A friend and colleague who had been involved with the Social Innovation Forum (SIF) introduced Michael Carmen to SIF in 2010. Michael’s 25-year career in the financial industry and his young family had kept him very busy, but he was eager to find a way to use his professional skill set to actively give back to his community. Upon meeting Michael, the SIF team knew that they could help him find a meaningful engagement that would apply Michael’s business skills to increase social impact.
Michael joined the SIF community as a presentation advisor for 2011 Social Innovator Smart from the Start. Michael worked closely with Smart from the Start’s visionary leader, Cherie Craft, and helped her develop her pitch and messaging for SIF’s Social Innovator Showcase. Thanks to Michael’s support, Cherie delivered a strong and powerful pitch to more than 300 people at the May 2011 event.
Michael has remained an active member of the SIF community where he continues to support SIF as an investor and a track sponsor with the Boston Open Impact group. Michael often recruits others to join the SIF community, and he appreciates the opportunity SIF provides for him to meet more high-potential organizations that are ready for growth.