Director in Brooklyn, New York
Executive Director, Google’s 30 Weeks
Shana Dressler is the Executive Director of 30 Weeks, an incubator that gives world class designers the hands-on experience, tools, workspace, and connections to the communities they need to create products and start companies have positive impact on the world. The program is operated by Hyper Island, and supported by Google in partnership with School of Visual Arts, Parsons, Pratt, The Cooper Union and some of the smartest minds in design, tech, business and venture capital.
In 2011, Shana Dressler founded the Social Innovators Collective with the mission to train and nurture the next wave of social change leaders to help them achieve measurable impact and financial sustainability. Since then she has been creating and leading workshops on funding and business development for social enterprises and nonprofits at General Assembly, the Social Good Summit, and social enterprise conferences at Harvard, Columbia, New York University, Brown, the School of Visual Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, and others. In 2014, she designed the curriculum for a startup business school which supported 21st century entrepreneurial problem-solvers and creatives tackling the most pressing social and environmental challenges of our time.
A deeply committed social entrepreneur, Shana is widely recognized as the first person in New York to organize rigorous educational programming for social entrepreneurs in startup mode. To fill a notable gap in the lack of resources available, Shana co-created the Social Good Guides, a series of guides focused on the essential small-business skills that would-be changemakers need to know and an 8-week workshop called Social Good Startup: Idea To Launch.
Shana is an Aspen Institute Scholar, a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a judge for The Webby Awards and a graduate of the THNK School of Creative Leadership. In 2014 she became a Delegate to the United Nations Foundation Global Accelerator which brought together “100 of the world’s top entrepreneurs to work together with policy leaders on global issues.” In 2015, Shana was honored by the World CSR Congress as one of the 50 Most Talented Social Innovators. In addition to frequent travel to far-flung places, Shana loves all things chocolate, and makes her way around New York on a midnight blue Vespa. You can follow her @shanadressler and @30WeeksProgram.