catherine rohr

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[Catherine Hoke]

founder of devy ventures..

on creative mornings april 2013:

2013/07 Catherine Rohr from CreativeMornings on Vimeo.


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Advocate for underdogs. Founder/CEO of , transforming street hustle of those incarcerated into legal entrepreneurship. Author of “A Second Chance.”


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Catherine Hoke is Founder and CEO of Defy Ventures, a United States-based 501(c) nonprofit organization which is addressing the social problems of mass incarceration, recidivism, and America’s Father Absence Crisis by providing entrepreneurship, employment, and character training programs to individuals with criminal histories. In 2013, Catherine Hoke, was elected an Ashoka Fellow and was named in Fast Company’s 2014 Most Creative People in Business. In 2015 Hoke received the MDC Partners Humanitarian Award on behalf of Defy Ventures.


Defy offers entrepreneurial training and mentorship to currently and formerly incarcerated people.

Defy offers personal and leadership development, competition-based entrepreneurship training, executive mentoring, financial investment, and business incubation for currently and formerly incarcerated men, women, and youth, redirecting them toward the creation of legal business ventures. Its core program, CEO of Your New Life, is a blended learning model, leveraging video-based instruction on employment readiness, character development and basic entrepreneurship skills with in-person coaching opportunities that engage business executives, investors, and entrepreneurs.


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rohr at ideas week

“It’s what happens when a community of people comes around people and loves them back to success,” Rohr said.



cure violence keri


book coming out feb 2018 – second chance

published by Seth.. this write up by Brad

seth on cat in video:

she sees..the problem.. people

she acts

she connects

cat talking..

devy – big on building businesses..

khan academy meets y combinator

obviously super.. bravo..

but as to what you said about best ed is good family life.. i believe today we can go deeper..

ie: hlb via 2 convos that io dance.. as the day..[aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]..  a nother way

because.. none of us are free if one of us is chained.. we now have the means for 7 bn to leap to a nother way to live.. seems it’s time for a leap


notes/quotes from second chance:


grieving won’t make us forget. it won’t stop us from feeling the pain after we grieve. but grieving does release something in us.. it turns mad into sad.


if you can get from mad to sad you’re more likely to choose forgiveness


the brain cannot be curious and angry at the same time (one of her friends)


someone once told me the defn of hell: on your last day on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become  – anonymous


on aa – and – hit bottom first – mentality



people who aren’t behind bars can typically change most circumstances *(there are exceptions of course).. when they do’t it’s typically because they don’t want to change it

yeah.. like for a *majority of people today

begs we imagine a turtle.. and do this first.. for 7 bn people..


seth: not how do i get rid of fear (then wouldn’t try things that might not work).. how do i dance w fear.. fear is not the enemy.. paralysis is the enemy

might not work


the only problem w needing more experience is that it’s really similar to the excuse of needing more money.. most people i know wo get an mba get it because they’re scared of feeling inadequate w/o the degree..  they’re buying two years of time, at an extremely high price, so they can figure out their hustle..

not to mention the 12+ years before..

let’s do this  a nother way.. sans prisons even

ie: hlb via 2 convos that io dance.. as the day..[aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]

i’m not anti ed and i really like to hire people w mbas.. but if there’s a mroe efficient way to get from a to be, why not just take that route

beyond efficient.. how about more humane.. so we don’t create criminaltiy in the first place..


seth taught my eits ‘reject the mythology that a business has to be innovative. instead, figure out how to be useful – how to solve someone’s problem and get paid for it’

what if we have that all wrong..? ie: work.. imagine if instead of seeking to solve other people’s problems for money.. we were all free to be/do our art.. the thing we can’t not do.. we have the means to facil that chaos.. today.. ie: as it could be

just start simple and do something

imagine if that was all of us.. everyday..  as the day


my dream is not to be happy and carefree. my dream is to make a difference..


who could we be as a country if we lived up to being the land of second chances that we are touted to be

who could we be as a world.. if everyone got a go.. everyday..

imagine that


(in defying the odds by michael)..  w step to the line you helped me see both sides of these fences house people like me