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Entrepreneurial Insights on an International Start-Up
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When: Friday, February 26
1 PM - 2 PM ET
Where: United States

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Friday, February 26, 2016

1PM- 2 PM ET

Entrepreneurial Insights on an International Start-Up 

Guests: Katy Grennier, Courtney Lawrence, and John Townsend


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Designing for Social innovation and Leadership is a global certificate training program tht ais to connect connecting social entrepreneurs around the world with grassroots innovation communities to increase social impact. Its founders, Courtney Lawrence and Katie Grennier and John Townsend, a social scientist with extensive international experience will discuss the complex elements that go into an international start-up.

Courtney Lawrence is a South East Asia based university lecturer and the founding director and curriculum curator of DSIL. She is also developing the DSIL Global Scaling Plan at the THNK School of Creative Leadership in Amsterdam. Her academic research focuses on the intersection of sustainable economic development, social enterprise and design thinking. Previous experience includes launching and scaling the Japan based ‘Global Studies, Peace and Leadership Summer Seminar'; a program that included fieldwork with students from more than 40 countries including  India, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines. She also served on the Executive Committee of the of the Swiss-based NGO, World Alliance of YMCAs. she worked with Ashoka's Full Economic Citizenship initiative in the Washington, D.C. area and has facilitated multiple trainings across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, North and South America. She holds a Master’s in Sustainable Economic Development and Responsible Management from UPEACE, the UN Mandated Graduate School of Peace and Conflict Studies and has worked and traveled across more than 50 countries; see more at the d.hive.

Katy Grennier has spent the last ten years internationally and domestically building and expanding youth and adult education programs.. Some of these efforts include being on the team of a 4 million dollar capital campaign to build (with the youth) an after-school and summer program for homeless youth in Little Rock, AR at Our House Homeless Shelter as well as creating a progressive charter school that uses the city as the place where inner city kids go out everyday of the week to discover the world around them. Katy insists on putting relationships, authentic connection, and relevance to curriculum first. As a masters graduate at the Bill Clinton School of Public Service, she is now continuing her career in South East Asia on the DSIL team for the second year. See more at

John Townsend, PhD, is a vice president and director of the Population Council's Reproductive Health program. He provides leadership, directs research initiatives, and advances policy innovations that translate into better-functioning health systems, improved sexual and reproductive health, and enhanced respect for the right to health for women and men worldwide.Townsend oversees research focused on three core areas: basic biomedical studies and the development of male and female contraceptives; social science research to identify causes of poor sexual and reproductive health outcomes; and research on the development, scale-up, financing, and sustainability of service-delivery models. He works closely with international health and development agencies, ministries of health, and private healthcare providers to implement policies and programs that encourage more effective healthcare practices; participates in multiple interagency committees on contraceptive technology, gender, and reproductive health services; and represents the Council in meetings with national and international policymakers worldwide.

Dr. Townsend joined the Council in 1984. He served as director of the Frontiers in Reproductive Health program; director of operations research programs in Asia and the Near East (1993–1998); regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean in Mexico (1990–1993); director of operations research in Latin America and the Caribbean (1985–1990); and country director for the Council’s Colombia office (1984). In each of these roles, he designed and tested interventions that improved the coverage, quality, and sustainability of reproductive health service delivery systems, each with a focus on client rights.

Before joining the Council, Townsend served for eight years as a social scientist with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Institute of Nutrition for Central America and Panama, and conducted research on such topics as child and maternal nutrition, physical growth and mental development of children, community development, and sustainable agriculture systems.

Dr. Townsend is chair of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition, a member of the International Medical Advisory Panel (IMAP) of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), a member of the advisory board for Merck for Mothers, and a member of the Institutional Review Board of the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). He is a member of the Maternal Health Task Force and serves as co-chair of the board of trustees of the International Contraceptive Access Foundation, Helsinki, Finland, a public–private cooperation with Bayer AG, which provides access to long-acting intrauterine methods in developing countries. Townsend is a long-term member of the Interagency Gender Working Group (IGWG) in Washington, DC, and is a member of the Rights & Empowerment working group of the FP2020 Initiative. Townsend has been a designated reviewer for peer-reviewed journals, including the British Journal of Education, Society & Behavioral Research, Journal of Women’s Health, Pan American Journal of Public Health, Studies in Family Planning, International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, and Health & Sexuality, and has served as a technical reviewer for the US National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the World Health Organization.

He is a frequent presenter at professional meetings, with extensive publications and studies focusing on development, population, family planning, and reproductive health. He has worked and traveled extensively in more than 35 countries, and in 2006 he received USAID’s Marjorie Horn Operations Research Award for excellence in conducting and utilizing research. He holds a doctorate in social psychology with supporting studies in public affairs and educational psychology from the University of Minnesota. He received his Leadership Development Certificate from the Columbia University Business School’s Institute for Not-for-Profit Management, and received his undergraduate degrees in psychology and German from Marquette University.

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