APRIL 2015
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BSEL Garden Build with Enrich LA  

Saturday, May 2, 2015  

8 a.m.-noon 

Lenicia B. Weemes Elementary School





Design for America USC 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015  

8-10 p.m.

Annenberg Innovation Lab 



USC Los Angeles Community Impact (LACI)

Annual Showcase

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

7:30 p.m.

Ronald Tutor Campus Center Ballroom





HumTech 2015

May 12-14, 2015

Boston, MA  


May 27-30, 2015

Los Angeles, CA 

June 2-3, 2015
Stanford, CA
Hot Topics in Social Entrepreneurship

Missed the #UCLAGradesLA Twitter party on April 7? View the recap of the chat led by LA2050 and the Goldhirsh Foundation.

Tuukka Toivonen and Nicolas Friederici tackle the question: If it looks like a hub, and it acts like a hub, is it a hub?
In his new book "Do the KIND Thing," KIND founder and CEO Daniel Lubetzky shares what were his unlikely lessons of building a multi-million dollar social business.

Read what HBO star and Dell's first-ever social good advocate Adrian Grenier has to say about what perspectives social entrepreneurs should adopt in order to succeed.   

Listen to Fran Seegull discuss VCs and business school on KCRW's "Press Play with Madeleine Brand," which aired March 31, 2015.

Watch the video of The Girl Effect panel, which was moderated by BSEL Executive Director Abby Fifer Mandell and organized by MBA Fellow Greg Woodburn ('15) as part of USC EdMonth.

How can you define your commitment to action as a social entrepreneur? 

BSEL Executive Director Abby Fifer Mandell and BSEL Scholar Scott Fairbanks ('13) presented a paper at the 2015 VentureWell Open, "Design Thinking and Co-Creation at the Base of the Pyramid: The Social Innovation Design Lab Course at the University of Southern California."

BSEL Founding Director Adlai Wertman was interviewed for the University of Pennsylvania's  "Knowledge@Wharton" radio show to discuss religious freedom laws that have been so controversial in Indiana and Arkansas.

Design for America USC, a student-run social impact design studio founded by Scholar Geronimo Ramos ('15), Scholar Sara Yang ('16) and Robby Sachs ('15), was recently featured on the Art Center College of Design's designmatters blog.   

BSEL Scholar Jamie Zamora ('15) received her certification as a LEED Green Associate, having demonstrated an understanding of the most current green building principles and practices. 
MBA Fellow Greg Woodburn ('15) and MSSE student Ian Zurzolo ('15) have been selected for the Clinton-Orfalea-Brittingham Fellowship Program, and will complete a one-year fellowship working on the Clinton Global Initiative America and Clinton Health Matters Initiative teams, respectively, in New York.

Congratulations to MBA Fellows Michael Shackel ('16), Ami Doshi ('16) and Camly Phan ('16), who took second place in the LA+Acumen CATALYST Case Challenge held on April 18 at Claremont Graduate University. 

Senior Fellow Paul Vandeventer, president and CEO of Community Partners, helped lead a delegation of Los Angeles professionals to Washington, D.C., where they educated legislators about the impact and importance of foundation giving in their communities as part of the Southern California Grantmakers Public Policy outreach. 
On April 6, Senior Fellow Tara Rothpresident of the Goldhirsh Foundation, spoke at the USC Iovine and Young Academy's Innovator's Forum and Innovator's Roundtable classes.
Senior Fellow Laura Rubbo participated in an advisory group on responsible apparel supply chains at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) meeting in Paris last month.
Senior Fellow Fran Seegull served on the "Impact Investing" panel during Day of Education in Private Equity -- A Forum for Trustees and Investment Staff hosted by the National Association of Securities Professionals in Los Angeles. 


On April 9, BSEL Executive Director Abby Fifer Mandell was a panelist at the "Creative Consumption" event moderated by Sir Ken Robinson and presented by Imaginese Free Productions at the Laemmle Royal Theater. On April 11, Abby spoke at the Working Californians Social Innovation Summit at Los Angeles Trade Technical College.