Wesleyan’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship is offering two free tickets to Unite for Sight’s day-long Social Entrepreneurship Institute on Friday, December 6, 2013 (the last day of fall semester classes). Priority will likely be given to undergraduate applicants, but alumni, faculty, and staff are also welcome to apply. Tickets include breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and travel expense reimbursement may be arranged.
According to the Unite for Sight website, “The Social Entrepreneurship Institute provides mentoring, guidance, and successful strategies for participants to apply to their work in global health, social entrepreneurship, and international development. In addition to unique interactive sessions by leaders in global health and social entrepreneurship, the Institute also includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner networking receptions with the speakers.”
Read after the jump to see topics, speakers, and how you can score free tickets!
From Makaela Kingsley in the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship:
Business Perspectives on Environmental Sustainability: A Talk by Kira (Markiewicz) Fabrizio ’97, Assistant Professor of Strategy & Innovation, Boston University School of Management
The media is full of stories pointing the finger at larger corporations for activities that destroy the natural environment, as well as cases trumpeting the “green” business activities of other firms. What makes some firms invest in environmental performance, while others ignore the impact that their operations have on the environment? Whether you want to be a change agent inside a firm, drive change working from a non-profit, create a new firm with sustainable practices, or just consider the business-environment interface, it is important to understand the nature of the business case for environmental sustainability.
In preparation for the talk, you are invited to:
- Calculate your carbon footprint.
- Review the “green” strategy of Clearwater seafood: HERE and HERE.
- Examine the environmental performance of a company of your choosing, using information in the Carbon Disclosure Project.
The talk will begin promptly at noon and end by 1 p.m. Kira will be available for private drop-in sessions immediately after. Lunch will be served for those who register by October 6.
From Civic Engagement Fellow Jelisa Adair ’13:
The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship (PCSE) supports students and alumni who wish to tackle society’s problems with innovative, system-changing solutions and starting this week, the PCSE Peer Advisors will be holding weekly office hours! Students are invited to stop by to learn fundamentals of social entrepreneurship, hear more about PCSE programs and partners like WES2 and WAPPS, explore career paths within the field of social innovation, begin working on a business plan for a new enterprise, or simply connect with social changemakers on campus. Whether you already have a specific ideas for a social enterprises or you simply have a cause you care about and want to address, these sessions are for you.
From Makaela Kingsley in the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship:
Beezer Clarkson ’94, Kagiso Bond ’01, and Erica Gersowitz ’01 will speak about their lives after college. Like many Wesleyan alumni, parts of their work can be called “social entrepreneurship.” Beezer managed investments in the microfinance sector and advises a Wes-founded social enterprise that provides accounting and credit scoring tools for micro-borrowers in developing economies. Kai has made a career out of researching, funding, advising, incubating, and accelerating tech startups – many in the gaming industry, but with crossovers to the ‘tech for good’ sector. Erica has used her law degree to work for improvements in the criminal justice system, finding innovative ways to have lasting social impact.
The talks will begin promptly at noon and end by 1 p.m. Beezer, Kai, and Erica will be available for private drop-in sessions immediately after. Lunch will be served for those who register by September 24.
Date: Friday, September 27th
Place: Judd 116
Link: REGISTER HERE
Civic Engagement Fellow Dana Pellegrino ’12 wants you to join The Patricelli Center and Joy Anderson ’89 at this upcoming social entrepreneurship bootcamp:
Join us for the next installment of the Patricelli Center’s Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, “Structure Lab.” Joy Anderson ’89, President of Criterion Institute and instructor of Wesleyan’s “Money and Social Change” course, is a prominent national leader at the intersection of business and social change. She will bring her patented program — Structure Lab — to campus in this hands-on, learning-intensive session for anyone with an idea for a new enterprise, who wants to build business skills, or is just curious about the ways organizations function. Coffee and dessert will be served, by the way. Register here.
Date: Thursday, April 18
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Place: Allbritton 004
Civic Engagement Fellow Dana Pellegrino ’12 writes in to let you know that WWW stands for “Wesleyan World Wednesdays,” not the wrestling thing:
The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Wesleyan World Wednesdays present Shivani Siroya ’04 as the alumni guest speaker for their program on International Microfinance.
A little info on Siroya: “Shivani Siroya is currently the CEO and Founder of InVenture. InVenture provides simple money management and financial access tools through mobile phones for individuals in emerging markets. InVenture has been recognized by USAID, Vodafone, Bloomberg, TechCrunch and NextBillion. She is a 2013 TED Fellows, 2011 Echoing Green Fellow and 2011 Unreasonable Institute Fellow. She is also a blogger for the Huffington Post, and on the board the LA Chapter of Young Women Social Entrepreneurs.
Shivani holds a M.P.H in Health Economics and International Policy from Columbia University and a B.A. in International Relations from Wesleyan University.”
From Dana Pellegrino ’12:
Part II of the Patricelli Center Fall Workshop Series starts this Thursday. If you’re interested in social entrepreneurship or economics, business, marketing, or non-profits in general, these workshops are an incredible resource for you!
Date: Tomorrow, October 25
Place: Taylor Meeting Room in Usdan
Cost: Totally, indisputably free
Ari Fishman ’13 beams in:
Homecoming is this weekend; don’t miss out on the awesome events that the Wesleyan chapter of Shining Hope for Communities has planned for you! October 19-20th: Typhoon Fundraiser! October 20th (1:30-2:30pm): WESeminar on Social Entrepreneurship with MINDS and Brighter Dawns!
1) Typhoon (360 Main Street) will be donating 10-15% of all their proceeds made during lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday (October 19th and 20th) to SHOFCO! What an easy way to give back; just take your friends, parents, and visitors down to Main Street for dinner and make a difference in the lives of young Kenyan girls!
2) SHOFCO will be collaborating with MINDS and Brighter Dawns to present the WESeminar for Social Entrepreneurship on Saturday, October 20th from 1:30-2:30 pm at Judd Hall Rm 116! Come learn more about three amazing groups at Wesleyan which are serving the public good all over the world! We will also be selling beautiful bracelets, bags, and kanga, made by Kenyan women through the SHOFCO Women’s Empowerment Program.
From Dana Pellegrino ’12, Civic Engagement Fellow:
Each semester the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship presents a series of workshops focusing on civic engagement, responsible and creative business development, and social justice initiatives (just to name a few topics). This semester the Patricelli Center is accepting a number of students to attend a variety of FREE! workshops.
If you are interested in starting your own non-profit, going into business or economics, or just plain attracted to the idea of helping people through innovation, these workshops are an incredible resource.
Email bstraker(at)wesleyan(dot)edu to secure a spot, or go to wesleyan.edu/patricelli for more information.