Nell Derick Debevoise

Founder & CEO

Nell’s mission is to connect divergent ideas and people in a way that helps people discover work that they find fulfilling, which is what we need to heal the world.

Nell is passionate about translating insights from business and entrepreneurship to drive social change. She speaks about this work in diverse settings, including Harvard, Columbia, Yale Social Enterprise, the Global CFA Institute, High Water Women, and iRelaunch conferences. Nell is an adjunct professor of impact investing at New York University. Before establishing Inspiring Capital, Nell was the founding director of Tomorrow’s Youth Organization, a US not-for-profit that has facilitated social and economic development for over 9,000 women and children in the Middle East since 2008. Nell has studied psychology, education, and entrepreneurship at Harvard, Columbia, London Business School, and Cambridge University, as well as informal ‘classrooms’ in 49 countries. She helped John Mullins, Associate Professor at London Business School, research The Customer Funded Business (Wiley, 2014).  Nell speaks English, French, and Italian, as well as some Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, and Japanese. 

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Maddie Elkus

Recruiting & Operations Manager

Maddie’s mission is to use compassion & empathy to help others thrive and achieve their personal and professional goals.

Maddie loves helping others to discover meaning in their career paths as she is doing in hers. She is the main point of contact for all of Inspiring Capital’s fellows and comes to IC having worked closely with international students at an English language school in NYC.

Maddie graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Anthropology, and spent a year of her studies on a cross-cultural study abroad program traveling to Tanzania, India, New Zealand and Mexico.  Maddie is an avid reader and co-author of a vegetarian food blog that she writes with her twin sister. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. 


Nia Gough

Women's Program Associate

Nia’s mission is to enable and empower people to find and fulfill their purpose, moving them to solve issues that are aligned with them.

Nia works on expanding the Women’s Re-Inspiration Program, especially after living the very real issue of how to re-launch her career after a break.  Nia was a management consultant in London and NY and soon worked out that this was not the path she wanted to continue on, now she had a family. Knowing that and wanting a role with more purpose, impact and flexibility, Inspiring Capital has been the perfect solution.  Nia now uses her experience to run the program and cohort for the many other women going through this difficult process. Nia has an MBA & is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two kids, where they take advantage of all the outdoor activities, though the winters have taken a bit to get used to! 


Bernadette Hopen

Community and Brand Manager

Bernadette’s mission is to empower and support the next generation of business leaders to tackle yesterday’s, today’s, and tomorrow’s societal challenges.

Bernadette couldn’t be more thrilled to be spreading the message and knowledge of Inspiring Capital through building the company’s community and strengthening their brand. Bernadette graduated from Bentley University with a B.S. in Business Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship, and a second degree in Ethics & Social Responsibility. Her junior year she founded her own for-profit company centered around women’s safety and presented as a Student Spotlight at Google. 

After graduation, she solo backpacked throughout Southeast Asia. While abroad, she worked at three different NGOs and in Vietnam taught business students about the importance of soft skills in the workplace. Back in the states, Bernadette consulted as a digital marketer, while immersing herself in the better business world. Bernadette is looking forward to starting her career off in NYC.


Georgia Sherwin

Digital Marketing Associate

Georgia’s mission is to help people realize that there are many ways in which you can integrate profit and purpose in this world so as to make for a better future.  

Georgia is excited about all things ‘impact’ and she can’t wait to start spreading the word about Inspiring Capital and its mission. Georgia graduated from University College London with a Bachelor’s in the Arts and Sciences (BASc). In particular she focused on environmental sustainability and topics like the circular economy and plastic pollution in the ocean.

She spent her year abroad in Barcelona where she improved her Spanish and enjoyed the sun.  Over the years she has worked in various sectors, with experience in start-ups, non-profits and social enterprises. She’s just moved to NYC from the UK and is excited to start exploring!



Eyra Dzakuma

Social Impact Consulting Manager

Eyra’s mission is to help others realize that profit and purpose can actually be achieved, together, to address the world's challenges.

Eyra came to Inspiring Capital with over 10 years of work experience, primarily as an international development professional supporting entrepreneurship, coordinating relationship management, and providing small business strategy recommendations in markets abroad. At Inspiring Capital, Eyra helps connect impact organizations with purpose driven consultants to help facilitate growth and adequately integrate their profits and purpose for long-term sustainability and impact.

Eyra received a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.S. in Corporate Communications from the University of Texas. She lives Brooklyn, is an avid sports lover, enjoys dancing, and occasionally pretends she can sing at local karaoke spots.


Deborah Lewison Grant

Director of Programs

Deb's mission is to create impactful resources and dynamic learning opportunities to drive the integration of profit and purpose, helping to blur traditional distinctions between the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.

Deb comes to Inspiring Capital after an 8 year stint serving as the Co-Founder and Executive Director of a NYC based nonprofit, focused on improving food literacy and health outcomes for teachers, students, and staff in underserved schools.

Prior to this work, Deb was a public high school teacher and earned a Ed.D. from Columbia University, Teachers College where she examined strategies for making teacher/student interactions more authentic and transformational.

She is excited to bring her expertise as a social impact entrepreneur and educator to the work of creating and managing programs and resources for the Inspiring Capital community.

Deb lives in NYC with her husband, 2 (extremely tall) teenagers and 1 (smallish) furry family member. She is passionate about all things foodie, fiction, and friend focused.


Julia Wuench

North Carolina Market Manager

Julia’s mission is to embed social impact into every sector, organization and mind so that all people can be active stewards of progressive change.

A Durham transplant and New York native, Julia is thrilled to be leading Inspiring Capital’s charge to expand into North Carolina. Julia began her career working for a large nonprofit healthcare provider in New York. Over her tenure, she has worked with survivors of domestic violence, with refugee families, in microfinance, in reproductive rights, and in animal foster care. She is proud to be partnering with organizations in the triangle that are working to tackle society’s most pressing problems.

Julia holds a BA in Economics from Brandeis University and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. In her spare time, you can find Julia hiking with her chocolate labradoodle, drinking wine at a beer pub, or digesting the latest NYT fiction bestseller.