Chi has spent the past twenty years in the social change sector, and consults and advises on how these movements can build stronger bridges to disrupt systems of harm. She has also worked for some incredible do-gooding organizations including Social Innovation Canada, White Ribbon Canada, United Way Toronto, CBC and MASS LBP. She is a member of the BMW Responsible Leaders network, and the Global Diplomacy Lab. Her work has been recognised for improving the lives of women and girls throughout Canada by the Governor General (2004) and the YWCA (1999). She holds an MSc in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics, and loves her most important job as mom to Sam and Ellis.
Chryssa Koulis thinks of herself as Goldilocks, but without the three bears. She earned her B.Sc. from the University of Toronto in Psychology and Criminology and assumed she would be content to work in the non-profit sector. However, she felt something was missing so she went back to school to get an M.B.A. from the Schulich School of Business. She quickly realized that she did not fit into that world either. She wasn’t sure what she was looking for until she heard about the School for Social Entrepreneurs and joined the first Canadian cohort. At the School she was able to bring her business degree together with her desire to make a positive social impact. She launched her social enterprise, Sidekicks, and started building the workforce of the future. This finally felt right, so right that Chryssa became the Managing Director of the School for Social Entrepreneurs in 2018 and has been unlearning what that means since then.
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Build Back Better: What do charities need to unlearn?
The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis, bringing devastation to millions around the world. The impacts are felt in all aspects of our daily lives, including our jobs, services, and healthcare. It has shown us our vulnerabilities and how woefully unprepared we are for future pandemics, or other emergencies.
The charitable sector has always helped those that are most in need but it’s starting to buckle under the weight of the pressure and its future is uncertain. The impact on the charitable sector will be felt for many years post-pandemic.
For some it’s meant that front-line staff had to risk their lives as they provide essential services to vulnerable populations, and for others physical distancing has meant that many organizations have had to shut down their operations.
The financial repercussions are jeopardizing the very existence of these organizations that are providing much needed support during this crisis.
While we’re adjusting to a new reality we need to be thinking about the future of the sector to #buildbackbetter
Join us to hear from intrapreneurs working within charities and non-profits on what they believe we need to unlearn in order to build back a stronger, equitable, inclusive and sustainable charitable sector.