Community Involvement

Capitalize Your Humanity continues to be a major sponsor of the All Square Professional Development Institiute, as well as offering pro bono leadership coaching to the entire staff.

Vanessa is a member of the Patient & Family Advisory Council for the Transgender & Intersex Specialty Care Clinic at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester

Capitalize Your Humanity continues to be a Launch  & Community Partner for the OutFront Annual Gala.

Vanessa has been a member of the Board of Directors and Capitalize Your Humanity offers pro bono Executive & Leadership coaching to their management.


Vanessa has been a board member and past President of COMPAS Community Programs for Art in Schools. 


Vanessa has been a member of the Board of Directors during the merger creating the newly named Justus Health.  Capitalize Your Humanity is a major sponsor of Justus Health.

The Vanessa G. Tennyson Undergraduate Diversity Scholarship is given annually to a Carlson School of Management student who identifies as LGBTQ or a person of color.

Mentor for Acara Incubator

Acara is a leadership incubator program open to University of Minnesota students from any discipline who want to be part of solving real-world challenges, like equitable access to clean water, health care, energy, and healthy food. We support students with a passion, project, or idea as they take it to the next level – whether that be developing an app or student group, starting an advocacy campaign, or developing a social enterprise.

Mentor for FINN Fellows

The FINNOVATION Fellowship is a nine-month program that supports early-stage social entrepreneurs who have bold ideas for sustainable, systems-level change. Funded by the Bush Foundation, the goal of this program is to build leadership capacity, develop entrepreneurial skills, and ultimately create a sustainable social enterprise ecosystem here in Minnesota and beyond.

National Mentor for SEED SPOT Incubator

We support ecosystem builders in schools and communities to create a robust pipeline of impact-driven entrepreneurs. Our programs surround adult and youth entrepreneurs with the access to resources, mentors, business fundamentals, capital sources, and community partners they need to succeed. But you don't have to take our word for it.



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