Simply the Best: Check out SHE's 2012 Annual Recap!

A lot happened at SHE in 2012, so we decided to do a little countdown of the events, milestones and people that made last year awesome!

Are you our next Social Media and Admin Intern?

We’re looking for a highly motivated individual who wants to spur social and economic change and work with an innovative, international award winning social venture, Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE), and its first initiative, SHE28, a campaign that is addressing females╩╝ lack of access to affordable menstrual pads. SHE has been featured by Nick Kristof in The New York Times, NPR, and PBS Newshour. President Bill Clinton is even a fan of SHE and our LaunchPad - he got to see it firsthand at the Clinton Global Initiative!

This position is a flexible, part-time volunteer position, based in NYC. All applicants must be able to bring their own wifi enabled laptop. Photoshop and/or video editing experience is a plus but not required.

Do you want to spend 5-8 hours a week…

  • Using your powers of hyper-organization to respond to online inquiries, update and manage our Salesforce database, and provide technical assistance to special projects?
  • Creating and editing content that is provocative and thought-provoking and addresses public health taboos (namely, menstruation)?
  • Populating all social media outlets with the content?
  • Making recommendations to the SHE team on what works and what doesn’t via social media?
  • Having a blast being a part of a kick-ass team and learning about the nuts and bolts of running a start-up social venture doing groundbreaking work?

Do you have experience and/or skills...

  • Updating account information in Salesforce or similar database on an ongoing basis?
  • Serving as the “voice” of the organization by providing customer support via a variety of platforms (email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)?
  • Writing copy for campaigns, press releases, blog posts, etc.?
  • Developing and/or editing social media content that is consistently “on message” and in the voice of the represented individual/group?
  • Developing/editing creative graphic design for social media outlets?
  • Using Google Analytics and other measurement tools to provide reports on metrics?

A more detailed description of responsibilities:

  • Weekly input and of all Paypal and check donations
  • Scan all donations via check and upload to Salesforce (for yearly financial audits)
  • Other Salesforce projects, i.e.: data clean up; data entry, reports

Social Media

  • Research info. for blog or Facebook posts
  • Develop content for social media platforms
  • Organize content into editorial calendar

Administrative/Office Management

  • Respond to all inquires from account or via social media (respond directly or direct inquiries to appropriate staff member, as needed)
  • Format documents as needed


  • Organize files (weekly upkeep)
  • Keep Dropbox folder up to date with monthly financial reports and other documents as needed


  • Research as requested: media or PR leads, communications content, grants content

If you answered YES to these questions, please send resume, cover letter, and samples of your social media (via URLs) in an email with “Social Media and Admin Intern” in the email heading to by March 15, 2013.

Murakoze! Gracias! Danke Schoen! Asante sana! Thank you!

We are no Ferris Bueller or Wayne Newton, but we wanted to say thank you as many ways as possible to those who have made 2012 a trailblazing year for SHE!

Thank you to our generous investors, our board members, our technical partners Dr. Med Byrd of North Carolina State University and Emmanuel Mbonyimana and Dr. Joseph Owino of the Kigali Institute of Technology, and fellow instigators - our volunteers! 

We want to give a HUGE MURAKOZE CYANE SHOUTOUT to our volunteers - they have generously donated their expertise in 2012 (in no particular order) :

Natalie Clayton
Srilu Ravi 
Anita Choi
Alex Chartove
Marta Cutler and Vanessa Eckstein of Blok Design
Dr. Marian G. McCord 
Lydia Singerman
Monica Gagnon
Ashley Nagelberg
Sarah Boeckmann 
Sarah Hedley
Debbie Kuklis of Salesforce
Elizabeth Leonard 
Alina Alvarez
Christina Shim 
Elisabeth Chasia 
Tilia Wong 
Grace Simmons
Deanna Elstrom
Connie Hu 
Elizabeth Klinger 
Rushabh Shah 
Vasundhra Kashyap
Tonopah Greenlee 
Thomas Schmedding 
Lena McCord
Amelia Phillips 
Sky Swanson
Quiana Agbai
Sheila Kyarisiima
Echoing Green Social Investment Council members: Brandon Warshaw, Carrie Denning, and Clare Warshaw 

We always welcome expertise (e.g. manufacturing, marketing, communications, fundraising) and in-kind contributions (e.g. frequent flyer miles, manufacturing equipment, gasoline!) and volunteers. If you would like to help out, please contact us via or website.

SHE Rockstar of the Month: Carly Jensen

Editor's Note: The SHE Team is made of more that our staff and board members - it includes our tech advisors, financial supporters, on-the-ground partners, our farmers, and our volunteers and interns. We can't think of a better way to give a SHE Shoutout then by profiling these trailblazers in our new monthly feature: SHE Rockstar of the Month.

Our first SHE Rockstar is our most recent intern, Carly Jensen, who served as a social media and marketing guru for us for six weeks! Unfortunately, Carly had to leave us for her next adventure so we're looking for a new Admin and Social Media Intern - who knows, you could be the next SHE Rockstar of the Month!

Without further ado, please meet Carly!

1.  Where are you from?
I am from Nantucket, Massachusetts, but I am currently a sophomore at Connecticut College.

2. How are you involved with SHE?
I have been interning with SHE in their New York offices for the past month. As an intern, I worked on social media initiatives and conducted marketing research.  

3. Why were you compelled to join SHE?
This past fall I decided I wanted to take time off of college and find an internship with either a non-profit or a socially-conscious corporation. I became connected with SHE through the grapevine and became interested because the organization is so unique.  It is not everyday you hear about an organization that is changing the world through menstrual pads! Ultimately, it was the innovation behind the organization, as well as SHE’s commitment to market-based solutions that compelled me to support and work for SHE.

4. What is one thing you have learned since joining SHE?
I have learned so much since working with SHE. Especially regarding women’s health and health policy in Rwanda. One thing that stood out the most to me is the lack of access to bathroom facilities for girls in the schools. Even if young girls had access to menstrual hygiene products, they still are forced to miss school because of the lack of facilities. As a girl, I simply cannot imagine going to a school without a private bathroom.

5. What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Definitely peanut butter. I will eat it on anything and for at least one meal a day! Reese's Peanut Butter eggs are my absolute favorite.

6. If you could pick one theme song for your life, what would it be?

This is tough! But I would probably pick Stronger by Britney Spears. I am a huge fan of hers and that song gets me going.

7.  What is the best book you’ve read in the last year? Why?
Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. I loved how honest the narration was and also felt it gave me a new perspective on mental illness.

Acumen Fund East Africa Fellows Program: Julian's First Training

When I first applied for the Acumen Fund East Africa Fellows Program, I felt like my chances of getting into the fellowship were slim, because after reviewing the profiles of the past fellows, I soon realized that there an amazing group of people who are just as driven and passionate as I am in making a better world, and that my work is only just beginning in helping to drive long-tern change.

Well, despite the rigorous interviews, I am grateful that I made the cut and that the Acumen Fund afforded me the opportunity to develop my leadership potential. As a Acumen Fund East Africa Fellow, Class of 2013, I am now only a few seats away from Acumen Fund's founder Jacqueline Novogratz.

The Fellows program kicked off with a one week-long intense workshop in Kenya, led by some of the best brains behind the fellowship program, past fellows and design thinkers.

The first workshop was a great experience and an eye opener for me in many ways. First, I got to meet the most amazing people - my fellow colleagues - and my cohort includes social entrepreneurs to political figures to health providers. Some of my colleagues include future East African presidents, I am sure of it! 

My roommate, a woman from Northern Kenya, has dedicated her life to saving young girls from early marriages and genital mutilation. She faces harassment and has even been chased while rescuing a 9-year old from getting married to a 70-year old chief. It's startling how she can confront such human rights violations!  

The Acumen Fund workshops were quite engaging. We learned how to develop an elevator pitch, work together to designing a project, and learned all the essentials about business operations - skills that are imperative to my work.

Even though I am back in the office, I am currently engaging with my colleagues around developing and presenting elevator pitches.  FUN!

The program has just begun, but I have been deeply moved and touched by the kind of work and great things being done by each of the Fellows; it’s an indicator that the region has a lot of potential to unlock. 

Watch this space for more interesting news coming to you live especially since the next workshop will be led by Jacqueline Novogratz herself!

-Julian Ingabire, Chief Operating Officer