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"As a mentor in the Accelerating Social Transformation professional course, I met an incredibly high caliber of passionate individuals. They are ready to take on more challenging roles or pursue new career avenues. Their participation in the course has given them new insights, exposed them to innovative techniques and prepared them to lead national or worldwide initiatives. Companies, institutions and leaders should be drawing talent from Accelerating Social Transformation immediately."

– Dana Manciagli, President, Job Search Master Class®, Global Career Expert

Ann Verhey-Henk"From the moment I arrived in Seattle I realized I was in for the learning experience of a lifetime with a unique and special window into the world of philanthropy and the world of practitioners of social transformation. The potential for tension and power imbalance between these two is real but Akhtar curated an experience that allowed us to both hold that tension and the potential for the good that can come together when the multi-sectors come together and "taste the ground" together. This course surpassed my expectations."

– Ann Verhey-Henk, Managing Director, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Naila Chowdhury"Accelerating Social Transformation was an eye opener and unique. The leadership of Akhtar Badshah was inspiring, amazing power of collaboration, high level Networking and sharing of real time experiences. The speakers gathered under one platform was commendable. This program is a must who sets his/her mind to change the world for better."

– Naila Chowdhury, Director, Social Impact and Innovation, University of California, San Diego

Melissa Edmiston"Accelerating Social Transformation is a one-of-a-kind program, providing participants with the rare opportunity to learn from a diverse group of experts, apply knowledge directly to their work, and collaborate with peers through engaging conversations.

Those of us currently working within the social impact space are doing so at a time like no other. AST was strategically built around 4 key changes taking place: changes in philanthropic giving and funding models, impact and the value of SROI, exponential growth in technologies available, and discussions around effective scale and systems level change. The benefits of AST vastly exceed the 3- day course, by creating a network of change-agents, it was just the start, partnerships were built and conversations sparked that will continue for years to come."

– Melissa Edmiston, MPH, Vice President of Operations, Mavuno

Dr. Eva Balan-Vnuk"Participating in the inaugural Accelerating Social Transformation professional course has helped set me up for success in my new role to lead national skills initiatives for Microsoft Australia. The opportunity to meet so many creative, compassionate and intelligent people working to make a positive impact in our world was inspiring, and the structure and content of the course strongly facilitated deep learning for action."

– Dr. Eva Balan-Vnuk, National Skills Program Lead and State Director South Australia, Microsoft Australia

Pamela Kilborn-Miller"If you're a change maker who would like to learn from top global foundations in a superbly designed world-class program that continues to provide support after you graduate, then this is definitely the program for you."

- Pamela Kilborn-Miller, Documentary Filmmaker