Past Events

Nov 20, 2017

Global Webinar 4: Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystems in the Developing Country Context with BRAC University

What is an ecosystem and how can you better understand yours? Using examples from Bangladesh, this webinar will look at how social entrepreneurs can get out on the ground and better understand the communities they seek to serve. Presented by BRAC University.

Nov 15, 2017

Global Webinar 3: Business Models for Social Enterprises with Nanyang Technopreneurship Center

One of the toughest things about setting up a social enterprise is figuring out a business model that advances the cause you are advocating for and is at the same time financially sustainable. In this webinar, award-winning Singaporean social entrepreneur, Veerappan Swaminathan, will be sharing with you some of his favourite business models from social enterprises around the world. This webinar will offer you some ideas that you can adopt for your own social venture.

Nov 9, 2017

Global Webinar 2: Using the Idea Napkin by IBA Karachi

In this webinar, IBA Karachi law and finance professor Azam Ali will share a simple tool he wishes he knew about when he set up his first startup in 2000. The Idea Napkin consists of five basic questions you should answer on a napkin, sheet of paper or post-it notes when you start working on an entrepreneurial idea. This webinar will help you clarify which distribution challenge you should be working on for the competition.

Nov 2, 2017

Systems Thinking as a Response to the Global Refugee Crisis

The Tri-State Area Africa Funders, in partnership with The B Team, Fidelity Charitable, Focusing Philanthropy, the New England International Donors, and the NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program, present Systems Thinking as a Response to the Global Refugee Crisis.

The world is witnessing the highest levels of human displacement ever recorded. Today 65 million people have been forced from their homes due to violence and persecution. Of these, more than 22 million have crossed an international border and are considered refugees. Most live without social safety nets and are deprived of basic rights. On average, a refugee remains in exile for more than 17 years. Many countries in Africa are hosting their third generation of refugees born in exile. The current “care and maintenance” approach to humanitarian assistance, which focuses on providing emergency aid year after year, is no longer fit for purpose. Can models of systems change address the burgeoning needs of this community? A group of stakeholders from the foundation, government, nonprofit and business sector believe that it can and are mobilizing to collectively promote opportunities for refugees to become self-reliant and contributing members of their host communities.

We will gather together in New York City for a discussion on the potential application of systems thinking as a response to the global refugee crisis. This interactive panel will be moderated by Jeff Walker, author of the SSIR article Solving the World’s Biggest Problems: Better Philanthropy Through Systems Change, and featuring RefugePoint’s Sasha Chanoff, IKEA Foundation’s Patricia Atkinson and Women's Refugee Commission’s Dale Buscher.

Nov 1, 2017

Global Webinar 1: Intro to the NYU Social Entrepreneurship/D-Prize Competition Consortium and Social Entrepreneurship

Join us for the first webinar of the 2017 - 2018 competition, which will be hosted by NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program Program Manager Rachel Botos and D-Prize Co-Founder Nicholas Fusso. You will learn how to successfully design your social venture, get a brief overview of the field of social entrepreneurship, have the opportunity to workshop your idea with an international community of change agents, and ask any questions you may have.

Sep 28, 2017

CareerX: NYU Info Session

Join us September 28: Ashoka Fellow Greg Van Kirk and Your Project X have launched a “first-of-a-kind” global internship and personalized leadership program for you - CAREER X. It is everything you need to thrive in the unpredictable future of work. It's a multi-country program where you will gain experience in adaptive leadership, design thinking, social entrepreneurship, cross-cultural team building, and consulting - all skills that employers are deeply focused on.

Snacks will be served! RSVP here

If you apply and are accepted, you will gather 1 Sunday a month, beginning this October and travel to Guatemala for 10 days during January break. In Guatemala you'll take what you've learned and consult for organizations and entrepreneurs that are focused on challenges that you're passionate about. You will walk away with actual internship experience, a huge mentor network (including the leadership from Warby Parker, Deloitte, Ashoka, Junior Achievement Worldwide, and others) and even build your own social ventures here in NYC. You will also receive recognition of completion from Columbia Business School "Venture for All" for a course in Social Innovation for Sustainable Development. All you need to succeed. All in one. Learn more and apply now:

Sep 27, 2017

Milamber Global Investor and Ambassador Cocktail Reception

On September 27th, the NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program will host the Milamber Global Investor and Ambassador Cocktail Reception. Milamber Ventures PLC is a leading growth accelerator focused on media, technology, and education. This fun and casual event will be a great opportunity to connect with their extraordinary community of impact investors, family offices, and entrepreneurs; all deeply committed to large-scale social change focused on education and clean tech. We are especially excited that social entrepreneur extraordinaire Peter Samuelson and clean tech guru Nick Parker will be on hand and sharing some words of wisdom on their visions for continued massive and catalytic impact.

Sep 20, 2017

Hacking Racial Bias with BE MORE

On September 20, 2017, the NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program and Focus for Health Foundation presented Hacking Racial Bias with BE MORE. The workshop was led by NYU Social Entrepreneurship alum, Anurag Gupta, Founder & CEO of BE MORE.

BE MORE aims to create a measurably better world by unleashing human capital, human talent, and human potential. They are imagining a world where conscious awareness of unconscious bias positively affects decision-making, allowing all of humanity to grow and reach its fullest potential. This half-day Hacking Racial Bias workshop delved into the anatomy of racial bias, its evidence-based causes, and its manifestations in decision-making. Participants were also introduced to proven strategies that break individual and institutional unconscious biases, with respect to race, through self-reflection and group exercises.

Learn more about how BE MORE is hacking bias and Anurag's work at

Sep 12, 2017

The Role of Brands in Empowering Citizens of a New Era with enso

Visit Medium for a recap on The Role of Brands in Empowering Citizens of a New Era. For the third year in a row, the enso team is gathering a group of business leaders committed to social good during the UN General Assembly - this time, to discuss a year that has been quite different than the others. With a new administration in the White House and growing concerns about the government’s ability to solve pressing problems, it’s becoming more apparent that brands need to lead with their values, and play an active role in helping make progress towards creating scaled impact. And with the increased sense of civic engagement that brought 5M people to the Women’s March in January, there’s an opportunity for brands and organizations to help keep the nation moving by providing inspiration, resources and meaningful pathways to action. What is the role brands can play in standing for values in an authentic way, and cut through the noise of traditional cause marketing? How do brands and organizations go beyond marketing to walking the talk? What’s working - and not working - within organizations as we collectively work towards establishing long term impact? Join enso and the NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program for a happy hour and conversation with Katie Hunt-Morr, Director of Community at Virgin-Unite Mark Anthony Thomas, Senior Vice President, Partnerships at New York City Economic Development Corporation Danielle Silber, Director of Partnerships at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Dana Rosenberg, Director, KIND Movement at KIND Healthy Snacks Carla Fernandez, General Manager at enso

May 11, 2017

Nanyang Technopreneurship Center Capstone Visit

On May 11 and 12, 2017, the NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program welcomed over 100 graduate students from the Nanyang Technopreneurship Center at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. We were thrilled to host this exceptional group of entrepreneurs for a two days of sessions focused on social impact across industries and technology companies in New York and the value of place in social entrepreneurship work. The students had the opportunity to hear from a panel of social entrepreneurial practitioners and leaders who have built companies of all kinds and are true experts in their fields. On each day, the students then divided into breakout groups that allowed them to explore learnings from the panel.

Thank you to everyone who joined us, including the panelists and breakout facilitators from organizations across New York and the entire staff at the Nanyang Technopreneurship Center, including Dr. Hooi den Huan, Rick Tay, Dr. Xia Zhiqiang, Chen Yihan, Gene Seow, Chen Fang, and Claire Tan.

Day 1: May 11, 2017

The May 11th panel for a select group of students was hosted in partnership with NYU Steinhardt's StartEd Accelerator and included a panel of entrepreneurs in MedTech, EdTech and FinTech. Panelists included Carol Barash of Story2, David Ehrich of Petal, David Ronick of Stash, Mark Switaj and Ankit Mathur of Roundtrip, and was moderated by StartEd’s Ash Kaluarachchi. After the panel, students learned about experimentation in entrepreneurship from Ajay Rajani and Tom Sampah of Nextt and had the chance to try an experiment with problems presented by the panelists. Each breakout group then had the opportunity to share their learnings with the full group of students and panelists.

Day 2: May 12, 2017

The May 12th NTC New York Entrepreneurship Forum 2017 at Yotel New York was focused on Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship. Panelists spoke to innovation in their industry and breakout discussions dove deep on student questions and topics suggested by panelists and breakout leaders. Panelists included BRAC USA Founding President & CEO Susan Davis discussing innovations in microfinance, Zady CEO & Co–Founder Maxine Bédat exploring innovations in sustainable fashion, and Solutions Journalism Network David Bornstein speaking about innovations in journalism and media. NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program Executive Director Gabriel Brodbar introduced and moderated the panel. Breakout leaders represented a range of industries including finance, international development, technology, and more.

Apr 17, 2017

The Ayurveda Way Book Launch

On April 17, 2017, alumni, staff, and friends of the NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program gathered to celebrate the release of The Ayurveda Way: 108 Practices from the World's Oldest Healing System for Better Sleep, Less Stress, Optimal Digestion, and More. The Ayurveda Way was written by 2006 Scholar Ananta Ripa Ajmera and offers an inspiring introductory guide to Ayurveda—the holistic health companion to yoga—and the oldest healing system in the world. We were joined by 125 of Ananta's friends and supporters to celebrate this tremendous accomplishment.

The Ayurveda Way makes this ancient approach understandable and applicable to a diverse, modern audience. Drawing on her experience as an Ayurveda teacher, Ajmera offers accessible advice on handling some of today's most pressing health priorities. Recipes incorporate spices such as turmeric, cumin, and ginger into daily meals for optimal digestion; easy breathing techniques and simple meditations help calm the mind; and advice like creating a personal sanctuary place in the home help nourish the spirit. Showcasing 108 different ways of accessing Ayurveda, The Ayurveda Way makes time–tested wisdom available to contemporary holistic health enthusiasts—even beginners—and anyone seeking inspiration and coaching on small changes they can make in their daily routine to uncover their natural, radiant health.

Learn more at Whole Yoga & Ayurveda and purchase the book on Amazon.

Feb 15, 2017

From Fear to Focus: Race in America and the Urgency of Now

The construct of race continues to have a defining impact on the idea of America. From her heritage of slavery and the genocide of her native peoples, through the slow and hopefully continuing arc that bends towards greater justice, America has yet to honestly come to terms with herself. The recent attention on longstanding biases in policing and the new administration's oppressive worldview beg Dr. King's warning, "We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now." Join us for a candid conversation from some of the most cutting edge thinkers working tirelessly to help build a stronger and more truly United States of America.

Nov 14, 2016

Changing the Game of Fast Fashion

On November 14, 2016, the NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program, The Cordes Foundation, SPARK and Liberty & Justice convened senior decision makers from global apparel retailers, brands, designers and corporate responsibility leaders for a candid conversation on how to integrate consumer demands for fashion with a conscience, with the realities of challenging supply chains, a volatile marketplace, and the bottom line. The half-day session, part II of a convening NYU Social Entrepreneurship began in 2015, started with a panel discussion featuring Eileen Fisher of EILEEN FISHER, INC., Carlos Alberini of Lucky Brand, Maxine Bedat of Zady, and Gwen Floyd of Soko, and moderated by Sean Ansett of Liberty & Justice. Panelists shared their hard-won lessons of success and failure, which was followed by deep-dive breakout sessions on issues related to the field, including what retailers want, empowering women through ethical clothing, transparency and development for artisans, the role of natural cosmetic sourcing, and evolving initiatives for globalized trade and workers’ welfare. One representative from each session reported back to share their group’s discussion, progress, and ideas. The day concluded with a networking cocktail hour, allowing guests to connect and move their ideas forward together.

We would like to extended a very special thank you to our wonderful panel members, breakout session leaders, and moderator, to the Cordes Foundation and SPARK for their generous financial support, to L2O for their participation and resources provided, to all of the organizations who contributed to the SWAG bag, and to Stephanie Cordes and the entire Liberty & Justice/UNIFORM team for their thought partnership and hard work in making the event happen.

Apr 21, 2016

Voiceless Children: The Civil Rights Struggle That Never Began

Over 400,000 abused and neglected children in U.S. foster care have few ways to shape their destinies. They can be seen as an entire victim class without an influential lobby, access to capital, the power of the vote, or the opportunity to drive change. Personal privacy laws designed to protect children also serve to protect an $80 billion a year status quo. As a result, a troubled system remains unfixed, leading to generational replication, 1,300 child deaths a year, a 3% college graduation rate, and over 50% ending up homeless, incarcerated or on welfare within two years of aging out. What can we do to help change this?

Nov 3, 2015

Economically Sustainable and Socially Impactful: Building a Business that Thrives in Both Worlds

Daniel Lubetzky is a pioneer in harnessing market forces to drive social change. Twenty years ago, Daniel developed a "not-ONLY-for-profit" business model building his first company from the ground up to be both economically sustainable and socially impactful. In 2004, Daniel created KIND, now the fastest-growing snack company in the U.S., and the KIND Movement, which has inspired more than one million kind acts. Daniel will discuss KIND's product-first approach, and the very real challenges in striking a balance between profit and purpose. He'll share what's next for KIND, as it aspires to redefine what a 21st century company can look like and achieve - from a product, impact and cultural standpoint.

Sep 29, 2015

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Social Entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurship creatively draws on the best public, private and citizen sector problem-solving techniques to achieve sustainable and scalable solutions to society's most intractable problems. While always quick to celebrate its successes, the field is less comfortable examining the trends and practices that don't bring us closer to, or even pull us further away from, realizing social justice. Join Nancy Lublin and Jonathan Lewis for a no holds barred discussion of the good, the bad, and the ugly of the current state of social entrepreneurship.

Apr 30, 2015

Africa, The Next Frontier in Apparel Sourcing

On April 30, 2015, the NYU Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship, Liberty & Justice Clothing, Made in Africa, and SPARK convened a community of fashion brands, designers and industry taste-makers and movers to start a candid conversation about the real challenges and inspiring opportunities in sourcing from and doing business in countries across Africa. The evening began with a stellar panel discussion that included Sydney Price, SVP of Corporate Social Responsibility at Kate Spade & Company, Lauren Bush Lauren, Founder & CEO of FEED, Paul van Zyl, Co-Founder & CEO of Maiyet, and Stefani Mar, Senior Textile Designer at Eileen Fisher. Sean Ansett, Board Chair of Liberty & Justice Clothing brilliantly guided the discussion where the panelists shared their hard-won lessons of successfully sourcing from and doing business in different countries across Africa, and realizing economic, quality, and social advantages, even in post-conflict regions. We learned that this work isn't just about baseline compliance. It's about the power of "and;" growing meaningful brands AND creating meaningful social impact throughout the value chain.

A wonderful networking cocktail reception followed, where attendees made connections to explore new levels of quality, creativity, speed to market and sophistication, all at a competitive price while enhancing positive social impact.

We would like to extended a very special thank you to our wonderful panel members and moderator, to SPARK for their generous financial support for the event, SPARK's South Sudan Country Director and NYU Reynolds alum Lauren Servin, the entire L&J and MIA team, especially Chid Liberty and Paloma Pineda, and to Allana Finley and Engelbert DeCastro for their help in identifying some of the stellar participants that joined the conversation.

View the event program to learn more about participating organizations and speakers.

Mar 11, 2015

The Power of the Crowd Economy: A New Era of People, Purpose and Platforms

A new era of social entrepreneurship is connecting and mobilizing innovators, citizen philanthropists, non-profits, and businesses to tackle some of the planet's toughest challenges. Join Charles Best, Founder and CEO of, and Shannon Schuyler, Principal and Corporate Responsibility Leader, PwC, to hear how the growing "crowd economy" is changing how we do business, deliver services, engage citizens and employees, and realize large scale change in our communities.

Feb 2, 2015

How to Be a Badass for Good: Stepping Up with Ethics and Courage

We imagine leaders as having all the answers. But ethical dilemmas are a real part of their daily lives. Come meet three mavericks as they share their journeys to "moral courage" - doing the right thing in the face of fear. This evening will provide a chance to ask the taboo questions and get real about what it takes to align values with action. Ready to step up?

Oct 2, 2014

The Battle for the Soul of the Social Sector

Although the social sector continues to play a central role in tackling many societal problems, there is an unseen battle being waged for its soul. Mr. Berger argues that some of its leaders have not been introspective and proactive regarding the sector's numerous internal problems, which threatens the sector's relevance and identity. Join us for an intriguing discussion on the contours of the battle, and the efforts Charity Navigator is making to help win it.

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