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StartingBloc Nominated for Joan Bavaria Award

Submitted by: StartingBloc NFP

Categories: Ratings & Awards, Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted: Mar 05, 2009 – 03:42 PM EST


Social Enterprise Recognized for Supporting over 1100 Social Innovators in Over 40 Countries

NEW YORK, NY. - March 5, 2009 - StartingBloc ( a social enterprise that educates, trains and supports socially conscious young leaders, has been nominated for the Joan Bavaria Award for building sustainability into the capital markets. The Joan Bavaria Awards for Building Sustainability into the Capital Markets were created by Ceres and Trillium Asset Management Corporation to recognize investors, corporations, and NGOs that have helped move the capital markets from a system focused on short-term profits toward one that balances financial prosperity with social and environmental health. In 2008, Enhanced Analytics Initiative and Bainbridge Graduate Institute received the inaugural Joan Bavaria Awards.

"StartingBloc has been instrumental in organizing passionate innovative young leaders in capital market sustainability and we are proud to nominate them for this award," says Joe Sibilia, President of

StartingBloc has trained over 1100 emerging leaders, aged between twenty and thirty years, in over 40 countries (including the U.S., Bangladesh, Peru and Belgium) to launch sustainable businesses, drive social innovation in existing corporations and become social entrepreneurs. Current StartingBloc Fellows include:

  • 25-year-old William Guyster provides socially responsible businesses in Ghana, Rwanda and South Africa with technical support and management training for MBA/PhD level interns to scale their ventures.

  • 23-year-old Claire Johnson, after learning about social responsible investing at StartingBloc's Institute for Social Innovation, joined KLD Research and Analytics.

  • 26-year-old Liqian Ma leveraged his network at Goldman Sachs to lead a finance training clinic for entrepreneurs in low-income communities in New York City. Additionally, Liqian works collaboratively with his supervisor at Goldman Sachs, on the 10,000 Women Initiative which provides women business owners from less developed countries with business training and access to capital.

  • 25-year-old Jeraul Mackey of New Orleans credits StartingBloc for his success as a strategic advisor to the Louisiana Recovery Authority Education Task Force, where he developed high quality educational systems for areas impacted by Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita.
"StartingBloc is committed to supporting talented young leaders from around the world," said Joanna Opot, Executive Director at StartingBloc. "The social and economic challenges facing capital markets today require leaders from all sectors who have a common framework for understanding the role that public, private and social enterprises can play in finding and creating solutions. StartingBloc is proud to continue training and connecting emerging leaders to foster a network that can effectively forge cross-sector partnerships and tackle the social challenges facing our world."

About StartingBloc

StartingBloc is a New York-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization. StartingBloc educates, empowers and connects emerging leaders to drive positive social change across sectors. Since inception in 2003, the organization has been supported by the Rudolf Steiner Foundation, Goldman Sachs, General Electric, Ashoka Foundation, Rabobank, United Way of New York City, MIT Sloan, Fletcher School, Yale SOM, NYU Wagner, London Business School, White & Case, and Goulston & Storrs. For more information, please visit

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