Interview with Kyra Bobinet
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Kyra Bobinet launched Vision Youthz in 1998 as she was finishing medical school, with the help of an Echoing Green Fellowship. A San Francisco-based organization that sought to transform the lives of incarcerated children, Vision Youthz began when Kyra Bobinet had a spiritual awakening in medical school.
She realized that she could make more of a contribution as a social change agent rather than as a clinician, and she began volunteering at juvenile hall, counseling young people in jail. She and two friends had regular dialogues with youth, using non-traditional means to reach them.
Currently the CEO of Interage Research, Bobinet is trying to create a for–profit model that can bring social change through workspace wellness and mind-body training. She is now finishing a master’s degree in healthcare management and innovation, studying business, health and education models at Harvard University. She plans to apply them in her products and services that promote human development and social change.
As a person who has run for-profit and non-profit organizations, Bobinet understands that the business takes on the qualities of the entrepreneur, both strengths and weaknesses. Very few entrepreneurs go on to become the managerial types needed as the business matures, and she believes that it is imperative for entrepreneurs to “have exquisite self-awareness and reflection on their impact as they build their organization.”
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