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Students for Environmental Enterprise Community Fruit Pick and Preservation Workshop

Date:  Saturday, February 18, 2012 

Time: Fruit Pick-  10:00 - 2:00 p.m.; Preserve Workshop- 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Location:  Meet at the Community Garden 3015 Shrine Place / Workshop at the University United Church

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SBL Lunch & Learn: Water Sanitation and Distribution

Sanjay Bhatnagar, CEO, WaterHealth International

Date: Wednesday, February 22

Time: 12:30-1:50 p.m.

Location: JKP 210


"Waiting for Superman" Screening and Discussion
Date: Sunday, February 26
Time: 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: Rosen Family Screening Center (TCC 227)
SBL Happy Hour
Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 
Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m. 

The Business of Impact Games: A Moderated Discussion With Gaming Executives

Date:  Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Time:  5:00-6:20 p.m.

Location:  JKP 210




Paul Vandeventer, SBL Senior Fellow and President & CEO of Community Partners, will make a panel appearance at the 2012 Harvard Social Enterprise Conference. Paul will be speaking about his book, Networks that Work, and feature a focused network case study (known widely as The Kimberley Process) about the international network agreement that sought to end the sale and trade of "conflict diamonds."   


SBL Senior Fellow Fran Seegull lectured on impact investing and the social capital markets at Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Kennedy School of Government. At the end of February, she will speak at the "Beyond Microfinance" panel at the Harvard Social Enterprise Conference.


SBL Scholar and Intern Katey Finnegan ('12) presented her field research from Nicaragua at the Notre Dame Human Development Conference.


Congratulations to SBL Alumni on recent promotions and career advances. Erin Keller (MBA '11) began work as the Associate Director of Recruitment and Selection for The Broad Residency in Urban Education. Todd Benshoof (MBA '11) is publicly launching his startup, FileTrek. Margaux Helvey (MBA '08) was promoted to Director of Development and Community and Corporate Partnerships at the Downtown Women's Center and Adam Miller (MBA '05) is now Senior Vice President at EdTec.

SBL Scholar Nick Nomann ('11) recently became Chief of Staff at Roozt. After graduating in May, Scholar Ayushi Gummadi ('12) will join Teach For America as a Chicago Corps Member. Other SBL Scholars have accepted internships at local social enterprises: Aisha Lewis ('14) is interning at LivelyHoods, Melissa Rocque ('12) is interning at GOOD Inc, and Ann Li ('12) will join Roozt as a Social Media Intern.

"Fierce Green Fire," a film edited by Society and Business Fellow, Jonathan Beckhardt (MBA '13) was shown at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. 

Congratulations to Society and Business Fellow, Ashkun Zaker (MBA '12) on his engagement to Neelum Babbar. The two look forward to a June 2012 wedding in Northern California. 
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Daily Show or Colbert Report?    Daily Show. I have a huge crush on Jon Stewart.

You have a free afternoon in Los Angeles, where can we find you? Hiking in Malibu (or just sitting by the beach in Malibu) - something outdoors for sure.

What is the "can't-miss" event in the social sector this month?  I'm a big fan of the Net Impact Happy Hours - I love meeting fellow "social impacters" that work in the LA area.

Who is your social entrepreneur "crush" of the moment? Andrew Youn from the One Acre Fund (fellow Kellogg alum!)

Which social change organization is currently on your mind?  100Kin10 - its a great initiative to bring 100,000 new STEM teachers into classrooms in the next 10 years.  


StartingBloc 2012 Launch Party 

Date:  Sunday, February 19, 2012
Time:  7:00 - 11:00 PM

Location:  Annenberg Community Beach House (415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402)

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Southern California Net Impact Industry Night

Date: February 29th

Time: 6:00-8:30 p.m.  

Location: Fowler Museum Terrace at UCLA