Catherine Hoke describes the program she started in 2010 that “transform the hustle” of formerly incarcerated men and women. Her non profit has produced groundbreaking results, including a recidivism rate of less than five percent, and an employment rate of 95%. After being given a second chance of her own, Catherine founded Defy Ventures, a national nonprofit organization that “transforms the hustle” of currently and formerly incarcerated people. Defy has produced groundbreaking results, including a recidivism rate of less than 5%, and an employment rate of 95%. Defy’s vision is to end mass incarceration by using entrepreneurship as a tool to transform legacies and human potential.
Catherine was named a #MakeTechHuman Agent of Change by WIRED and Nokia for being one of “17 Global Influencers Expanding Human Possibility Through Technology.” Catherine also received the MDC Partners Humanitarian Award on behalf of Defy Ventures (2015). She was named by Fast Company as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business (2014) and is an Ashoka Fellow (2013). This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx