Meet Devin Hibbard

  • CEO of Street Business School
  • More than 15 years experience working directly with women living in extreme poverty
  • Master Course Instructor of women’s leadership and poverty eradication at Watson University in Boulder, Colorado
  • Mentor for Unreasonable East Africa in Kampala, Uganda
  • Author of “Global Issues and Sustainable Solutions,” a textbook on international issues.
  • Advocated for foreign assistance to developing markets as part of The Better Safer World Campaign
  • Promotes strong ties between Europe and the U.S. as an American Marshall Memorial Fellow
  • Poverty eradication expert and international speaker


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.

Building Bridges

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

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 works to eradicate extreme poverty by uplifting the human spirit through connection, education and empowerment.

Devin Hibbard – CEO

Noted poverty eradication advocate, speaker and author with extensive experience in international issues.

Working to Empower 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, while advocating for poverty alleviation in her home country of the United States. 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 change their lives for the better. She and her team believe entrepreneurship holds the key to lifting millions of people out of extreme poverty. Honed over years in the field, their transformational entrepreneurship training gives people the tools they need to build successful small businesses, while buoying confidence and instilling self belief.

Co-founding Street Business School and BeadforLife

Prior to co-founding Street Business School and BeadforLife, Devin worked with poverty and development organizations including The Better Safer World Campaign and Facing the Future. She also works to promote strong ties between Europe and the U.S. as an American Marshall Memorial Fellow. Devin holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Evans School of Public Administration at the University of Washington, specializing in internal development and nonprofit management. She is a noted expert on women’s empowerment and poverty alleviation and has spoken about the fight against poverty at hundreds of events around the world.


  • The Power of Believing Will Change the World
  • How Creating Opportunities Changes the Face of Non-Profit Aid
  • The Reluctant Capitalist: Philanthropy Through Guidance
  • How to Talk About Poverty as People, Not Just Policy

Connect, Educate & Empower

Devin works closely with women living in extreme poverty, and she knows what they need to succeed. She promotes entrepreneurship training that inspires women to believe in themselves and gives them the tools they need to start their own businesses. As a champion of connections, she bridges the gap between concerned global citizens and poor communities around the world. “I believe we can end extreme poverty in our lifetime,” Devin says.

  • Do you want to learn more about how to end extreme poverty in this generation?
  • Will poverty solutions be part of the conversation at your next conference or event?
  • Are you looking for a passionate and experienced speaker

Devin is a messenger for thousands of women who have transformed their lives through small business ownership. Their stories compel audiences to join the fight against poverty, create sustainable business opportunities for women, and become agents for change.

“I believe that we can end extreme poverty in our lifetime. Through working with women living in unspeakable poverty, I’ve seen the transformational power of belief.”

Devin’s Experience

  • 2018 Skoll World Forum
  • 2018 EVOSO Live
  • 2017 Sankalp Forum, Nairobi, Kenya
  • AGOA Forum Meeting – Kampala, Uganda
  • Women in Coffee – Keynote Address
  • Uganda Peace Corps Annual Conference
  • Peace Corp Volunteer Training – Two Time Presenter
  • Vital Voices Conference – Kampala
  • Fashion Fights Poverty – Washington DC
  • Rotary Clubs: Bainbridge Island, WA Breckenridge, CO Kampala, UG
  • Colorado Business Women National Conference – Denver
  • Social Studies Conference – Three Time Presenter
  • National Science Teachers Conferences
  • National Service Learning Conferences
  • Keynote for Six-City Opportunity Tour
  • Watson University Professor – Master Course Instructor and Mentor

We believe in women until they can believe in themselves.

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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.