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"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn
more, do more and become more, you are a leader."
-John Quincy Adams
"Time is neutral and does not change things.
With courage and initiative, leaders change things."
-Jesse Jackson
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens
can change the world, indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
-Margaret Mead
"We must be the change we wish to see in the world."
-Mahatma Gandhi
"Leadership and learning are indispensable to one another."
-John F. Kennedy

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The State of Leadership Conference is an annual event open to students from Texas Christian University (TCU) and regional universities. The conference is based on the idea of preparing students to make positive social change.  In addition to that idea, the planning committee chooses topics to help focus the developmental components of the conference as well as speakers, education sessions, community sites, and case studies. This year’s topic is Sustainability and how that concept impacts leadership.





Conference Speaker

Jessica JackleyJessica Jackley is a Founder and former Chief Marketing Officer of KIVA, the world's first peer to peer microlending website. KIVA lets users lend as little as $25 to poor entrepreneurs around the world, providing affordable capital for them to start or expand microenterprises. Named one of the top ideas of 2006 by The New York Times Magazine, and praised by Oprah, Bill Clinton and countless others, KIVA is one of the fastest-growing social benefit websites in history.
Jessica Jackley also stars in a viral 2012 Best Buy television commercial about how her first laptop helped her start KIVA. Jackley is the recipient of the 2012 Symons Innovator Award, which recognizes the importance of women's participation in technology innovation and business.

Since its founding in 2005, KIVA has loaned over $300 million from lenders to entrepreneurs across 206 countries. (By 2012, total loans on Kiva to the world's working poor are expected to reach $1 billion.) For all its success, KIVA remains focused on a simple mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty, one person at a time. Jackley was also a founder and CEO of ProFounder, which joined forces with GOOD in 2012 to create innovative tools and experiences for entrepreneurs to crowdfund.

Jackley first saw the power and dignity of microfinance while working in East Africa with a microenterprise non-profit. Convinced that social change happens across all sectors, Jackley has worked in public, nonprofit, and private organizations including the Stanford Center for Social Innovation, Amazon.com, Potentia Media and many others.

Also an educator, Jackley is currently a Barer Visiting Fellow at Drew University, has taught Global Entrepreneurship at the Marshall School of Business at USC, and lectures frequently at other universities around the country. She holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA in Philosophy and Political Science, and serves as an active advisor and board member on several organizations championing women, microfinance, tech, and the arts. Discussing a wide range of timely issues, from economic development to women's empowerment to Web 2.0, she reminds us that, at the heart of social entrepreneurship, the relationships we form with each other and the extent to which we believe in each others' potential are the most powerful forces for positive change.




Event Highlights include:


Friday, February 22nd
Jessica Jackley, Co Founder of KIVA, the Revolutionary Micro lending Website as Keynote Speaker for

Friday's Institute Dinner

Saturday, February 23rd
Dallas-based Microfinancing organization, Chiapas International will provide a discussion and engagement plan for students during a Saturday session

Carol Clyde, Director of the TCU Leadership Center will help students with their own individualized Leadership Development Plans on Saturday




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