Jenny Pichardo recently started her position as SEG’s University Initiative Manager. ‘Do well, do good’ has always been a pillar of her work both professionally and personally. We are very excited for the spark she will bring to the University Initiative as well as the SEG team. Read on to learn more!
What are you looking forward to in your position at SEG?
My position at SEG is the University Initiative Manager. I manage the Changemaker Fellowship Program and the Talent Matchmaking Program. I’m looking forward to taking The Changemaker Fellowship to a new level. I would like to grow the network and relationships with the different Rhode Island Universities and them to see the benefit of partnering with us on the fellowship program, which aims to increase awareness and resources for student entrepreneurs across the state. The Talent Matchmaking service is where we help ventures find students –undergrads or recent grads—to fill either their internships, project-based opportunities, and event permanent job postings. I’m looking forward to expanding that service as well.
What first sparked your interest in SEG?
I heard about SEG first from Rhode Island Community Jobs posting of the University Initiative position. I was extremely interested in being able to work with university students. As a volunteer, a huge passion of mine has always been working with youth. I mentor a group of young adults that are in different universities in the nearby area, and I really enjoy that work. It makes me really enjoy the opportunity to do that as my employment.
Did you know anything about Social Entrepreneurship when you first started?
In a way, yes, I worked in a nonprofit prior to this for 6 years, so I was familiar with certain ventures that “Do Good.” The non-profit I worked for is called the Rhode Island Association for Education of Young Children, and I worked for their BrightStars program, which assists families in finding care and recognizes and supports quality in early care and education programs.
What does our saying “Do Well, Do Good” mean to you?
The “Do Well” piece means doing well in terms of the bottom line, and “Do Good” is how the product or service a venture provides does some sort of good for the community.
What are some of your hobbies outside of work?
Reading! I love to read. I also love to eat out and go to restaurants.
To learn more about the SEG’s University Initiative program, click here! Save the date for the Changemaker Fellowship launch event on October 5th from 5:30pm-7:30pm.
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