The Sorenson Impact Foundation is delighted to announce the launch of the Sorenson Strategy Fellows program. Our fellows represent the brightest minds at the intersection of business strategy and social impact, and they’ll be deployed to our portfolio companies this summer to work on projects such as market analysis, customer segmentation, and growth strategy. Our portfolio companies represent some of the most innovative impact start-ups in the world and we are excited to be a part of their growth!
Kelly Bryan, Washington, D.C.
Kelly is a California native and moved to Washington, DC in 2010 where she managed a portfolio of investments for an early stage fund. She later joined a tech startup identifying key growth opportunities and executing strategic initiatives. With an interest in using investment capital to expand social and economic opportunities for low-income or underserved individuals, she then went on to work for a non-profit investment fund where she managed sector specific accelerator programs helping female founders running early-stage tech companies to gain increased access to VC funding. Over the last year, she regularly volunteered with a local non-profit organization funding low-income entrepreneurs through micro loans in the Washington, DC area.
I will be working as a Business Manager for Urban and Financial Institutions, a new potential business vertical within Copia Global, which has been in SIF’s portfolio since 2012. I will coordinate across departments to ensure these businesses are set up for success and generating and executing on ideas to drive faster growth and profitability. I will also be working with the Marketing Department to improve high-value customer retention.
What She’s Excited About
I am excited about the opportunity to work internationally, and focus on serving low and middle-income customers in rural and peri-urban areas. I am also interested in learning first hand how a for-profit company effectively focuses on driving profitability in order to achieve impact at scale.
I think this experience will challenge me to think in more innovative ways, as I help to solve new problems I haven’t previously encountered or considered. More than in any other role, I think this experience will help me prioritize relationship building first, and problem solving second. I look forward to the challenge, and am thrilled to have been given this exciting opportunity.