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[VIRTUAL] A Conversation with Social Entrepreneur Steph Speirs ’13 B.A.

by Philadelphia

Academic Interest

Mon, Jan 24, 2022

7 PM – 8:30 PM EST (GMT-5)

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Join the Yale SOM Philadelphia Alumni Chapter to watch Steph Speirs ʾ13 B.A., co-founder and CEO of affordable solar energy company Solstice, in conversation with Yale Blue Green lead Lauren Graham ’13 M.E.M.  (a pre-recorded 35-minute event), followed by a live conversation with fellow Philadelphia alumni on themes of solidarity in the work environment, mission-driven careers, entrepreneurship, career pathing, and more.

WHEN: Monday, January 24, 2022 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM EST


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Steph Speirs '13 B.A.

Co-founder and CEO


Steph is a social entrepreneur and community builder with operational experience in the U.S., Middle East, and South Asia. She was selected as an Echoing Green Climate Fellow, a Global Good Fund Fellow, a Grist 50 Fixer, a Kia Revisionary, and an Acumen Global Fellow, all of which recognize emerging leaders in social enterprise.

She previously led sales and marketing innovation initiatives at d.light India, a solar products company powering areas without reliable electricity; spearheaded Acumen's renewable energy sector investment strategy in Pakistan; developed Middle East policy as the youngest Director at the White House National Security Council; and managed field operations in seven states for the first Obama presidential campaign.

She holds a B.A. from Yale, a Master in Public Affairs (MPA) with distinction from Princeton, and an MBA from MIT, where she earned a certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. At MIT, she received the Paul and Daily Soros Fellowship, Legatum Fellowship, Public Service Fellowship, and Dean's Fellowship.

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Lauren Graham '13 M.E.M.

Founder and CEO

Velvet Frame

I am a Senior Associate at The Cadmus Group, an environmental consulting firm, where I co-lead their sustainability team and works with nonprofit, NGO, and philanthropic clients. I am also the founder of Velvet Frame, a social impact strategy and communications consultancy where I work with nonprofits and social enterprises across the environmental-social impact spectrum on their capacity-building and change management challenges using an ecosystems approach. I am also a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice where I teach graduate courses in their nonprofit leadership and social work programs.