Devin believes we can end extreme poverty in our lifetimes. She is the Founder and CEO of Street Business School—an entrepreneurial training program that helps women living in poverty go from an average of $1.35 to $4.19 per day by starting their own small businesses. Through a social franchise scaling model, Street Business School is now training organizations globally to deliver our proven poverty-eradication business training.
As a champion of connections, Devin strives to build bridges between concerned world citizens and people who experience poverty. She is a speaker, teacher, mentor and thought leader in social entrepreneurship, women’s economic empowerment, and micro-business creation as a means of eradicating poverty. She’s seen what can happen when women are empowered as business owners, and she believes unleashing a generation of women entrepreneurs can help us realize a world without poverty.
Devin’s work has been featured in Nick Kristof’s New York Times column, the Today Show, O Magazine, Vanity Fair, Lehrer News Hour and dozens of other publications. Prior to Street Business School, Devin co-founded and served as CEO of BeadforLife, which helps women living in poverty earn income through the production of handmade paper jewelry. BeadforLife pioneered the global cottage industry of paper jewelry, inspiring hundreds of other organizations and benefitting thousands of women.
Devin is on a mission to end extreme poverty in her lifetime. This driving purpose led her to live and work in India, Kenya and Uganda. She is a champion of connections and strives to build bridges between concerned world citizens and people living on less than $3 a day.
As the CEO of Street Business School, she works to empower women to start their own businesses and transform their lives. Forever. She and her team believe economic empowerment holds the key to lifting millions of people out of extreme poverty. Honed over years in the field, their transformational business training gives people the tools they need to build successful small businesses, ensure a hopeful future for their children, and find their voices to lead community solutions that will change the world.
The solution to poverty eradication is about uplifting the human spirit, not degrading it. Giving a handout takes away someone’s inherent belief in themself.
Transformation lives at the intersection of belief and opportunity. Once women believe in themselves, they take the entrepreneurial training and change their lives.