Issue no. 3 - 2014 Governor Community Connection
Opportunity in the Spotlight
Vicki Escarra was a panelist on "It Pays to Give," Town & Country magazine's annual philanthropy summit in New York City in May. Vicki was joined by Lauren Bush Lauren of FEED and Hunter Biden of World Food Program USA, among others. Town & Country ran a two-page feature on the summit in its August issue, highlighting Opportunity as a thought leader on development and global poverty issues.
CBS MoneyWatch profiled Opportunity International in a segment titled, "Mobile Banking is a Game Changer for Start-Ups in the World's Remote Areas." Vicki explained how Opportunity's mobile money program creates small business opportunities and jobs in rural communities.
Mixing It Up, a popular blog by a journalist who writes for the Financial Times, The Economist, Forbes and The Wall Street Journal, highlighted how Opportunity is using handheld mobile technology to deliver financial services and transform lives.
Entrepreneur magazine's August 2014 issue featured leadership lessons from Vicki on what she learned working at Delta, the City of Atlanta, and now at Opportunity, where she focuses on setting measurable goals to demonstrate the organization's impact.
In August, Vicki attended the African First Ladies Summit in Washington, D.C. with Caterpillar Foundation President Michele Sullivan, who spoke about our partnership and shared commitment to improving the lives of girls and women around the world.