featured panels on social entrepreneurship and women empowerment and STEM with subject matter experts and entrepreneurs and a vendor marketplace with women-owned businesses.
Conchita Galdon, Social Innovation Director & Academic Lead at IE Business School, participated in the panel ‘Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation’, moderated by Deise Leobet, International Business Development Director at IE Business School.
In her contribution, Conchita Galdon spoke about ‘Women as Social Innovation Leaders’: “My career has focused on entrepreneurship, innovation and technology, mostly applied to social matters, but not exclusively. In jumping from regular tech/innovation environments to social tech/innovation environments something always strikes me. I can tell if I’m in an event on social issues or merely commercial matters just by trying to spot other ladies around me. If I can spot a few of them (not aiming for 50%, just enough for me not to squint my eyes looking for them), then it must be we’re talking about social innovation. There’s the argument to be made that, as women are raised to be caregivers, this greater participation of women in Social Innovation activities is not good news. On the contrary, others believe that Social Innovation is an incredible sector for female leadership to shine.”
She is IE University’s Social Innovation Director/Academic Lead. At IE she has the mandate to promote Social Innovation academic content across Schools and Programs, encourage more research in Social Innovation and reach out to organizations and partners interested in Social Innovation. Concepción is professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at IE. Concepción is also President of the social Venture Puentes Global, which she co-founded in 2009. She´s a member of Ashoka Spain’s Venture Board and of the board of Harvard Kennedy School Spain Alumni Network.
Graduated with a B.S in Economics from U.A.M, Concepcion holds a Master’s in Public Admin and Int. Development from Harvard Kennedy School. Her professional exposure includes social impact projects in Bolivia and Madrid, UN Headquarters, Santander Bank and the Finance Ministry of Liberia. There, she worked with the Government of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Nobel Peace Prize 2011.Since 2010 Concepcion has held several positions in IE, including deputy director of the Center for Diversity.
- Sherrie Bakshi, MET Community- United States
- Yanire Braña, CEO and Founder, MET Community
- Angelo Dell’Atti, Global Head, Corporate Finance, IFC – World Bank Group
- Conchita Galdon, Social Innovation Director & Academic Lead, IE Business School
- Estrella Jaramillo, Cofounder at Bwom, a digital coach for women’s health
- Deise Leobet, Director, International Business Development, IE Business School
- Yurani Sandoval, MET Community Mentee
- Amita Shukla, Founder & CEO At Vitamita
- Leah Wald, Tech Entrepreneur, Investor and Forbes Contributing Writer
- Deloris Wilson, Beacon DC Fellow and Social Entrepreneur