Tag Archives: Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Where Does it Hurt? An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Fixing Health Care

CSS alumnus Jonathan Bush ’93 has seen the health care industry from all angles, first as an EMT and Army medic, then as a consultant, and now as one of the most successful social entrepreneurs in the industry. He believes that the health care field is broken, and he is using his Wesleyan education to fix it.

During this lunch, Jonathan will talk about his post-Wes journey and his current work as the co-founder, CEO, and President of athenahealth. Staff from athenahealth (including Derek Lukin ’13) will also be on site to talk about job and internship opportunities for Wesleyan students. Pizza will be served.

Register and read more about Jonathan here.

Date: Wednesday, May 6
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Place: Olson Commons, Wesleyan Career Center, 41 Wyllys Avenue

Lessons from a Life in Sex and Ministry

As an undergraduate at Wesleyan, Debra Haffner ’76 was a vocal activist for social justice and co-founder of Wesleyan’s first Women’s Center. Since graduation, Rev. Haffner has held leadership roles at Planned Parenthood, SIECUS, and other non-profit organizations. Most recently, she founded the Religious Institute, a multi-faith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society.

Rev. Haffner will talk about her career working for the rights of women and families, how to create and grow social impact organizations, and how a Wesleyan education prepares you to change the world. Lunch will be provided.

Date: Wednesday, April 22
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Place: Usdan 108
Cost: Free! Register.

Structure Lab

JoySepiaWeb-1216391666-1172What are the essential differences between for-profit and non-profit organizations? If you want to start a business or create social change (or both!), what do you need to know about the various legal structures, corporate forms, and relationships that will come into play?

Joy Anderson ’89 — president of Criterion Institute and instructor of Wesleyan’s “Money and Social Change” course — will answer these questions and more in her patented program Structure Lab, a hands-on, learning-intensive session on the enterprise of social change.

Read more about Joy Anderson and Structure Lab here. Registration is required, and space is limited.

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Place: Allbritton 311
Register here

PCSE Seed Grant Pitch Competition!

Six teams of students are in the running for three $5,000 grants from the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship. They’ll go head-to-head in a public pitch competition this Friday and, based on the potential impact and feasibility of their projects and the caliber of their teams, a panel of alumni judges will determine which of the noble ventures to fund.

Read more about the finalists after the jump, and come cheer for your friends and favorite projects tomorrow! Pizza will be provided, and a webcast will be available here.

Date: Friday, February 27
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Place: PAC 002 (and webcast)

Corporate Social Responsibility and Strategic Philanthropy: Stories from the Field with Anne Lebleu ’00

College of Letters alumna Anne Lebleu ‘0will return to campus this Thursday to talk about her career in corporate social responsibility, foundation consulting and management and to answer your questions about work in the social sector. The discussion will be relevant to students with a wide variety of academic interests, extra-curricular passions, and career aspirations, and there will be lunch for those who register.

Read more about Anne’s post-Wes journey here. This event is hosted by the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship.

Date: Thursday, February 26
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Place: Allbritton 311
Cost: $0.00

Fundraising Bootcamp: Grant Writing 101 with Sonya Behnke ’03

Sonya-BehnkeHave you ever been part of an organization that needs funding? Do you think you’ll work for a non-profit or NGO at some point in your career? Identifying donors and foundations, building relationships with prospects, writing compelling grant applications, and demonstrating program outcomes are key skills for anyone working to have social impact. During this 2-hour bootcamp, participants will hear about careers in fundraising, learn some concrete tools for raising money, and get hands-on grant writing practice.

Sonya Behnke ’03, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Mass General Hospital, will lead this workshop on Tuesday, February 17. You can read more about Sonya here. Dinner will be provided for those who register.

This event is sponsored by the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship.

Date: Tuesday, February 17
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Place: Allbritton 311

Info Session for the Draper Women Entrepreneurs’ Competition

Wesleyan has been invited to participate in the annual Draper Women Entrepreneurs’ Competition at Smith College, where teams led by at least one female undergrad can win up to $10,000 for ventures in the seed, start-up, and early growth stages. A representative from Smith will visit campus on Wednesday, February 4 to discuss the rules and prizes, describe the excitement of the 2014 and 2013 competitions, and answer any questions.

Submit a letter of intent by March 2 and apply by March 23. The competition is on April 10 in Northampton, MA. This info session is sponsored by the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship.

Date: Wednesday, February 4
Time: 4:15 PM
Place: PCSE Board Room (Allbritton 022)

Careers for the Common Good

Are you concerned about your future job prospects? Maybe a little afraid of “selling out”? If you hope not just to do well but also to do good, come by tomorrow’s panel discussion on “Careers for the Common Good” at 6pm in 41 Wyllys, room 112. Four alumni who are working hard for social change and who have built careers around the causes they care about will speak about the rewards and challenges of their professions and share insights from the first years after college, as well as advice for students seeking meaningful, impactful work.  The event will be moderated by Wesleying’s own Lily Herman ’16 and pizza will be served.

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 112
Panelist bios

Patrcielli Center for Social Entrepreneurship Peer Advisor Session

Are there problems you want to tackle in your community and around the world? How do you broaden the impact of your work? Where can you find funding and collaborators?  Chat with the PCSE PEER ADVISORS!

Come for a conversation on the basics of social entrepreneurship, for input on specific projects, or to start brainstorming new programs and products.  Bounce ideas off of your fellow students and learn about the resources that the Patricelli Center has to offer.  Whether you already have a business plan or grant proposal or simply a cause you care about, the Patricelli Advisors look forward to meeting you.

Date: Tonight, Tuesday 11/4 and every other first Tuesday of the month
Time: 10-11pm
Where: Abritton 022
Link to meet your 2014 PSCE advisors: right here