Accelerating Impact with Social Innovation
May 2, 2019 | New York, NY 
Ann Mei Chang, Author and Former USAID Chief Innovation Officer 
Moderator: Mary Pflum Peterson, NBC News/Today Show
Co-sponsored with Cultural Vistas
New York, NY—On May 2, 2019, the WFPG hosted Ann Mei Chang, a leading advocate for social innovation and author of Lean ImpactHow to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good. In the conversation, Chang drew on her experiences working in Silicon Valley and at USAID to offer a unique cross-sector approach to accelerating impact. She encouraged attendees to "think big, start small, and seek impact." By using small-scale pilot projects to test initiatives, nonprofits can learn how to best serve their communities and can effect greater change. The conversation was moderated by Mary Pflum Peterson of NBC News and Today Show and co-hosted by Cultural Vistas.

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Author Ann Mei Chang discusses her book Lean Impact


Ann Mei Chang and moderator Mary Pflum
Peterson of NBC News/Today Show

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Author Ann Mei Chang during the conversation


Lessons from Lean Impact

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WFPG Executive Director Kim Kahnhauser Freeman 


Emily Commer of Cultural Vistas 

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Ambassador Milica Pejanović Đurišić of the 
Permanent Mission of Montenegro to the United Nations


Jeri Lim of Quadrant 2 asks a question

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Sanja Zografska Krsteska, Chargé d’Affaires of North
Macedonia to the UN, and Consul General Lisa
Bryan Smart of Jamaica during the discussion


Ann Mei Chang and Mary Pflum Peterson


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Shireen Idroos of Centre for Social Innovation


Members and guests during the reception


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