HeartChat x Impact Circle (Community partners: ImpactHK, Encompass HK, The Good Lab, FSI, Global Shapers Community Hong Kong, G for Good, Dream Impact, Social Ventures Hong Kong, Necessiti, Good City Foundation, La French Tech Hong Kong, Local Motion)
Vincent Li (Co-founder of HeartChat), Jeff Rotmeyer (Founder of ImpactHK), Benita Chick (Founder of Encompass HK), Warren Luk (CEO of the Good Lab), Angelyn Lim (Program Director of Asian Charity Services)
“People underestimate their capacity for change. There is never a right time to do a difficult thing.” – John Porter
Time has come where many purpose-driven organizations are utterly struggling. Coping with the “double hit” of the economic slowdown and the community’s increasing demand is never an easy task.
However, those stories inspire us when a few change agents are able to turn crises into opportunities for their organizations and the community, and in this session, we are going to explore:
- How do the speakers’ social enterprises or NGOs respond to the current economic downturn?
- Where to find financial and volunteer resources?
- What are some recommended coping strategies (i.e. how to reduce the cost of operation, how to create new sales channels)?
Perks: meet and consult the peer mentors: https://docs.google.com/document/d/11sy6wftD5GGAFhcEx22EvvXIo1aEglCaZCSTvOcpn4A/edit?usp=sharing
7:30-7:40 Introduction the topic and SE Meetup
7:40-8:35 Speakers self-introduction & panel discussion
8:50-9:20 Break-out (1-2 mentors/ group)
9:20-9:30 Closing remark & announcement
Join us if you would like to raise as a change agent and help transform lives through leading the business, NGO and a community. Also, join us if you want to start switching on a positive modest and learn how to support those in more urgent need!
Stay healthy and “see” you all on 15 April!
Jeff is the founder and CEO of ImpactHK, a registered NGO believes in the importance of kindness in addressing the pressing problem of the homeless in Hong Kong. In 2018, Jeff also founded Love 21 Foundation, a registered charity empowering the Down syndrome and autistic community to reach their full potential through sport and nutrition programs.
Having worked for a wide range of education, NGO and think-tank institutions, Benita has abundant experience in working with people of diverse backgrounds and culture and has a wealth of expertise in community outreach. Her current focus is on diversity and inclusion. In 2018, she founded Encompass HK, an HK-based social enterprise to promote Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a focus on SDG 3 Wellness, SDG 5 Gender Equality, and SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production. Benita connects and engages diverse organizations and individuals through talks, workshops, and events on sustainability, human rights, diversity, and gender equality.
Warren believes that everyone can be a changemaker and cross-sector collaboration is fundamental to the creation of lasting social value and a positive vibe in our community. Since joining Good Lab in 2017, Warren oversees the organization’s diverse portfolio of social and public sector innovation projects to blend stakeholder engagement with the co-creation of user-centric solutions. Warren is passionate and committed to public services and currently serves as an appointed member of the Advisory Committee on Enhancing Self-Reliance Through District Partnership Programme under the Home Affairs Department.
Angelyn worked in senior positions at international big-law firms in Hong Kong and Singapore, for more than 20 years with an established record in leading training programs, women’s growth and leadership initiatives, as well as community service projects. Angelyn was a Director of the Hong Kong Trustees’ Association for more than 10 years. She also counsels NGOs on social impact investment strategies and products, fundraising, corporate governance, and the fundamentals of successful operational management.