Chicago Booth

Social Impact Leadership Series

Launched in 2012, the Social Impact Leadership Series brings prominent speakers to the Chicago Booth campus each year to talk to students, alumni, and the community about issues in the social sector. The series has covered issues of corporate social responsibility, impact investing, social entrepreneurship, education, research, environmental sustainability, and others.

A networking reception follows each talk, inviting guests to continue the conversation and make connections with others interested in the social sector. SILS events are free and open to all.

2015-16 Series
October 15, 2015: Education Reimagined with Sal Khan, founder and CEO of Khan Academy RSVP »
November 16, 2015: Teacher Match's Ron Huberman RSVP »

Hong Kong

November 17, 2015: How Are Social Enterprises Changing the Nonprofit Sector? with Eric Weinheimer, '94, president of Donor's Forum of Illinois RSVP »
January 19, 2016: Founding Your Own Social Venture with a panel of US and Hong Kong-based founders RSVP »

2014-15 Series
Mike Lynch, '98, Vice President, Green Innovation, NASCAR
Jennifer Axelrod, Deputy Commissioner of Youth Services, City of Chicago, and a Panel of Practitioners
Jeff Nelson, '14, CEO of OneGoal; Kevin Willer, '10, Partner, Chicago Ventures; and Jenny Nagaoka, deputy director of the University of Chicago's Consortium on Chicago School Research
Amy Lehman, AB '96, MBA '05, MD '05, CEO, Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic
Brian Trelstad, Partner, Bridges Ventures
Sandeep Ahuja, AM '06, Founder and CEO, Operation ASHA

2013-14 Series
Sendhil Mullainathan, Professor of Economics, Harvard University and Founder, ideas42
Chris Balme, Founder and President, Spark and Art Bilger, '77, Managing Member, Shelter Capital Partners
Shrupti Shah, Director, Deloitte GovLab
Todd Babbitz, '04, Executive Director, Office of Strategy Management, Chicago Public Schools
John Edwardson, '72, and Vicki Escarra, CEO, Opportunity International

2012-13 Series
Arjan Schütte, Managing Partner, Core Innovation Capital 
Eboo Patel, Founder and President, Interfaith Youth Core
Jay Rasulo, AM '82, MBA '84, Senior Executive Vice President and CFO, The Walt Disney Company
Karen Wiegert, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chicago
Dean Karlan, MBA '97, MPP '97, Founder and President, Innovations for Poverty Action and Professor of Economics, Yale University

Understanding social sector dynamics. Educating leaders. Supporting social impact.

The Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI) at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business supports the aspirations of students and alumni to impact societal issues and furthers research on how institutions help solve social problems. Through ongoing curricular development, alumni and student programming, and support of faculty pursuits, SEI builds on Chicago Booth's commitment to rigorous analysis and its discipline-based approach to understanding organizations, markets, and policy.

© 2015 Chicago Booth: Social Enterprise Initiative