Co-founder of microfinance organization Kiva.org to speak at IU Bloomington on Sept. 24
Sept. 16, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva.org, the world's first person-to-person micro-lending Web site, will speak at Indiana University Bloomington next Thursday (Sept. 24).
Jackley will speak on the topic, "Eliminating Poverty, A Conversation about Microfinance," at 7:30 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, 275 N. Jordan Ave. Her lecture was rescheduled from this spring.
The event is being presented by the Trockman Microfinance Initiative, with support from the IU Student Association, the Kelley School of Business' undergraduate and student government programs, the Center for International Business Education and Research, IU departments of political science and economics, the International Studies Program and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
Named as one of the top ideas in 2006 by the
In its first three years, Kiva.org has helped to raise more than $61 million and connected thousands of people across 120 countries.
Jackley's work has been featured on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and "The Today Show," and also in the pages of publications such as
She speaks widely on microfinance and social entrepreneurship, and serves as a director on several boards related to microenterprise development, including Opportunity International. She also worked in the Stanford Center for Social Innovation to launch the inaugural Global Philanthropy Forum, and also at Amazon.com, Potentia Media, the International Foundation and World Vision.
She has an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor's degree in philosophy and political science from Bucknell University.