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SE@UVA Panel at Tom Tom Founders Festival

  • Jefferson Theater Charlottesville, VA (map)

Learn about Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing from:

Jill Royster

Jill Royster has 20+ years experience leading integrated marketing efforts for well-established brands such as Sports Illustrated and Swedish Match as well as start-ups including Sentient Jet. She has traveled the globe, building partnerships around some of the world’s premiere sports and entertainment events, including the Olympic Games, the America’s Cup and the Super Bowl. In 2008, Jill launched JCR Consulting to better integrate her professional experience with her personal desire to give back. Today, she advises for-profit and non-profit businesses on their marketing strategies, creating opportunities to drive both revenues and social impact. She is also an early stage investor in companies that deliver local and social impact. Jill graduated from the University of Virginia and now splits her time between Los Angeles and New York City.

Cheis Garrus

For more than 20 years Mr. Garrus has provided advice and analysis for investments, mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy, business development and management. He currently advises developers and institutional investors in emerging markets. In his career, Mr. Garrus served as Director, International Housing Solutions and Equities Analyst, Strategic African Securities (Ghana), and held positions in private equity and business development. Mr. Garrus received his MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 1997 and a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from the University of Virginia in 1990.

Monica Logothetis

Monica serves as the Co-Founder and Chair of DreamWakers, a national education technology nonprofit that virtually connects under-resourced classrooms to exceptional career professionals. Under her leadership, DreamWakers has expanded to 40 states in four years, harnessing the power of video chats to provide unique career exploration opportunities to over 12,000 students. Monica has been named a Toyota ‘Mother of Invention’ and a L’Oréal Paris ‘Woman of Worth,’ and her work has been recognized in The New York Times, Bloomberg, and Forbes. She holds a Master of Public Policy and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia.

Meredith Shields

Meredith is the Managing Director for the Sorenson Impact Foundation (SIF), which invests in innovative companies that are creating and scaling ideas to enhance social good around the world. Meredith manages the foundation’s impact investing portfolios and field building initiatives. She engages with social entrepreneurs and fund managers around the world who are working across the agriculture, technology, education, healthcare and retail sectors to develop solutions to the world's most pressing social issues in a sustainable way. Prior to joining the Sorenson Impact Foundation, the majority of Meredith's career was in investment banking and strategy consulting. She has also previously consulted to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in both Rwanda and the U.S. as well as the Beyond Capital Fund, an early-stage impact investment fund, in Zurich, Switzerland. Meredith holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce.