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Fostering Youth Innovation

Speech TopicsGretchen Zucker brings in-depth experience in management consulting and international development to her work at Ashoka. She is the Executive Director of Youth Venture, a growing community of over 200,000 young changemakers who are creating social impact at the local, national and global levels.  Prior to joining Ashoka, Gretchen developed her expertise in trade and development in East and Southern African regions while working in the Africa Bureau of the US Agency for International Development. She later worked for the Ethiopian government, in its Washington DC embassy and in Addis Ababa as a consultant in the Ethiopian Investment Authority. Gretchen then helped launch the Washington office of the Tigray Development Association, a development institution headquartered in Tigray, Ethiopia. She spent four years as a management consultant in McKinsey & Co’s New York, Amsterdam and Washington offices.  Gretchen was educated at Ohio State University, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  Gretchen is pushing youth innovation forward using her breadth of expertise and experience.

  • The movement of young leaders of change
  • Youth leadership and education, employment and development
  • Talent in the 21st century
  • Successful management and entrepreneurship in the social sector
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