Net Impact: Scaling the Bottom of the Pyramid

In-depth Issues Call / Free Lunch

This will be a conference call with other Net Impact chapters and Peter Eliassen, Vice President of Sales and Operations at VisionSpring. It will be held in the BAWB, Room 208 and lunch will be provided, but you must RSVP. Peter will discuss Vision Spring, which is a global social enterprise operating in 13 countries, which creates jobs and sustains livelihoods through the sale of affordable reading glasses to the 400 million people who require clear, up-close vision to read and work. Visionspring trains low-income men and women to serve as “Vision Entrepreneurs” to start microfranchises that conduct vision screenings within local communities, sell affordable reading glasses, and refer those who require advanced eye care to reputable clinics.

Peters Biography:
Peter Eliassen, Vice President of Sales and Operations at VisionSpring, is responsible for the leadership and management of VisionSpring’s global operations and the achievement of operational and sales objectives. Prior to joining VisionSpring, Mr. Eliassen held positions in a mix of both public and private sector organizations. Most recently, he worked at Unilever within the Customer Development group. Prior to completing his MBA, Mr. Eliassen worked for Capital One as an Integrated Operations Project Manager, for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in Geneva, and as a consultant for a village-based microfinance network and for micro-entrepreneurs while serving in the Peace Corps in Benin. A graduate of Vanderbilt University with a degree in Economics, Mr. Eliassen received his MBA from Thunderbird, where he specialized in Finance and International Development.

Fee: No

Contact Information:

Courtney Blann

Net Impact

cxb177@case.edu
 

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 from noon to 1 p.m.
Peter B. Lewis Building
11119 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, OH 44106-7235
United States
Speaker(s): Peter Eliassen, VP of Sales and Operations, VisionSpring
Sponsored by: Net Impact

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