September 2013                                                                                                                                      Like us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterView our videos on YouTube

Congratulations to SBL Scholar Katey Finnegan (B.A. '12) who was promoted to the role of Rustic Pathways' Marketing Coordinator.  


SBL Senior Fellow Laura Rubbo will present at the Responsible Electronics Conference in the Bay Area in October on cutting edge strategies for supply chain responsibility.  


SBL Fellow Asa Firestone (MBA '12) recently launched, a speaker series held in conjunction with Patagonia which explores the intersection of adventure and entrepreneurship.


SBL Fellow Stephen Lin (MBA '13) is now leading the KBTU Entrepreneurship Center at Kazakh-British Technical University in Kazakhstan.   


Congratulations to SBL Fellow Erin Keller (MBA '11) who was recently promoted to Deputy Director of Recruitment and Selection for The Broad Residency.   


SBL Scholar, Joy Xu (B.S. '15) has just accepted a position as a Research Analyst Intern at B Revolution.   


Congratulations to SBL Fellow Kevin Futch (MBA '12) who accepted a new position as a Client Manager with EdTec in which he will be interfacing with Charter School clients to provide business and development support.   


SBL Senior Fellow Dr. David Washington is pleased to announce Partnerships for Purpose (P4P) client The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's "Digital Badge: Unlocking 2 Million Better Futures" initiative.  Announced at CGI: America, the initiative aims to greatly expand the use and access to online academic and skills assessment by engaging universities, employers, and workers through the use of "Digital Badges."  


SBL Scholar, Ayushi Gummadi (B.S. '12) is on a Fulbright fellowship in South Africa promoting English literacy and language development at Sedibeng College for Further Education and Training near Johannesburg.  

 What's trending in social entrepreneurship 


Liz Maw, CEO of Net Impact believes impact jobs need a clearer definition and has come up with a working definition to unite the field., a community of people sharing about doing good in the world, shared this list of 33 ways to stay creative in life. 


Bill Shore of Share Our Strength, Darell Hammond of KaBOOM, and Amy Celep of Community Wealth Partners argue in a recent article that non-profit organizations need to set aside tackling short-term problems and focus directly on setting long-term, bold goals that may be harder to achieve, but will ultimately solve the bigger problems. 

Due to flaws how the US defines the poverty line, it's difficult to accurately assess how many people in America are living in poverty. A recent NPR article states the three major problems with the definition and why they need to be addressed.  


Millennials will compromise approximately 75% of the global workforce by 2025. As reported in a recent Forbes article, John Zogby's research shows that 85% of this group are interested in a career that is individually enriching, but also enriches the world. 

SBL Lunch & Learn: Workforce Development

Dave Durocher, Los Angeles Facility Manager,
Delancey Street Foundation 
Date: Wednesday, September 25th 
Time: 12:30pm-1:50pm
Location: Lewis Hall (RGL) 105
RSVP Here 
Generational Equity: The Impact of the Federal Budget on Young Americans
Geoffrey Canada and Stanley Druckenmiller
Date: Thursday, September 26th
Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Bovard Auditorium

USC Student Innovator Showcase and Fast Pitch
Date: Friday, October 25th
Time: 9am-6pm
Location Hancock Foundation Building (AHF)

Academies for Social Entrepreneurship: Dare to Earn Workshop Series

Dates: September 20th-December 6th

Location: Santa Ana, CA

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Social Enterprise Alliance Site Visit: Raven + Lily and handMADE by DWC

Date: Monday, September 23rd, 6-8pm

Location: 325 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles

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Net Impact Conference
Dates: October 24th-26th, 2013 

Location: San Jose 

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Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) Conference

Dates: November 5th-8th, 2013

Location: San Francisco
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Next Generation Evaluation: Embracing Complexity, Connectivity, and Change

Date: November 14th, 2013

Location: Stanford University

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Q&A with a social changemaker 

Tyler Merrick  
Founder of Project 7 
Project 7 makes everyday products that give back to seven areas for good around the globe.

Time for a vacation. Beach or mountains?    

I live in a beach town in Southern  California and I never grow tired of the for me I'll still pick beach for vacation but summer in the Mountains is a a beach on Lake Tahoe. 

Who is your social enterprise "crush" of the moment?

I really love Krochet Kids and 31 bits - they are humble and authentic in their approach and mission.  They both are creating jobs for people that need them while creating a great product that customers here and elsewhere

like to buy.   


What is your favorite magazine or blog?

Fast company is tough to beat because I feel like page for page they hit it out of the park... you can spend hours with that magazine and only have gotten halfway through. I'm a packaging guy, so I love The Dieline as well.

Fill in the blank: I'd get arrested protesting ____.
Freedom of religion, human life, human trafficking, inalienable rights.