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Enhancing Society through Social Entrepreneurship

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Published on Oct 16, 2015

Speakers: Isaac Holeman, co-founder of Medic Mobile and Matthew Segal, co-founder of OurTime.org and ATTN:
Moderator: Lee Pelton, president of Emerson College

Isaac Holeman
Co-Founder, Medic Mobile, and Gates Cambridge Scholar
Lewis & Clark College
Class of 2009, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Isaac Holeman is a co-founder of Medic Mobile, a nonprofit tech and health care company that has been lauded for improving the care of 3 million people in more than 20 countries. Medic Mobile received a Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2014, and Holeman has been featured twice in Forbes magazine as one of the top “30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs.” His writing has appeared in publications such as National Geographic, Oregonian, and Harvard Global Health Review. Today, Holeman continues to contribute to Medic Mobile while pursuing research projects as a fellow of the University of Edinburgh’s Global Health Academy and as a Gates Cambridge Scholar in innovation, strategy, and organization. In these roles, he studies the variable outcomes of health care technologies to improve their design. Holeman has presented at TEDx conferences in Berlin and Cambridge. In 2011, he was named mHealth Innovator of the Year by the Rockefeller Foundation and mHealth Alliance, and in 2010 he was named an Echoing Green Fellow, the preeminent award for early-career social entrepreneurs. Holeman earned bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry and molecular biology from Lewis & Clark College in 2009 and received an MPhil from Cambridge University in sociology in 2012.

Matthew Segal
Co-Founder, OurTime.org, and Co-Founder and Executive Editor, ATTN:
Kenyon College
Class of 2008, Sociology

Matthew Segal is the co-founder and executive editor of ATTN:, a new media company with a mission to inform, educate, and empower the millennial generation as well as encourage social change. In this capacity, he oversees daily commentary, videos, and news articles that break down key issues for his generation’s attention and civic involvement. Previously, Segal was the co-founder and president of OurTime.org, one of the nation’s largest advocacy organizations for young Americans. While there, he led campaigns to expand job opportunities, voting rights, and civic education among his generation while devising strategic partnerships with media brands to enhance the voice of his peers. Under his leadership, OurTime.org registered hundreds of thousands of voters; rallied celebrities, artists, and musicians to educate millions through social media about the importance of voting; and built state-of-the-art voting technology to assist people with ballot questions and concerns. Segal is a regular TV commentator for MSNBC and has been a recurring guest on the TODAY Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, and the CBS Evening News. A native of Chicago, Segal graduated from Kenyon College in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

Moderator: Lee Pelton
President, Emerson College

Lee Pelton is the 12th president of Emerson College in Massachusetts. He came to Emerson in 2011 after serving for 13 years as the president of Willamette University in Oregon. Pelton previously served as dean of the college at Colgate University and at Dartmouth College. Earlier he taught English and American literature at Harvard University. Pelton currently serves on CIC’s Board of Directors and many other boards, including those of the Harvard University Graduate School Alumni Council, Boston Chamber of Commerce, Museum of African American History (Boston), and Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts. In the past he has chaired the board of directors of the American Council on Education and served on the boards of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and the Association of American Colleges & Universities. Pelton earned a BA in English and psychology from Wichita State University and a PhD in English literature from Harvard University.

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