IDEA Coach of the Month — September

In continuation of our Coach of the Month series, we are excited to feature Lindsey Sampson as September’s coach in the spotlight. Lindsey got a taste of the entrepreneurship world at Northeastern from an early start. After participating in a summer study abroad in South Africa, working with low income entrepreneurs to start their businesses, she immediately came back to campus eager to get involved with the entrepreneurship community. During her years at Northeastern, she worked with both the Entrepreneurs Club and IDEA, as the events team lead. Having recently graduated in May with a degree in International Affairs and Social Entrepreneurship, this is Lindsey’s first year as a coach with IDEA.

With a strong background in social entrepreneurship, Lindsey has brought this passion into her new role. She is a coach for Nifty and The Compost Project, two of IDEA’s outstanding social ventures, as well as All In Nutrition, a GMO-free, nutritional bar company.

When asked what she believes her best advice is to social ventures, she replied “I tell them that social enterprise should be built into the business model, not the marketing pitch.” Ventures that aim to be a social enterprise should have an awesome product that is marketable in and of itself, and the social enterprise aspect should come as an added bonus. Just look at Warby Parker: the company sells high-quality glasses, and the fact that they are also socially conscious comes as icing on the cake.

Currently, Lindsey is a design strategist at Fidelity Labs, where she teaches design thinking to other employees and helps connect like-minded thinkers within the company. This involves product development sprints, and helping create successful products that are designed for humans.

Lindsey’s dedication to the Northeastern entrepreneurship community, her passion for social entrepreneurship, and her efforts towards helping her ventures become successful are all reasons why Lindsey has been chosen as September’s Coach of the Month. We are delighted that you have continued your work with IDEA past graduation, and are immensely grateful for all the hard work that you do!

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