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Lunch and Learn: Sparking Systems Change through Inclusive Design

Register Here for this Lunch and Learn session that will provide insights and tools that bring awareness to your team’s approach to program design.



Do you design and deliver entrepreneurial or capacity building programs? Join us for this Lunch and Learn with WOSEN program facilitators Jo Renyolds and Mitalie Makhani and gain insights and tools on how to incorporate inclusive design into the programs you deliver. 

Together we will learn how an inter-organizational partnership co-created an approach that encompasses inclusive design and developmental evaluation as keystones to how we can unleash the entrepreneurial energy and capacity of diverse women and gender non-binary people who have solutions that put people and planet first. 

By the end of this event, participants will: 

  • Learn about the WOSEN approach to designing programs & supports for entrepreneurs; 
  • Learn about the importance of having a developmental evaluation approach; and, 
  • Learn about the Inclusive Design Principles and the importance of incorporating them into programming and the importance of fostering ongoing learning around these principles.  

There will be an opportunity for participants to engage in cross-learning and shared learning through experience sharing during this event. We encourage co-learning by moving away from knowledge being centralized to decentralized. 

This event will run from 12:00pm-1:00pm EDT. The last 15 minutes will be reserved for Q&A. 

This is a free event for CSI Members! If you are aren’t a CSI Member yet, we ask you pay what you can using Eventbrite’s donation option. If registration is inaccessible to you, please reach out to andrea(dot)s(at)socialinnovation(dot).ca. 



About the Speakers: 

Jo Reynolds (Social Innovation Specialist): With roots in community with West Neighbourhood House in Parkdale, Jo is motivated to improve access and equity across our social systems. Since 2007, Jo has worked alongside incredible talent and visionaries at MaRS Centre for Impact Investing and withSocial Innovation Generation to expand how social finance, impact investing, and social enterprise impacts local community initiatives that put people and the planet first.

At CSI, Jo is engaged in supporting the field of social innovation to grow with a focus on Social Ventures and Community Wealth in Ontario. Find them part of the Women of Ontario Social Enterprise Network that offers a suite of programs for women and gender non-binary founders who are starting up or growing a venture that has a positive social, cultural or environmental impact. As well as, Jo works with SI Canada to support Ontario based social innovators to meet their potential e.g. the Community Capital Initiative, Solidarity Working Group, Common Approach to Impact Measurement, and Kingston’s Community Opportunities Lab. Jo is pleased to lead a new initiative launching in 2021 called Adopting Common Measures that supports social purpose organizations track their impact towards the Sustainable Development Goals.


Mitalie Makhani (Senior Programs Manager, WOSEN): In her role as Senior Programs Manager, Mitalie collaborates with the Women of Ontario Social Enterprise Network (WOSEN) and leads the design and delivery of programming for women entrepreneurs within Central ON. Mitalie is drawn to this work because she has experienced and understands that there’s a huge gap in providing effective support for women and gender non-binary entrepreneurs. CSI seemed like the perfect place to create programs that unleash the entrepreneurial energy and capacity of these underrepresented and underserved entrepreneurs who have solutions that put people and the planet first. 

WOSEN Description: The Women of Ontario Social Enterprise Network (WOSEN) is a Ontario-wide collaborative led by Pillar Nonprofit Network, alongside the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), SVX and NORDIK Institute’s Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (SEE). The WOSEN partners have extensive knowledge in building and convening networks to support social enterprise in Ontario and beyond.  

Learn more about the partners in the WOSEN Collaborative.