UMW Economics Professor to Attend Global Networking Summit

Shawn Humphrey

Shawn Humphrey, associate professor of economics at the University of Mary Washington, has been invited to attend the upcoming Opportunity Collaboration, a strategic business retreat and networking summit as one of 300 global delegates.

Meeting annually for four days in conjunction with World Poverty Day, Opportunity Collaboration brings nonprofit leaders, for-profit social entrepreneurs, grant-makers and social investors together to “convene, connect and create” with leaders in similar fields, according to its website.  The summit focuses on economic justice and poverty elimination. Jonathan Lewis, CEO and entrepreneur, founded Opportunity Collaboration in 2009.

This year, the summit will be held from Sunday, October 14 through Friday, October19 in Ixtapa, Mexico.

“Although I was the recipient of this incredible invitation, I go as a representative of my current and former Mary Washington students and the work we have accomplished over the years,” Humphrey said.  “Together we have been reshaping student engagement around the issues of social justice and global poverty.”

Humphrey, founder of the UMW-based Two Dollar Challenge, Poverty Action Conference, Month of Microfinance and La Ceiba, teaches courses in economic development and microfinance for development.  In March 2012, he served as one of 30 commitment mentors for the fifth annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting in Washington, D.C.

For more information about Opportunity Collaboration, visit


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News release prepared by: Anne Elder

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