August 19 SVMN Mtg: Emerging Engagement Models — at the intersection of emerging technologies and emerging economies

Emerging Engagement Models

Lessons from the intersection of emerging technologies and emerging economies

The next Silicon Valley Microfinance Network (SVMN) meeting will be Wednesday, August 19, 2009 and will feature technology, strategy, and policy expert Stephen Goodman.

Stephen Goodman - headshot

Stephen Goodman

SVMN’s next Speaker Event will continue our recent programs’ theme of innovations and emerging models in microfinance.  This meeting will address the tremendous possibilities that exist as technologies develop and economies grow.  Technology will continue to be an essential tool in scaling microfinance in any number of areas — reaching clients, aggregating funders, increasing back-office efficiency at microfinance institutions (MFIs), etc.  At the same time, entrepreneurism abounds in developing economies as individuals and institutions work on creating sustainable enterprises and systems that will grow their micro and macro economies.

For the last 18 years Stephen Goodman has worked at the intersection of strategy and technology in an international context.   He will present a corporate perspective on emerging market challenges, specifically discussing models for firm engagement with the base of the pyramid (BoP).  Along with an overview of the unique role of information, computers and technology (ICTs) in building microfinance, economic development and sustainable business models, Stephen will share case studies (e.g. open source, growing data demand) and will raise questions about the limits and possibilities of technology.  Please join us to discuss the fascinating questions at the crossroads of emerging technologies and emerging economies.

Register early!  Online registration closes the day of the event.  At-the-door admission is $10 more.

To register, please click on the SVMN registration link here:

When: Wednesday, August 19, 2009

6:00-6:30pm: Registration, Dinner, & Networking
6:30-8:00pm: Speaker & Discussion
8:00-8:30pm: Networking

Where: Hanson Bridgett offices

425 Market Street, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
(directions here)

There is a parking garage (entrance on Fremont St) that costs $10 after 4:30pm.


in advance: $20 regular attendee | $10 students & non-profits (w/ ID)
at the door: $30 regular attendee | $20 students & non-profits (w/ ID)
(includes dinner + drinks)

Speaker Bio:

Stephen Goodman, Executive Communications at Sun Microsystems

For nearly 18 years, Stephen has worked at the intersections of strategy and marketing. A global professional with direct experience in Europe, Latin America, the Gulf, North America and Asia, Stephen has developed market insight for and served as a trusted advisor to senior leadership at corporate, university, public-sector and non-profit organizations.

Currently, Stephen heads up a strategy and research function within Executive Communications at Sun Microsystems Inc. Part of Sun’s Global Communications group, he built and leads the Global Influencer Relations practice and Strategic Research program. Initiatives focus on thought leadership, communications strategy and market insight for the CEO, CTO, the Chairman, Chief Sustainability Officer and EVP of Global Sales.

Prior to Sun, Stephen founded and led PowderHouse Partners, an international strategy consultancy focused on executive-level clients in innovation, technology and knowledge-based industries. He has held market strategy and management consulting positions with the Center for Applied Research (affiliated with Wharton), Mainspring/IBM Global Services and the California Bankers Association. Stephen served for three years as U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s economic and technology policy aide in Washington D.C.

Early in his career, Stephen worked in microenterprise in the Guatemalan Rainforest.

Recent speaking engagements include BizSummit, Microfinance 2.0, Harvard University/R.C. Complutense and Utrecht University, along with guest lectures at Brandeis, USF and University of California.

Stephen completed his graduate work in international business and economics at The Fletcher School, Tufts University.

Stephen Goodman has worked, lived or traveled in over 35 nations. Proficient in Spanish with formal cross-cultural, fundraising and leadership training, he has a distinct global perspective. Current leadership posts include appointments to advisory councils of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, PPIC (Public Policy Institute of California) and Business for Diplomatic Action.


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