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Entrepreneurs Bringing Justice to Business

Gopika Mavalankar July 13, 2022

Most often, people who are closest to the problem are closest to the solution. This can be seen in how often people who have been incarcerated develop organizations and companies that transform systems and structures in order to create economic mobility for people with records and their families. In this session, executives and entrepreneurs will share how they have built organizations and companies that change lives and change systems.   

Lucrecia Murphy, director of JFF’s Center for Justice and Economic Advancement, will lead a fireside chat that transitions into smaller group discussions and/or brainstorming and whiteboarding with participants. The speakers of this session are entrepreneurs who were justice-involved, and used their experiences to remove barriers and gaps that hurt re-entry opportunities. From the lived experiences of our speakers, attendees will gain insight into how they can expand fair chance hiring practices, and benefit from investing in entrepreneurs with records.  



Meta Themes

  • Justice

  • Reimagine Systems

  • Deliver Equity and Inclusion


Criminal justice; entrepreneurship

Purpose and Desired Outcome

This session will illustrate what is possible when entrepreneurs with lived experience develop solutions and change the game for others. After hearing briefly from several entrepreneurs, those in attendance will break into small groups to discuss opportunities for engaging and supporting entrepreneurs with records and tackling barriers to accessing capital, fair chance hiring and developing partnerships.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Corporate & SME

  • Accelerators & Incubators

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Service Providers


  • NameLucrecia Murphy
  • TitleDirector Center for Justice and Economic Advancement
  • OrganizationJobs for the Future
  • StatusConfirmed, Invited
  • NameJason Wang
  • TitleCEO
  • OrganizationFree World
  • StatusConfirmed, Invited
  • NameHarley Blakeman
  • TitleFounder & CEO
  • OrganizationHonest Jobs
  • StatusConfirmed, Invited
  • NameSean Hosman
  • TitleCEO
  • OrganizationVant4ge
  • StatusConfirmed, Invited
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