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.

For a list of upcoming SILS speakers, visit the events page.

2015–16 Series

May 10: Sustainability at Starbucks with Sue Long, ’94
April 26: Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts with the Goodman Theatre's Willa Taylor and Julie Danis, AM ’79, MBA ’84
February 17: The Intersection of Economics and the Environment with Henry Paulson
January 26: Food and Finance: A CFO's Take on Social Entrepreneurship with Kendall Baker, ’94
November 16, 2015: Teacher Match's Ron Huberman, MBA ’00, AM ’00
October 15, 2015: Education Reimagined with Sal Khan, founder and CEO of Khan Academy

Hong Kong
May 12, 2016: Social Impact Leadership Series with the Paulson Institute
January 19, 2016: Founding Your Own Social Venture with a panel of US and Hong Kong-based Social Entrepreneurs
November 17, 2015: How Are Social Enterprises Changing the Nonprofit Sector? with Eric Weinheimer, ’94, president of Donor's Forum of Illinois

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

Doing Good is Serious Business

The Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation is the destination for people committed to helping solve complex social and environmental problems. As Chicago Booth's social impact hub, we build on the school's grounding in business fundamentals with experiential learning and research-based insights. Then, through programs, including the John Edwardson, '72, Social New Venture Challenge and training for nonprofit board members, we equip our community with the knowledge and tools to positively impact humanity.

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