Social Venture Network Conference Fall 2009

Sisters Sheila Kennedy Bryant and Terri Kennedy

Sisters Sheila Kennedy Bryant and Terri Kennedy


From October 22nd through 25th, I participated in the SVN Fall 2009 Conference at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa in California. I also taught a yoga class. The Social Venture Network brings together the pioneers of socially-conscious business to collaborate and connect in order to transform the way the world does business. My sister, Sheila Kennedy Bryant, joined me. I must thank Ed Dugger from UNC Ventures for inviting me again, and Deb Nelson, SVN’s Executive Director, for welcoming me back. I joined SVN in 2002 as an “Emerging Entrepreneur.” I had just started Ta Yoga – the first yoga studio in Harlem. Being a part of this amazing group clarified my desire to create a social enterprise that does good socially, does well financially and supports the environment. I stopped attending the conference when my dad got very ill and passed away four years ago. It was wonderful to be back.

Contributed by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy.