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Lara Galinsky '96

Senior Vice President of Echoing Green
Author of Work on Purpose

A conversation, workshop and networking reception on April 20, 2012. Video and photos from workshop below.

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"So You Want to be a Social Entrepreneur?"

Sasha Chanoff '94, Founder and Executive Director of RefugePoint.


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reSET Social Entrepreneurship Workshop

April 30, 2012: What is Social Enterprise? Using Need and Purpose to Create a Mission and Vision

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May 7, 2012: Demonstrating Social Value in Business; Sharing Your Vision and Cultivating Support for your Social Enterprise

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NYC 2012 Panel Program Podcast

On Wednesday October 10, 2012, Wesleyan University President Michael Roth moderated a panel of international social entrepreneurs: Jessica Posner Odede '09, Shawn Dove '84, Sasha Chanoff '94, and Kennedy Odede '12. Please listen to their inspiring stories of public service and suggestions on how they encourage meaningful change in our world. Access the podcasthere.

Teague Hopkins '06 "Lean Startup for Nonprofits"

On October 18th, 2012, Teague Hopkins '06 gave a talk about lean startups. Hopkins, 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. 

Brendan Martin '95 Radical Giving and Alternative Economics

Brendan Martin '95 gives a talk, Radical Giving and Alternative Economics, at Wesleyan University. May 1st, 2013. 

After graduating from Wesleyan with a degree in economics and a specific interest in issues of poverty and economic opportunity, Brendan Martin ’95 started his career as a general manager at a Wall Street information firm. A few years later, he decided to change gears, and using his personal savings, he founded the “La Base” Loan Fund and The Working World, a non-profit which supports fledgling cooperatives and underrepresented workers in Argentina, Nicaragua, and ultimately in the United States. The Working World partners with workers’ cooperatives, helps them with their business plans, and offers other services. It has now made more than 600 loans, worth over $3 million, to some 100 cooperatives, ranging from metal-working to honey-gathering groups.

Brendan believes that cooperatives can be successful if they have access to supportive finance. His vision is to create large scale, dependable financing for a democratic economy in the U.S. and work toward a new system that values people above profits.


Making Change: Approaches to Social Innovation

Making Change: Approaches to Social Innovation, a panel during Reunion & Commencement weekend. May 24th, 2013. Hear from Wesleyan alumni who are making the world a better place by running their own enterprises, driving social and environmental impact from within corporations, and supporting aspiring social entrepreneurs. Other members of the large community of Wesleyan social innovators are invited to attend and contribute to the discussion. Moderator: Sarah Williams ’88, Patricelli Center Advisory Board Member, impact investor, and donor advisor who builds and manages grant and impact investing portfolios in areas including poverty alleviation, women’s rights, prison reform, and social entrepreneurship

PRESENTERS: Dan Gregory ’78 P’07, Co-Director, Northeastern Center for Entrepreneurship Education and Faculty Advisor to IDEA, Northeastern University’s student-run venture accelerator that provides business planning, coaching, mentoring, workshops, professional services, funding, and other resources to student and alumni/ae ventures; Marcus Chung ’98, Corporate Responsibility Consultant, The Children’s Place (previously with Talbots, McKesson, and Gap) and former board member for Net Impact; Jordyn Lexton ’08, founder of Drive Change, a NYC-based non-profit food truck business that employs formerly incarcerated youth and advocates for youth justice