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Class of 2012 on their graduation in May!


SBL Scholars Katey Finnegan ('12)Greg Woodburn ('12) and Ayushi Gummadi ('12) were designated as USC Scholars and honored in a ceremony on May 10th. Their names will appear on the USC Wall of Scholars in Leavey Library. 
SBL Scholar Alex Duong ('12) received a Top Undergraduate Business Plan Award and Entrepreneurial Values Award from the USC Greif Center and also received the USC Global Scholar Designation. 


Society and Business Fellow Takuya Hoshino (MBA '13) and his wife on the birth of a daughter, Yurika, in April.  


Mariana Amatullo, founder of Designmatters and adviser to SBL, on being the inaugural winner of the 2012 Dell Social Innovation Education Award.




In January, SBL Scholar Ayushi Gummadi ('12) will teach English in South Africa through the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Program. 
SBL Scholar Tameca Davis ('12) has accepted a full-time position with TJX Companies. 


This month, SBL Senior Fellow Fran Seegull will speak at the Los Angeles branch of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank on "Funding the Cost of Federal and State Guarantees: Sources and Structure of Capital".


SBL Fellow Cristian Liu (MBA '13) will intern this summer at Booz & Company with a focus on the healthcare industry. 

SBL Fellow Jennifer May (MBA '13) was selected as an Education Pioneer Fellow. She will work this summer on charter conversions with ExED.


SBL Fellow Sean Mendy (MBA '13) will intern this summer at Causes.com.

The Society and Business Lab welcomes new Summer Interns, Jessica Stauffer ('14) and Amy Rasplicka ('14) to our team.


LASVP Social Innovation Fast Pitch: Call for Applicants

Deadline to apply: Monday, July 16

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Aspen Ideas Festival

Date: June 27-July 3

Location: Aspen, Colorado

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The 2012 Nonprofit Management Institute

Date: September 11-12

Location: Stanford, California

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Retail Sustainability Conference

Date: September 19-21

Location: Phoenix, AZ

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 What's trending in social entrepreneurship 


Ted X

In her TEDx Phoenix talk, Games for a Change, Brenda Brathwaite speaks about her plans to teach culture through games. 

(Video | 9:30)


JP Morgan Chase awarded ten organizations $250,000 each at the recent United Nations Social Innovation Summit with the goal to "continuously engage communities that care and are knowledgeable on change".



Often, well-intentioned social entrepreneurs fail to take into account the complexities of the problems they are attempting to solve. This infographic (PDF) from 

HBS.org explains the breakdown of a global effort to bring clean water to Bangladesh. 


Due to the success of their Social Investment Manual (PDF), the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship has recently released The Governance of Social Enterprises: Managing Your Organization for Success (PDF) in an attempt to answer questions social entrepreneurs may have about the next steps after securing investors.


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Anshu Gupta, founder of Goonj, discusses his New Delhi recycling center and how "anything and everything under the sun, which is an urban waste, can be reused, reutilized." (Video | 7:10)


The 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games Committee is setting out to make record-breaking sustainability efforts for the games this year. Can they accomplish their goal?

Q&A with a social changemaker
David Lewis
Co-Founder of Falling Whistles
David Lewis
Hostel or hotel?
Hostel. They create disruptive experiences, the kind of situations that make a man challenge his perceptions of reality.
Documentary or feature film?
Feature film. If we could have more features that create conversation to the level that they create profits, then we would live in a very different world.
You have a first-class plane ticket, what is the destination?
Berlin because it's a growing cultural nexus.
Who is your social enterprise "crush" of the moment?
Sekombi Katondolo is changing the game on public media in Congo through a project called Mutaani. He's got vision, he's got swagger.
What is the "can't-miss" social sector event this month?
Get local and hook up with Dream Sports Academy in Imperial Courts.