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Carla Leon is a serial innovator. She has been an intrapreneur in the for-profit sector winning the President’s Award for innovation. She has started an e-learning platform, a telemarketing social enterprise, and a consulting firm that supports small businesses and non-profits. She is beginning new initiatives in the United Church of Canada including a mentoring platform, a pitch competition for social entrepreneurs, and ramped up the innovation granting program which has funded 190 initiatives in two years. This fall she published the "Giveback Economy," a book about how to do well while doing good. Her latest initiative is Community Innovation Hubs. This is a national strategy in Canada that leverages church space to support spiritual entrepreneurs in their work. The hubs provide workshops, peer-to-peer learning sessions, mentoring and access to the social capital of the communities of faith. Most importantly, the spiritual entrepreneurs build new relationships and are connected with each other adding to the already existing networks between hubs.

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