Catherine Hoke: The Gathering Naples 2016


Driven by her hatred for injustice and love for the underdog, Catherine founded Defy Ventures in 2010 after being given her own second chance to lead. Defy Ventures is a nonprofit that “transforms the hustle” of people with criminal histories by providing entrepreneurship, employment and character training as well as executive mentorship, startup funding and business incubation. For her work, Catherine was recognized by Fast Company as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. At age 27, Catherine left a career in venture capital and private equity to pursue founding the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP), a nonprofit organization that serves men in the Texas prison system. PEP was nationally recognized for its groundbreaking results. Defy Ventures is her 2.0 version as she has built a nationally scalable model for transforming lives and creating new legacies of success.

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