Founders Jerri & Bob spoke at the Humphrey School

Jerri Hirsch and Bob Mac Murdo, Bridges to Learning Founders, were recent panelists at a forum sponsored at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs on "How (and Why) I Started My NGO." They were joined by other Minnesota-based globally-operating social entrepreneurs.

Panelists included:

  • Jeff Hall, One Village Partners (based in Minneapolis, working in Sierra Leone)
  • Michele Boston, No Time For Poverty (based in Saint Paul, working in Haiti)
  • Segundo Velasquez, Mano-a-Mano (based in Mendota Heights, working in Bolivia)
  • Michele Gran, Global Volunteers (based in Saint Paul, working globally)
  • Jerilyn Fosdick Hirsch & Bob MacMurdo, Bridges to Learning (MPLS, work in Vietnam)
  • Mark Cross, MATTOO (based in Minneapolis, working globally)
  • Jan B. Hansen, Educate Tanzania (based in Chaska, working in Tanzania)

Discussion Facilitators: Kate Kelsch, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation and current MINN President Paul Vliem, Humphrey School Master of Public Policy 2011.

Panelists discussed their inspiration to found their own organization, the assessment tools they used to find gaps not covered by other NGOs, & the challenges & setbacks they faced in starting their organizations. This event is part one of a series on Minnesota-based social entrepreneurs tackling global issues.

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