Abby is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service at NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She also leads the Marketing & Community Team at DonorsChoose.org, overseeing initiatives that empower teachers to advocate for their classroom needs and individual donors to support them.
Prior to this role, Abby led the Seller Retention and Engagement team at Etsy, helping sellers connect with one another and open and run their own entrepreneurial enterprises. She has her MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and her BA in Psychology from Harvard University.
Abby is passionate about social entrepreneurship, joining DonorsChoose.org (for the first time) early in her career, participating in Etsy's b-corporation initiatives and running the Global Social Venture Competition at Berkeley. She believes wholeheartedly in the power of combining business principles with social good and has been an avid reader and participant on the topic of social entrepreneurship for the past 10 years.
This course is designed for upper-class undergraduates who have a social innovation project, entrepreneurial business, or CSR idea to develop or implement. Also welcome to the course are students who would like to learn and practice success skills and employment strategies, and are willing to participate in class teams with other students who have project ideas. To bring the dynamic world of social innovation fully into the classroom, this course will provide: business leadership training and the skills to develop a clear social vision and values, viable business-modeling practices and feasible financial projections— i.e. how to structure an organization for different funding strategies, practice in pitching and promoting an idea, and tips on launching a start-up with social impact. Classes are enhanced with expert guest teachers and speakers, case studies and experiential exercises. This course will help students develop their individual or team projects, workshop how to create maximum social impact after graduation, build their resumes and develop critical skills for the process of finding or creating their future jobs.