Over the past 10 years, Shana Dressler has dedicated her career to empowering entrepreneurs, creative professionals, and social change leaders to launch businesses and projects, build hardware and software products, and transition out of corporate jobs into more fulfilling careers. As the Executive Director of Google's 30 Weeks, Shana ran an incubator for design entrepreneurs that Fast Company named as one of the World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in design.
A deeply committed social entrepreneur, Shana is widely recognized as the first person in New York to organize rigorous educational programming for 21st century entrepreneurial problem-solvers and creatives interested in achieving both financial sustainability and measurable impact. To fill a notable gap in the lack of resources available, Shana co-created the Social Good Guides, a series of guides focused on the essential small-business skills that would-be changemakers need to know and an 8-week workshop called Social Good Startup: Idea to Launch.
Shana is an Aspen Institute Scholar, a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a judge for The Webby Awards and a graduate of the THNK School of Creative Leadership. In 2014 she became a Delegate to the United Nations Foundation Global Accelerator which brought together ;100 of the world's top entrepreneurs to work together with policy leaders on global issues. In 2015, Shana was honored by the World CSR Congress as one of the 50 Most Talented Social Innovators. Currently she consults with Fortune 500 companies leading workshops in leadership and innovation training and startups with Series A funding in the scaling phase.
She has given keynote talks and led workshops at conferences including Fast Company's Innovation Festival, Harvard Social Enterprise Conference, HarvardxDesign, A Better World By Design, Adobe's 99u, the Social Good Summit, the Disruptive Innovation Festival, Core77 and many others. She serves on the board of AIGA/NY and the NYC Innovation Collective, a nonprofit she co-founded which convenes and supports 90+ incubators, accelerators and innovation programs throughout New York. In addition to frequent travel to far-flung places, Shana loves all things chocolate and makes her way around New York on a midnight blue Vespa. You can follow her @shanadressler.