The Social Impact Lab Series

Authentic discussions between CSR leaders on how to engage and up-skill underserved communities, at scale.
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DISCUSSION TOPIC:

Making Good on Your Social Impact Learning Commitment

Panelist

Sandy Fernandez
VP, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth

Sandy is Vice President of the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth where he is responsible for developing and implementing the Center’s strategy and programs across North America. He has focused his career on delivering innovative solutions, strategies and enabling research and policy that drives insights on economic mobility and opportunity for the nonprofit and private sectors.

Prior to joining Mastercard Sandy held senior roles at Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase & Co. where he developed national community and economic development programs and led coalition efforts with civil rights, policy and advocacy groups on issues of asset building, financial capability, capacity building, diversity and inclusion.  He began his career in the community health field conducting outreach, research and providing education to low-income immigrant communities on diabetes and cardiovascular health.

He currently serves on the boards of Grounded Solutions Network and Veterans in Global Leadership and holds an M.P.A. from New York University and a B.A. from Boston University.

Lindsey Heisser
Program Manager, Global Philanthropy, Snap Inc.

Lindsey Heisser is the Global Philanthropy Program Manager at Snap Inc. where she oversees the company’s social impact and community relations. More specifically, Heisser and her team focus on initiatives that connect students from underserved communities to equitable access to education and career pathways. Before joining Snap, Lindsey was the Director of the LA Tech Talent Pipeline at Bixel Exchange, the center for Innovation and Technology at the LA Area Chamber of Commerce, helping annually place 200 community college students in paid tech internships and exposing thousands more tech career pathways. She has over a decade of program design and implementation, partnership development and strategic consulting experience at the intersection of diverse talent, education and technology.

Outside of Snap, Heisser is an active advisor to LA-based startups and mentors women and entrepreneurs of color. She is also a board member for Equitas Academy helping prepare students for college and beyond.

Matt Wilkerson
Co-founder & CEO, Paragon One

Matt is the co-founder & CEO of Paragon One, a tech platform helping Fortune 500 teams launch remote externships programs around real work experiences.

Matt previously co-founded AHAlife.com, a curated luxury marketplace for discovering, which successfully merged with ASX-listed Design Milk. Before launching AHAlife, Matt oversaw consumer internet investments with Technology Crossover Ventures, a $10Bn venture capital fund. Prior to TCV, Matt began his career at Morgan Stanley, focusing on M&A, IPO, and debt issuances for new media and telecom companies.

Matt holds two B.S. degrees from MIT, one in Computer Science & Engineering and one in Management Science.

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