Business & Small Enterprise


As the relief and development space has evolved, so has our understanding of effective interventions. Business is an essential tool of development, but is it being properly utilized? Come prepared to join an innovate and interactive discussion on Business and Small Enterprise as Mission.

This track will include four 75-minute break-out sessions examining one facet of the Business and Small Enterprise Solutions. 

Session titles and descriptions TBD


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JoAnn Flett is a Program Director of the MBA in Social Impact and Senior Lecturer in Management at Eastern University. JoAnn’s research examines the role of business in society. Business is a dominant social institution of influence and power in our world. Therefore, business that combines social mission and market activities to bring about societal change for ‘people at the base of the pyramid’ (BoP) is a form of business to explore. The fact that the BoP population is mostly to be found in developing countries only resonates with her Caribbean heritage.

Ms. Flett currently serves on the Board of Directors for three organizations: Capital for Good, an organization dedicated to providing resources to collaborators working in health, education, anti-human trafficking, and economic & gender empowerment. Broad Street Ministry—a non-profit dedicated to meeting the needs of the most vulnerable Philadelphians. The Accord Network a member agency for 90+ international development agencies. She also serves in an advisory capacity for Initiate Australia and Everence Financial in Philadelphia. JoAnn has been married for 28 years to Eric Flett (he is a member of Eastern University’s faculty/theology), and the couple has two sons Miles 22, and Elliot, 19.