We love taking Chicago Booth around the country. At Chicago Conversations, one of our many outreach programs, we actively seek the brightest thinkers, most accomplished practitioners- innovators in every industry, and engage them in cities where their industries thrive. Last week we had a packed house at 1776 in DC where inspiring alumni & industry professionals engaged the audience about Social Entrepreneurship.
Social entrepreneurs are innovative in their approach to improving systems, and further sustainable resolutions that produce social value.
Moderated by Chicago Booth alum Matt Whitaker ('95, Director, Clear Rock Advisors), attendees learned from Panelists Elana Fine ('02, Managing Director, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, Robert H Smith School of Business, University of Maryland), Lucy Perkins (Leadership Group Member & Ashoka) & Brendan M. Tuohey (CoFounder & Executive Director, PeacePlayers International) about their expertise in the field and perspective on the current environment.
Panelists defined social entrepreneurship as looking for solution to big problems. Brendan Tuohey, explained that it's critical to know how to balance your mission and how to sustain it. In social entrepreneurship you need to, "be OK with saying no to certain offers and partnerships. Your mission takes courage."
Are you looking to develop solutions to big problems? Learn more about Chicago Booth Social Enterprise Initiative and Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
We'd love to see you at an upcoming Chicago Conversations event - click here for details