Pathways to Peace Lecture, Feb. 12 - Making connections and changing the world


KENNEKENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 31, 2013) — Jessica Jackley, the co-founder of the nonprofit micro-…

Georgia (Jan 31, 2013)KENNEKENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 31, 2013) — Jessica Jackley, the co-founder of the nonprofit micro-lending website Kiva, which connects small entrepreneurs with lenders across the globe, will share her insights as the invited speaker for Kennesaw State University’s third annual Pathways to Peace lecture series.

WHO: In her travels around the world, Jessica Jackley has interviewed goat herders, brick makers, seamstresses and a host of other small entrepreneurs who are trying to make their way out of poverty.

“Everyone has something to teach,” says Jackley, who recently became a venture partner with the Collaborative Fund, which provides capital and strategic support to technology entrepreneurs who want to change the world.

One thing Jackley has learned in her travels is the power of starting. “It’s easy to think, ‘I don’t have the resources I need to begin,’” she says.  “But many of the entrepreneurs I’ve met just make it happen with so much less than what we have. You may not have all of the resources, but at least take the first step in whatever you want to pursue. Break it down into little experiments, little iterations to see what works and what doesn’t. You are never going to know all of the answers before you begin.”

WHAT: Pathways to Peace is an annual celebration promoting discussion of activities that significantly and meaningfully impact lasting peace across the globe. Sponsors include the American Democracy Project, Coles College of Business, the Peace Studies Program in Kennesaw State’s Interdisciplinary Studies Department, and the Office of the President. Previous speakers were Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof and Nobel Laureate Jody Williams.

WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. But tickets are required. Go to for tickets.

WHERE: Stillwell Theater, Kennesaw State University, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, Ga. 30144. Seating is limited.


Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 24,600 from 130 countries.


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