Date: May 16, 2019
Time: 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Location: Nixon Peabody LLP, 55 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036
Brian R. Hall
Join us at NP NYC’s next “Let’s Talk” event! Shaziah Singh of Nixon Peabody’s Corporate practice will interview Erin Zaikis, highly acclaimed social entrepreneur and founder of Sundara, an international organization bringing sustainable hygiene to communities in need. The Q&A will focus on Erin’s experiences creating and building Sundara, female leadership, the importance of community empowerment and building a mission-driven brand.
Sundara recycles old hotel soap into new bars, giving them a second life. Sundara’s mission focuses on supporting the communities it serves by hiring and training local women to do this work, lifting them from poverty with fair wage livelihoods and distributing the soap to those communities, all while providing free hygiene education classes for vulnerable populations.
NP’s “Let’s Talk” series, launched in 2017, invites inspiring female leaders in the technology, social impact and start up spaces to speak about leadership and innovation.
Erin is the founder of Sundara, an organization that recycles hotel soap and operates across India, Uganda and Myanmar. Sundara hires widows, victims of domestic violence and single mothers, employing them at a fair wage and training them to become community hygiene ambassadors. Sundara has distributed over half a million bars of soap to date, reaching over 100,000 children each month by working with partners like Hilton, Hyatt and Marriott. Sundara has been recognized by the Huffington Post, BBC, CNN and the Government of India in its “Swachh Bharat” (Clean India) campaign. Erin is a Forbes 30 Under 30 (2018 and 2019) and winner of Marc Fisher’s Make Your Marc Award and the Summit Series Impact & Diversity Fellowship.
Prior to Sundara, Erin was the CEO of IsraAID US, where she fundraised for and managed a $10 million aid program focused on disaster relief projects and led humanitarian aid missions to Nepal; Kenya (Kakuma refugee camp); Lesbos, Greece; and Houston, Texas.
Don’t miss this opportunity to network with dynamic women from different industries. We look forward to seeing you on May 16!
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