"He came back pretty fired up – I jumped in with all four feet"
Founders of Boma Investments Ron and Marlys Boehm are using their business know-how to provide financial and personal development support to budding social entrepreneurs around the world.
They talk to Pioneers Post's founding editor Tim West about successful impact investments they have been involved in, the challenges they have faced and their frustrations around the lack of education about social investment.
For California-based Ron and Marlys more emphasis needs to be placed on entrepreneurial organisations and the social ecosystem more generally rather than just on the entrepreneurs themselves.
Boma Investments' broader aims are to develop innovative and sustainable social enterprises and models which encourage others to act. They support organisations around the world by investing in them financially and providing support through personal mentoring.
Ron and Marlys are active members of the Social Enterprise Networks of YPO / WPO, a not-for-profit, global network of CEOs connected around the shared mission of becoming 'Better leaders through education and ideas exchange'. Both are successful business leaders in their own right – Ron serves as the CEO of ABC-CLIO, an international publisher, and Marlys is the president of the Boehm Gladen Foundation. Together they also created the Boehm Media Fellowships – which provide journalists, authors, bloggers, writers, editors, film makers, and other media experts at the helm of social innovation the means to participate as delegates at the Opportunity Collaboration.
Ron has also shared his views on scaling up social entrepreneurship in Forbes and on the Skoll World Forum web platform.