Build Back Better: For a more sustainable equal world with Sarah Dusek

How can we build a better more sustainable and equal world through business? My guest Sarah Dusek in my opinion is an extremely inspiring force for good and someone whose humility belies an immense drive for change.

Sarah began her career in the non-profit world in her early twenties working in Southern Africa and Southeast Asia on aid projects. Disillusioned at the impact she was having, Sarah moved to the US and set up a glamping company. In 2018, she successfully sold her company, Under Canvas, for more than $100 million and launched Enygma Ventures. Today Sarah has returned to Southern Africa as a venture capitalist and co-founder of Enygma Ventures investing in women-led businesses and creating solutions to wealth disparity and access to capital for women. Her on-line programmes over the past year have also helped five thousand entrepreneurs to become investor-ready and to learn how to build valuable companies.

During this interview, I look forward to exploring Sarah’s inspiring life story and to access wisdom around why and how businesses can elevate themselves as a force for good.

This episode will be airing live on 1st April 2022 at 8am(PT)/11am(EST)/4pm(BST). To listen live or later from the archive please visit http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1959


More about Sarah Dusek:

Sarah Dusek is a venture capitalist and co-founder of Enygma Ventures, a venture capital fund. She invests in women-led businesses in Southern Africa, creates solutions to wealth disparity, and provides access to capital for women. In 2017, Under Canvas received a spot on the coveted Inc. 5000 list, and Sarah was named to Ernst & Young’s EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women list. Sarah began her career in the non-profit world in her early twenties working in Southern Africa and Southeast Asia.  In 2018, after successfully selling her company, Under Canvas, for more than $100 million, Sarah launched Enygma Ventures. After almost eight years, she became disillusioned with the lack of change resulting from her efforts. She realized that the most effective vehicle for driving change and solving big world problems is business. Businesses are sustainable solutions to problems. They drive economies, create self-sufficiencies, and change our world. Business can, and should, be a force for good. Today, Sarah offers online courses for early-stage entrepreneurs (hosted at www.pranary.com). Over the past year, five thousand entrepreneurs have gone through her programs to become investor-ready and learn how to build valuable companies. She is a regular contributor to Forbes.com, The Telegraph, and TRT World. She is also chairwoman of the Women’s Giving Circle for The Global Good Fund, a social entrepreneurship leadership development program, and sits on the board of ten (and rising) start-up companies in Southern Africa, as well as Under Canvas.

This episode will be airing live on 1st April 2022 at 8am(PT)/11am(EST)/4pm(BST). To listen live or later from the archive please visit http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1959


More about Chris Cooper:

Chris Cooper is a business elevation strategist, executive coach, mentor and facilitator who transforms the performance of leaders, teams and builds highly engaged workforces. He is renowned for his deep presence, experience around people and culture. facilitation of transformational conversations and extensive global network.

Chris has hosted the weekly ‘Business Elevation Show’ for 10 years and is frequently interviewed across a variety of media. A fellow of the Professional Speaking Association (UK) he speaks on topics such as ‘Elevating Leadership’, ‘Engagement’, and his co-authored book  ‘The Power to Get Things Done (Whether You Feel Like It or Not) published by Perigee (Penguin Random House (New York)). Chris previously held a variety of senior leadership roles at Punch, United Biscuits and Mars Inc and sold his share of a successful consultancy practice.

His latest venture ‘The Elevation Collective’ is an exclusive network for international change makers. Chris lives with his wife and two teenage boys in Leicestershire, England.

This episode will be airing live on 1st April 2022 at 8am(PT)/11am(EST)/4pm(BST). To listen live or later from the archive please visit http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1959


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