Date(s) - 10/08/2015
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship presents
YearUp’s Model: From Poverty to Professional Careers
Speaker: Scott Donohue ‘86
Thursday, October 8 | 12-1 p.m. | Usdan 108
Co-sponsored by the Wesleyan Alumni Network
Lunch will be served.
Through his work with Year Up, Scott Donohue ‘86 works to empower low-income youth to go from poverty to professional careers in a single year. With vast experience in promoting positive impact, including co-founding a for-profit social purpose company, Scott will share his experiences with Year Up and YUPRO and discuss how Year Up meets its Mission through the Market, including challenging natural tensions that arise in addressing social issues through commercial channels. Examining the special characteristics of a non-profit with an “earned income stream,” he will share how organizational structure helps shapes leadership, strategy and decision making.
Scott Donohue is the National Site Director for Year Up’s West Coast sites. He is also a co-founder of YUPRO, a for-profit social purpose company that supports alumni in their pursuit of professional careers. He served as the founding Board Chair of Year Up Bay Area through April 2012, and as the interim Executive Director of Year Up Bay Area from January-July 2011. Prior to joining Year Up, Scott founded five companies in the wireless and media industries as a technology entrepreneur. He was most recently founder and CEO of WCS Wireless and Coloma Broadcasting, LLC. Before his career in the communications technology sector, Scott worked in M&A for multinational investment companies in the UK and Europe. Scott served on the board of the San Francisco Friends School where he co-chaired a $20 million capital campaign to acquire and renovate the original Levi Strauss denim factory as the school’s permanent home. He resides in San Francisco with his wife Amory, an education entrepreneur, and two sons.