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Kjerstin Erickson (KJ) is the CEO of Simbi, an online marketplace for freelancers and hobbyists to cashlessly exchange services. By providing a way for these independent workers to turn their unbooked hours into real economic value, Simbi simultaneously increases the size of the economy while supporting small-scale entrepreneurs to do the flexible work they love. In 2014, KJ was a Skoll Skollar at Oxford’s Saïd Business School where she completed her MBA. Prior to Oxford, Erickson spent 9 years as the Founder and Executive Director of FORGE, a strategic-impact nonprofit that provides education, skills training, and entrepreneurial resources to more than 70,000 refugees in war-torn Africa. Erickson’s awards include the Skoll Scholarship for Social Entrepreneurship, the Do Something Award for public service, and the Stanford Haas Public Service Fellowship. She has also been named a “Top 40 Leader Under 40” by the New Leaders Council, a “Person You Should Know” by CNN, and a “Top 10 College Woman” by Glamour Magazine.




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