About Collabriv

  • For-profit social venture based in San Francisco.
  • Founded in 2012 by CEO Dwight Wilson and Patrick Dippery. (See team below.)
  • We enable companies in the Bay Area to develop a pipeline of early-career global talent, and we enable young professionals worldwide to gain global collaboration and leadership skills through our long-term training and internship program.
  • First 6-month internship and training program carried out in 2013.
  • Second program brought 15 Fellows from 14 nations to the Bay Area and ended March 2015.
  • Companies at which we have recently placed early-career professionals include: ASEB, Charles Communications, Code 2040, Juma Venture, Last Mile Foods, SF Goodwill, Smule, Traackr, Water.org, and Wikimedia Foundation.

Team

Dwight Wilson, CEO and Co-founder

  • Social entrepreneur who has founded four companies (two for-profit social ventures, two nonprofits)
  • 34-year career in global talent development, international education and exchange, and international development
  • First company founded, EarthCorps (Seattle nonprofit, 1993) trains young adults from around the world in global leadership and environmental restoration through experiential, team-based program
  • Third organization, OneRoof Inc (San Francisco for-profit, 2005) develops management software for cybercafes worldwide and distributes that software to public-access computing centers to help bridge the digital divide
  • Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Chile and Honduras (1981-1983)
  • Yale University – B.A. in History (1981)

IMG_3869 Yany Wu Feng, Business Associate

  •  3-year career in community development, education, and program management for startups, non-profits and universities, including The School of Games, Medifit and Stony Brook University
  • Managed a multicultural team for a program that assisted international students to adapt to the United States
  • Participated in diverse projects that include working as a field agent in an archaeological team in Ancash, Peru; teaching English in multicultural classrooms at the Teaching House, NY; outreaching to under-served communities to provide health and wellness resources; and leading as a diversity educator at Stony Brook University
  • Hult International Business School – MA in Social Entrepreneurship (2015)
  • Stony Brook University – BA in Anthropology, Minor in Japanese Studies (2013)

Katrina Walker, Webmaster

  • 7+ years in technical operations, marketing, business development and education for socially-driven enterprises in both the non- and for-profit sectors
  • Supervised a team of inaugural interns from Ghana, Turkey and Costa Rica to develop a multichannel marketing plan for Rising Sun Energy Center’s social enterprise
  • Participated in various international projects, including presenting on global systems at the University of Florence, Italy (2011), ethnographic fieldwork at the University of Be’er Sheva, Israel (2009), and volunteering with family farms as a WWOOFer (2008-2009)
  • California Institute of Integral Studies – M.A. in Social and Cultural Anthropology (2012)
  • San Francisco State University – B.A. in Psychology (2006)

Patrick Dippery, Co-founder and Adviser

  • 30-year career in business development, marketing and public relations in both the business and social sectors
  • Principal of Dippery Consulting, with clients including XOJET, Mercy Corps and MondoWindow
  • Worked in thought leadership/conference organizing industry with The Economist and BusinessWeek based in Hong Kong and Australia (1994-1998)
  • University of California, San Diego – Graduate work in International Affairs and Pacific Studies (1988-1990)
  • University of California, Davis – B.A. in International Relations (1984)
The four businesses I’ve founded have trained young professionals from more than 100 nations and have helped a wide variety of companies with their talent development. To young people, I would say that the best way to start your career with the skills you need in this century is to do challenging work overseas, for a substantial amount of time, in a multinational team. To companies, I would say that employing international professionals is an effective, economical way to accomplish big projects, expand your worldview and network, and build a pipeline of talent that is 21st century-ready.—Dwight Wilson, Collabriv CEO and Co-founder