Smile In A Box

Positive Planet is pleased to announce the launch of its new initiative: Smile in a Box. 

Due to the pandemic, hunger has surged in the United States. It is estimated that 1 in 6 Americans could face hunger*. For this reason, we have decided to launch an emergency Covid-19 response to help families in need: Smile In a Box. 

We will be  joining forces with Branches Long Island to fight hunger in New York State. This partnership’s main objective is to combine Branches Long Island long-term experience in distributing food to families in need, and Positive Planet US expertise in running NGO programs and promoting entrepreneurship initiatives.  

This joint initiative is designed to extend the reach of Branches Long Island’s food distribution centers in order to help more families in need.

Positive Planet US will provide immediate relief to families directly impacted by Covid-19 in New York state by providing boxes of food and other essential products to them. 

In addition to providing immediate relief, Positive Planet will also grant free access to its eLearning platform to everyone in the program to help them develop their skills and abilities to succeed in their entrepreneurial dreams. In doing so, Positive Planet continues to promote social inclusion through entrepreneurship.

“I am delighted to see this new collaboration, together, by combining our field knowledge we are supporting two important Sustainable Development Goals: ending hunger, and economic growth”

said Ingrid Gonzalez, President and Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Positive Planet US.

This is Positive Planet US first initiative of this kind in the United States, we are looking to expand our reach in the United States by partnering with other NGOs. 

About Branches long Island: 

Branches Long Island was founded in 2019 by Samantha Morales after she realized the amount of people in need on Long Island. She started out doing it alone and once she became a legal 501c3 she quickly grew! She is joined by an amazing group of women who dedicate their time every week to better the community.

Branches Long Island helps those in need with no judgments. They work side by side with many social workers and homeless shelters on Long Island offering a variety of services. As of May 2020 they opened their first location in Middle Island, NY and plan to offer classes and counseling along with their weekly blessing boxes which provide necessities to the families in crisis on Long Island.

Accelerator Hub Finalists

The Top 5 Finalists of Positive Planet’s Accelerator Hub Program  

In December 2020, Positive Planet US launched a new innovative program called the Accelerator Hub. This program has been set up to respond to economic inequity for underserved women in our local communities. We received over 100 applications, and our first cohort of participants was selected from the NY metropolitan area. 

After reviewing all the submissions, the Positive Planet’s Board of Directors selected the top 5 start-ups. These entrepreneurs will receive coaching from Capgemini’s Financial Services top leaders, who work with global financial services enterprises on optimizing their business.  At Positive Planet US, we are proud to partner with Capgemini for the class of March 2021 and delighted to announce our top 7 finalists from this great initiative. Our vision is to expand this program across the United States and accelerate as many businesses as possible

Our top 5 finalists of our Accelerator Hub Program

1. Cydney Preston – Iced Out Water Ice

Cydney Preston, an aspiring women entrepreneur who started Iced Out Water Ice, a socially conscious restaurant that provides quality Italian ice and customer service to the East Harlem community. Iced Out Water Ice is a mission-led for-profit restaurant that exclusively employs formerly incarcerated individuals while providing them career opportunities at a competitive wage and unbiased workplace.

2. Emily Penzo – North Node 

North Node is an early-stage social impact startup founded by Emily Penzo. It’s an North Node is an early-stage social impact startup founded by Emily Penzo. It’s an innovative platform connecting volunteers and nonprofits enabling socially conscious individuals to develop authentic meaningful connections. North Node’s goal is to create a full-fledged value-matching multi-platform app where members create their own personal profile, sign up for volunteering activities, and connect with other members that help pull them into a welcoming philanthropic community.

3. Jennifer J. – Business development Bootcamp 

Jennifer, founder of Business development Bootcamp aims at providing comprehensive training for Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) to learn best business development practices at the comprehensive beginning, intermediate or advanced level. They are working to develop a curriculum that can be delivered online. (Subscriptions to online course material augmented by live and in-person classes).

4. Julie Obaso – Media/Entertainment for kids 

Julie Obaso, the founder of an innovative startup called Douglas Digital Kids based out of New York City has designed an interactive platform that creates and showcases animated content and stories for black children. Formatted as a cartoon series, and featuring various Black and African characters from around the world. The aim of Douglas Digital Kids is to bring positive changes by uplifting the African community in America and the African diaspora. The animated series will not only entertain but will upskill the learning and literacy skills of the kids.

5. Luisa Bustamante, Lori Oladipo, Lucia Eastman – BLOOM Design & Development

Luisa, Lori, and Lucia, three minority women founded BLOOM Design & Development. It is an architecture, design, construction and real estate development startup that aims to offer thoughtful and expert design, from a perspective that hasn’t traditionally had a voice.

With over 35 years of experience in the Architecture industry. Their idea is to combine top-tier work experience with unique cultural backgrounds and fill a longstanding gap in the marketplace.They plan to implement this by buying land or real estate that they can then design and build themselves to cater to the needs of the target group.

How will these startups benefit from our Accelerator hub program?

Our Accelerator program is a cutting-edge program that serves as a gateway for startups to look beyond borders and turn their vision into reality. These startups are now undergoing an 8-week mentorship program conducted by Capgemini leaders and other industry experts. The mentorship program was developed to jumpstart these businesses operationally, providing them with structured business education and hands-on experience with evaluating market opportunities in their niche and fine-tuning their business plans. During this one-on-one mentorship program, the finalists will define and build their products and services, identify potential customer segments, and learn how to apply for business loans. The tailored coaching program and skills developed during the accelerator will help take these businesses to the next level.

Positive Planet US guiding your entrepreneurial journey

Positive Planet US aims to nurture promising social entrepreneurship startups and help them turn their ideas into successful businesses. This program improves social inclusion for minority women in the United States by enhancing their opportunities and their chances for success.  

Thank you to all the candidates who took the time to apply to this program and congratulations to these amazing women on being selected!

A New Year’s Letter from Ingrid Gonzalez

Dear all,

As the end of the year draws near, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for an amazing 2020. Positive Planet launched in the United States in July with only one volunteer, in the middle of a pandemic. Now in December, we have over 60 persevering and energetic volunteers working to alleviate poverty and foster entrepreneurship. Despite living in challenging times, we are well on our way to making a monumental difference for those in need.

In 2021, we will continue our campaign to break the chains of poverty through promoting entrepreneurship initiatives. Our 2021 goal is to serve 10,000 future entrepreneurs and job seekers in marginalized communities in the United States and beyond; providing guidance and tools such as financial education, vocational training, access to financing, and monetary support. I am confident that we will create a more Positive Planet together.

I would like to end by personally thanking everyone who helped build a positive economy with us. Thank you for your compassion, dedication, and support for the betterment of others.

On behalf of the Positive Planet team we wish you and your family a positive holiday season and a happy new year.

Warm Wishes,

Ingrid Gonzalez – Positive Planet US President and Chairwoman

First Positive Planet Accelerator Hub in the United States

Positive Planet US is delighted to announce the launch of our first Accelerator program in the US. With the support of our partner Capgemini, we will conduct an 8-week program aimed at supporting minority women in the New-York Metropolitan Area launching successful startups.  

The Accelerator hub includes one-on-one training and will teach small business owners the ins and outs of business plans, finance, sales, marketing and everything else they need to know to run a successful business. Participants will also be offered access to special bonus sessions presented by key industry experts from exclusive partnerships.

Applications are open until January 6th to minority women entrepreneurs who have viable business ideas and that would contribute to positive economic, social, environmental or political change.

Combining visionary women with the next great idea and our team of Capgemini experts, our accelerator program will bring participants’ businesses to the next level.

Positive Planet’s first Accelerator program aims to improve social inclusion for minority women in the United States by enhancing their opportunities and their chances for success.  

On January 13th our board of directors will select 5 startup founders to participate in this unique Accelerator hub.  We are incredibly excited to welcome these incredible startup founders into our first Accelerator program.

Ingrid Gonzalez’ Podcast Interview to Listen to Right Now

If there’s one thing to take away from the 57th episode of the We Are for Good podcast for nonprofits, it is that:

“Empathy is the key to inclusivity and growth!”

Ingrid Gonzalez, Chairwoman and President of Positive Planet in the US

Growth is a word heard constantly in business. Even in the nonprofit world, where growing and being profitable translates to being able to help those in need. How do you grow a nonprofit from the ground up, with no funds in the middle of a pandemic? How do you create a culture of inclusion, where all differences are not only respected and valued, but encouraged?

Listen to the episode to find more out about Positive Planet’s mission to make the world more positive economically, socially, environmentally and democratically and Ingrid’s unique approach to helping the underserved communities by making diversity, equity and inclusion non-negotiable and part of every day – from the third world to the boardroom.
We Are For Good Podcast – The Podcast for Nonprofits
57. A Woman’s Quest to Bring Inclusivity to the Boardroom and Third World Alike – Ingrid Gonzalez
Ingrid Gonzalez, Positive Planet US, We Are For Good Podcast

Join Our First Family and Friends Holiday Fundraising Event

The Positive Planet US family would like to invite you to our first virtual fundraiser:

Date: Thursday, December 17th, 2020

Time: 12:00PM Eastern (6:00PM Paris)

We have an amazing program lined up with speakers, videos, and volunteer experiences to dazzle your Thursday afternoon (or evening!)

Reserve your spot for the holiday fundraising event to hear from our marvelous speakers, and learn more about Positive Planet’s mission to alleviate poverty through positive entrepreneurship. We look forward to seeing you there!


During this 1-hour virtual fundraiser, you will connect with the President of Positive Planet, Jacques Attali, hear stories from our accomplished beneficiaries and learn more about our social inclusion initiatives to help the underprivileged become entrepreneurs and generate an income for themselves in the US and globally.

Meet Our Board Members:

Jacques Attali -President and Chairman of Positive Planet

Ingrid Gonzalez – President and Chairwoman of Positive Planet US

Lyes Bouabdallah – CEO, Positive Planet International

Philippe Galtié – Executive Vice President of Global Sales of Tiffany & Co, New York

Diana Agu – Director, Strategic Head Marketing, Communications & People, Global FS, Insights & Data at Capgemini

Patrick Cogny – SVP and Business Leader, High-Tech, Manufacturing and Services, at GENPACT

Allegra Kowalewski-Ferreira – Investing Manager at IMPACT

Catherine Roggero-Lovisi – Executive Board Member, Positive Planet US

Michael Dubin – Managing Partner at Dorset Management LLC

Make A Donation

Donate now to our local and global social inclusion initiatives and help alleviate poverty through positive entrepreneurship. Your donations will directly help our beneficiaries.

Checkout with the project you wish to support and visit our PayPal Giving Fund to donate (fee-free)! In addition, you may send checks made out to: “PlaNet Finance Corp.” 77 Park Ave Suite 7C, New York, NY 10016.

Make your secure, tax-deductible donation and help the underprivileged in becoming entrepreneurs and generating an income for themselves in the US and globally.

Donate Now

Ingrid Gonzalez, President and Chairwoman of Positive Planet US Meets Jérémie Robert, Consul General of France

Ingrid Gonzalez, President and Chairwoman of Positive Planet US and Jérémie Robert, Consul General of France at the French Consulate in New York, Nov. 30, 2020

The effort against extreme poverty knows no borders. This is the reason why, in July 2020 and in the midst of the pandemic, Jacques Attali took the initiative to extend the Positive Planet Foundation’s action to the United States. He entrusted this task to Ingrid Gonzalez, appointed President and Chairwoman of Positive Planet US.

This Monday, on November 30, 2020, Ingrid Gonzalez had the honor of meeting Jérémie Robert, Consul General of France in New York. Together, they discussed the work of Positive Planet US, which aims to build and sustain a truly positive economy in the United States and around the world. Shared values drive our commitment: values of inclusion and diversity. Together, we can help promote these values and raise awareness among the French community in the United States and internationally.

Philippe Galtie Joins the Positive Planet US Board of Directors

We are honored to announce that Philippe Galtie is now part of the Positive Planet US Board of Directors.

Mr. Galtie is currently Executive Vice President of Global Sales of Tiffany & Co. He is a veteran from the consumer goods and luxury industries, he has worked for prestigious companies and brands across different continents such as Cartier and LVMH. 

Mr. Galtie is engaged in various diversity, inclusion and sustainability initiatives and has always been keen to help others to create and grow, in particular the younger generation. He is also a Board member at  the Luxury Business School (LBI).

Thank you, WeBoard for the wonderful introduction to Mr.Galtie and thank you, French Founders for the outstanding support to the launch of Positive Planet US.

Ingrid Gonzalez, President and Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Positive Planet in the US

Join Ingrid Gonzalez at the Rise and Lead Summit – 2020: Leadership. Inclusion. Equity.

Event Details:

C-Level Roundtable Discussion at 9:10 AM – 10:20 AM EST
Why are we still talking about Closing the gender gap in the workplace?: How are leaders fostering gender equality at all levels of the corporate pipeline. What steps are organizations taking to attract and retain more women in the workforce? How can women step into leadership roles?

Invited Contributor: Ingrid Gonzalez – Sales Director at Google Cloud New York, President and Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Positive Planet in the US

Panel Session on Sept. 24 at 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM EST
The workforce of the future: Building an inclusive workforce where everyone thrives. The global pandemic has affected the way we work and relate with each other. In most cases, remote work models and caregiving places more burden on parents, especially women. How can leaders build an inclusive workforce where everyone thrives? What can we do to lessen the burden of remote working?

Ingrid Gonzalez – Sales Director at Google Cloud New York, President and Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Positive Planet in the US

Linda Aiello – EVP, Employee Success BP (HR), Salesforce

Stefan Tonnon – VP HR EMEA Insight, Europe

Tola Odeyemi, Head of Public Policy, West Africa at Uber

Chair –Sheila Gemin – Client Executive Partner Banking and Insurance, Atos | Co-President PWN Global

Join the Rise and Lead Summit and be inspired to lead in your career and business and work together to close the gender leadership gap.