November 2014
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BSEL Scholar, John Ingram (B.A. '15), accepted an offer to join Teach for America in New York City after graduation this spring.


BSEL Scholar, Alex Duong (B.S. '12), is a Purchasing Analyst at, a social enterprise start-up focused on food.


BSEL MBA Fellow, Paul Moore (MBA '14), is now an Associate for Baroda Ventures, a leading early stage venture capital firm that invests in new media tech startups.  


BSEL Senior Fellow, Paul Vandeventer's organization, Community Partners, hosted a Los Angeles gathering of the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors featuring leaders from groups working with social and civic entrepreneurs across the country.   


The LA Fund for Public Education introduces a new initiative, The Intern Project, which provides LAUSD high schoolers from low socioeconomic backgrounds the chance to work in dynamic, local, organizations through paid summer internships. To connect a talented young person with your industry, reach out to Sam Gelinas (MPP '12).   

 What's trending in social entrepreneurship 

From the Marine Corps to working with an organization fighting poverty in Africa, veteran Alex Martin reflects on finding meaningful and challenging work with Nuru International.

A Silicon Valley start-up that operates earth-orbiting imaging satellites is making rapid image data available to non-profits and social enterprises.

Social impact is on the rise in Greece and, in a recent article, the Launch Director of Ashoka Greece identifies key collaborations across sectors needed to build an ecosystem for social innovation.


Alan Patricof, founder of Apax Partners calls on leaders to create the right environment, tools, and legal framework needed to support impact investing

Social Entrepreneurship Institute

Date: December 5, 2014

Location: New Haven, CT

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Ashoka U Exchange

Dates: February 26-28, 2015

Location: College Park, MD

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BSEL Lunch & Learn: Impact Investing

Kate Courteau, Y Combinator 

Date: November 20, 2014  

Time: 12:30PM - 1:50PM

Location: USC main campus - Tommy's Place

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USC Marshall Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship (MSSE) Information Sessions 

Dates: Nov. 20, Dec. 2, Dec. 10

Location: USC main campus & online

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Food Waste and the Good Food Economy

Date: November 19, 2014

Location: USC main campus - United University Church

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My Hero International Film Festival

Date: November 22, 2014

Location: Herb Alpert Educational Village 


Hub LA December Wine Down: Ethical Fashion

Date: December 2, 2014

Location: The Hub LA

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Social Enterprise Alliance LA Holiday Party

Date: December 11, 2014

Location: MADE by DWC

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Q&A with a social changemaker 
Connor Johnson 
 Co-founder of Would-works
Would-Works gives men and women who are homeless or living in poverty the opportunity to work while hand-finishing products. 

Who is your social entrepreneur "crush" of
the moment?
Tanya Tull. She has started five nonprofits in Los Angeles. 

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

Income inequality both in the U.S. and worldwide.


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

Any time human rights are being violated, especially the often under-recognized right to adequate housing.

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

I am always inspired after attending events at the Hub LA