Lisbeth Shepherd founded Green City Force in 2009, which leverages national service to create pathways to careers for young adults who are unemployed or in dead-end jobs. Named “NYC’s Most Innovative Nonprofit” in 2013, Green City Force has engaged over 270 young adults with an 80% graduation and placement rate in employment or college. GCF teams have coated or cleaned over 1 million square feet of rooftop as part of the NYC Cool Roofs campaign, built the city’s first urban farm on public housing property, and educated thousands of public housing residents about changing behaviors in their homes that can lead to energy reduction, through the Love Where You Live campaign. Shepherd, a Yale alumna, previously founded Unis-Cité, the leading national youth service program in France which engages over 2000 annual corps members in 50 cities and inspired national legislation. Join us to learn more about Shepherd's career trajectory in serving underprivileged youth and creating solutions for environmental change.
Yale Women Innovators is a weekly event series that brings women entrepreneurs and innovators from around the country to share their stories and provide actionable skills training in storytelling and skill-building sessions.