Creating Community-Driven Innovation

  • Dr. Dino Beckett + Daryn Dodson
  • Williamson Health Initiative

We invite you to join us for a conversation with social innovators Dr. Donovan “Dino” Beckett and Daryn Dodson.

Thursday, June 29, 2017
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Babson San Francisco
135 Main Street
San Francisco, CA

Dr. Beckett and Daryn Dodson are social innovators collaborating with local residents and thought leaders from across the country to revitalize Williamson, West Virginia.

Williamson was once a thriving community and retail center known for being the “Heart of the Billion Dollar Coalfield” just outside of Charleston, WV on the Kentucky border. As the coal industry has declined, so has Williamson. Today, it is one of the poorest communities in the U.S., plagued by mass unemployment, obesity, diabetes, addiction and a declining population.

A Williamson native, Dr. Beckett founded the Williamson Health & Wellness Center in 2013. The Center is dedicated to building a culture of health and stimulating a thriving local economy centered around community wellness.

In 2016, Dr. Beckett invited the Impact Experience team, including Daryn Dodson, to convene social innovators from across the country with local community members to reimagine Williamson’s future. The outcomes of the Learning Journey focus on health improvement, economic development and entrepreneurship in the community.

At this event, we will discuss the journey to date, what Williamson has in store in the coming years, and how other similar communities can move forward one giant step at a time.

About Dr. Beckett
Dr. Beckett is the CEO & Medical Director of Williamson Health & Wellness Center. Through his leadership both as public servant and as an entrepreneur, Dr. Beckett has guided and personally invested in the rejuvenation of Williamson’s city center. His work has been recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, PBS News Hour, and recently by NHRA as 2017 Rural Health Practitioner of the Year.

About Daryn Dodson
Daryn Dodson is a Partner at Impact Experience, and passionate advocate of social and economic justice, especially for voiceless marginalized groups. His work with impact investing, advising private equity funds, Fortune 100 companies, universities and foundations is undertaken with the lens of addressing the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems. Dodson currently serves on the board of directors for Ben & Jerry’s, Impact HUB DC, and Vice Chair of Heifer Foundation Board. He is also President of the Stanford Business Alumni DC Chapter.



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"Starting Williamson Health & Wellness"


"Innovation on the Ground in West Virginia"


"Misconceptions in Community Development"


"Williamson's Simple, Replicable, Approach to Health"


"Motivation & Inspiration"