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R.E.A.L. Workshop Series

NYU Reynolds R.E.A.L. Workshop Series:
Realistic Entrepreneurial Actionable Learning

Upcoming Workshops

  1. Enough is Enough: Knowing When to Pull the Plug on your Finance Department & How to Turn Things Around

    Presented by: Raj Thakkar, Founder and CEO, Charter School Business Management (CSBM)
    Date: March 5, 2014
    Location: 295 Lafayette St, 2nd Floor, Rudin Family Forum
    Time: 12:30 - 2pm
    Intended Audience: This workshop is open to professionals, undergraduates, and graduate students who do or would like to lead their own organizations, work with finance committees and boards, or act as finance directors.

    Is everything in your organization working well, except for your finance department? Are your financial reports chock full of errors or late practically every month? Being on top of your finances can enhance your organization’s ability to deliver on your mission and program. Have a deeper understanding of what a healthy finance department looks like and be better prepared if/when you have to replace your financial staff. Learn numerous financial best practices and share some of your own, in order to turn your finance department around. This interactive session will help you assess your current state of financial affairs, consider whether professional development is a possible cure and know when the time is right to cut your losses and move on. Participants will have the opportunity to share their horror stories and review various checklists to assess which next steps are best.

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  2. Using Social Media to Drive Meaningful Impact

    Presented by: Frank Fredericks, Executive Director, World Faith; CEO, Mean Communications
    Date: April 9, 2014
    Location: 295 Lafayette St, 2nd Floor, Rudin Family Forum
    Time: 12:30 - 2pm
    Intended Audience: This workshop is open to undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals.

    Twitter. Facebook. Instagram. Vine. With so many online social mediums out there, how can social entrepreneurs ensure that they are using the most effective strategies to drive meaningful and impactful change? This workshop will introduce key frameworks for understanding how social media can be leveraged to meet your communication needs and overall mission-driven goals. You will gain the tools necessary to build effective strategies and explore how analytics can help optimize your social campaigns. You will also have the opportunity to create a draft social media strategy during the workshop. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring laptops.

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Additional workshops coming soon...


Past Workshops This Year

  1. How to Best Leverage your Mobile Phone to Revolutionize Social Change

    Presented by: Kate Otto, 2006 Reynolds Scholar; Mobile Health Technologies Consultant, World Bank, USAID, and more; Community Health Educator, Mass General Hospital
    Date: September 18, 2013
    Location: 295 Lafayette St, 2nd Floor, Rudin Family Forum
    Time: 12:30 - 2pm
    Intended Audience: This workshop is open to undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals.

    With 6 billion mobile phone subscriptions in the hands of nearly 90% of the world's population, the mobile phone has become one of our greatest instruments to change the world. Whether you work in health or education, preserving the arts or the environment, is your social entrepreneurial effort fully leveraging the power of mobile? This session will review the ways in which mobile connectivity is changing the world for the better, and provide participants with a tutorial in creating and deploying a free mobile phone based survey tool. **An Android Phone is required for participation in the Demo** We will also discuss how too much digital connectivity can poison our efforts at meaningful change, and suggest a balance of tech and human connectivities to achieve the most impact.

  2. Understanding the Power of Storytelling

    Presented by: Michael Marantz, Founder – Director, Already Alive
    Date: September 26, 2013
    Location: 295 Lafayette St, 2nd Floor, Mulberry Conference Room
    Time: 12:30 - 2pm
    Intended Audience: This workshop is open to undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals.

    Having the ability to tell a good story is essential to personal, professional, and changemaking communication, and the ability to find and share your own story is essential to living a fulfilled life. In this workshop, you will learn tools to not only find your story, but understand the amazing things you can do once you have found it.

  3. The Dog Ate My Grant Application; Crowdfunding your passion

    Presented by: Breanna DiGiammarino, Education Category Marketing Director, Indiegogo
    Date: October 2, 2013
    Location: 295 Lafayette St, 2nd Floor, Rudin Family Forum
    Time: 12:30 - 2pm
    Intended Audience:This workshop is open to undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals who are passionate and ready to move their ideas forward.

    During this session, crowdfunding industry expert Breanna DiGiammarino will cover the value of crowdfunding and delve deeply into the key pieces of a successful campaign: your pitch, perks and promotion strategies. She will review successful campaigns from across university communities, from research to entrepreneurship to causes. Come prepared to think through your own project and leave prepared to run a supercharged campaign!

  4. Unleash your Story, Fuel a Movement

    Presented by: Annie Escobar, 2009 Reynolds Scholar; Nonprofit Video & Storytelling Consultant
    Date: October 16, 2013
    Location: 295 Lafayette St, 2nd Floor, Rudin Family Forum
    Time: 12:30 - 2pm
    Intended Audience:This workshop is open to undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals who know that a better world is possible and want to get others to join you in making it happen.

    Change relies on imagination. Leaders who see what’s possible before it exists and then do everything they can to make it a reality. But that vision will remain unrealized unless we help others see the world as we do, imagine the same possibilities. Our ability to create change depends on if we’re able to tell stories that inspire others to join us. This workshop is designed to help changemakers at all levels learn how to tell stories that catalyze their causes. We will explore how to craft a visionary narrative; 10 elements of magnetic stories; the 5 core stories you need to inspire action and build a movement; how to structure your personal stores; and a simple and effective process for choosing the perfect story to tell. When you leave this session, you will be able to connect with, identify and tell your most powerful stories. You will know how to craft a visionary narrative designed to invite supporters to your cause.

  5. Smart Program Design for the Developing World

    Presented by: Rachel Ishofsky, Managing Director, Innovation:Africa
    Date: October 30, 2013
    Location: 295 Lafayette St, 2nd Floor, Rudin Family Forum
    Time: 12:30 - 2pm
    Intended Audience:This workshop is reserved for graduate students and professionals.

    For anyone who's ever lived, worked, studied or invested in the developing world, we've all seen great ideas go wrong. Why does it happen? How can we design programs that are smart and scalable? Through the lens of Rachel’s near-decade of experience in the developing world and six years of running a successful start-up in East Africa, this workshop will explore key factors leading to successful non-profit and for-profit models. Whether you're a philanthropist, impact investor, or looking to work in the field, this session will help you identify key issues to think about in launching or funding development programs.

  6. The Story of You: How to Understand and Communicate It to Gain Support for Your Changemaking Vision

    Presented by: Linda Kay Klein, Director, Echoing Green’s Work on Purpose Program
    Hosted in partnership with NYU Wagner's Executive MPA for Public Service Leaders and Managers program
    Date: November 14, 2013
    Location: 295 Lafayette St, 2nd Floor, Rudin Family Forum
    Time: 5 - 7pm
    Intended Audience:This workshop is reserved for graduate students and professionals.

    Who are you? Really? And how do you communicate the inevitably messy answer to that question to others? Say, on LinkedIn, or during your 2-minute self-introduction on a panel? In this session, we’ll explore how you make sense of your past, your present and your hopes for the future, and how you can most successfully tell the story of you to others. When you leave this session you will have a better understanding of who you are, how you got to where you are now, and where you want to go tomorrow. What's more, you will have developed core language to communicate this story to others and gain their support for your changemaking vision.

  7. Boards for the organizations Social Entrepreneurs create: What will they ask of you and what will you ask of them? How will that relationship further your mission and impact in a timely manner?

    Presented by: Russ Pomeranz, President & CEO, the Claverack Advisory Group
    Date: December 6, 2013
    Location: 295 Lafayette St, 2nd Floor, Rudin Family Forum
    Time: 12:30 - 2pm
    Intended Audience:This workshop is open to undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals looking to build a board for their organization or participate on a non-profit board.

    In today’s world, there is no lack of energy, drive, commitment, and understanding to turn ideas into impactful organizations (non-profit or for-profit) that fulfill a societal mission. What slows the process down is lack of resources or the failure to identify the right resources to move the organization forward. Organizational boards serve many purposes, but one is to work with organizational leadership to identify and secure the resources to make the right things happen in a timely manner. This seminar is meant to identify how this process works, what kinds of people should be on boards, tradeoffs that management and boards must navigate, and compromises and options to consider that will ultimately lead to sustainable financial, programmatic, and strategic business models.

  8. An Evening of Bridging the Unimaginable Heights and Incalculable Difference Social Entrepreneurship Can Make With Emotional Branding and the New Four Letter "F" Word

    Presented by: Alan Hilburg, Principal, Hilburg Associates
    with special guest Shaheen Sheik-Sadhal, Founder of Esse Law Group
    Date: December 10, 2013
    Location: 295 Lafayette St, 2nd Floor, Rudin Family Forum
    Time: 6:30 - 8pm; reception to follow

  9. The Lean Social Enterprise

    Presented by: César Bocanegra, Chief Operating Officer, Donors Choose
    Date: February 3, 2014
    Location: 295 Lafayette St, 2nd Floor, Rudin Family Forum
    Time: 12:30 - 2pm
    Intended Audience: This workshop is open to undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals who work at a Social Enterprise (or would like to work at one) and want to learn how to optimize their people, processes, and systems.

    Lean Principles have been applied successfully to the manufacturing world and are now being used in the services sector. This workshop will provide you with the skills and tools, using Lean Principles, that will help you execute a great idea at a Social Enterprise. You will learn how to identify value from the beneficiary’s (customer) perspective and be able to map the value stream from start to end. Through data analysis, continuous improvement, and application of other lean concepts, a value stream can be improved and made scalable by removing any waste and ensuring that value flows as the beneficiary (customer) demands it.