Social Entrepreneurship: Taking Action, Leading Change

Wednesday, September 30, 2009
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

View the Archived Social Change Conference 2009

How can you make a difference? As part of Walden’s ongoing commitment to education, service, and social change, Walden’s fifth annual Social Change Conference, “Social Entrepreneurship: Taking Action, Leading Change,” focused on ways that we as global citizens can become active and engaged entrepreneurs of social change.

Featured speakers were:

  • Cheryl Dorsey—President, Echoing Green presents Be a Social Change Agent through Cross-Sector Collaboration
  • Michele Jolin—White House Senior Advisor for Social Innovation for the Domestic Policy Council presents Government’s Role in Partnering with Social Entrepreneurs

Panel discussion: Perspectives from the Front Lines of Social Entrepreneurship

An interactive panel discussion featured social entrepreneurs and experts who shared their stories, ways to identify social needs, and tips about what works when starting an organization.

Moderated by Peter Kannam—Executive Director, New Leaders for New Schools Maryland, the panelists included:

  • David Bornstein—Author, How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas
  • Anthony Jewett—Founder, Bardoli Global, a nonprofit organization that promotes study abroad programs for minority students
  • Dr. Kathia Laszlo—Walden faculty member; specialist in social entrepreneurship in developing countries; advisor to Green M.B.A. program students at Dominican University of California
  • Dr. John Nirenberg—Walden faculty member; writer and lecturer on corporate social responsibility

Participants who couldn’t attend the event in person had the unique opportunity to participate virtually through a live webcast, where they could submit questions to our speakers throughout the conference.

Participant Biographies (pdf)