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Social Impact Leadership Series

Launched in 2012, the Social Impact Leadership Series brings six 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.

Upcoming SILS Events:
From a college persistence program in the US to a hospital ship in central Africa, upcoming Social Impact Leadership Series (SILS) speakers take stock of their strategies to address real world issues.
Learn more about our winter speakers »

February 18 - Unlocking College Persistence: A Data-Driven Model that Works with OneGoal's Jeff Nelson, '14
March 4 - Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic with founder and copresident Amy Lehman, AB '96, MBA '05, MD '05

2014-15 Fall Series
Mike Lynch, '98, Vice President, Green Innovation, NASCAR
Jennifer Axelrod, Deputy Commissioner of Youth Services, City of Chicago, and a Panel of Practitioners

2013-14 Past 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.

© 2014 Chicago Booth: Social Enterprise Initiative