Best Practices for Starting a Non-Profit: the Success Story of NextStep Fitness

Posted in: Alumni Career Services- Oct 02, 2011 Comments Off on Best Practices for Starting a Non-Profit: the Success Story of NextStep Fitness

Online webinar
Thursday, October 20, 2011, 12:30 – 1:30pm

How can one person with an idea literally create long-term social change? Hear from Janne Kouri (B’97) President & Founder of NextStep, a national non-profit organization that brings the latest in fitness, health, & wellness to individuals living with paralysis & other physical disabilities. Kouri will discuss social entrepreneurship & how one person can solve social problems on a large scale. Just as traditional entrepreneurs create & revolutionize business, social entrepreneurs can change societies by creating new opportunities, improving standards, inventing new approaches & advancing sustainable solutions that create long term social change. If a determined individual has a revolutionary concept that is supported by a flexible & comprehensive strategy for action, & “sisu”, anything is possible.

In August of 2006, a tragic accident left Janne Kouri paralyzed. Doctors told him that he would never walk again. Three years later, he took his first steps which were documented on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Kouri was lucky enough to have access to the best doctors & therapeutic techniques. Yet for most victims of paralysis even the most basic care is too costly. Therefore, in June of 2008, Kouri founded NextStep & dedicated his life to helping others. NextStep is not just a non-profit, it is a national movement to revolutionize ongoing healthcare for people living with paralysis. Prior to founding NextStep, Kouri spent more than 10 years founding & developing successful digital media & startup businesses. Kouri was the North American Regional Director for Sulake Corporation, a world leading online community entertainment & media company. Kouri graduated from Georgetown University Business School with a degree in Marketing. He was also the Captain of the Georgetown University Division I-AA Football Team, 1996 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, 1996 Team MVP, 1st Team All Conference in 1995 & 1996, & an All-American in 1996. Kouri also holds the Hoya All-Time & Single Season Sack Record with 16 & 31.5.

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