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BSEL Scholar, Harleen Marwah (B.S./M.S. '15), was selected as one of twenty delegates to represent the U.S. at the upcoming United Nations Twentieth Framework Convention on Climate Change in Lima, Peru.   


Congratulations to BSEL Scholar, Joy Xu (B.S. '15), on accepting a part-time position as Business Development Coordinator at Karten Design.


Congratulations to BSEL Scholar, Jamie Zamora (B.S. '15), on accepting a full-time position at DIRECTV as Specialist, Corporate Citizenship beginning after she graduates in May.


BSEL Scholar, Aisha Lewis (B.S. '13), began a new role as Program Assistant for CODE2040, a non-profit that supports minority students pursuing STEM careers.   


BSEL Scholar and former BSEL Intern, Richelle Gribble (B.F.A. '13), will be teaching five upcoming classes in the visual arts department at Idyllwild Arts Academy. Her artwork will be on display at the Visual Arts Faculty Show at Idyllwild this month.  


BSEL Fellow, Paul Moore (MBA '14), attended a roundtable meeting in July at the White House to discuss LGBT Health Issues. Additionally, his work was featured recently in Millennial Magazine.


BSEL Fellow, Sarah Craemer (MBA '13), started a new position as Director of Development at the Austin Jewish Academy.    


BSEL Fellow, Cristian Liu (MBA '13), is now a consultant in the San Francisco office of the Boston Consulting Group.


BSEL Fellow, Takuya Hoshino (MBA '12), recently joined Asian Development Bank as a financial sector specialist in the South Asia Department.


BSEL Senior Fellow, Tara Roth, was featured in Los Angeles Magazine's September issue as one of 10 women game-changers making LA a better city.     


BSEL Senior Fellow, Paul Vandeventer, will lead an upcoming discussion on connections between philanthropy, community building, and strengthening democratic civil society with members of Ik Manzil, a group of Sikh philanthropists committed to "doing good better together."

BSEL Senior Fellow, Paul Polizzotto, and EcoMedia teamed up with Little Kids Rock to provide over 5,300 underserved students with instruments and music eduction funded through Six Flags' EducationAd purchase.


BSEL Senior Fellow, Laura Rubbo, presented on Disney's supply chain labor rights program at Elevate Limited's Social Performance Leadership Series in Burbank and New York. Laura was also elected to Social Accountability International's Advisory Board.  

Q&A with a social changemaker 

Bethany Mammenga 
General Manager of CityKid Java

CityKid Java is a coffee wholesale social enterprise in South Minneapolis that invests in proven community programs through Urban Ventures. 


Who is your social enterprise "crush" of 
the moment?
I have a huge crush on FashionABLE products: beautiful scarves and leather goods that create sustainable business in Africa.


What is the most important challenge facing us in the next 10 years? 

Workforce education and skills gaps.


What is the can't-miss social entrepreneurship event this month?   

In Minnesota, the State of Social Enterprise event in partnership with the Minnesota Business Magazine. 


BSEL September Lunch & Learn: Solar Energy & Job Creation 

Date: Tuesday, September 23

Time: 12:30PM-1:50PM 

Location: TBD 


BSEL Happy Hour 

Date: Thursday, October 2 

Time: 5:00PM-6:30PM

Location: USC main campus 

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Green Hasson Janks Nonprofit Conference 

Date: September 11 

Location: Los Angeles  

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Civic Innovation Lab 

Date: September 14 

Location: Los Angeles 

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Strategic Philanthropy for a Complex World 

Date: September 18

Location: Online webinar 

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Connected Impact 

Dates: September 18-19 

Location: Washington, DC 

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Los Angeles Innovation Week

Dates: October 6-12 

Location: All over Los Angeles 

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Date: October 8

Location: Los Angeles

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 What's trending in social entrepreneurship 

Net Impact's annual Business as UNusual report included USC's Marshall School of Business as one of the top 50 schools for social impact and environmental sustainability based on data collected from over 3,000 students across the country.

Representatives from McKinsey, JP Morgan, The Westly Group, and the White House compared the definition and role of impact investing in the for-profit and non-profit sectors as part of a panel at Stanford's Social Innovation Summit

Edward Hess argues that innovation in today's business world cannot happen without a supportive organizational environment.    


The percentage of global consumers willing to pay more for sustainable products and services increased by 10% over the past three years and is now greater than 50%, according to Mashable and Statista.


Diversity, transparent data, and metrics are among the top success factors that Rockefeller Foundation President, Judith Rodin, observed from studying impact investing over the past seven years.