MARCH 2015
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Our new mailing address is 837 Downey Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089.


BSEL Happy Hour 
Thursday, March 26, 2015 
4:30-6 p.m.     
Moreton Fig Bar

USC EdMonth

The Girl Effect: Moving from Why to How

Thursday, March 26, 2015  

7-9 p.m.

TCC 450


BSEL Lunch & Learn: 
Alex Dorsey, eroots General Manager

Thursday, April 9, 2015

12:30-1:50 p.m.

TCC 227


Applications for BSEL Scholars Mentoring Program 
Due: Friday, April 10, 2015 
5 p.m.     
STO 315



USC Speakers Committee

I am Shiza: An Evening with the Co-Founder and Global Ambassador of the Malala Fund

Wednesday, March 25, 2015  

7:30 p.m.

TCC Ballroom

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SoGal Summit Presented by GirlsUp

Saturday, March 28, 2015

9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

SGM 123




Stanford Social Innovation Review Webinar

"Communications That Work: Making Ideas Move"

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

11 a.m.-noon 


Q&A with a Social Changemaker 

Matt Fountain
The Freedom Bakery is a Glasgow-based social enterprise that aims to reduce recidivism by offering training and employment to ex-convicts.

I'd get arrested protesting ____    .

My aim has been to substitute protest for pragmatism; the Freedom Bakery is very much a manifestation of this philosophy. As social entrepreneurs we have the ability to lead by example and steer policy more progressively by solving social and environmental concerns through our enterprises.

What is your favorite book, magazine or blog?
For social enterprise: The Guardian Social Enterprise Network; for food: any books published by Artisan or Ebury Press; for ideas: TechCrunch or Wired

BSEL Scholar Geronimo Ramos (B.S. '15) co-founded Elite Home Care Services, LLC, a family-run business that offers private home care to seniors in the Greater Los Angeles area.

The second annual USC Chalk the Block, founded by BSEL Scholar Harleen Marwah (B.S./M.S. '15), took place on February 21. Chalk the Block invites local youth to participate in a one-day art competition held on campus.

Senior Fellow Paul Polizzotto and CBS EcoMedia have launched Viewers to Volunteers (V2V), an innovative digital platform for driving social impact that gives everyone the power to give back to the causes they care about -- for free!

Congratulations to Senior Fellow Shivani Siroya, whose social enterprise, InVenture, was named one of "The World's 50 Most Innovative Companies of 2015" by Fast Company.

Senior Fellow Laura Chapman Rubbo has been appointed chair of the Corporate Responsibility Committee for the United States Council for International Business, an international trade association comprising many of the country's largest multinational companies.

Senior Fellow Tara Rothpresident of the Goldhirsh Foundation, wrote "Crowdsourcing: Practical Insights for Entrepreneurs, Investors and Philanthropists," featured on the Skoll World Forum. Tara also spoke at the Australian Consulate of Los Angeles for International Women's Day on March 8.




Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

April 15-17, 2015

Oxford, England


April 16-19, 2015
San Diego, CA

2015 SEEED Summit

April 24-25, 2015

Providence, RI

Hot Topics in Social Entrepreneurship

For the top sustainability Twitter accounts, here are 17 women to follow.

Senior Fellow Fran Seegull wrote an article featured in the Journal of Sustainable Finance and Banking: "Venture Capital -- Closing the Gender Gap."
Forbes contributor Nish Acharya writes about how the UN's policy planning has been "disrupted" by social entrepreneurship.
Stay current with the latest impact investing news and discussions on the Reimagine Money Blog.

Is social entrepreneurship the ultimate solution to global crises?