NJSE Summit 2011

New Jersey Social Entrepreneurship Summit Archive

Summit for Business, Nonprofit, Academic, and Government Leaders

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What is Social Entrepreneurship?

Social entrepreneurship is a form of entrepreneurship that integrates social goals and social or environmental problem solving into its core business model. Employing this unique model simultaneously creates economic and social value in the community. Social entrepreneurs create organizations and companies that we call social ventures. Sometimes these social ventures are affiliated with nonprofit organizations but are run as companies (social enterprises); sometimes they are independent companies devoted to using business to affect positive social and/or environmental change (social businesses). In all cases, these social ventures, are making a difference in the way we think about solving social/environmental problems, implement business and create jobs.

New Jersey Social Entrepreneurship Summit – Wednesday, October 19 at the NJPAC

The purpose of this summit is to raise the profile of social entrepreneurship in New Jersey by bringing leaders of the social sector and entrepreneurs who address social and environmental problems in their businesses together to learn from and support one another. We are particularly interested in bringing together leaders who are tackling these social and environmental issues in New Jersey and encouraging these social entrepreneurs or would-be social entrepreneurs to use innovative, sustainable, and profitable business ventures and social impact organizations as their vehicle for long-term change.

The Summit will take place from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm at the NJPAC. During the summit, the press conference will take place to announce the New Jersey Social Innovation Institute.

Date: October 19, 2011

New Jersey Performing Arts Center
1 Center Street, Newark, NJ 07102

Registration Fee: $35.

Includes continental breakfast, lunch. and refreshments.

8:00Registration opens
9:00Opening Session
10:00Welcome from Organizers, Sponsors, Public Officials
A Conversation With Craig Cuccia

Founder of Café Reconcile
Interviewed by Alfred Edmond Jr, Sr. VP and Multimedia Editor-at-Large of Black Enterprise
10:45Networking break
11:00Morning Breakouts - 60 minutes
  • Martha Diaz: Director, NYU Hip Hop Education Center [MODERATOR]
    Christine Ageton: Managing Director, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies
  • Alex Forester: COO, Rising Tide Capital
  • John Brothers: Support Center for Nonprofit Management
  • Shauwea Hamilton: PSEG Foundation [Moderator]
  • Nate Madsen: Echoing Green
  • Preston Pinkett III: City National Bank

12:00Lunch and Networking - Theater Grill
12:15Press Conference*
1:30Announcement of the New Jersey Social Innovation Institute
A Conversation With Cheryl Dorsey

President of Echoing Green
Interviewed by Elmira Baysrali, Columnist, Forbes.com
2:15Networking Break
2:30Afternoon Breakouts - 60 minutes
  • Don Crocker: Executive Director, Support Center for Nonprofit Management [MODERATOR]
  • Laurel Dumont: Executive Director, Center for Collaborative Change
  • Baye Wilson: Executive Director, Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District
  • Taja-Nia Henderson: Professor, Rutgers Law School
  • Sidney Hargro: Community Foundation of South Jersey [MODERATOR]
  • Shauwea Hamilton: PSEG Foundation
  • Nate Madsen: Echoing Green
3:30Transition to final conversation...
3:45A Conversation With Alfa Demmellash
CEO and Founder of Rising Tide Capital
Interviewed by Christine Ageton, Managing Director, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies
4:30Closing Remarks
5:00Networking (NJPAC) Theater Grill


The Rutgers Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development was founded in 2008 with the following mission: to build a world-class research-driven, education, and practitioner-oriented urban entrepreneurship and economic development program that will transform the economy of Newark and other urban centers, create wealth in urban communities, and be a model for all urban universities.

CUEED’s vision is to be recognized locally and throughout the world as the leading Center for innovative thinking and research for entrepreneurial activity in urban environments. We work across constituencies to create new knowledge and tools that build thriving urban communities here and abroad.

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