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Mara Zepeda

  • Columbia, SC, USA
  • Fees: 10,001 - 20,000
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About:  Mara Zepeda

Mara Zepeda is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Zebras Unite, an international and intersectional hybrid cooperative creating the capital, culture, and community for the next economy. This global community of founders, investors, and are creating a more ethical, inclusive, collaborative, and sustainable approach to building businesses. 

Prior, Mara was the founder of a venture-backed software company, Switchboard (now¬†Hearken). It was through her experience as an entrepreneur of a different stripe that led her to co-found Zebras Unite, along with Jennifer Brandel,¬†Astrid Scholz, and¬†Aniyia Williams. Their manifesto,‚ÄúZebras Fix What Unicorns Break,‚ÄĚ launched this timely, necessary, culture-shifting movement that has garnered broad recognition. It now boasts an¬†online community¬†of 10K+ strong, 100+¬†member-owners, and over¬†25 chapters¬†around the world.¬†

Mara Zepeda is a systempreneur and serial social entrepreneur. She has also co-founded and was the founding board chair of Business for a Better Portland and XXcelerate. BBPDX is a next-generation business organization 350+ members strong that forges public-private collaborations to advance systemic change, shared prosperity, and social justice and equity in Portland. XXcelerate provides business support, education, peer mentorship, and funding to 200+ Oregon womxn entrepreneurs.

Mara Zepeda | Social Entrepreneurship

She speaks about and leads workshops on education, trust, social networks, and the future of business internationally. Mara has spent her career at the intersection of community building, economic empowerment, and movement building.

Mara Zepeda speaks from her experience as an economic reporter for NPR, calligrapher, and child of bohemian and spiritually curious artists. She holds a BA in Russian from Reed College and an MS in Journalism from Columbia University where she graduated with honors. She grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Alternative Funding, Entrepreneurship, Startup, Business, Community Building, Economic Empowerment, Movement Building, Social Change & Issues, Journalist


Keynotes, Workshops and Trainings, Virtual Presentations, Moderator / Facilitator



  • Zebras vs Unicorns¬†
  • Become a Doula for the New Economy
  • Call and Response: How Listening Leads to Social Change
  • Entrepreneurship & the Creative Process
  • From Moscow to Jung: An Entrepreneur‚Äôs Journey

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