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Ashima Sharma: Breaking Down Social Barriers to Mentorship Accessibility

Ashima Sharma: Breaking Down Social Barriers to Mentorship Accessibility
Ashima: Glad to be here, Spiffy! Mentorship is a powerful tool: mentors can support, guide, and encourage you in your education and dreams. However, mentorship is not something everyone has access to today. It can be hard to know who to go to, how to find a mentor, and how to ask them to help you. So that is why we started Dreami. We want to make sure everyone has the power of a mentor to support them in their dreams and goals. Dreami believes that together, we are limitless.

Jake Aronskind: A Community of Homemade Recipes to Combat Hunger and Waste

Jake Aronskind: A Community of Homemade Recipes to Combat Hunger and Waste
Jake: Hey, Spiffy, thanks for having me! Pepper’s mission is to be the premier social media platform for cooking by empowering chefs of all backgrounds and skill sets to create, share, and discover food with family and friends around the world. Our philanthropic mission is to utilize our power and reach to support communities in need of sustainability or facing any forms of persecution through direct civic engagement, charitable contributions, and employee activism. We have donated nearly 50,000 meals in the last several months and plan to be donating many more in the future!

Jessica Mason: Cultivating GenNext of Large-scale Cooperative Businesses

Jessica Mason: Cultivating GenNext of Large-scale Cooperative Businesses
Jessica: Thanks for inviting me, Spiffy! To answer your question, inequality is at an all-time high and our economy is broken. 79% of the nation's wealth is held by millionaires and billionaires. Ownership—one of the key drivers of wealth—is concentrated in the hands of business owners and investors. Systematic racism piles on top of all this, making it even harder for Black, Indigenous and other people of color to start businesses and build wealth. We need to fix the ownership gap, and give more people the chance to own and benefit from the businesses they work in, contribute to, and consume from.