WorldMatters: Can Business Change the World? Using Social Enterprise to Solve Community Problems


Thursday, April 7, 2016    
4:30 pm - 6:15 pm


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Cyrano's Theatre Company
411 D St, Anchorage, AK, 99501

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This program is presented as a part of WorldMatters, a series engaging Alaska’s young leaders in global dialogue.

Join us at 4:30pm for a social mixer with our guest speakers prior to the program start at 5:15pm. Beverages and light snacks will be available for purchase from Cyrano’s Cafe. Please note that the Cyrano’s Cafe only accepts cash.

Online registration for this program is closed. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Speaker Bios:

Yaso2Dr. Yaso Thiru, Professor of Accounting and Management, Alaska Pacific University
Yaso teaches business at Alaska Pacific University and as an educator, would like to inspire her students to make a difference. After years of teaching accounting in the context of profit maximization alone, Yaso now explores how profits can be a tool for social and environmental justice. She focuses on problems in the community that would take entrepreneurial interventions to solve, drawing on her managerial accounting background. Yaso researches, learns from, and works with social entrepreneurs, writing about what makes them successful and how they impact their community, and contributing to global research attempting to model social enterprises. She is inspired by social entrepreneurs and seeks to inspire others by sharing their stories.


EricMcCallumEric McCallum, President, Arctic Wire Rope & Supply
Eric McCallum has extensive experience and has acted as a mentor in both business and philanthropy. He acts as an angel investor in market solutions to address poverty and climate changed, and is the guarantor and board member for MCE Social Capital ( an innovative lending institution that has made $100 million of micro loans placed throughout the world by leveraging guarantees. He is also leading other Anchorage businesses in looking at commercial energy efficiency as the cheapest form of new energy with superior return on investment when compared to other investments.

Corey HesterModerated by Corey Hester, Communications & Program Director, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce
Corey Hester is currently Communications & Programs Director for the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, and Editor of their Advancing Anchorage MAG. He was first published as a journalist while working for the Anchorage Daily News at age 16. Since then he has been featured in numerous statewide publications. Corey is one of the most knowledgeable people in Alaska on the “Millennial Generation” having founded both the largest student-run organization and the largest young professional organization in Alaska. He also helped pioneer the concept of Geotourism in Alaska in 2013 after working with various tourism executives looking to boost rural tourism opportunities. He helped create the Alaska Geotourism Charter and was co-chair of the organization, which comprised dozens of tourism businesses and executives from around the state. In 2015, he gave the first TED talk on geotourism in the world. Corey is an active member of the Board of Directors for Visit Anchorage and the Alaska World Affairs Council, and is also the president of the Anchorage Downtown Community Council. He’s a proud alum of East High School, graduated with honors from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a B.A. in Journalism, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s HBX program.

The WorldMatters Series is sponsored by

Shell       BP


Thank you to our generous venue sponsor:

Cyrano TC logo

The WorldMatters Series is presented in partnership with

YPG    EngageAnchorage    NSLS     UAARisingLeaders UWEL     YRAK     AncBarYoungLawyers   AKYD LeadershipAnchorage




This event is currently sold out. Please contact or (907) 276-8038 to inquire about space.