Catherine Hoke
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The Tim Ferriss Show

"Enjoy this incredible roller coaster of a conversation! It was very moving and emotional for me. Cat is the author of the new book, A Second Chance: For You, For Me, and For the Rest of Us, which the Seth Godin encouraged her to write after hearing her amazing story. I highly encourage you to check it out."
        – Tim Ferriss

Catherine Hoke is the founder of the non-profit Defy Ventures. Defy’s vision is to end mass incarceration by using entrepreneurship as a tool to transform legacies and human potential.

Cat was named a #MakeTechHuman Agent of Change by WIRED and Nokia for being one of 17 Global Influencers Expanding Human Possibility Through Technology. She has received the MDC Partners Humanitarian Award on behalf of Defy Ventures, and was included in Forbes’ 40 Women to Watch over 40. She was also named by Fast Company as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business and is an Ashoka Fellow.

“You are not your past.”
        – Catherine Hoke

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Catherine Hoke is breaking the cycle of incarceration in the United States by empowering men and women with criminal histories to leverage their innate entrepreneurial skills to create profitable, sustainable, legal enterprises.

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