Speaker Update: Defy Venture’s Catherine Hoke
On the CIW stage you shared your personal story of transformation after resigning from the Prison Entrepreneurship Program, a Texas-based nonprofit that you founded. How does your story affect the way that you approach leading Defy Ventures today?
I’m even more passionate about second chances and building a nationally scalable model that will bring redemptive healing and economic opportunities to formerly incarcerated people. We’re now rolling out a blended learning model that will become financially self-sustaining, and could operate without me. I’ve recruited an extremely capable team to realize this vision.
Tell us more about your plans to scale up Defy Ventures. What will that process look like and who do you hope to reach?