October 2014                                                                                                                              Like us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

BSEL Scholar, Geronimo Carlo Ramos (B.S. '15), accepted a part-time position with BSEL Senior Fellow, Michelle Rhone-Collins, at LIFT. He will work on organizational strategy. 


BSEL Scholar, Jessica Stauffer (B.A. '14), began working as an Analyst at Compass Lexecon, an economic consulting firm in Pasadena. 


BSEL Scholar, Scott Fairbanks (B.S. '13), started a new role as Campus Partnerships Manager for Ashoka U, which catalyzes social innovation in higher education through a global network of entrepreneurial students, faculty, and community leaders.


BSEL Scholar, Claire Marsh (B.A. '13), is now the Technology Manager for Global Brigades, and will be overseeing and improving all online tools to scale the organization's fundraising platform, Empowered.org


BSEL MBA Fellow, Jenniifer May (MBA '13), recently blogged for Designmatters about BSEL and her reflections on the LEAPS Symposium she organized.   


BSEL Senior Fellow, Paul Vandeventer, delivered a talk titled "Foundations as Catalysts in the Civic Landscape" to more than 70 new foundation grantmakers attending the Southern California Grantmakers 2014 fundamentals of effective grant making orientation.


BSEL Senior Fellow, Fran Seegull, will be speaking about impact investing at the Young Presidents Organization later this month and as a panelist at SV2, USSIF, and GloSho this fall.


BSEL Senior Fellow Rose Shuman's consulting firm, BrightFront Group, produced the recent  Euro Innovation and Technology for Social Good event on behalf of the European Union in New York City. 


BSEL Senior Fellow, Tara Roth, was recently featured in an L.A. Designer article discussing crowdsourcing civic improvement.  

Q&A with a social changemaker 
Cristina Bernardo    
 Academic Business Development for Emzingo 
 Emzingo provides transformational, action-learning programs focused on social impact in Peru, Brazil, and South Africa. 

Who is your social enterprise "crush" of the moment?
DriveChange NYC. They run food trucks for justice. They just started an amazing food truck program that hires formally incarcerated youth and trains them to re-enter the job market. 


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

Inequality is one of the largest issues facing this world, both between countries and within countries. We need to figure out a way to make society more equitable and just for all. 

Fill in the blank: I'd get arrested protesting ____.  

Women's right to education.  

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

Opportunity Collaboration in Mexico.  


Social Venture Network Conference

Dates: October 23-26, 2014

Location: Greenwich, CT

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Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) Conference

Dates: November 4-6, 2014

Location: New York, NY 

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Net Impact Conference

Dates: November 6-8, 2014

Location: Minneapolis, MN

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NY Times: Food for Tomorrow Conference

Dates: November 11-12, 2014

Location: Pocantico Hills, NY

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Lend For America Summit

Dates: November 15-16, 2014

Location: Berkeley, CA

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Spring Course: BAEP 499 - Social Innovation Design Lab  
Application due date: October 17, 2014 

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BSEL October Lunch & Learn: Targeted Philanthropy

Date: October 22, 2014

Time: 12:30PM - 1:50PM

Location: USC main campus - TCC 227

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BSEL Happy Hour

Date: November 4, 2014

Time: 5:00PM - 6:30PM

Location: USC main campus - Moreton Fig patio

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USC Marshall Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship Information Sessions 

Dates: October 30, November 3, November 20, December 2, December 10

Location: USC main campus & online

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Silicon Beach @USC

Date: October 29, 2014

Time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Location: USC main campus

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USC Global Health Lecture: Character - The Ultimate Survival Tool

Date: November 4, 2014

Time: 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Location: USC main campus, TCC 450

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Food Day Los Angeles Celebration

Date: October 21, 2014

Location: South Lawn of Los Angeles City Hall

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UCLA-Harvard Law School Food, Law, & Policy Conference

Dates: October 24-25, 2014

Location: UCLA 

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Advisors in Philanthropy: Closing the Philanthropic Divide

Date: October 28, 2014

Location: Luxe Sunset Hotel 

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Los Angeles Social Venture Partners: Fast Pitch

Date: October 29, 2014

Location: Skirball Cultural Center

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Sustainatopia Conference

Dates: October 29-31, 2014

Location: Hyatt Regency

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Idealist Grad Fair

Date: November 10, 2014

Location: DoubleTree Hotel

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Social Enterprise Academy Application Process

Due date: November 10, 2014

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 What's trending in social entrepreneurship 

OpenIDEO is seeking public perspectives for its new open design challenge titled "Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development" to help healthcare workers provide better care on the front lines and stop the spread of Ebola.  


Scientists have discovered that the cycle of poverty continues partially due to the stresses of poverty overwhelming the critical-thinking skills needed to plan and follow a path to a better condition.


A new study commissioned by Women Moving Millions determined that North American women today have the capacity to annually give approximately $230 billion. By 2030, this amount could reach $569.6 billion, demonstrating the power women have in creating change through giving.


The World Economic Forum released a recent report detailing strategies for mainstream investors to begin moving into impact investing.