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Social & Sustainable Entrepreneurship

February 17, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


DePaul Students & SEA Chicago Members – FREE
Others – $20


Many entrepreneurs look to address social and sustainability challenges, either by launching and running a for-profit social enterprise, through a non-profit structure, or a hybrid of the two. In this workshop we present the audience with some recent developments in the field of social and sustainable entrepreneurship research and invite the audience to discuss the practical relevance of this research in their everyday work as students, employees, and entrepreneurs interested in social issues and sustainability. We also hear from a recent MBA graduate on whether, and how, the lessons learned in a graduate business program can help in practical work that advances sustainability goals.


Maija Renko, Ph.D.
Professor & Coleman Chair of Entrepreneurship
DePaul University

She has been published in numerous management and entrepreneurship journals and has received many Best Paper Awards, including one in 2016 for the most relevant research in social entrepreneurship. Over the years she has received many grants to support her research, including a $2.4 million grant in 2019 to study entrepreneurship as a pathway to employment for people with disabilities.

M. Renko is passionate about understanding how entrepreneurs build successful businesses that not only generate financial rewards for those involved, but contribute to the advancement of society and positive change, particularly for marginalized members of the community.

Christine Mooney, Ph.D.
Barsema Professor of Social Entrepreneurship
Northern Illinois University

Christine Mooney is the Barsema Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Northern Illinois University. She is the lead faculty for entrepreneurship and the co-founder and former director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Social Impact. Christine’s research spans CEO succession, board decision-making, innovation, and impact investing.

C. Mooney has also served as a consultant, focusing on opportunity identification, strategic development and growth for entrepreneurial start-ups. Christine currently serves on the board of Juvenile Protection Agency (JPA) and is a member of Social Venture Partners (SVP) Chicago.

George Brigandi, MBA.

George Brigandi is the Partnership & Development Manager at Current, Chicago’s water innovation hub that is working to grow the region’s blue economy. In this role he leads the organization’s marketing and communications, event planning, and account management. His work on H2NOW Chicago – the first real-time water quality monitoring project in the US to measure microbial pollutants, and communicate the data in an easily understandable and public format – has made it one of the most anticipated sustainability projects in Chicago.

Brigandi frequently speaks at local, national and international events and conferences, like Greenbuild and DIPMF.
Questions? cec@depaul.edu



February 17, 2020
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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