Jane Leu, Upwardly Global Founder – Giving U™

Jane & Murphy

Jane & Murphy

I met Jane about 5 years ago when she hired me to help with Upwardly Global’s national expansion plan. We only worked together a few months, before I took a corporate job and moved back to San Fran.  She still talks to me even though I broke our contract (albeit for a good reason).

In typical social entrepreneur fashion, Jane started Upwardly Global at her dining room table, slowly building it into a national nonprofit serving employers and immigrant professionals in SF, NYC, and Chicago.

Upwardly Global is dedicated to helping highly-skilled immigrants, refugees and asylees reclaim their careers here in the United States and helps American employers discover and understand this hidden talent pool.

Jane now teaches Social Entrepreneurship on university campuses across the country (Marquette, San Jose State, Amherst) and consults for Ashoka, a global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs—men and women with system changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems.

And, of course, she’s incubating a new start-up idea that she won’t tell me about.

But here’s what I like *most* about Jane:  She got into the nonprofit world through her interest in helping refugees. In fact, she met her husband volunteering with refugees and has taken two children of immigrants under her wing as she helps the family navigate life in the U.S.

But my point is this: Jane is so walking the walk. No mere lip-service here, just straight up, no-holds action, and big thinking involving some of the toughest social and economic dilemmas in our country.  I’m a girl who loves no-nonsense people and here’s a primo example.

And I have a huge sweet spot for her family’s dog Murphy.


So in support of this inspiring lady and her inspiring life, GoErinGo will donate $100 to her organization.
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This entry was posted on Thursday, May 13th, 2010 and is filed under Adventure Philanthropists.

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