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An Interactive Workshop on Social Entrepreneurship
1-5 pm, April 15, 2011

2043 Business Instructional Facility

Distinguished Speaker: Vanita Viswanath, Udyogini, India

Chairs: Sunny Jeong and Srinivas Venugopal
Organizers: Collette Niland and Madhu Viswanathan


Participants learnt about social entrepreneurship in an interactive workshop covering a range of issues from understanding social issues to designing enterprises and assessing impact.  The workshop emphasized audience participation through group assignments and presentations.  Participants included students and staff at the University of Illinois and social entrepreneurs and staff from non-profit organizations in the community.


1-2:00 pm - Audience Participation in Exercises
2:00-2:15 pm – What is Social Entreprenership? - Sunny Jeong, College of Business
2:30-3:30 - Challenges and Opportunities in Social Entrepreneurship?  - Vanita Viswanath
3:45-5:00 pm – Panel Discussion Srinivas Venugopal (Chair), MBA Student; Sunny Jeong, Business Faculty; Kathleen Robbins, Jatropha Pepinye, Haiti; John Sullivan, Center for Women in Transition, Champaign; Vanita Viswanath, Udyogini

Vanita Viswanath is the CEO of Udyogini, an organization providing business development services to poor women in the backward and remote regions of India. Prior to joining Udyogini in 2000, she was a consultant to the World Bank and other international agencies. She was a staff member of the World Bank in Washington in the early 1990s. She has several writings to her credit including books and articles on political development, gender, development practice and microenterprise. She has a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in the United States.
Sponsored by

Subsistence Marketplaces Initiative –
Social Entrepreneurship Institute, College of Business
Women and Gender in Global Perspective Program



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