Michèle Leaman

Michèle works with faculty, administrators, and students to change complex institutional systems to become more supportive environments for social entrepreneurship and changemaking.

Ashoka U Spotlight: Runa and Mistti top tips for young social entrepreneurs

Submitted by Tyler Gage, owner and co-founder of RUNA Tea and Liliana Valle, owner and co-founder of Mistti.

1. As child prodigy Adora Svitak says, Be Bold!

2. Don’t be afraid to do the undone.

3. You won’t know if it works until you try it, so just do it.

4. Think hard about the sustainability of the idea:

If you don’t exist as an organization, you can’t provide the desired impact.

5. Your results will directly reflect the effort you put into the task at hand.

6. Seek out, develop, and maintain a strong network of community partnerships and alliances.

7. Persevere, persevere, persevere! After that, keep going.