[PAST EVENT] Community Engagement Lunch Series

November 1, 2011
Blow Memorial Hall, Lounge
262 Richmond Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Cosmo Fujiyama is passionate about cultivating the growth of informed, confident leaders capable of leading social change in their communities. She currently works for Ashoka's search team as an intrapreneur for the global office in Arlington, Va., where she is focused on developing strategies for talent recruitment and organizational design. At Ashoka, Cosmo designed and led programs for emerging youth social entrepreneurs to connect, innovate and collaborate with one another to build awareness of social entrepreneurship.

Prior to joining Ashoka, Cosmo Fujiyama served as president of Students Helping Honduras (SHH), a non-profit organization dedicated to building a movement of youth across the U.S. and Honduras to combat extreme poverty. She co-founded SHH when she was a sophomore in college after recognizing a gap and an opportunity to promote civic engagement among university students. By organizing fellow students through grassroots efforts, Cosmo engaged hundreds of students on her campus and raised over $148,000 in the first 12 weeks of operation. After finishing her bachelors degree in American studies and women's studies at the College of William and Mary, Cosmo received a generous start-up grant from Doris Buffett of the Sunshine Lady Foundation and relocated to Honduras to build her nonprofit on a full-time basis. For three and a half years, she designed and developed projects that, through local and global partnerships, generated human and financial capital to build necessary infrastructure for community development. In addition to helping communities pursue opportunities and create chance, Cosmo met and led over 1,300 college students in service learning opportunities in Honduras to transform how youth engagement in issues of development.

Cosmo will join the NYU Wagner School of Public Service in the fall to broaden her perspective on the intersection of policy, strategic and financial management and social innovation. Additionally, Cosmo will focus on expanding her model for youth entrepreneurship and training the next generation of aspiring leaders to launch and scale sustainable social enterprises. {{http://www.studentshelpinghonduras.org/, Students Helping Honduras}}

RSVP to [[megentry, Liz Gentry]]. 20 spaces available each week.