Why are we doing this work? Why is it important to us?

We want a healthier world for everyone

We want a healthier world for everyone

Venture Forward Strategies was born from a shared passion to create change in our community and a belief that business can be used as a force for positive social impact.

Why are we doing this work? Why is it important to us?

We want a healthier world for everyone

Venture Forward Strategies was born from a shared passion to create change in our community and a belief that business can be used as a force for positive social impact.

Victoria Avi
Victoria Avi

Victoria Avi

Partner and Co-Founder

In the last decade, Victoria ran several university programs including Sustainable Business Center at Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University where she taught MBA-level sustainability courses. She actively collected, analyzed, and incorporated resources into the curriculum, including a selection of subject matter experts.

She also managed an entrepreneurship program at Case Western Reserve University, supporting students and alumni in creating new ventures and developing innovative ideas.

Her previous experience as a Network Entrepreneur at E4S, Entrepreneurs for Sustainability, allowed her to explore biomimicry (a design principle) and zero waste implementation within organizations. At E4S she created connections among business leaders in ZeroWasteNEO and BiomimicryNEO networks to engage them to take their first, next, and bold steps towards a sustainable future.

A transplant from Baku, Azerbaijan, she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design at CSU, and a Masters in Environmental Studies at the CSU’s Levin College of Urban Affairs. She is also a graduate of the Center for Social Impact Strategy Certificate Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Victoria loves to hike and in 2018 walked 110 miles of a portion of El Camino de Santiago.

Danielle Doza

Partner and Co-Founder

Danielle is a Cleveland native, civic leader, and social impact strategist focused on social and environmental sustainability. She is a licensed attorney and a partner in Venture Forward Strategies, where she excels with idea creation, developing processes, and understanding sustainability frameworks to enhance a company’s social and environmental impacts. Danielle has previous experience in the nonprofit sector including providing legal services for low-income community members, policy work, and nonprofit development.

Danielle is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. She completed the executive certificate program at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Social Impact Strategy.

Danielle Doza
Danielle Doza

Her civic involvement includes building relationships in her neighborhood as a member of the Neighbor Up Network and board member of West Park Kamm’s Development Corporation. She previously served as a board member for the Cleveland Leadership Center and AIDS Funding Collaborative, and as a member of two committees at the City Club of Cleveland. She also operates a small, neighborhood focused sourdough bakery out of her home.

Danielle loves to cook with veggies from her garden, bake sourdough breads, explore the Cleveland Metroparks, and spend time with her wife and beagles.

Venture Forward Strategies

What we have worked on

  • Researched and analyzed impacts of governmental waste regulations
  • Conducted a landscape analysis and provided recommendations for enhanced impact
  • Provided recommendations for internal waste management 
  • Guided a company on best practices for CDP reporting that resulted in an improved score
  • Assisted with the calculation of Greenhouse Gas emissions
  • Designed blueprint for large-scale waste management and landfill diversion
  • Developed an employee engagement initiative and a new employee resource group “green team”
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Programs Completed

and Professional Memberships

  • The Center for Social Impact Strategy: Social Impact Strategy Executive Certificate
    • Victoria Avi ’17
    • Danielle Doza ’18
  • Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship: CDP Reporting – Measure and Manage Environmental Impact
  • Babson College edX: From Corporate Social Responsibility to Corporate Social Innovation
  • International Society of Sustainability Professionals: Membership
Boston College Center For Corporate Citizenship