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Deborah Oster Pannell is a freelance writer & blogger and the founder of Project Mavens (, a literary based content creation firm. She is also the former director of communications at She writes her own blog, and is a regular contributor at and She specializes in the arts, innovative & socially responsible businesses and organizations, health & wellness and special events. Her online portfolio can be found at

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Lily Liu and PublicStuff: Transforming How We Talk to Local Governments

Sometimes a new technology has the power to transform an entire sector. This is what co-founders Lily Liu and Vincent Polidoro are working to do with their company, PublicStuff. Their powerful product uses internet and mobile phone technology to facilitate local and state government’s ability to respond efficiently to citizen issues and concerns ranging from […]

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David McCoy and Global Alliance for Community Development – A Series of Tiny Wins

How do you create a non-profit organization from scratch? According to David McCoy, co-founder and executive director of the Global Alliance for Community Development (GACD), you start with vision and commitment, and build on it, one small step at a time. After he and co-founder Christina Perelli worked on a graduate school development project in […]

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Building Business and Raising Consciousness:’s Deepti Sharma Kapur

| April 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

One of my favorite parts of doing these interviews is learning about a hidden gem buried in what seems like an otherwise straightforward business concept. In the case of Deepti Sharma Kapur, 25-year-old founder and CEO of, her business plan contains within it the seeds of a progressive social movement. Her company provides an […]

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Taking a Risk on the Glamorous Life: Nikki Robinson of Gloss and Glam

| April 20, 2012 | 4 Comments

What do you get when you cross a professional makeup artist with business savvy and a vision of creative freedom for top quality makeup artists? You get Gloss and Glam. In 2010, when she was only 24 years old, former makeup artist Nikki Robinson decided to create her own company. Already a beauty and fashion […]

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“You Just Have to Go For It” with Gauri Manglik of Fondu

| April 16, 2012 | 3 Comments

Sometimes you just have to go for it. That’s the main thing I learned from my conversation with recent NYU grad Gauri Manglik, 23-year-old CEO and co-founder of the popular app, fondu. Built on top of the Foursquare platform, the program allows users to give personalized recommendations for any restaurant, bar or coffee shop in […]

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Creating One Million Jobs Worldwide: Becky Straw and The Adventure Project

| April 11, 2012 | 5 Comments

In 2010, Becky Straw was 29 years old. She had just spent three years working to develop charity: water, a non-profit organization that brings clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Directing funding in Africa, South Asia and Haiti, she exchanged with many people living in difficult conditions, listening and learning from them. […]

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