Photos from the Feb. 25 Live United Film Series featuring a community discussion moderated by Suzi Sosa and featuring Ann Baddour and Margo Weisz.
As Chief of Staff of MPOWER Labs, Ms. Sosa is responsible for special projects and policy development for the MPOWER Group. She acts as one of the primary advisors to the CEO and is involved in a number of strategic initiatives, including creation and deployment of the group’s social impact measures and global advocacy for expanding financial access to the underserved. She leads the group’s key policy partnerships, including those with the Clinton Global Initiative and the World Economic Forum.
Ann Baddour is the director of Texas Appleseed’s projects aimed at bringing low-income and immigrant consumers into the financial mainstream. She oversees financial education initiatives, efforts to build transparency and consumer protections into remittance markets, and reform of regulations governing small dollar loans. Ann has a Master of Public Affairs Degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a Masters Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. Baddour is a Fulbright Scholar and a nationally recognized expert in financial policy affecting immigrant and low-income communities.
Margo has served as the Executive Director of PeopleFund since its infancy in 1995. Margo also serves as a consultant on a variety of projects, including organizational assessments, trainings, and research on small and minority business development. Margo has received wide recognition for her work. In 2006, she was chosen as a Profiles in Power winner from the Austin Business Journal. In 2004, she received the Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and in 2003 she was chosen as Austinite of the Year at the Austin Under 40 Awards. She was also chosen as a 2003 Marshall Fellow and, in that role, traveled to Europe to discuss transatlantic relations.