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Creating a world beyond poverty

The Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics presents entrepreneur and author Jacqueline Novogratz on Nov. 20 at 5:30 p.m. in Robsham Theater for an evening focused on “Creating a World Beyond Poverty.” Novogratz is the founder and CEO of Acumen, a non-profit venture capital fund whose goal is to use entrepreneurial approaches to address global poverty. Under her leadership, Acumen has invested $110 million to build more than 102 social enterprises in countries like Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Pakistan, India, Colombia, the U.S. and others. These companies have created and supported 60,000 jobs, leveraged an additional $522 million, and brought basic services like affordable education, health care, clean water, energy and sanitation to more than 200 million people. Novogratz is the author of The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World, which was inspired by an encounter she had while in Kigali, Rwanda.