Global Entrepreneurship Week at UNC-Chapel Hill got off to a rousing start with Monday night’s “How Entrepreneurship can Change the World” event.

The night began with an opening address from UNC’s Judith Cone, followed by the week’s first keynote address, from Defy Ventures founder Catherine Hoke. Through her work with Defy Ventures in New York City, Hoke—a venture capitalist turned entrepreneur—runs entrepreneurship, professional skills and personal development programs for individuals with criminal histories. After recounting her personal history, Hoke went on to share her goal of “inspiring action”, urging the audience to pursue their true passions and set one actionable goal to get closer to achieving their dreams.

After her address, Hoke sat on a panel discussion moderated by Cone alongside Redwoods Group CEO Kevin Trapani and UNC student entrepreneur Yina Sun.

Read a full recap and review of the Global Entrepreneurship Week event on ExitEvent.