Feeling and Seeing Struggle, Witnessing Hope and Resilience

Having traveled throughout Latin America, people everywhere seem to embody a warm tenderness and kind spirit that many times is rare to experience in other major cities of the west. From Mexico to Brazil, you can feel and see in the eyes of most the daily struggle and sacrifice of surviving with limited resources and services. Despite entrenched and generational social, economic, and political challenges, the hope and resilience of the continent are more evident today than ever in the laughter and optimism of those with least.  

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Henry Cross grew up in sunny Miami, Florida. Upon graduating high school, he moved to the politicized Washington, D.C. and double majored in History and Politics at the Catholic University. He served as a social studies teacher in Prince George’s County Public School in 2008-2009. In the fall of 2009, he moved to New York City to continue and grow his work in education and service.

He joined Hosh Yoga in 2011 as a teacher and Program Director. And since 2013, he founded and expanded programming for the organization with Hosh Kids and Hosh Seniors. Henry's entrepreneurial spirit helped developed the organizational, program, and financial capacity of the nonprofit to deliver self-sustaining and self-supporting health and wellness services to over 3,000 children, adults, and seniors every month in a cost-effective and fairly-priced way. And from 2014 to 2016, he participated in a philanthropic role by expanding the programming, policy, and public advocacy efforts of the Sonima Foundation as Community Relations Director.

His work has been featured by the Huffington PostElephant JournalBlog Talk RadioThe NYC Social Innovation FestivalSocial Venture Institute, and multiple Brooklyn and Queens newspapers. He is an appointed New York City official of Community Board 5 in Queens, serves on a Department of Youth and Community Development Neighborhood Advisory Board, and on the board of directors of the Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association. And in 2015, Henry was selected as an etsy.org business fellow and awarded Top 40 Under 40 Nonprofit Rising Star. He finds joy in his community work service everyday and loves ballroom dancing!

Using Candles to Empower Women and End Poverty

It started over cannoli in a small bakery in Northampton, Massachusetts. Ted Barber and his business comrade, Amber Chand, knew they wanted to help put an end to poverty and that investing in women in places of conflict and chaos was where they wanted to start. The product needed to be easy to make at home, scalable, and be sold for a living wage. With absolutely no experience in candle-making, Ted and Amber launched a candle company.

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Julie is committed to telling the story of where business meets good. She is the Founder of B Storytelling, a content development company specifically designed to help popularize the good happening through business. They do this by helping B Corps and other social enterprises identify, build and leverage their brands. She is also a writer for 3BL Media and Just Means and has been published in M&V Magazine and the Centre of Social Innovation at the University of Cambridge among others. Julie has an MBA in Managing for Sustainability from Marlboro Graduate School. She lives in West Palm Beach, Florida and is laser focused on becoming a better surfer than her husband, Thomas. 

Growing Up in a Kenyan Slum Taught Me the Real Value of Stuff

It was only after experiencing the abundance of stuff in the United States that Simon Okelo learned to value life with less, the way he grew up.

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Golden dusk photo of fisherman on river tossing out nets
10/30/2018
Having traveled throughout Latin America, people everywhere seem to embody a warm tenderness and kind spirit that many times is rare to experience in other major cities of the west. From Mexico to... read more
close up of candle flame burning wick
12/24/2015
It started over cannoli in a small bakery in Northampton, Massachusetts. Ted Barber and his business comrade, Amber Chand, knew they wanted to help put an end to poverty and that investing in women... read more
Flag_of_Kenya.svg
10/20/2013
It was only after experiencing the abundance of stuff in the United States that Simon Okelo learned to value life with less, the way he grew up. I grew up by the main road through Manyatta,... read more
Golden dusk photo of fisherman on river tossing out nets
10/30/2018
Having traveled throughout Latin America, people everywhere seem to embody a warm tenderness and kind spirit that many times is rare to experience in other major cities of the west. From Mexico to... read more
close up of candle flame burning wick
12/24/2015
It started over cannoli in a small bakery in Northampton, Massachusetts. Ted Barber and his business comrade, Amber Chand, knew they wanted to help put an end to poverty and that investing in women... read more
Flag_of_Kenya.svg
10/20/2013
It was only after experiencing the abundance of stuff in the United States that Simon Okelo learned to value life with less, the way he grew up. I grew up by the main road through Manyatta,... read more