Hellen is the Founder and CEO of SMPLCT Lab, a global creative company that takes a human-centered, designed-based approach to help develop sustainable products, services and experiences. She is a Technology Trainer at TechCamp Global, a program under the U.S. State Department’s Civil Society (CS) 2.0 initiative that connects civil society organizations (CSOs) across the globe with new and emerging technology resources to solve real world challenges and build digital capacity. Hellen serves as Chapter Leader of New York Women Social Entrepreneurs (NYWSE), a nonprofit promoting young women social entrepreneurs.
Hellen frequently speaks on women entrepreneurship, “frugal” innovation, and millennials to business people, designers and technologists worldwide. In 2013, she launched socentech, a community for social entrepreneurship, and low-cost technology for poverty reduction. She became the recipient of a Bloomberg Businessweek and Sandbox Network Fellowship in 2012, for empowering women in a remarkable way. Her work has been profiled nationally and internationally. She mentors at the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College, the most sought-after women’s college in the nation. She is an active volunteer at Project Sunshine, a nonprofit that creates fun activities for children living with medical challenges in hospitals.
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