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Josh Tetrick

Josh TetrickA social entrepreneur, writer, and speaker, Josh Tetrick has led a United Nations business initiative in Kenya, worked for both former President Clinton and the president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, served as an associate in corporate citizenship for Citigroup, worked in the Climate Change Practice Group of the worldwide law firm McGuireWoods LLP, and taught street children as a Fulbright Scholar in Nigeria and South Africa.

As part of the United Nations Development Program in Nairobi, Kenya, Tetrick created a “triple bottom line” business plan for the U.N.’s Growing Sustainable Business Program. His efforts promoted investments in sustainable businesses and helped bring together formerly adversarial groups to form a 3,500 member private sector alliance.

His work as a legal and investment advisor in Liberia, including presentation of an investment law proposal to the Office of the President in Monrovia, led to a reform of Liberia’s investment laws favoring sustainable development. Following his work in Liberia, Tetrick served as a legal advisor to the Liberian Literacy Foundation.

In Lagos, Nigeria he worked with the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies to champion the social and economic rights of street children to government agencies and led daily empowerment activities and educational lessons for forty street children.

As an associate in corporate citizenship for Citigroup, he worked on the development of a sustainability supply-chain initiative impacting $3.5 billion in purchases. As an associate in the Climate Change Practice Group of McGuireWoods LLP, he focused on development of the firm's global climate change strategy “The Climate Value Portfolio,” drafted and reviewed multi-million dollar carbon credit and solar energy transactions, and developed novel sustainable supply-chain contract language for a Fortune 1000 IT client.

He is the founder and CEO of 33needs, an investment platform that connects social entrepreneurs around the world with micro-investors. The premise of 33 needs is that the world's biggest needs align with dynamic opportunities, and that micro-investing can unlock the potential to improve living standards in the developing world while at the same time helping to sustain our planet.

Tetrick, a Fulbright Scholar, is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and a summa cum laude graduate of Cornell University. He was also a Harvard Galbraith Fellow in Social Policy and Inequality, worked for the Harvard Project on Justice in Times of Transition, and was a Truman National Security Partner.

Through hundreds of speaking engagements across the country, he has used his diverse experiences to help audiences understand – and act on – the career and business opportunities that emerge from solving our world's biggest needs. His message is simple: selflessness is profitable. 

His speaking topics include how you can thrive as a social entrepreneur or intrepreneur – how you can harness your career or your business for social and environmental benefits while at the same time creating a career or business path on which you can emotionally, spiritually, and financially thrive. He also speaks on profitable micro-investing – capitalizing businesses that both help the planet and empower those living on incomes barely adequate to survive improve their lot in life.

Video clips from speaking engagements and interviews are available here, and an article is available here. To discuss Josh Tetrick as a possible speaker, please call 408-865-0888, or send us an email message here.

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