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Social Entrepreneurship

Washington DC - Oct 03, 2013

Washington DC 10032013


Social entrepreneurs act as change agents for society, seizing opportunities others miss in order to improve systems, invent and disseminate new approaches, and advance sustainable solutions that create social value. Communities of highly skilled talent create profitable companies while working to make an impact on a social mission. The job of a social entrepreneur is to recognize when a part of society is stuck and to provide new ways to get it unstuck. He or she finds what is not working and solves the problem by changing the system, spreading the solution, and persuading entire societies to take new leaps.

How do these socially driven firms remain profitable? When do these entrepreneurs put more focus on profits over their social mission? Does one need to care about the mission to be successful in a social start-up? How do these organizations retain top talent?

Chicago Booth invites you to join us in Washington DC, for a discussion with Booth alumni and social start-up professionals who will share their expertise and perspective on the current environment. Hear their take on the future of social entrepreneurship.


Polsky SEI


Opening Networking
6:30 - 7 p.m.

Panel and Q&A
7 - 8:30 p.m.

8:30 - 9 p.m.


Robert Gertner
Joel F. Gemunder Professor of Strategy and Finance; Deputy Dean for the Part-Time MBA Programs, University of Chicago

Matt Whitaker, '95
Director, Clear Rock Advisors

Brendan M Tuohey
Cofounder and Executive Director, PeacePlayers International

Lucy Perkins
Leadership Group Member, Ashoka

Elana Fine, '02
Managing Director, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

Ron Packard
CEO and Founder of K¹²


1133 15th Street NW
The Penthouse
Washington, DC 20005