Patricelli Center

Past Workshops & Events

Sasha Chanoff '94: "So You Want to be a Social Entrepreneur?"

February 2012

Sasha Chanoff '94, Founder and Executive Director of RefugePoint, which provides lasting solutions for the world’s most vulnerable refugees, addresses the question, "So You Want to be a Social Entrepreneur?" See his talk here.

reSET Social Entrepreneurship Spring Workshop Series

April through May 2012

A series of engaging on-campus workshops, including topics such as "What is Social Enterprise? Using Need and Purpose to Create a Mission and Vision," and "Demonstrating Social Value in Business; Sharing Your Vision and Cultivating Support for your Social Enterprise."

A Workshop with Lara Galinsky '96 of Echoing Green

Friday, April 20, 2012
Daniel Family Commons

This is an opportunity to interact with a leading figure in social entrepreneurship, alumna Lara Galisnky '96, Senior Vice President of Echoing Green and author of Work on Purpose. Video from the event can be seen on our Videos and Photos page.

reSET Social Entrepreneurship Fall Workshop Series

September 18: CROWD SOURCING & GRASSROOTS FUNDRAISING
September 25: PHILANTHROPY & GRANT WRITING
October 2: ANGEL INVESTMENT & VENTURE CAPITAL
October 9:  ACQUIRING TALENT AND LEGACY MANAGEMENT

The Future of Social Innovation: A Conversation on Social Entrepreneurship, New Sources of Capital, and Careers that Change the World

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Moderated by Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth '78 and featuring prominent Wesleyan social entrepreneurs Shawn Dove '84, Sasha Chanoff '94, Jessica Posner '09, and Kennedy Odede '12 discussing how to push forward innovative solutions to our world's biggest problems. Hosted by: Open Society Foundations Campaign for Black Male Achievement and Wesleyan University's Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, at the Open Society Foundations in NYC.

Teague Hopkins '06: Lean Startups for Nonprofits

Thursday, October 18
Allbritton 311

How to start cheap, learn fast, and build an organization that changes the world. Teague Hopkins ’06, founder of THG, helps entrepreneurial organizations of all sizes succeed faster and more often. He mentors and sits on the alumni advisory board for Lean Startup Machine.

WESEMINAR Programs and Plans for the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Friday, October 19th, 2012
Room 112, 41 Wyllys Avenue

Hear about the current programming activities that now range from offering workshops and seminars to providing funding for internships and social venture seed grants. Presenter: Paul Gagnon, Civic Engagement Coordinator & Career Counselor

"An Eye for an Eye": What Would You Do? A new play by Linda Napoletano MPhil'12

Friday, October 19th, 2012
Memorial Chapel

Join hate crime survivor and human rights activist Rais Bhuiyan during Homecoming/Family Weekend on a journey from violence to forgiveness that will only end when there is a World Without Hate. More event information listed here.

WESEMINAR with Rais Bhuiyan, a hate crime survivor and human rights activist

Saturday, October 20th, 2012
Kerr lecture Hall, Shanklin 107


Moderator: Prof. Patricia Rodriguez Mosquera. Co-sponsored by the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship

WESEMINAR Social Venture Management Around the Globe

Saturday, October 20th, 2012
Hansel Lecture Hall (001), Public Affairs Center (PAC)

Listen to and learn from some of the nation's pioneering and leading social entrepreneurs as they discuss trends that helped the development of the social venture marketplace, and the potential factors that could shape its future. Moderator: Dan Haar '81, business editor for the Hartford Courant. Presenters: Amir Hasson ’98 (United Villages, Oxigen), Paul Freundlich P’90 (Green (Co-op) America, Envirolution, the Social Investment Forum, Global Reporting Initiative, and more), Dr. Joy Anderson '89 (Criterion Instiutute, Good Capital, Village Capital). Sponsored by: Wesleyan Alumni in Philanthropy and Public Service (WAPPS)

WESEMINAR Social Entrepreneurship at Wesleyan

Saturday October 20th, 2012
Room 116, Judd Hall

Learn about the remarkable strides being made by three of Wesleyan's student-led social ventures.  Listen to the campus leaders of Brighter Dawns, Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) and the MINDS Foundation descibe their upcoming plans for further development of their organizations.
Moderator: Paul Gagnon. Presenters: Matthew Donahue ’14 (Brighter Dawns), Maeve Russell ’14 (SHOFCO), Shyam Desai ’15 (MINDS)  

Entrepreneur Self-Assessment: Do You Have What it Takes?

October 25: Do You Have What It Takes?
November 1: Starting Your Connecticut Business: A Step-By-Step Guide
November 8: Writing A Business Plan: Your Company's Roadmap (part 1)
November 15: Writing A Business Plan: Your Company's Roadmap (part 2)

A workshop presented by Connecticut's Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a statewide program that provides expert management and technical assistance to start-up and existing businesses throughout the State of Connecticut.

The New Impact Economy: Highlights from Wesleyan’s Ranks On How Wesleyan Alumni are Using Capital, Technology, and Innovation to Change the World

Tuesday October 30th, 2012
Hub San Francisco
901 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA

A conversation moderated by Barry Chernoff, Director of Wesleyan's College of the Environment and Robert Schumann Professor of Environmental Studies, and featuring prominent Wesleyan alumni: John Perry Barlow ’69, Managing Partner, Algae Systems; Shivani Siroya ’04, CEO & Founder, Inventure; Tim Freundlich ’90, President, ImpactAssets (others to be announced). Presented by: The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Wesleyan's College of the Environment (COE), Digital Wes(t), and Wesleyan Alumni in Philanthropy and Public Service (WAPPS). Hosted by: The Hub--Where Change Goes To Work, and Wesleyan’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship. Host Committee: Tim Freundlich '90, Joshua Kagan '01, Alex Rosen '08, Rachel Williams '90, Michael Keating '99, Steve Leist '84, Beezer Clarkson '94, Lisa Renery Handalian '88, Larry Best '85, Sid Espinosa '94, Bob Miller P’02 P'99, Mark Zitter '80, and Jonah Sachs '97.

Student Water Station Design Competition

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

We are inviting undergraduate and graduate students to design a portable water station, which will be used at Reunion, Commencement, Homecoming, and other outdoor events.  Participants will work individually or in teams to develop designs for the water stations.  More event information listed here.

International Microfinance with Shivani Siroya '04 and InVenture

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
Allbritton 311

Shivani Siroya ’04, CEO and founder of InVenture, unleashes the potential of developing entrepreneurs to lift themselves and their communities out of poverty by leveraging mobile technology to create credit scores for unbanked individuals around the world.

Wesleyan World Wednesdays: Maji Safi Group

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
Allbritton 311

Come hear how a rainwater catchment system built by Wesleyan undergraduates grew into a comprehensive waterborne disease prevention and health promotion model program: Max Perel-Slater ’11, founder of the Maji Safi Group, with coworkers Abby Horton ’11Faye Phillips ’13, and Peter Horton ’13, present their work in Shirati, Tanzania, training local women as Community Water Workers to inspire life-saving changes in hygiene in their own communities.

TEDxWes Conference

February 7th-February 9th, 2013

The popular talks come to Wesleyan--this conference is to provide an intellectual learning experience in an innovative atmosphere for a period of three days which will involve numerous talks given by the Wesleyan faculty.

StartingBloc Workshop Series

FEBRUARY 5: The StartingBloc
FEBRUARY 12: Intrapreneurship
FEBRUARY 19: Social Entrepreneurship
FEBRUARY 26: Cross-Sector Partnerships
MARCH 5: Sustainability and Lasting Public Change

 

March 28, 2013
Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp: Business Plan Essentials 
Presenter: Steve McCarthy '75 

April 18, 2013 
Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp: Structure Lab 
Presenter: Joy Anderson '89 

April 24, 2013
Lunch Meeting: Clinica Dulce Refugio  
(By invitation only. Contact the PCSE for more information.) 

April 25, 2013 
reSET Student Design Lab Information Drop-in Hours 

May 1, 2013 
Radical Giving and Alternative Economics 
Presenter: Brendan Martin '95 

May 2, 2013  
Brown Bag Lunch Conversation: Instructional Media Services - A Sustainable Business Model at Wesleyan

May 15, 2013
Building an NGO from the Ground Up
Presenter: Gabi Fondiller '07

May 18-19, 2013
Senior Week Hackathon 

May 24 and 25, 2013
WESEMINAR - Making Change Happen: Approaches to Social Innovation (Presenters: Sarah Williams ’88, Dan Gregory ’78 P’07, Marcus Chung ’98, and Jordyn Lexton ’08)
PCSE Open House and Networking Reception
WESEMINAR - What is Hometown Security? Presenter: Majora Carter '88
(These events take place during Reunion & Commencement Weekend)

June 4, 2013
WAPPS Spring Gathering in DC 

June 6, 2013
WAPPS Spring Happy Hour in NYC 

Saturday, September 7, 2013
10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Intro Tech Bootcamp & Pro Hackathon
Two tracks: one for those with no tech skills or training, and one for experienced programmers. The bootcamp will include a series of workshops and panels designed to give you a crash course in comp sci. $15 includes breakfast and lunch; free for hackathon participants. Full details and registration at http://weshack.com.

Friday, September 13, 2013
12-2 p.m.
PCSE Open House
Allbritton 021 & 022

September 21-23, 2013
Social Good Summit live stream: 
new.livestream.com/mashable 
*President Roth will speak at the Summit on "Beyond the University" on Sunday 9/22 at 2:43 p.m.
Read more about the Social Good Summit and the companion Wesleyan MOOC   

Friday, September 27, 2013, 12-1 p.m.
Post-Wes Journeys in (Social) Entrepreneurship
Alumni Panel With Beezer Clarkson ’94, Kagiso Bond ’01, And Erica Gersowitz ’01
Lunch provided for those who pre-register
Details, presenter bios, and registration form

Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 12-1 p.m.
Business Perspectives on Environmental Sustainability 
Presenter: Kira Fabrizio ’97
Co-sponsored by the Sustainability Office and the College of the Environment. Lunch provided for those who pre-register.
Details, presenter bio, and registration form 

Thursday, October 10, 2013 12-1 p.m.
Learning by Doing: The Connecticut General Assembly Legislative Internship Program
Speakers: Mary Cyriac ’02, Jackson Ulrich ’14, and Steve Marcelynas
Co-sponsored by the Wesleyan Career Center, WesDems, and the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life
Details and registration form 

October 26, 2013
Social Justice Leadership Conference
Organized by the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development

Monday, October 28, 2013, 12-1 p.m.
Company X Info Session
For students with a specific startup idea or just curious about startup  funding
Details and registration

Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Post-Bloomberg New York: Opportunities and Challenges
A leadership panel and networking opportunity in New York City, sponsored by PCSE and WAPPS.
Details, presenter bios, and registration 

Saturday, November 2, 2013, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Homecoming/Family Weekend WESeminar- 
Food Justice, Urban Agriculture, and Leadership Development: Three Wesleyan Garden Stories
Sponsored by the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Wesleyan Alumni in Philanthropy and Public Service (WAPPS)
Details and presenters are listed in the Homecoming/Family Weekend schedule 

Friday, November 8, 2013, 2-3:30 p.m.
Think About Data Before It’s Too Late!
Presented by Wendy Jeffries ’01 and Liz Bliss ’01
Co-sponsored by the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, Quantitative Analysis Center, and Center for Community Partnerships 
Details, presenter bios, and registration form

Saturday, November 9, 2013, all day
Conference on Business Growth
Organized by the Economics Department and the Career Center with co-sponsorship from the PCSE. 
Details and registration

Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 4:15 p.m.
Changing Lives with Clean Water
Presented by Kate Clopeck, Co-founder and Executive Director of Community Water Solutions
Details, presenter bio, and registration form

Thursday, December 5, 2013, 12 p.m.
Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian: Without Their Permission Tour
Featuring Peter Frank '12, Founder and CEO of Texts.com 
Co-sponsored by the Career Center. Details and registration.

Sunday, December 8, 2013, 4-6 p.m.

Alumni Startup Showcase
TED-style talks and networking reception with alumni entrepreneurs. Details and registration

Spring Semester 2014

All Semester
Wesleyan Entrepreneurship Society meetings 
(Tuesdays 8-10 p.m.) and for-credit Student Forum entitled "Out of Theory into Practice: Entrepreneurship Studies 101" (Wednesdays 7-10 p.m.). 

January
Fullbridge Internship Edge Program 

PCSE Seed Grant and Davis Projects for Peace applications due 
(January 26, details here)

February
Risks and Rewards of Education Entrepreneurism with Jack Leonard Ed.D. 
(February 6, 7 p.m., Allbritton 311, details here)
Restorative Justice Workshop with 2013 PCSE Seed Grant winner Evan Okun '13 and Circles & Ciphers staff
 (February 8, 1 p.m., Daniel Family Commons, details here)
Digital Wesleyan Startup 101 (A six-session workshop to teach 20 students the practical application of engineering, how to work through an idea in order to found a business, and all aspects of startup life and culture. Saturdays starting February 15. Apply here by February 1.)
PCSE Seed Grant Finalist Presentations
 (February 28, 12-1 p.m., Exley 121, lunch will be served, details here, livestream here)

March
Money and Social Change
 (A leadership panel and networking event in NYC, March 13, 5:30 p.m., details and registration here)
Wesleyan Thinks Big (TEDxWes talks by social entrepreneurs in Boston, March 16, 6:30 p.m., details and registration here)
Development Lab: "Food Justice and Innovation" 
(A 4-week series of panels and in-depth disussions, culminating with brainstorming and a pitch session for a new venture in this field. Details here.)
Post-Wes Journeys (brown bag lunch with Rebecca Knight '98 and Marcus Chung '98, 12-1 p.m., Allbritton 022, details here)
Structure Lab with Dr. Joy Anderson '89
 (March 27, 6-9 p.m., Allbritton 004, details here)

April
Student Entrepreneurship Panel during WesFest (April 17, 12-1 p.m., Allbritton 311, details here)
Food as a Social Issue (April 22, 7 p.m., details here)
The Quarter-Life Breakthrough (April 29, a series of events with Adam Poswolsky '05, details here)

May
Alumni Startup Showcase (May 4, details here)
Reunion & Commencement Weekend Open House 
(May 23) and WESeminar (May 24), details here