Business Plan Competition
Ian Fisk is the executive director of the William James Foundation. As director, he leads the WJF Mentor Network, which includes more than 2,000 individuals who have built, managed, invested in, or studied social enterprises. In that capacity he has supported hundreds of up-and-running companies who are changing the way the world does business. He has worked to build the field of social entrepreneurship through Net Impact, SVN, The Impact Accelerator Network and many other organizations to encourage those supporting impact entrepreneurs to learn from each other. His previous roles include CEO of ITF Consulting, Inc., Director of Projects for Wall Street Without Walls, co-designer of the AmeriCorps*VISTA Entrepreneur Corps, and the internet coordinator for a U.S. Presidential Campaign. Mr. Fisk also worked with Public Allies, City Year, KaBOOM!, Youth Service America, and the Corporation for National Service. He founded DC’s Community Tool Chest, and was a charter organizer of Hands On DC, an annual volunteer work-a-thon for the D.C. public schools. He has helped to found more than a dozen enterprises, some for-profit, some non-profit, and some non-profit on purpose. Five of those ventures have lasted for at least a decade.
Mr. Fisk has an MBA from the Yale School of Management, where he was selected by his professors as a super-tutor. He teaches improvisation and storytelling for entrepreneurs.
Phillip Thigpen is a Director in PwC's FSR group (Financial Instruments, Structured Products and Real Estate). He has over 25 years of experience in the debt capital markets, where he has acted in advisory, managerial, transactional, and investment roles. Mr. Thigpen specializes in mortgage loan originations, structured finance, credit enhancement, and the mortgage-backed securities market. He has also worked with federal clients as well as commercial clients in the single family REO rental market and has provided both strategic and capital markets advisory services.
Prior to joining PwC, Mr. Thigpen founded 1789 Capital Advisors, a boutique transaction management and strategic advisory firm that provided investment banking services to the financial services industry in the United States and internationally and was based in New York City.
Mr. Thigpen was also previously a Senior Vice President at GMAC Commercial Mortgage Corp., where he organized and led their 40 person commercial mortgage backed securities team. Mr. Thigpen was the senior relationship manager with capital markets investors, investment banks and the rating agencies. He headed the company’s FHA-insured, multifamily mortgage loan origination effort, and worked closely with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s multifamily business.
Mr. Thigpen began his career in financial services at Salomon Brothers Inc., where he was a member of the Mortgage Securities Department. Working on the trading desk in New York, his customer base was mostly comprised of institutional investors and mortgage bankers.
Mr. Thigpen is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.