Acumen Fund at Urban Zen: Celebrating 10 Years of Changing the World

Innovation and inspiration were the words that reigned supreme at the Acumen Fund 10-year celebration that took place on Thursday, November 10th at The Urban Zen Center.

It was a powerful day that enveloped all in the belief that you, in fact, are a part of something so much bigger than yourself. The program for the day and the conversations shared served as a stirring reminder that when you find yourself in the midst of global game-changers, you can’t help but reevaluate your own potential, your own ingenious ability to create positive, irrevocable change. This is precisely what Jacqueline Novogratz has done through Acumen Fund, a non-profit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty. As CEO and Founder, Jacqueline has taken her own base-line understanding of her ability to change the world and has motivated an entire community of people to believe that they, too, can leave this world a better place.

It was a day-into-evening affair that allowed for all facets of the ever-growing Acumen Fund team to take the stage, share highlight of their progress, their quests for always seeking a better way, and their vision for the next ten years. One by one, representatives from all over the world shared their stories with a room full of invested listeners. They talked about their triumphs and their substantial struggles. They touched on the pivotal lessons they’ve learned and the ways in which their lives have changed course. From young Global Fellows to seasoned corporate leaders, the Acumen Fund is weaving together a committed community of inspired and inspiring individuals who are convicted by their beliefs.

More than just their convictions, the Acumen Fund community is committed to celebrating progress. The evening portion of the program captured this beautifully, especially when a Bollywood flash mob dance session broke out in the middle of the room. It was festive, yes, but also represented a more poignant message: a commitment to humanity is ultimately a celebration, not a tragedy.

The Urban Zen team feels only honored to have played a small role in Acumen’s 10-year anniversary celebration. We are taking from the day many pieces of highly applicable wisdom and we leave you with these words from Jacqueline Novogratz, “Listen to each other like you know you will be the ones to change this world.”