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Smita Satiani
Smita Satiani is an Indian-Pakistani American social innovation consultant, writer and traveler that has lived and worked in Los Angeles, New York City, Mumbai, Paris and currently lives in Washington, D.C. where she leads engagement for the White House Presidential Innovation Fellows program.

Previously, she spent nearly 4 years leading programs for social entrepreneurs at Ashoka Changemakers, an open-sourced community of action that connects social entrepreneurs around the globe to share ideas, inspire, and mentor each other to solve the world's most pressing social problems. Previous to Ashoka, Satiani worked at the William J. Clinton Foundation's Economic Opportunity Initiative in Harlem, New York supporting women and minority entrepreneurs across the U.S. through an Entrepreneur Mentoring Program in partnership with Inc. Magazine.

With an expertise in the intersection of women's and economic empowerment, she has been invited to speak at various universities and media venues across the world including UCLA, the University of Southern California, George Washington University, the University of Michigan, the University of Miami, American University and on Capitol Hill. Her work has been featured on NPR radio,, and as a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post. She completed her B.A. in Criminology and Women's Studies at the University of California, Irvine, received a Master of Public Policy at USC’s School of Policy, Planning, & Development, and has completed international policy programs at Georgetown's Public Policy Institute and at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. She can be reached at

Entries by Smita Satiani

The Millennial Trains Project: An Education on Rails

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 11:59 AM

The Millennial Trains Project (MTP) is an experiment in innovation education: How do you produce an entrepreneurial generation? On the rails, says Patrick Dowd, founder of MTP.

Inspired by the Jagriti Yatra (Journey of Awakening), a two-week train journey across India with business students, MTP takes American...

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5 Reasons Why Investing in Nutrients Is Smart

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 4:39 PM

Nutrients are a connecting thread between us, the food we eat, and the environment from which food comes, affecting nearly every aspect of our lives. Nutrients for All: Vitality for People and the Planet is a recently launched movement to encourage leading social entrepreneurs and innovators to reverse...

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5 Signs You May Be a Social Intrapreneur

(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 8:12 AM

The Jack-of-all-trades. The Connector. The Secret Change Agent.

What do each of these individuals have in common? They are examples of a new type of corporate changemaker that is cropping up in organizations around the world known as a social intrapreneur. Contrary to their social entrepreneur counterparts -- individuals that...

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The Power of Female Networks

(1) Comments | Posted February 24, 2011 | 10:50 AM

Tonight, hundreds of pro-choice, Democratic women will gather at the Carnegie Institute in Washington, D.C. for the 18th Annual Young Women of Achievement Awards (YWA) sponsored by the Women's Information Network (WIN). YWA celebrates the achievements of 39 women under 35 years of age--highlighting...

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Can a Female Save this State?

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2009 | 5:57 PM

A year from now, California will have elected its next governor. And as of today, we don't have a single Democratic candidate officially in the running.

For the 7 million declared Democrats in California, the only plausible option (if he decides to formally announce his candidacy) is California Attorney...

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When Hollered At, HollaBack!

(2) Comments | Posted August 5, 2009 | 2:44 PM

"Smile, Baby!"

It can happen at any time -- on the way to work, waiting for the metro, walking into a grocery store, or while leaving a bar.

Whatever the time of day or activity, many women have become accustomed to unwarranted gender-based street harassment. Unwanted cat-calls and...

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Social Justice Meets Fashion Sense

(1) Comments | Posted April 21, 2009 | 4:59 PM

Wednesday, April 22 is Denim Day, in recognition of a 1999 Italian Supreme Court decision that overturned a 45 year old man's rape conviction because the victim was wearing jeans.

The opinion stated that: "It is a fact...that it is nearly impossible to remove jeans on another person...

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Rihanna's Privacy Over Public Exposure

(8) Comments | Posted February 26, 2009 | 10:32 PM

Holed up in an 8th floor suite of the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Chris Brown managed to stay reasonably clear from the majority of press and public following his alleged attack on girlfriend Rihanna. Not until days later did he release a statement of apology, and according...

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Equal Stimulation: Why the Stimulus May Be Our Chance to Break into Non-Traditional Roles

(8) Comments | Posted February 13, 2009 | 5:23 PM

In the 1940's, when the U.S. needed to increase mass production of war materials during World War II, huge numbers of women across the country were mobilized and trained in factory and technical jobs. Women entered and championed this sector in a matter of months, and in addition to winning...

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