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.
Ian Howatt (M.A. English/First Nations Studies) is a father, coach, paddler, and the Director of Strategic Design and the A/Director of Business Performance in the Citizen Services Department, City of Edmonton. A public servant for more than 15 years, Ian currently leads a team of 28 internal consultants focused on social innovation, strategic foresight, citizen intelligence, budget development, policy development, and strategic planning. Ian is passionate about “change from within” leadership, and the role of leaders in creating a safe place for staff to thrive, excel, and be authentic. He is a Global Catalyst in the League of Intrapreneurs, a founding member of the League of Intrapreneurs Canada, and a member of the global BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders’ Network. He is also the recipient of the 2017 IPAC Edmonton Award for Policy Excellence.
Born in Dallas, Texas, Justin is a graduate of Morehouse College and SMU Dedman School of Law. He also studied Human Rights law at University College at the University of Oxford in Oxford, U.K. After law school, Justin served as a prosecutor at the Dallas County District Attorney’s office, prior to establishing his private practice that focuses on criminal law, civil rights litigation, prisoner clemency, police brutality cases, sports contract negotiation and campaign management.
Some of Justin’s other cases have been featured in several local media outlets in the Dallas/Forth Worth community. His work has also garnered national media attention in the New York Times, Washington Post, Times Magazine, NBC’s Today Show, CBS Evening News, ABC’s Nightly News, BBC, CNN, Fox News, BET, and The ROOT. “Through my practice, I seek to not only obtain justice for my clients but I hope to use each case as a tool to make our justice system equitable and fair for all who may come in contact with it.” Outside of his professional endeavors, Justin advocates for Mental Health Awareness, Criminal Justice Reform and Social Justice.
He serves as a board member for the prestigious Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and Achieve Inspire Motivate program: A unique second chance program for non-violent offenders. He has also been named as a BMW Herbert Quant World Responsible Leader, Forbes8 Mastermind and a Partner for Social Venture Partner’s Dallas. Along with his professional and philanthropic endeavors, Justin is a public speaker who speaks regularly about Criminal and Social Justice Reform.
Time7pm CET/3am AEST/1pm EDT
It’s time to make our cities anti-racist now!
Now, more than ever, the world needs individuals to step up, stand out, and encourage governments to commit to social change.
In this session, co-hosted by Global Catalysts of the League of Intrapreneurs and SSE Canada, new government intrapreneurs will learn how to drive change from within their hierarchical and highly political organizations.
We will discuss systems change and the actions that drive movements, leading towards the co-development of a letter to be sent to civic Mayors across N. America encouraging them to take action in the global fight against racism. This call to action will include links to resources and tools interested Mayors can adapt and adopt, invite other organizations to be signatories, and speak to the importance of intrapreneurship in this fight.