Start the Spark with Jane Leu: Principles and Challenges of Social Innovation


Jane Leu is coming to Manila!

Start the Spark with Jane Leu: Principles and Challenges of Social Innovation

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
5:00pm to 7:30pm
AIM Conference Center, Makati City
Registration Prices:
Asia Society Members - P250
Non-Members - P350
10% Early bird discount for reservations made by July 26.
10% Group discount for reservations of 4 or more people.

Jane Leu
Internationally known for her work as a social entrepreneur,
Jane Leu is one of the world’s leading figures when it comes to tackling the challenges associated with, global migration, skilled immigrant workers and the role of the workforce within societies. While she lives in San Francisco, California, her work expands throughout the United States and extends to various countries throughout the globe.

After receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Tufts University and Master’s Degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Ms. Leu went on to become a social entrepreneur where her work gained recognition when she became an Ashoka fellow, a presitgious title she obtained through a highly selective process under Ashoka, the world's largest network of social entrepreneurs. Since then she has worked as an advisor to Non-Profit enterprises and upcoming social entrepreneurs.

She has received numerous awards, a few of which include the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, the Jefferson Award for Community Service and the Manhattan Institute Social Entrepreneur Award. Additionally, her achievements and projects have been covered by the world’s leading press agencies, such as CNN, BBC, Time, the National Public Radio and the Wall Street Journal.

Perhaps the most accurate way to describe Jane Leu would be to label her as the ultimate social innovator. Ms. Leu is a true advocate of the idea that, when a problem within society is brought to light and it is clear that a solution should be formulated to address the issue, you should be the change you want to see.

Start-ups and Organizations
Ms. Leu has worked with the founding team of various organizations, a few of which include
RefugeeWorks, seven Welfare-to-Work programs and the Hauser Research Center for Non-Profit Organizations at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Ms. Leu is the founder and CEO of Smarter Good, “a new global social enterprise”, based in the US. Smarter Good partners with different NGOs and social sector organizations, primarily organizations based in the U.S., by providing them with administrative and program management services which include research and writing grant proposals.

At present, Ms. Leu is most well known as the founder and CEO of Upwardly Global, an organization based in the U.S. that aids skilled-immigrant workers in finding jobs that fit the full potential of their capabilities based on experience and education. Ms. Leu noticed that an estimate of 1.3 million immigrants in the U.S. were college-educated, yet upon arriving in the U.S., they were forced to vertical mobility jobs as taxi drivers and domestic helpers, jobs that did not optimize their capabilities. Since its establishment in 2000, “Upwardly Global has assisted more than 3,000 immigrants from 105 developing countries to restart their professional careers in the U.S” and “increased the income of immigrant families by more than $100 million”, collectively.

Countless institutions in the U.S. have applauded Upwardly Global for its efforts and groundbreaking achievements in identifying the barriers that hinder the immigrant workforce from attaining jobs that fit their qualifications. In response, it has actively pushed to simplify these barriers, making it easier for skilled immigrant workers to find jobs that suit the immigrant's true purpose and mission of what they were originally trained and educated in.

It is thanks to organizations like Upwardly Global and social innovators like Jane Leu that social issues are continuously being assessed and transformed, thereby nurturing societies and allowing them to positively grow and develop.

For more information or reservation inquiries, please look for Paula at 550-2612 or email

Event Details

Wed 14 Aug 2013
5 - 7:30 p.m.
Aim Conference Center, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Non-members - P350; Asia Society Members - P250
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