reSET, Social Enterprise Trust is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance the social enterprise sector. Its strategic goals are threefold: to be the “go-to” place for impact entrepreneurs, to make Hartford the Impact City, and Connecticut the social enterprise state.

reSET serves all entrepreneurs, but specializes in social enterprise impact driven business with a double and sometimes triple bottom line. In addition to providing co-working space and accelerator and mentoring programs, reSET aims to inspire innovation and community collaboration, and to support entrepreneurs in creating market-based solutions to community challenges. reSET’s goal is to meet entrepreneurs wherever they are in their trajectory and to help them take their businesses to the next level.

 

 

History

reSET was founded in 2007 by Kate Emery to transition her company, The Walker Group, into a social enterprise. reSET then turned its attention to developing the social entrepreneurship sector in Connecticut. In 2010, reSET hosted its first Beyond Business as Usual conference, bringing together more than 200 people for a lively conversation about changing our expectations of business and how to add a social purpose to the bottom line. reSET’s initial strategic priorities included introducing the benefit corporation, a new type of business organization in Connecticut for social entrepreneurs; education and business development services to support emerging and scaling entrepreneurs; and better access to financing and investment.

reSET Staff

  • Sarah Bodley Executive Director reSET

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  • Emily Reisner Director of Strategic Advancement reSET

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  • Sami Jensen Marketing & Communications Consultant reSET

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reSET Board of Directors

  • Susan Coleman Professor of Finance University of Hartford

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  • Vijay Laknidhi Vice President of Strategic Planning & Execution Travelers

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  • Laura Dinan Haber Innovation Program Manager, Organizer & Co-Owner Nassau Re, TEDxHartford & Reclaimed Engraving

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  • Michael Brooder Hartford Office Managing Partner Marcum LLP

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  • Denise Whitford Business Advocate and Advisor CT SBDC

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  • Tara Spain Vice President Travelers Foundation

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  • David Fearon Professor of Management and Organization CCSU

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  • David Menard Partner Murtha Cullina LLP

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  • Kate Emery Founder and Chairman reSET, The Walker Group

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reSET COVID-19 Update: reSET is open for Coworking, but our staff is working remotely, accessible via email or phone. All events have been cancelled through April 30. Impact Accelerator, Food Incubator, and Student Incubators have moved to a virtual learning environment. More detailed information on reSET’s COVID-19 policies and resources for small businesses here.