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U.Va. Alumna Seeks to Bridge Gap Between Rich and Poor

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Published on Apr 26, 2013

The 2013 Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Conference at the University of Virginia honors alumna Jacqueline Novogratz. A 1983 graduate of the College, Novogratz is named the 2013 Distinguished Alumna of the Year. Sharon Davie, director of the U.Va. Women's Center, presents the award.

Jacqueline Novogratz is the founder and CEO of Acumen Fund, a non-profit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of poverty. The fund is at work in several countries.

Leading off this year's gathering is University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan. Also featured is Val Ackerman, a 1981 graduate of the College. who received the University's Distinguished Alumna Award in 1997 and who has led U.Va.'s Women in Leadership and Philanthropy effort for several years. Ackerman played basketball at U.Va., became an attorney, and was named the first president of the Women's National Basketball Association.

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