About Be Social Change

Be Social Change is a community-driven nonprofit on a mission to educate and connect the next generation of change makers. Through entrepreneurship education, community-building, and resource-sharing tools we empower people from all sectors and industries to pursue work they are passionate about and create lives that make the world a better place. Our vision is to create a world where every entrepreneur is a social entrepreneur, every career is an impact-driven career, and every business is a socially-conscious business. Join us in making this vision a reality.

 

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Marcos Salazar

Co-Founder + Executive Director
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Marcos is a coach, consultant, entrepreneur, educator and community builder.
He advises and mentors entrepreneurs, professionals, and organizations in creating scalable solutions that grow their propose, profits and impact.

He is currently the Co-founder + Executive Director of of Be Social Change, the largest social good community and central resource hub in New York City helping connect, educate, and support the next generation of purpose-driven entrepreneurs and professionals. For most of his career Marcos has led a double life. By day he’s been a non-profit innovator as a Research Officer for the American Psychological Association, a Tech Strategist and Leadership Researcher for Girl Scouts of the USA (and yes, he’s an official Girl Scout!), as well as VP of Programs at the White House Project. By night he’s been an entrepreneur launching two clothing companies, an author of two books (currently working on his third), as well as a former personal trainer, spinning instructor, and elected official in Brooklyn. With Be Social Change he’s merged these two worlds and is passionate about helping people change the world in their own unique way.

Marcos is a sought after speaker sharing insights at panels events, conferences, colleges, and corporations on the future of social innovation, entrepreneurship, workforce trends, Millennials, socially conscious consumer insights, and personal branding. His work has been featured in local and national media outlets including the New York Times, Fast Company, Washington Post, Forbes, MSNBC, The Examiner, Boston.com and Filla.ca. Marcos earned a B.A. in Psychology from Amherst College as week as a Masters in Organizational Management certification in Executive Leadership Coaching from The George Washington University.

As a career coach and business strategist Marcos works with people ready to invest in their personal and professional success to the next level. Whether you are looking to start a business, change your career, quit your job, or simply want to take a dream that’s been in side your head and make it real, he can help you make it happen. To learn more about working with Marcos as a coach or consultant contact him here.
 


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Heidi Sloane

Strategy + Community Engagement
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With a background in social entrepreneurship, Heidi’s strengths are in strategy, community engagement, and creative communication. She is committed to driving change by connecting passionate, talented individuals to other people, projects and ideas that will amplify impact, lead to an electric conversation, or result in inspired collaborations. Having studied social entrepreneurship at NYU, Heidi has been working with early stage non-profits, startups, and social projects since graduating. In addition to her work with Be Social Change, she currently manages community and communication for miLES (Made In The Lower East Side). While working for Lean Startup Machine, she was inspired by how powerful lean startup could be for change makers tackling social and environmental issues. Since joining the Be Social Change team, she has been working to adapt lean startup methodology to be more accessible and applicable in the social good space; she co-teaches the Makers Institute class series “Lean Startup for Social Good”.

 


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Shana Dressler

Director, The Makers Institute
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Shana is the Director of the Makers Institute, Be Social Change’s social good business school. In this role she is responsible for designing curricula and programming for 21st century entrepreneurial problem-solvers and creatives tackling the most pressing social and environmental challenges of our time. In 2011 Shana founded the Social Innovators Collective with a mission to train and nurture the next wave of social change leaders so they can demonstrate measurable impact and achieve financial sustainability. She is an Aspen Institute Scholar, a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and a judge for The Webby Awards.  Shana is an internationally exhibited photographer, loves all things chocolate, and makes her way around New York on a midnight blue Vespa.

 


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Raj Jain

Operations Management
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Raj has worked in large, mid sized, and small organizations-in various stages of development. As a creative, a particular interest in art and design complements an entrepreneurial acumen.  His skills include strategic prospecting, relationship building, knowledge management and development strategy. A self identified global citizen, Raj is most passionate about unlocking human potential. In the future, he hopes to do this through economic empowerment, community building, and honest communication. He truly believes that together we can be the change we wish to see in the world.

 

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Founding Team


Brenton Gieser

Co-Founder & Board Chair

Allie Mahler

Co-Founder

Catherine Adriano

Co-Founder

Elizabeth Foggie

Co-Founder

Greg Barrett

Advisor