Marissa Perry Saints of Dsenyo Selected for “50 Under 40” Cohort for Emerging Leaders in Social Justice

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Perry Saints to participate in leadership training and share experiences at Social Enterprise Alliance’s Summit 14 in Nashville, TN – April 13-16.

The Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA), a champion for social enterprise in the United States, announced their first ever “50 Under 40” cohort program designed to develop, connect, and engage 50 promising business leaders under the age of 40. Perry Saints was competitively selected from 116 applicants to participate for her accomplishments and contributions in social entrepreneurship from founding and leading Dsenyo.

The winners of “50 Under 40” receive complementary registration to SEA’s Summit 14 and will participate in a social enterprise clinic of workshops to enhance capacity and skills building techniques through interactive learning at the Summit. The clinic is designed and led by Jonathan C. Lewis, an accomplished social entrepreneur who has founded organizations such as Opportunity Collaboration, MicroCredit Enterprises, and Café Impact. Additionally, the cohort will take part in three phone calls and share their knowledge on blogs throughout 2014.

“I’m really excited to participate in the 50 Under 40 social enterprise cohort,” said Perry Saints, who also is presenting a “Spark Stories” session hosted by Bank of America at the Summit. “This opportunity promises to help Dsenyo grow in a smart and sustainable way and maximize our social impact with our artisan partners across the globe.”

Marissa Perry Saints is founder of Dsenyo, a social enterprise empowering a global tribe of artisans, entrepreneurs, and customers to enrich their lives through partnerships created around handmade, inspired gifts and fashion accessories. As a triple-bottom-line business, Dsenyo is committed to social change, fair trade principles, and responsible business practices. Perry Saints has a background in international development and design, and has nine years of experience living and working internationally.

The Social Enterprise Summit is the original and most robust conference on social enterprise in the United States. In its 14th year, the Summit will take place April 13-16 in Nashville, TN. The summit typically draws 500 to 700 attendees committed to social enterprise and entrepreneurship, including businesses, thought leaders, public policy leaders, and investors. For more information on the Summit, see:


About Social Enterprise Alliance
Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) is the champion for social enterprise in the United States. Our aim is for social enterprise to reach its full potential as a force for positive social change, in service to the common good. To achieve this purpose, we provide social enterprises with the tools and resources they need to succeed, and work on building an optimal environment in which they can thrive

About Dsenyo
Dsenyo is a social enterprise empowering artisans to create a better life for themselves and their families through respectful partnerships. We provide handmade gifts and fashion accessories to ethical retailers and individuals who care about sustainability and style. Dsenyo is committed to social change, inspired design, fair trade principles, and managing a responsible business.

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