Leveraging Business for Social Impact

John Rush

This presentation will provide a road map for other CEOs and HR Directors on how to best use their organizations to make a positive impact with respect to hiring, training, and supporting individuals coming from challenging backgrounds. Ohio incarcerates 53,000 individuals yearly at a cost of nearly $30k per person (this does not include the costs associated with our County Jails). CleanTurn Enterprises leverages two brands (CleanTurn Demolition Services and She Has A Name Cleaning Services) to provide fair chance employment to those impacted by incarceration, addiction, human trafficking and other challenging backgrounds. We have employed over 500 individuals in our first five years without the aid of public grant dollars thereby creating a self-sustaining model of strong social impact. Communities most impacted by incarceration need us and this is why we exist!

John Rush

John is a social entrepreneur with a distinct focus on changing the paradigm of how we think about the relationship between business and the social sector. After serving as a Sergeant in the US Marine Corps, John focused his career on creating small businesses focused on creating employment for men and women formerly impacted by homelessness, incarceration, human trafficking, domestic violence and other challenges. Over the last decade, John has served on several non-profit boards and assisted with the creation and/or growth of nearly thirty social enterprises in Chicago, Cleveland and Columbus. In 2011 a handful of interested investors recruited John to help launch CleanTurn. John holds five Master's degrees focused on urban studies, religion, history, non-profit management and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. John is married with eight children and currently resides on the southwest side of Columbus.

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