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Socially-Conscious Business Practices: Pandwe Gibson's Influences

In her interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Dr. Pandwe Gibson discussed creating eco-friendly opportunities for economic development in low-income communities. Here, she provides a list of the writers and mentors who have influenced her work:

1. Black Tech Week (

“They’re doing tremendous, tremendous work in terms of bringing diversity conversations into the tech movement… the first-ever conference which had international support, from the Caribbean, Central and South America, Africa, and Europe and Canada. All continents, with the exception of Australia and Antarctica, were involved in this year’s black tech week. It’ll be happening again next year in February 2016.”

2. Patty Soffer, small business coach and author (

An “awesome woman author, educator, and a developer of marketing and branding and an amazing eye who’s helped with the framework that I have for EcoTech now.”

3. The Green Collar Economy, Van Jones

Gibson notes simply that “This book is amazing.”

4. The Millionaire Master Plan, Roger James Hamilton

Gibson praises Hamilton’s prose and philosophy as “driven.”

5. Bill Maher’s HBO Show Real Time with Bill Maher

“Interesting, punchy, funny.”



About the author, David Shriner-Cahn

David is the podcast host and community builder behind Smashing the Plateau, an online platform offering resources, accountability, and camaraderie to high-performing professionals who are making the leap from the corporate career track to entrepreneurial business ownership.

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