It is possible to use our power and position in the business world to drive change, particularly regarding issues facing women. The panel will discuss ways to engage our businesses in social innovation and how to participate on a more personal level.

Moderator: April Gu, NYU Stern

April Gu is Associate Director at the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights. In this capacity, she implements cutting-edge research and advocacy surrounding the human rights challenges in various industries and oversees the Center’s integration into the broader university. Prior to joining the Center, she practiced law in the Singapore and New York offices of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, where she focused on the financing of infrastructure and energy projects throughout Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the United States. She is a former Fulbright Research Scholar who has conducted research on economic development in Beijing, China. April is a proud graduate of NYU Stern School of Business and NYU School of Law.


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Angela Lee is an educator and entrepreneur.  As Associate Dean & Chief Innovation Officer at Columbia Business School, Angela teaches highly rated courses in strategy, leadership and entrepreneurship.  She is also the founder of 37 Angels, an angel network that  invests in early stage startups and activates new women angels through a month-long investing bootcamp.  

Angela is a sought-after expert on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and Fox Business and is regularly featured in media outlets such as Forbes, Huffington Post, and Fast Company. Entrepreneur Magazine recognized Angela as one of Six Innovative Women to Watch in 2015.  

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Jane Mosbacher Morris is the Founder and CEO of TO THE MARKET, a socially inspired business connecting the $32 billion artisan industry with businesses and consumers seeking social impact products.  She previously served as the Director of Humanitarian Action for the McCain Institute for International Leadership, where she managed the Institute’s anti-human trafficking program. She currently serves on the Institute’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council. Prior to joining the Institute, she worked in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Counterterrorism and in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues.

Morris is a member of VF Corporation’s Advisory Council on Responsible Sourcing. She has traveled, spoken, and written broadly on peace, security, and social business for platforms ranging from the National Defense University to Refinery29.  She and TO THE MARKET have also been featured in publications ranging from Glamour to The New York Times.

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Lauren Anderson is passionate about the social sector and truly believes that a strong and effective development program is essential for nonprofits to create scale, deepen impact, and ultimately drive the organization’s mission forward. In her work with CCS, Lauren has designed, implemented, and managed a number of development initiatives across multiple sectors, including capital campaigns, feasibility studies, major gifts programs, and development assessments.

Lauren holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Brown University and an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business. She has held a number of leadership and advisory roles with organizations across the nonprofit sector, including The Cooke Center, StreetWise Partners, and Ashoka. Lauren is also actively involved in the Brown University alumni program and currently chairs the GOLD committee for her class year.

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Lex Schroeder is a leader/practitioner breaking open new conversations about gender justice and the future of work. Having started out as a nonprofit media entrepreneur, Lex has worked as a writer/editor in the systems thinking community and led strategic initiatives at The Berkana Institute, The Lean Enterprise Institute, and Take The Lead. Lex has studied and worked alongside leading organizational change thinkers such as Walk Out Walk On co-author Deborah Frieze, Art of Hosting practitioners Tuesday Ryan-Hart and Nancy Fritsche Eagan, and the industrial anthropologist/Toyota veteran John Shook. From 2015-2016, Lex served as Director of Strategy and Partnerships at Take The Lead, a nonprofit organization dedicated to gender parity in leadership across all sectors by 2025, where she remains a Leadership Ambassador today. As Co-Founder of Feminists at Work with CV Harquail, Lex helps individuals and organizations bring a feminist lens to transforming workplace systems, structures, and practices. She also designs conversations to bring women's history and feminist values into collective leadership and systems change work.