After receiving a second chance of her own, Catherine founded Defy Ventures, a national nonprofit that equips former drug dealers and gang members to start legal businesses, producing a 3% recidivism rate. Catherine serves as the CEO of Defy, which provides entrepreneurship, employment, and character development training for people with criminal histories. Defy builds a life-giving, authentic community between Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) and executive volunteers as they bond in their humanity.
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ABOUT Catherine

  • Forbes "40 Women To Watch Over 40"

  • "The 25 Most Disruptive Companies of the Year" for 2017, by Inc.

  • One of “17 Global Influencers Expanding Human Possibility Through Technology” by Nokia

  • A #MakeTechHuman Agent of Change by WIRED

PRAISE FOR Catherine

  • “One of the most inspiring days of my life I spent with a woman named Catherine Hoke.”

    Sheryl Sandberg