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Community Matters
Thursday, May 5, 7 p.m.
Jacob Burns Film Center
Join us after the film for a panel discussion with Magatte Wade, entrepreneur and TED Global Africa Fellow, and Shari Turitz, Vice President for Programs at American Jewish World Service.

"People in poverty need their own income, which comes from employment. We need to create better ecosystems for job creators.”— Magatte Wade.

Passionate about entrepreneurship, Magatte Wade is the founder and CEO of Tiossan, a high-end skin care products line based on indigenous Senegalese recipes and ingredients. Tiossan commits at least ten percent of profits to the creation of entrepreneurial schools in Senegal designed to develop the next generation of Senegalese genius. Previously, Magatte founded Adina World Beverages, with African-inspired drinks sold throughout the United States at retailers including Whole Foods and Wegmans. Prior to her departure from Adina, she assembled an executive team featuring a co-Founder of Odwalla, CEO of SoBe, and ex-co-Chairman of PepsiCo. Magatte writes for The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and Barron’s. Magatte was named a Young Global Leader by the Davos Global Economic Forum as well as one of the “20 Youngest Power Women in Africa” by Forbes. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Whole Planet Foundation, the private foundation of Whole Foods Market.

Shari Turitz is the Vice President for Programs at AJWS, leading the Programs Division and overseeing AJWS’s grant making, domestic and international strategy. She brings with her more than 20 years of experience in human rights grantmaking, capacity building and advocacy, and 15 years of senior management and program development experience. Shari began her career as a human rights activist working to end U.S. intervention in the Salvadoran and Guatemalan civil wars. Shari worked for The Synergos Institute for more than a decade, where she led its largest global program to develop leadership networks of civil society professionals in Asia, Africa and the Americas. Before joining AJWS in 2013, Shari served as director of programs for the Open Society Foundation’s Public Health Program, co-leading a 55-person global team of international grant makers and advocates. Please join us after the Q&A for a reception in the Jane Peck Gallery.

Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)

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