Heather Mann
Brighter Investment

Heather Mann is the co-founder and program director of Brighter Investment. She first learned of social entrepreneurship while pursuing doctoral studies at Duke University.  As a PhD student working with behavioral economist Dan Ariely, Heather explored how social and cultural variables impact dishonesty.  Yet although the research questions intrigued Heather, she felt a growing desire to tackle social challenges more directly.

Always passionate about learning and education, Heather engaged in strategic consulting for an education foundation with Duke Interdisciplinary Social Innovators alongside her doctoral studies.  Heather also gained for-profit consulting experience at BEWorks, a boutique consulting firm that applies behavioral economics to business problems.

Upon hearing about social entrepreneurship through Duke’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE), Heather was ignited by the idea that business tools could be mobilized for social purposes. She actively sought to learn more about social entrepreneurship through workshops, conferences, and an MBA class taught by impact investment guru Cathy Clark.  After earning her PhD in Psychology, Heather returned to her home country Canada, and soon joined Brighter Investment.

At Brighter Investment, Heather works to create networks of students, universities, and employers.  Her experience leading a cross-cultural research project spanning five countries has given her experience working across countries.  She is driven by opportunity to help students realize their dreams through education.

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