Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series Launches With Social Entrepreneurship Guru

Jerome Boschee

Generously sponsored by Don and Dr. Susan Rice (EdD ’86); member of the Pepperdine University Board of Regents, director of the GSEP Board of Visitors, and alumna; the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series brings leading agents of change to GSEP to discuss the challenges and opportunities in leadership in communities across the world. The series supports the GSEP mission of educating students to inspire lasting change in their communities and lead lives of service, purpose, and leadership.

The inaugural Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series event will welcome Mr. Jerr Boschee, executive director of the Institute for Social Entrepreneurs and one of the founders of the social enterprise movement worldwide, on October 20. He served as chief executive officer of the Social Enterprise Alliance, the largest membership organization for social entrepreneurs in North America, which he co-founded in 1997 as the National Gathering for Social Entrepreneurs. Boschee, named on the 2004, 2005, and 2006 NonProfit Times’ “Power and Influence Top 50” list; will draw from his experience founding several organizations to benefit social entrepreneurs with the goal of doing good and doing well, simultaneously.

“Social enterprises go beyond the traditional concept of corporate social responsibility by directly confronting the major unmet needs of society through businesses themselves, rather than grappling with them indirectly through socially responsible practices, such as corporate philanthropy, equitable wages and the use of environmentally friendly raw materials,” Boschee said.

Prior to the free event, which will take place at 7 – 9 p.m. at the Rave Motion Pictures theatre, across from the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus, GSEP will host a daytime meeting between Boschee and students from the newly-established master of arts in social entrepreneurship and change program, as well as undergraduate students in the business administration division minoring in nonprofit management at Seaver College of Pepperdine University.

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