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Merrick Engages Series

Join Murray Dalziel, dean of the Merrick School of Business as he talks with Amon Anderson, associate director of Acumen America, an organization that is harnessing the power of entrepreneurship to tackle poverty in the United States. The conversation will focus on "How Venture Philanthropy Makes a Difference in America."

Event Details

Amon AndersonA Conversation with Amon Anderson, "How Venture Philanthropy Makes a Difference in America."

Date: Apr. 18, 2017
Time: 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Location: Thumel Business Center, Auditorium
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  • More About the Conversation

    Income inequality in the U.S. exceeds any other democracy in the developed world. Right now, there are nearly 47 million people living in poverty in America. (Acumen website, Jan. 2017). 

    Murray Dalziel, dean of the Merrick School of Business will discuss with Amon Anderson ways to build sustainable models to move millions of Americans out of poverty and how the Acumen model is doing it.

  • About Amon Anderson

    Amon Anderson co-leads Acumen America, which launched earlier this year to invest in high-growth, high-impact entrepreneurs who are changing the way we tackle poverty in the US. Acumen America is focused on Seed and Series A stage investing in the health, financial inclusion, and workforce development sectors.

    Amon previously worked on Acumen’s Global Portfolio team out of New York. Prior to that,he led Acumen’s agriculture and water/sanitation investing in East Africa. Based in Nairobi for four years, Amon originated, monitored, and managed a number of investments, building the agriculture portfolio from scratch.

    Prior to joining Acumen, Amon worked in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with Cherokee Investment Partners, developing an impact investing strategy and building a community of entrepreneurs. Amon began his career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, helping to launch the Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative.

    Amon holds a B.A. with Highest Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a Morehead-Cain Scholar. He also holds a MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he received the Frances & Arjay Miller Fellowship in Social Innovation and the Miller Social Change Leadership Award.

  • What is the Merrick Engages Series?

    Merrick Engages is a series that takes a close look at contemporary business topics through the lenses of successful business leaders. Each business leader sits down with Murray Dalziel, dean of the Merrick School of Business, and they engage in a conversation that aims to better inform us, and provide a new perspective into the business world. Each dialog delves into topics pertaining to careers, business transformation and life lessons-learned.