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Marquis Cabrera is the Founder and Chairman of Foster Skills, Inc. – an award-winning social enterprise dedicated to empowering foster children to become successful, productive citizens. He is the youngest to win Massachusetts Innovator of the Year (Boston Globe) and Massachusetts Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year (MNN).

Earlier in his career, Marquis conceptualized and engineered a computer program that produced IDs used to increase school district security in Middletown. He was the first intern, law clerk for Massachusetts Super Lawyer Krista Larsen and served as a judicial intern at both The Massachusetts Appeals and Supreme Judicial Courts. He co-op'd at City Year - a nonprofit founded by Harvard Law graduates to end the high school dropout rate - and interned in the White House Chief of Staff’s Office under President Barack Obama.

Later, Marquis joined Wayfair – the largest online retailer for home in the United States – and consulted in areas from retail operations to corporate communications. He also worked for Wefunder – a Y-Combinator, Paul Graham-backed startup and helped to champion the Startup Jobs Act. He has coached WHITESPACE, Black Startup, reweave, CoffeeBar, and Krystal Board.

Marquis was selected as The Case Foundation’s Finding Fearless Winner and Microsoft’s Changemaker. He was a plenary speaker at Harvard Law School's Child Advocacy Program, Reaching Out MBA, Boston Children's Hospital's Management Rounds, TEDxTeachersCollege at Columbia University, TEDxNortheasternU, and the Opportunity Nation Conference. Marquis has been featured in publications like Reuters, NPR, and The Boston Globe. He's a blogger for the Yahoo!t and Harvard Business Review.

Hilary Clinton and Congressman Maurice Hinchey nominated Marquis to attend the Air Force Academy, but he decided to study juvenile law and policy at Northeastern University under the tutelage of Massachusetts Supreme Court Chief Justice Roderick Ireland and Governor Michael Dukakis.

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Echoing Green Fellow, Serita Cox, Leverages the Internet of Things to Innovate The Child Welfare System

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 3:01 PM

For National Foster Care Month, I interviewed Echoing Green Global Fellow Serita Cox, who is the Co-Founder and CEO of iFoster. iFoster developed an online platform that connects at-risk children and teens in foster care to the resources they need to become successful, independent adults. Before launching iFoster, Serita provided...

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White House Champion of Change, David Ambroz, Leverages New Media to Reimagine and Improve The Foster Care System

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 2:56 PM

For National Foster Care Month, I interviewed David Ambroz, who is the Executive Director of Corporate Citizenship & Social Responsibility for Disney|ABC Television Group. In that role, Ambroz convened more than 100 partners to create FosterMore - a multi-media effort to communicate with the American public during Foster...

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President Obama's Appointee, Rafael López, Elaborates on the Administration's Efforts to Innovate the Child Welfare System

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 2:54 PM

Recently, I interviewed Rafael López who was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate as the Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. From 2013-2015, Commissioner López served as a Senior Policy Advisor at...

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USC Dean, Marilyn Flynn, Provides Examples on How Colleges and Universities Can Help To Innovate The Child Welfare System

(1) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 3:47 PM

For National Foster Care Month, I interviewed Dr. Marilyn Flynn who is the Dean of The Social Work at the University of Southern California (USC). The School of Social is the largest social worker program anywhere in US with 3000 graduate students - 1200 on campus at USC - and...

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First Female Head Athletic Trainer in Major Professional Sports, Sue Falsone, Tells Us How to Innovate the Physical Therapy Field

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 8:18 AM

Recently, Lauren Jarmusz -- a Doctor of Physical Therapy Student at Northeastern University graduating in May 2016 -- and I interviewed Sue Falsone, who is nationally and internationally recognized in the field of sports medicine and physical therapy. Sue holds the distinction of being the first female head athletic trainer...

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UAE AI and Robotics Award For Good Winner Uses Technology to Innovate Physical Therapy Field

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2016 | 4:32 PM

Recently, Lauren Jarmusz - a Doctor of Physical Therapy Student at Northeastern University graduating in May 2016 - and I asked Dr. Maciej Pietrusinski, who has spent his career working in medical robotics, about using robotics to improve physical functioning. Dr. Pietrusinski is the Founder and President of AndrosRobotics LLC;...

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U.S. Military and Ford Use Digital Human Avatars to Test New Products

(1) Comments | Posted March 25, 2016 | 10:14 AM

Recently, Lauren Jarmusz - a Doctor of Physical Therapy Student at Northeastern University graduating in May 2016 - and I interviewed Dr. Karim Abdel-Malek, who is nationally and internationally recognized in the areas of robotics and human simulation. Dr. Abdel-Malek is a professor of biomedical engineering at the University of...

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Yale Law Grads Use Technology to Provide High Quality and Cost Effective Legal Services On Demand

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2016 | 3:28 PM

Recently, I asked the CEO and Co-Founder of Priori Legal, Basha Frost Rubin, to tell me how her work is disrupting the legal field. Basha speaks and writes extensively about how technology is changing - and will change - the market for legal services. Her writing has been...

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Harvard Grad Develops Analytics Tool For Providers To Deliver High Quality and Cost Effective Health Care

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2016 | 6:54 PM

Recently, I interviewed the CEO of Avant-garde Health, Derek Haas, to learn how his startup collaborates with health care providers to enable them to deliver higher value care. He is on a mission to make the delivery of healthcare more cost effective. Derek grew up in a family of doctors...

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Harvard Grads Develop Tech to Help Patients Better Manage Diabetes in India

(1) Comments | Posted February 28, 2016 | 6:10 PM

Recently, I asked Scientific Director of Jana Care, Dr. Ashok (A.J.) Kumar, to tell me how his startup is working to help patients with diabetes in India. Dr. Kumar received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he developed a density-based separation systems and worked on adapting technologies for use as...

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American Physical Therapy Association Highlights Innovative Ways To Provide Patient-Centric Musculoskeletal Healthcare

(1) Comments | Posted February 26, 2016 | 10:03 PM

Recently, Lauren Jarmusz - a Doctor of Physical Therapy Student at Northeastern University graduating in May 2016 - and I interviewed Justin Moore, PT, DPT. Dr. Moore is the Executive Vice President at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). He is focused on interdisciplinary innovation and public policy. He was...

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Emory University Uses Harvard Business School Cases to Teach Innovation in The Physical Therapy Field

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 2:49 AM

Recently, Lauren Jarmusz - a Doctor of Physical Therapy Student at Northeastern University graduating in May 2016 - and I interviewed Zoher Kapasi, PT, PhD, MBA. Dr. Kapasi is the Program Director and Associate Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Emory University...

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Harvard Startup Looks to Disrupt Employer Wellness Market

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 12:07 AM

Recently, I asked Founder and CEO of Gain Life, Sean G. Eldridge, to tell me how he plans to disrupt the employer wellness market. Sean is a health behavior change enthusiast and Harvard Business School graduate. While at HBS, he founded the Wellness Club. Previously, Sean worked in new venture...

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Harvard Medical School launches InciteHealth Initiative to Support Budding Healthcare Innovators

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 11:37 PM

Harvard Medical School launched InciteHealth; a yearlong, part-time program aimed at transforming primary care through the creation of new ventures.

For example, people normally see a primary care doctor for 15 minutes to assess general health. But what if a primary care prevention coach, using an app-based...

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Northwestern University Professor Creates Startup to Help Primary Care Practices Thrive Using Data Science

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 3:34 PM

Recently, I asked Northwestern University Assistant Professor and Founder of PRIMR, Dr. Nicholas Soulakis, to tell me how he plans to use data science to innovate health care. Dr. Soulakis is a public health scientist whose research focus lies at the intersection of epidemiology and informatics; he is particularly interested...

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Presidential Innovation Fellow Adam Becker launches the Department of Better Technology

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 2:27 PM

Recently, I interviewed the Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer, Adam Becker, of The Department of Better Technology (DOBT). DOBT is dedicated to making great software that helps governments and nonprofits better serve their communities. While DOBT sounds like a new government agency, it's actually a startup founded by...

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Casebook wins Code for America's Technology Award for building family-centered case management system

(1) Comments | Posted January 6, 2016 | 12:55 PM

Recently, I asked Case Commons Founder and CEO Kathleen Feely, who is also the Vice President of Innovation at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, what it meant to win Code For America's (Inaugural) Technology Award. The award, given in partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs, recognizes Case Commons' flagship...

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Presidential Innovation Fellow Adam Becker launches the Department of Better Technology

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2016 | 12:44 PM

Recently, I interviewed the Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer, Adam Becker, of The Department of Better Technology (DOBT). DOBT is dedicated to making great software that helps governments and nonprofits better serve their communities. While DOBT sounds like a new government agency, it's actually a startup founded by...

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Annie E. Casey Foundation CEO believes we should engage management consultancies, like McKinsey, to improve the US child welfare system

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2015 | 4:30 AM

Recently, I interviewed the Annie E. Casey Foundation's CEO and President Dr. Patrick McCarthy: a respected foundation and philanthropic leader, with expertise in the area of children and family well-being. To date, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has invested billions of dollars in improving and innovating the foster care and...

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NCCD, Netflix, and Amazon all use predictive analytics--what is different about child welfare is the consequences of mistakes

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2015 | 4:13 AM

Recently, I interviewed NCCD's Chief Program Officer Dr. Jesse Russell, who has been educating juvenile justice and child welfare stakeholders alike on how to use predictive analytics to improve the child welfare system. Dr. Jesse Russell has published several recent papers on predictive analytics. He has also hosted...

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