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.
Marcos Salazar is a social entrepreneur, career + life coach, consultant, speaker, and community builder. He works with professionals, entrepreneurs, and creatives to help them pursue work they are passionate about, become financially successful, and create lives that make the world a better place. He does this through 1-on-1 coaching, nonprofit and businesses consulting, and on a larger scale as Co-founder + Executive Director of Be Social Change where he’s built the largest social impact community and professional development hub in New York City. You can learn more about Marcos and his coaching work at www.marcossalazar.com.
For most of his career Marcos has led a double life. By day he’s been a nonprofit innovator as a Research Officer for the American Psychological Association examining education and workforce trends, as a Tech Strategist and Leadership Researcher for Girl Scouts of the USAintegrating large-scale data management systems and leading a team of Girl Scout CEOs to develop a technology and social media strategy for the Girl Scout Movement, as well as VP of Programs at the White House Project designing leadership development programs to increase the number of women elected into office and executive positions within the private sector. By night Marcos tapped into his entrepreneurial spirit by launching two clothing companies, publishing two books (he is currently working on his third), helping people develop healther lifestyles as a personal trainer and spinning instructor, as well as leverging his political muscle to become an elected official in Brooklyn.
With Be Social Change Marcos has integrated these two lives where he leads his team on educating and connecting the next generation of purpose-driven professionals, entrepreneurs, and creatives. Over the past two years Marcos has developed and curated over 150 events, educational programs, and workshops empowering people from all sectors to build careers, business and lives that make a positive impact on the world. This work has put him at the center of a rapidly growing social impact space and provides him with a unique perspective for viewing and influencing trends within social innovation, entrepreneurship, tech, and the future of work.
Marcos is a sought after speaker delivering keynotes, workshops, and trainings for conferences, nonprofits, corporations, and universities on purpose-driven career building, social innovation, entrepreneurship, personal branding, community-building, and Millennial engagement. He also gives trainings on Lean Startup for Social Innovation, focused on integrating a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation into nonprofits and social enterprises. His work has been featured in local and national media outlets including the New York Times, Fast Company, Washington Post, Forbes, MSNBC, The Examiner, and Boston.com.
Marcos earned a B.A. in Psychology from Amherst College as well as a Masters in Organizational Management and an Executive Leadership Coaching certification from The George Washington University. Marcos is a board member of the Young Professionals Nonprofit Network and an American Express Leadership Academy Fellow.
Strategy + Community Engagement
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.
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.
Co-Founder & Board Chair