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Mayla: Matchmaking for Nature

By: Avery Gordon, D.C. Community Cultivator Naamal De Silva decided to protect nature when she was 8 years old, inspired by the PBS documentaries and wildlife books she devoured while growing up in a Washington D.C. apartment building. Naamal wanted to pursue a doctorate in biology, but realized during a field biology program in Costa…

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i4Spy: Creating a Hummingbird Effect in Cyber Security

By: Avery Gordon, D.C. Community Cultivator Lavinia Popinceanu was harassed and cyber-stalked by a graduate school classmate for three years. Despite changing phones and laptops, the cyber-stalking did not end until one year after she obtained a stalking no-contact order. Because she was not protected from this harassment even at the legislative level, Lavinia wished…

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Lisa Morrow of Birdytell: “It’s Okay Not to Have All the Answers”

By: Bianca Buliga, Content Curator A little birdy told me that Lisa Morrow is one heck of an ambitious go-getter. A SEED SPOT alumna from Phoenix’s sixth cohort, Lisa is the entrepreneurial genius behind Birdytell, a social venture providing curated and hand-delivered gifting experiences in the metro Phoenix area. Beyond breathing life into Birdytell, she…

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The Mentor Method: Creating Inclusive Workplace Cultures

By: Avery Gordon, D.C. Community Cultivator As a first generation American from the Congo, Janice Omadeke had experienced a “lack of opportunities for those who don’t necessarily fill what is the ‘norm’ since childhood”. When she began her career in the tech field, she noticed that she was faced with a lack of inclusion in…

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AcademME: Keeping Students Ahead of the Labor Curve

By: Avery Gordon, D.C. Community Cultivator Brooks Garber dedicated his career to education reform after seeing how the education system limits options for students in the public school system. “It seemed so backwards to me that we didn’t try to give students trapped in failing schools an alternative that worked for them. We had a system…

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SEED SPOT’s 7 Sources of (Intern)al Strength

By: Bianca Buliga, Content Curator From SEED SPOT’s inception, the interns we’ve worked with have been our heart and soul. We are constantly on the lookout for hard-working, creative, and accountable students to bring onto our team. Their fresh perspectives, go-getting attitudes, and passion for change making have been pivotal in connecting SEED SPOT with…

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Job-IQ: Career Development in Your Pocket

By: Avery Gordon, D.C. Community Cultivator Molly Matthews loves connecting people. So when she noticed that no one was addressing the gap between college and the workforce, she set out to connect students with professionals who would help them find meaningful life work. The result? Job-IQ, a paperless, accessible, and easy-to-use smartphone application designed to…

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Building Culture While Working Remotely

By: Corinn Perry, Director of Administration Chances are, you’ve experienced firsthand the effects of a rapidly globalizing and increasingly technological world. Have you coordinated conference calls across time zones with teammates working remotely in India and Tanzania? Have you resorted largely to Zoom or Skype meetings to connect your whole team? If so, you’re not…

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How to Write a Grant Proposal that Brings in the Big Bucks

By: Bianca Buliga, Content Curator The Notorious B.I.G’s legendary hip-hop artistry was solidified with his unforgettable hit “Mo Money Mo Problems” – a song many social entrepreneurs WISH they could relate to. Having a few more stacks of cash in the bank can greatly benefit nonprofits on the rise to fame (or you know, breaking…

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4 Signs You’re in Urgent Need of Self-Care

By: Bianca Buliga, Content Curator Some days, it all gets to be too much – this is when self-care is essential. Starting a business can take a toll on your health, your happiness, your sense of self-worth, and your personal relationships. There may be periods where you feel chronically exhausted and unable to keep up…

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