Speaker Series Archive

The NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program Speaker Series Archive includes videos and audio recordings from the entire history of the "Social Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century" Speaker Series. Since 2006, the series has brought prominent social entrepreneurs and leaders from across the spectrum of public and professional sectors to the NYU and NYC communities. Watch, listen, and download their insights as cutting-edge, far-reaching changemakers.

All speaker series videos and podcasts are also available on the NYU SE Program iTunes Podcast and on the NYU SE Program YouTube channel.

2017-2018 Speaker Series

Jan 29, 2018

Skirball Talks: Insightful Brevity

Jim VandeHei: Co-Founder, Politico, Axios Mike Allen, Co-Founder, Axios and former chief political reporter for Politico Ben Smith: Editor in Chief, BuzzFeed Maggie Haberman: White House Correspondent, NY Times

Feb 20, 2018

Towards A New Reconstruction: Owning Our Past to Build Our Future


2016-2017 Speaker Series

Feb 15, 2017

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

Aunjanue Ellis of Take it Down America, Anurag Gupta of Be More America, Van Jones of CNN and Dream Corps, Trabian Shorters of BMe Community; moderated by The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis of Middle Collegiate Church; with a performance by Genesis Be featuring Ebonie Smith

2015-2016 Speaker Series

Sep 29, 2015

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Social Entrepreneurship

Nov 3, 2015

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

Apr 21, 2016

Voiceless Children: The Civil Rights Struggle That Never Began

2014-2015 Speaker Series

Oct 2, 2014

The Battle for the Soul of the Social Sector

Feb 2, 2015

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

Presented in partnership with the NYU Leadership Initiative

Mar 11, 2015

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

2013-2014 Speaker Series

Nov 6, 2013

Mission in a Bottle: Scaling an Authentic Brand while Keeping it HONEST

Nov 11, 2013

A Screening and Discussion of Waiting for Mamu

Dec 5, 2013

Can the Power of Advertising Actually Be Harnessed To Realize Social Change?

Feb 12, 2014

The Power of AND: Learning to think with AND instead of OR to accomplish seemingly incompatible goals

Mar 12, 2014

Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential

A special NYU Reynolds Speaker Series Event brought to you with generous support from Richard Kimball

Apr 3, 2014

GO BIG OR GO HOME: Non-Profits Moving Beyond Managing Symptoms to Curing Systemic Problems

Apr 23, 2014

Active Collaboration For Transformational Change - From Fighting Poverty to Ending Malaria

How bringing together such diverse groups as the Robin Hood Foundation, the United Nations, top Universities, numerous non-profits and the U.S. government can dramatically increase the impact on the most pressing social issues of our time.

2012-2013 Speaker Series

Sep 27, 2012

Building Maker Communities


Oct 22, 2012

Scaling your Organization + Scaling Your Impact

What Every Change Agent Needs to Know with John Wood

Dec 5, 2012

To Hell With Sustainability

COLIN BEAVAN, Author, Activist, Green Party Congressional Candidate, and Executive Director of the No Impact Project

Feb 6, 2013

Finding Your Path: Lessons Learned From An Investment Banker Turned Social Entrepreneur


Apr 2, 2013

Best for the World: A Global Movement to Redefine Success in Business and the Role It Can, Must and Does Play in Social Change

A Conversation With ANDREW KASSOY, Co-Founder, B Lab and MATTHEW BISHOP, Business Editor, The Economist

Apr 16, 2013

What Do You Stand For?

An evening of Moral Courage with DR. CORNEL WEST and IRSHAD MANJI

Apr 22, 2013

Lessons from the World's Classrooms

WENDY KOPP, CEO & Co-founder, Teach For All; Founder & Chair, Teach for America

2011-2012 Speaker Series

Sep 15, 2011

Designing Programs of Influence and Scale

NICHOLAS NEGROPONTE, Chairman & Founder, One Laptop Per Child Foundation

Oct 12, 2011

Bringing Education, Opportunity, and Equality to the World

JOHN WOOD, Founder & Board Co-Chairman, Room to Read, in conversation with PETER T. GRAUER, Chairman, Bloomberg L.P.

Dec 7, 2011

Innovations in the Public, Private and the Citizen Sectors Panel

JOSH COHEN, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, City Light Capital, LINDA GIBBS, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, MICHAEL JACOBSON, President and Director, Vera Institute of Justice, Moderated by Wagner Dean Ellen Schall

Feb 7, 2012

The Future of American Business: Will It Revive or Destroy Our Economy?

JEFFREY HOLLENDER, Co-Founder & Former CEO, Seventh Generation Inc.

Apr 18, 2012

Toward Resilience: An Evening with Futurist and PopTech Curator ANDREW ZOLLI

Co-sponsored with the NYU Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising Speaker Series

Apr 25, 2012

So You Want to Change the World? The Starting Place is Service

MICHAEL BROWN Co-Founder & CEO of City Year, AARON WILLIAMS Director of the Peace Corps, Moderated by Gara LaMarche Former Atlantic Philanthropies CEO and President, and NYU Wagner Senior Fellow

2010-2011 Speaker Series

Oct 13, 2010

The Many Drivers, Actors and Paths to Realize True Social Breakthrough


Nov 29, 2010

Can A Water Pump Help Alleviate Poverty?

MARTIN FISHER, CEO & Co-Founder, KickStart International

Dec 2, 2010

Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets

LINDA ROTTENBERG, CEO & Co-Founder, Endeavor

Feb 10, 2011

How You Can Prepare for an Everyone A Changemaker World

BILL DRAYTON, Founder & CEO, Ashoka

Mar 23, 2011

The Food Network: How Economics, Sustainability and Safety Interact to Influence the Way We Eat

GIDON ESHEL, Bard College; Columbia University, DEBBIER BARKER, Center for Food Safety, DENNIS AVERY, Center for Global Good Issues, Hudson Institute, ROGAN KERSH, NYU Wagner

Apr 12, 2011

An Ethical Compass: Coming of Age in the 21st Century

ELIE WIESEL, Author & Nobel Laureate; President, The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity

2009-2010 Speaker Series

Oct 19, 2009

Thirsty for a Healthier Drink & Social Change

SETH GOLDMAN, President & TeaEO, Honest Tea

Nov 5, 2009

The Emergence of a Restorative Economy

WOODY TASCH, Chairman & President, Slow Money

Dec 13, 2009

Empowering the World's Most Vulnerable Populations to Lead Healthier Lives

KARL HOFMANN, President & CEO, Population Services International

Mar 3, 2010

Exploring the Waste of Our Mass Culture

CHRIS JORDAN, Artist & Photographer, Chris Jordan Photographic Arts

Mar 25, 2010

Creating Opportunity to Permanently Overcome Poverty in India

ABRAHAM GEORGE, Founder, The George Foundation

Apr 27, 2010

Justice, Opportunity, and Civil Liberties in Perilous Times

ANTHONY ROMERO, Executive Director, ACLU

2008-2009 Speaker Series

Oct 8, 2008

Using Conscious Capitalism to Change the Way We Do Business

JOHN MACKEY, Chairman & CEO, Whole Foods Market

Nov 12, 2008

Taking a Customer Service Approach to Revolutionize Connection

CRAIG NEWMARK, Founder & Chief Customer Service Representative, Craigslist

Jan 26, 2009

Artist as Social, Political, and Cultural Activist

Feb 10, 2009

From Corporate America to the World Water Crisis

Mar 3, 2009

The Transformative Power of Young People as a Force for Good

CHERYL DORSEY, President, Echoing Green

Apr 30, 2009

Raising the Standard of Healthcare

PAUL FARMER, Co-Founder, Partners in Health

2007-2008 Speaker Series

Sep 21, 2007

Thinking Big and Scaling Up: BRAC's Approach to Social Change

FAZLE HASAN ABED, Founder & Chairman, BRAC

Oct 30, 2007

Guiding College-Capable Talent into School

J.B. SCHRAMM, Founder & CEO, College Summit

Jan 30, 2008

An Alternative Path: Blending Financial Value with Social and Environmental Impact

JED EMERSON, Founder, Blended Value

Feb 20, 2008

Emphasizing Capital to Change the Development Paradigm

Apr 30, 2008

Treating the World's Poorest Populations

PAUL FARMER, Co-Founder, Partners in Health

2006-2007 Speaker Series

Oct 13, 2006

The "Everyone A Changemaker" World

BILL DRAYTON, Founder, CEO & Chair, Ashoka

Oct 30, 2006

Applying Microsoft's Lessons to An NGO's Vision

JOHN WOOD, Founder & CEO, Room to Read

Feb 1, 2007

Using Your Simple Vision and Extraordinary Conviction to Change the World

WENDY KOPP, President & Founder, Teach for America

Mar 1, 2007

Connecting People, Organizations, and Resources to Build a Better World

AMI DAR, Founder & Executive Director, Action Without Borders/Idealist.org

May 8, 2007

Taking Action to Raise the Healthcare Standard for the World's Poor

PAUL FARMER, Co-Founder, Partners in Health

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