October 4, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Harvard i-Lab
Laura Moon, Director of the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative, will lead a dialogue with Jill Vialet. Sponsored by the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative and Harvard i-Lab.
- Register through EventBrite. (The i-Lab will be checking all attendee EventBrite registrations at the door for i-lab workshops this year. Please bring a printed or smartphone copy of your EventBrite registration and Harvard student ID if you register as a Harvard student. Attendance will be limited to registered guests and tickets are not be available at the door.)
OFFICE HOURS: Jill Vialet, CEO and Founder, Playworks
October 5, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m., Harvard i-Lab
Bring your questions and challenges in starting your own social venture. Sponsored by the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative and Harvard i-Lab.
- Sign up by emailing Social Enterprise Initiative (email@example.com). (All matriculated, degree-seeking Harvard students are invited to sign up for office hours. Please also provide a very brief description of your startup, or a brief bio of yourself and the type of issue you’d like to discuss.)
Bio for Jill Vialet: Jill Vialet has worked for more than 25 years in the nonprofit sector, during which she focused her entrepreneurial skills of conceiving of and growing two successful nonprofit organizations. In 1996, Vialet launched Playworks with two schools in Berkeley, California. Currently the organization brings play and physical activities to children across the country, with offices in 23 cities. During the 2012-13 school year Playworks will serve over 400,000 students through direct and training services, reaching more than 750 schools and youth-serving organizations. Prior to Playworks, Vialet founded the Museum of Children’s Art (mocha) in Oakland, California. She served as the executive director at mocha for nine years, ultimately expanding its programs to reach 20,000 young people each year. Vialet graduated from Harvard University where she studied medical sociology, played rugby, and became actively involved with Harvard’s service-learning community. Vialet served as the director of Harvard’s Public Service Program during the 1986-87 school year. In 1996 she was awarded Radcliffe’s Jane Rainie Opel Award for achievement by a young alumna. Vialet was a Eureka Fellow from 2000 to 2001 and in 2004 she was selected as an Ashoka Fellow. In 2009, Vialet and Playworks were selected as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative. Jill is a mother and still plays actively by running and mountain biking, among other outdoor activities. In 2011 Jill was named by Forbes magazine as one of the top 30 leading social entrepreneurs and recognized by the Women’s Sports Foundation as one of 40 Women Leaders in honor of the anniversary of Title IX.