The 2019 Kenyon Unique lecture will feature entrepreneur Nicole Van Der Tuin '07. Barely a decade after her graduation from Kenyon, Van Der Tuin has established herself as a pioneer — exploring new territory at the intersection of finance and technology, and opening markets that have long gone underserved. Her mission to “create more opportunities in places where they are scarce” has stretched across five continents and propelled a remarkable career in microfinance and as an entrepreneur. Fast Company and Entrepreneur magazines have named Van Der Tuin and her company, First Access, to their lists of people and businesses to watch, with Fast Company hailing her as one of the most creative people of 2016. She will discuss her work with First Access in the context of a presentation about entrepreneurship, fear of the unknown, and using empathy to solve problems.
First Access has contributed proactively to research and advocacy for consumer data protection and ownership, which is a critical but often-ignored topic in emerging markets where many consumers are less familiar with data and have lower financial literacy. Van Der Tuin has worked with organizations like the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the Basel Committee and Accion’s Center for Financial Inclusion.
Kenyon Unique features lectures and conversations with distinguished faculty members and Kenyon alumni that are streamed live and recorded as part of a digital library.
Saturday, February 23 at 8:00pm to 9:30pm
Community Foundation Theater in the Gund Gallery
101 1/2 College Drive, Gambier, Ohio 43022