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The Road to Innovation Podcast, Episode 4: Creating a Sustainable Impact Through Business

In this episode of the Road to Innovation, Jillian Ryan, Founder of Marie Mae and Jasmine Carney, Director of Operations discuss the power of creating a business geared toward social change.

While launching Marie Mae, Jillian realized starting a business involves far more than the theories she learned in business school. This is why the Marie Mae Business School focuses on providing practical business training taught by people who have started businesses themselves.

About Marie Mae:

After spending a decade advising Fortune 100 clients on how to conduct and facilitate responsible investment in Africa, Jillian wanted to do more to support entrepreneurs in these emerging markets. Blending Jillian's business expertise with her penchant for fine paper products, Marie Mae became her vehicle for making a difference in the world.

-Each gift purchased equals one hour of training for one person at the Marie Mae Business School. 

-The Marie Mae Business School includes classes and training for underserved women and entrepreneurs around the world, in places such as Rwanda, where we hosted the inaugural Marie Mae Business School in 2015. Current business school classes are ongoing in Dallas, Texas empowering trafficking and domestic violence survivors with the business skills they need to succeed.

- Armed with practical business skills – like public speaking, business planning, market research and contract negotiation – these individuals improve not only the quality of life for themselves and their families but that of their communities.

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