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Spark: Local Civics

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Local Civics: Reimagining civic engagement and education for America’s youth

Facilitated by Beverly Leon '20BUS '14CC and Caitlin Gallagher '20BUS

Friday, August 14, 2020
1:00–3:00 PM EDT
Webinar details will be shared in the confirmation email.

Local Civics has a theory of change that the more students interact with their communities, the more social impact they generate. By leveraging technology and using game-based learning, Local Civics incentivizes and empowers students to become active citizens in their communities.

This interactive workshop will focus on policy and stakeholder power mapping as it pertains to developing a strategy to incorporate civics into education systems and communities. Bring your experience, expertise, and curiosity! 


Facilitator Bios:
Beverly Leon ’20BUS '14CC
Founder and CEO, Local Civics

Beverly is the founder and CEO of Local Civics, an education platform that uses technology and game-based learning to help students become civically engaged. Prior to founding Local Civics, Beverly spent two years playing professional soccer in Europe. From 2014 to 2016, Beverly worked as an analyst at Morgan Stanley, focused on equity capital markets. She also worked as a financial analyst at Supermercato24 in Italy. In that time, Beverly worked closely with the CEO to design business materials and pitch potential VCs in Series A and bridge financings.

She received an MBA from Columbia Business School. Beverly also earned an MS in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford and a BA in History and Business Management from Columbia University.

Caitlin Gallagher '20BUS
Director of Growth Strategy, Local Civics

Caitlin is the director of growth strategy for Local Civics, while simultaneously working as a consultant at New Visions for Public Schools. Prior to her current roles, Caitlin was an innovation facilitator and program coordinator for Connecticut RISE Network. She also spent a summer as an MBA Fellow with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. From 2013 to 2016, Caitlin participated in Teach for America as a Corps Member and recruitment coordinator. During this time, she taught math to fifth and sixth graders in Hartford, Connecticut.

She received an MBA from Columbia Business School. Caitlin also bachelor’s degree in American studies form Georgetown University.



Spark provides Social Innovators with an opportunity to explore resources, connections and potential solutions to help their social ventures. These workshops tap into the collective knowledge within Columbia University and the larger entrepreneurial and social impact community.

Spark is a platform for ventures to make valuable connections, as the audience is a self-selected group interested in the topic area. Ventures are also able to gather ideas through group brainstorming to help them address specific questions or problems within the business organization. 

These workshops are free and open to all who are willing to bring their ideas, experience, and connections to help solve social and environmental challenges that social innovators aim to address.

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August 14th, 2020 from  1:00 PM to  3:00 PM