Vision: Tendrel supports leading social entrepreneurs dedicated to increasing their organizations' impact and to transforming systems that perpetuate the problems we're trying to solve.

Founding Story

Tendrel’s co-founders, Rodrigo Baggio, Taddy Blecher, and Willy Foote have lived the successes and failures of building an organization, accomplishing a vision, and working towards highly effective social change. After years as Skoll Awardees, Ashoka Fellows, Schab Entrepreneurs, and leading social entrepreneurs, in 2015, they came together to launch Tendrel over their shared challenges. Feeling at times alone, isolated, and disconnected, these three created the first network of peers, Presidents, Founders, and CEOs, with aligned personal and professional visions for growth and development. Through intense deep connection that can be formed in peer groups, Forum methodology allows for support in growth, failure, collaboration, and systems change. Their vision is to create a field of social entrepreneurship where leaders are supported personally and professionally, where they can bring their full selves, and collaboratively working to change systems.

Rodrigo Baggio


Rodrigo Baggio is the Founder and President of CDI International, a global NGO that seeks to fight poverty, stimulate entrepreneurship and develop skills to empower people to become change makers through the use of information and communication technology. With 21 years of work, CDI has reached about 564 spaces of digital empowerment, 1,281 educators and 1,682,573 individuals impacted worldwide. It is a global network with presence in 7 countries: Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, Chile, Colombia, Portugal, and the United States.

In 2016, Rodrigo embarked on a new challenge to lead the first ever purpose-driven reality show on digital inclusion, an innovative branded content marketing case to inspire the scaling of social impact.

Prior to CDI, Rodrigo worked as an Artificial Intelligence Specialist for Accenture and managed IBM's “Reinventing Education” programs. He also envisioned the use of computers to promote social inclusion and launched initiatives such as the creation of a Bulletin Board System to gamify a social network for young people before internet even existed and inspired the first computer donation campaign in Latin America.

Rodrigo is the President of Tendrel and member of the Board of Directors. He has launched multiple Forums across Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Natal. He actively communicates the value of Tendrel to prospective champions, members, partners and funders. Rodrigo currently resides in Rio de Janeiro with his family.

Taddy Blecher

Dr Taddy Blecher is the CEO of the Community and Individual Development Association (C.I.D.A.) which founded the Maharishi Institute (MI). MI facilitates university education, vocational training and employment for unemployed youth. A qualified actuary and management consultant, Dr Blecher is passionate about the approach of Consciousness-Based Education, a system of education developing the full potential of every student. This has led the Maharishi Institute to winning the first prize in a global competition to find the most innovative education initiative in the world.

Through his work with C.I.D.A, over 15,250 unemployed South Africans have been educated, found employment and moved from poverty to the middle-class. Over 600,000 young South Africans in schools have been reached with one-week education and life-skills training courses.

Taddy is a member of the Human Resource Development Council of South Africa and a co-founder of an innovation award program called, InnovationTown, and the Branson School of Entrepreneurship.

Taddy is a member of Tendrel’s Board of Directors, and is actively growing Tendrel’s presence across Africa. He is a member of a Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa and helping with launches in Cape Town, South Africa, Kenya and Ghana.  

Willy Foote

Willy Foote began his career on Wall Street as a financial analyst in Latin American corporate finance. Later, he worked as a business journalist in Mexico, where he discovered the challenges faced by cooperatives and small producers who lacked access to credit and markets. He founded Root Capital in 1999 to build a different kind of deeply mission-driven financial institution -- one focused squarely on growing rural prosperity in some of the poorest and most environmentally fragile places on the planet. Since then, Root Capital has grown to over 125 employees, with clients across Latin America and Africa, and $100 million in assets.

Willy received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2005, was named an Ashoka Fellow in 2007 and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2008, became a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) in 2009, was listed as one of Forbes’ “Impact 30” in 2012, and was a Henry Crown Fellow (Class of 2012). He is on the Executive Committee of the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Willy holds an M.S. in development economics from the London School of Economics and a B.A. from Yale University.

Willy is an active member of Tendrel’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors. He launched the Tendrel Forum in Boston and continues to assist in growing the organization.


Tendrel members embody these values: Interdependence, Courageous Leadership, Growth, Empathy + Authenticity.