Speeches by Kathleen
12.00 am - 01.00 pm
Kathy McCartney has integrated her background as a pharmacist and educator with her passion for global health and desire to work toward ending poverty in the world. In 2006, she heard about microcredit when economist Muhammad Yunus won the Nobel Peace Prize. She was fascinated by the idea that providing loans directly to the poor could give them more power over their lives. In 2008, she went to Petit-Trou-de-Nippes, Haiti, on a medical mission trip. On this trip she saw the effects of poverty firsthand and wondered about the long-term value of drop-in mission trips. It was at that point that her entrepreneurial spark was ignited. Since then, she has experimented with microcredit, volunteered with Innovative Learning Concepts and ETRE Ayisyen, and completed a master’s degree in business to gain tools to create entrepreneurial opportunities for others. She has two sons, David and Daniel, and lives in Denver, Colorado.