Panel, Session #1: Founders and CEOs Integrating Social and Financial Goals
(2:00 - 2:50 PM, Room 914)
CEO, Co-Founder, Kinvolved
A former NYC Department of Education high school history teacher, Miriam Altman is CEO and Co-founder of Kinvolved, a social enterprise that catalyzes communities to elevate student attendance. Kinvolved achieves this mission through a three-pronged approach: Community Summits, Teacher and Leader Coaching, and its attendance management software, KiNVO. Miriam’s responsibilities include strategic planning and execution, business development and sales, fundraising and investor relations, and external relations, among others.
In the most recent fiscal year, the company's revenues surpassed expectations, growing by more than 130 percent. Attendance among Kinvolved partner schools increased 13 times that of their peer schools.
Kinvolved has been featured in press, including the New York Times, and has won awards from The Robin Hood Foundation, Teach For America, New York University, the University of Pennsylvania, and more. Miriam and her co-founder are winners of the Gratitude Award, Forbes 30 Under 30, and the Jo Ivey Boufford Award for Innovative Solutions to Public Service Challenges by New York University.
Miriam is a 2018 School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) Entrepreneurial Fellow at Columbia University in 2018, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation entrepreneur. She is also an Education Pioneers Fellow and Teach For America Corps alumna.
Miriam is a mentor for the Social Innovation Initiative and Women's Launch Pad at Brown University from which she graduated with a BA with Honors. She also holds an MPA from the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, an MA, Ed., from Lehman College.
CEO, Chairman of the Board of Directors, GivKwik
He is CEO, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors at GivKwik. 13-year veteran of financial services at JPMorgan Chase and BNY Mellon. Diverse background includes internship at the White House; founding of a web start-up in Buenos Aires, Argentina and a scholarship and grant fund in New York.
Samir is a social entrepreneur, writer, and connector committed to bridging the public and private sectors by bringing together diverse communities to eliminate the access gap.
In 2015, Samir Co-Founded Esusu, a platform designed to empower users to better save, access capital, and build credit through community savings. Prior to Esusu, Samir Co-Founded Transfernation, a nationally recognized 501(c)3 non-profit which uses technology to ensure excess food from events goes toward underserved communities across New York City. To-date Transfernation has rescued over 200,000 thousand pounds of food and impacted 170,000 lives. For his entrepreneurial endeavors Samir has been recognized as a WEF Global Shaper, Global Good Fund Fellow, Dalai Lama Fellow, Resolution Fellow and was the recipient of the Jefferson Awards Foundation National Public Service Award.
In addition to his work as a social entrepreneur, Samir has had the opportunity to build a robust skillset over his time at LinkedIn working across 5 offices in Customer Success Consulting, Talent Acquisition, and Sales Strategy & Operations focused on Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Previously Samir worked at The United Nations, Venture for America, and various non-profits in the New York City area
Samir regular consults for socially oriented companies of all sizes as a managing partner of Abbey Goel & Associates. Samir is an avid writer and contributes for LinkedIn, The Daily Muse, Influencive, Mogul, and Quartz. Samir supplements his entrepreneurship and writing with public speaking engagements, which have ranged from The United Nations to the Clinton Global Initiative's Final Annual Meeting.
Samir received his Bachelor's of Science from New York University's Stern School of Business. Samir enjoy's baking & cooking, staying active, travel, writing, and spending time with his family and 4 younger siblings.
He is widely considered a national expert on charter school finance, is a social entrepreneur committed to the fiscal solvency of charter schools. In 2006, he founded Charter School Business Management (CSBM), proclaimed by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies of 2013, to prevent charter schools from being closed due to financial mismanagement. CSBM, a Certified B Corporation dedicated to using business to solve social problems, currently manages over $600 million in public funds providing over 150 clients with the financial “peace of mind” needed to focus on the crucial work of educating students. These services include management of a school’s accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, budgeting, financial reporting, forecasting and audit preparation responsibilities. For three years in a row, Crain’s New York named CSBM one of the Best Places to Work in NYC. In recognition of CSBM’s impact, Mr. Thakkar was named one of the 50 Outstanding Asian Americans in Business by the Asian American Business Development Center, one of the Top Entrepreneurs of 2013 by Crain’s magazine and the Small Business Person of the Year for the NY district by the U.S. Small Business Administration in 2011. He is also a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, an initiative to help small businesses grow responsibly. In order to continue making a positive impact in New York City, Mr. Thakkar recently launched a second brand, FOREsight Financial Services For Good, which empowers other types of nonprofits with the financial knowledge and services they need to develop and maintain fiscal solvency.