Past Workshops & Events
Sasha Chanoff '94: "So You Want to be a Social Entrepreneur?"
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
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
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
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
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 ’11, Faye 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.
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
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
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.).
Fullbridge Internship Edge Program
PCSE Seed Grant and Davis Projects for Peace applications due (January 26, details here)
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)
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)
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)
Fall Semester 2014
Wesleyan Entrepreneurship Society meetings (details)
PCSE Peer Advisor hours (details)
Alumni drop-in sessions (details)
Design Thinking non-credit course (details)
PCSE Info Sessions and Open Houses (8/27 9-2 at Beckham Hall, 9/12 11-1 at Allbritton 021/022, and 9/26 3:30-4:30 at Allbritton 021/022)
WesHack 2014: Tech Bootcamp & Hackathon (September 5-7, details and registration here)
Making Data Visual - with Heather Corcoran '92 (September 17, details and registration here)
Family Weekend WESeminar Panel - PCSE Internship Grants: Student Stories and Reflections (September 26, details here)
"How Non-Profit Leaders Succeed and Fail" - alumni panel in NYC, co-sponsored by WAPPS (October 9, details)
Speaking The Language: What You Need to Know About Finance and Accounting - with Carl Byers '93 (October 14, details and registration here)
Africa Innovation Summit (November 7, details)
Using Entrepreneurship Principles to Work for Social Justice (November 8 during the Social Justice Leadership Conference)
PCSE Grant Information Session (November 17, details)
Entrepreneurship lunch and talk with Chris Weaver MALS'75 CAS'76 (November 19 lunch by invitation only, talk details here)
Post-Wes Journeys: Careers for the Common Good panel (November 19, details)
Learning By Giving: CSPL210 Grant Reception (December 1)
PCSE Grant Information Session (December 3, details)
Throughout the Semester-
Innovation through Design Thinking (1-credit student forum)
Entrepreneurship Studies 101 (1-credit student forum)
Wesleyan Entrepreneurship Society meetings (Tuesdays 8-10 p.m.)
Kai Wes meetings and speaker series
WEServe Week of Service (1/18-24)
Digital Wesleyan Workshop Series (Saturdays 1/24-2/28)
Allbritton Talks (Lunch Conversation Series)
additional student-organized events co-sponsored by the PCSE
Thursday, January 15, 1-3 p.m., Olson Commons
DESIGN THINKING: A HANDS-ON WINTER SESSION WORKSHOP
Presenter: Makaela Kingsley ’98
Wednesday, February 4, 4:15-5:15 pm., PCSE Board Room (Allbritton 021)
INFO SESSION: DRAPER WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS’ COMPETITION
Presenter: Allie Felix
Wednesday, February 11, 6-8 p.m., Beckham Hall
Organized by the Wesleyan Office of Sustainability
Presenters from Wheeli, ZipCar, and CT Rides; moderated by Casey Pickett
Tuesday, February 17, 6-7:30 p.m., Allbritton 311
FUNDRAISING BOOTCAMP: GRANTWRITING 101
Presenter: Sonya Behnke ’03
Saturday, February 21, 12:20-3:30 p.m., Allbritton 311
Organized by: Chazelle Rhoden ’15 and Sitar Terrass-Shah ’17
Thursday, February 26, 12-1 p.m., Allbritton 311
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND STRATEGIC PHILANTHROPY: STORIES FROM THE FIELD
Presenter: Anne Lebleu ’00
Friday, February 27, 12-1 p.m., location TBD
PCSE SEED GRANT FINALS
Tuesday, March 3, 6-9 p.m., Allbritton 311
Presenter: Joy Anderson ’89
Monday, April 6, 4:30-6 p.m., Allbritton 311
ON THE LINE: HOW SCHOOLING, HOUSING, AND CIVIL RIGHTS SHAPED HARTFORD AND ITS SUBURBS
Organized by the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life and sponsored by the Harber Fellowship in Education and Entrepreneurship
Presenter: Jack Dougherty
Thursday, April 16, 2-3 p.m., Allbritton 311
Presenters: Students TBD
Monday, April 20, 12-1 p.m., Usdan 108
HOW TO WRITE A WINNING BUSINESS PLAN & DO A STELLAR PRESENTATION
Presenter: Rebecca Knight ’98
Wednesday, April 22, 12-1 p.m., Usdan 108
NON-PROFIT MANAGEMENT: LESSONS FROM A LIFE IN SEX AND MINISTRY
Presenter: Debra W. Haffner ’76
Saturday, May 2, Beckham Hall
WOMEN IN POLITICS CONFERENCE
Organized by Darcie Binder ’15 and Kevin Winnie ’16
Presenters: CT State Senator Toni Boucher, CT State Senator Dante Bartolomeo, former CT Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz, and others TBD
Wednesday, May 6, Olson Commons
WHERE DOES IT HURT? AN ENTREPRENEURS GUIDE TO FIXING HEALTHCARE
Presenter: Jonathan Bush '93
Friday, May 22, PCSE
OPEN HOUSE AND R&C WESEMINAR