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Kiva Co-Founder Jessica Jackley Speaking April 2

Jessica Jackley, co-founder of the pioneering microfinance organization Kiva, is speaking at Doane College in Crete on Tuesday, April 2 at 7 p.m. in the Heckman Auditorium. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

In 2005, Jackley co-founded the micro-lending site Kiva, the world’s first person-to-person microlending website. The site allows users to lend as little as $25 to individual entrepreneurs, providing affordable capital to help them start or expand a small business. Kiva has been one of the fastest-growing social benefit websites in history and since its founding in October 2005 has facilitated nearly $400M in loans among individuals across 216 countries.

She also co-founded and was CEO of ProFounder, which provides new ways for small business entrepreneurs in the U.S. to access startup capital through "crowd funding"— the pooling of money and other resources together on the Internet — and community involvement.

Jackley currently serves as a Venture Partner with the Collaborative Fund, focused on investing in creative entrepreneurs who want to change the world through emerging technologies. She is also a Visiting Practitioner at Stanford University’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society.

Jackley has been recognized widely for her leadership and accomplishments. She was named one of Fast Company's 60 in the 2012 League of Extraordinary Women, and has received the 2011 Economist's "No Boundaries" Innovation Award and the 2010 USA Networks Character Approved Award, among other honors.  

Jackley holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA in Philosophy and Political Science from Bucknell University. She is speaking at Doane College as part of the

Annadora Gregory and Delta Kappa Pi Lectureships and the Hansen Leadership Program.

Doane College is the first private liberal arts and sciences college in Nebraska. Doane has campuses in Crete, Lincoln and Grand Island. Doane also is consistently ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest by Forbes.com, U.S.News & World Report and The Princeton Review.