Friday, July 18, 2008

Cornell Social Entrepreneurship Interest Group


Hi all, last year the Cornell Entrepreneur Network (CEN) featured four events under the banner "Doing Well by Doing Good." (12/3/08, 3/31/08, 4/17/08 and, 4/23/08) As a result, we've had an avalanche of correspondence from alumni asking us to help them network more on this theme.

After examining Cornell's strengths and the interests of alumni and students, we've landed on the term Social Entrepreneurship to define this genre of activity.

According to Wikipedia, a Social Entrepreneur is "someone who recognizes a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage a venture to make social change. Whereas a business entrepreneur typically measures performance in profit and return, a social entrepreneur assesses success in terms of the impact s/he has on society. While social entrepreneurs often work through nonprofits and citizen groups, many work in the private and governmental sectors."

To help Cornellians network in this space we've created our newest Google group: Cornell Social Entrepreneurship Interest Group. This is a place for alumni, students, faculty, and staff, to exchange ideas, advertise events, and connect. Whether you work in a large for-profit company, a small non-profit, or have made the plunge from napkin to business plan, we hope you'll find this group useful.

To sign up, visit Cornell Social Entrepreneurship Interest Group

I'll hope to CU on-line soon!



The following event is not a CEN event but may be of interest to many.
Cornell University New York City Network
A Network for Change

TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2008 AT 6 P.M.
City Year New York
20 West 22nd Street 3rd Floor (between 5th & 6th Ave)
New York, New York
Join fellow Cornell students, alumni and representatives from New York City Nonprofit and Government agencies for a unique night of networking. Learn how fellow Cornellians have made their way in New York City leading some of the most innovative and effective programming and tackling some of New York's biggest challenges. Expand your network by meeting others working in the field of social change. The most exciting city in the world, is doing some of the most exciting work in the nonprofit sector - learn how you can get involved!

Panelists Include:
Kate MacKenzie '00: Director, Program Development and Policy, City Harvest
Maria Torres '93: President & Chief Operating Officer, The Point
Drew Warshaw '03: Chief of Staff, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Itai Dinour '01: Moderator, Executive Director, City Year New York

Please respond by July 17th to Carol Rundle at, or by phoning 607.255.1148.
This event is sponsored by: The Cornell Public Service Center, City Year New York, Cornell Urban Scholars Program, Cornell Urban Mentors Initiative, Cornell Urban Semester Program and Cornell Career Services.

Shannon Murray '94
Director Cornell Silicon Valley
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