Katie Smith Milway and Amma Sefa-Dedeh
Katie Smith Milway, winner of the 2009 Massachusetts Best Book for Children Award and 2009 Children’s Africana Book Award, works to bring world issues to elementary and middle school children. Her books, One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference set in rural Ghana; The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough, set in the Honduran hillsides, and forthcoming The Healthy Village, set in western Kenya, introduce young readers to global issues – microfinance, food security & basic health care – and how children can help. An educator movement that grew around her writing led to the founding of nonprofit One Hen Inc., which offers teacher manuals and workbooks that use stories, interactive media and hands on activities to teach social entrepreneurship in classrooms across the country and around the world.
Katie co-founded One Hen, Inc. with four other women including Ghanaian entrepreneur Amma Sefa-Dedeh, who became One Hen’s first executive director. An MBA graduate from Babson College and early volunteer in the movement, Amma has led One Hen from start up to education nonprofit that supports learning around social entrepreneurship in all 50 states and 142 countries. Amma has helped One Hen to grow the reach of its curriculum resources through partnerships with leading national education and youth networks like BELL, City Year, generationOn and National Heritage Academies. She was a semi-finalist for Echoing Green, a finalist for Social Innovation Forum and was recently voted Babson’s “Rising Star Entrepreneur.” Prior to Babson she was the Executive Director of youth nonprofit The Human Development Group (The HuD Group) and founder of Platinum Link BusinessSolutions, a conference organizer and printing company in Ghana.
Katie serves on the board of One Hen, Inc., and works as a partner with nonprofit and philanthropy advisor The Bridgespan Group, based in Boston. She also serves on the board of World Vision USA, has coordinated community development programs in Latin America and Africa for Food for the Hungry International. Prior to moving to Bridgespan in 2008, Katie spent 14 years in management consulting with Bain & Co.
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