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Genesys Works Founder to Speak at Harvard’s Social Enterprise Conference

Houston, TX (Feb. 24, 2012) - Rafael Alvarez, founder and CEO of Genesys Works, a not-for-profit organization that changes the trajectory of life for underprivileged students by engaging them to work in meaningful corporate internships, will participate in a panel discussion on “Corporate Investment in Human Capital” this weekend. The panel is part of Harvard University’s prestigious Social Enterprise Conference, the leading annual symposium that advances the practice and study of social entrepreneurship.

The panel will be held on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 3:15 p.m. in Aldrich 110 of the Harvard Business School.

"There is a misconception that what is good for business cannot be good for underprivileged populations and vice versa”, said Alvarez. “Nothing can be further from the truth, as both groups can benefit from innovative solutions that connect each other's assets and needs. Genesys Works is a leading example of that so I’m thrilled to participate in this prestigious conference”.

The Social Enterprise Conference, in its 13th year, gathering of more than 1,500 participants has established an impressive track-record for offering inspiring speakers, engaging workshops, illuminating panels, and door-opening networking. Organized by students from the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, the conference builds on topical knowledge developed in the field, through academic study, and at similar events throughout the year. This year's theme, "Innovation, Inclusion, Impact," asks participants to find new ways to address social problems in a way that makes a positive difference for all stakeholders.

Genesys Works' and Alvarez have received wide recognition. When President Obama launched the White House Office of Social Innovation, Genesys Works was profiled as an example of social innovation that must be replicated across America. In 2006, Alvarez was inducted into the Ashoka Fellowship. Ashoka identifies, recognizes and supports the top social entrepreneurs around the world.

Recently, Alvarez was named to Forbes Magazine's inaugural list of the Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs, on the publication's "Impact 30" list of the world's top social entrepreneurs. The list, created by a panel of experts was released in December and defined a "social entrepreneur" as a person who uses business to solve social issues. The list also included Wendy Kopp, the founder of Teach for America and Richard Barth, the CEO of KIPP schools.

Genesys Works is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that enables inner-city high school students to break through barriers and discover through meaningful work experience that they can succeed as professionals in the corporate world. Genesys Works changes the life trajectory of underprivileged high school students by enabling them to work in internships, at major corporations, during their senior year in high school.


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