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Canopy hosts an evening of compelling conversations between Thupten Jinpa, Leah Weiss, and innovative business leaders. The event will explore the role of for-profit, social enterprise business in a challenging and dynamic world. Moderated by Mayor Greg Fischer. For info about other Cultivating Compassion Louisville events please visit: www.cultivatingcompassionlouisville.org

Cultivating Social Enterprise in Business will share experiences and ideas in good business. Whether you're an entrepreneur, business owner, community leader, teacher, or curious consumer, this will be an evening not to miss!

Mayor Greg Fischer will moderate this unique discussion with two leaders in the field of compassion and altruism research. As businesses strive to take more responsibility for their employees, communities, and environment, Leah Weiss and Thupten Jinpa have emerged as important voices in understanding the motivations of individuals and how they connect with others.

Thupten Jinpa has been the principal English translator to His Holiness the Dalai Lama since 1985 and has translated and collaborated on numerous books by the Dalai Lama including the New York Times Bestsellers Ethics for the New Millennium and The Art of Happiness. His own publications include A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives.

Leah Weiss served as Director of Education at Stanford University's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) from 2010-2013. She now consults for the Omidyar Group’s 21st Century Leadership Initiative. Her book, How We Work: Live Your Purpose, Reclaim Your Sanity and Embrace the Daily Grind, published by HarperCollins, was released in 2018.

Joe DeLoss is a serial social entrepreneur focused on building transformational brands for transformational people. His most recent success, Hot Chicken Takeover, is a fast-casual restaurant chain taking over the Midwest. The business has earned critical acclaim as a break out brand in the segment and has created hundreds of meaningful work opportunities in the region.

Victoria Russell was named the first Chief of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer at Papa John’s International, a global brand of 120,000 team members. A 12-year passion for the Papa John’s brand, Victoria is committed to using her voice to bring change and stepping up to the challenge of ensuring Diversity Equity & Inclusion is in the DNA of the company.

Amanda Bates is the newly appointed Executive Director of WILD, a micro-accelerator and startup initiative geared towards idea-stage and early-stage female entrepreneurs looking to snag an investment, create an initial prototype or create a focused go-to market strategy.

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KCD Theater
4100 Springdale Road
Louisville, KY 40241
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1500 Lytle Street
Louisville, KY 40203
(502) 907-3268

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Lauren Cline
(502) 907-3268
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