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Social Enterprise @ Goizueta center makes its official debut

Emory Report | April 25, 2012

Social Enterprise @ Goizueta will host a reception on Thursday, April 26 at 5:30 p.m. at Goizueta Business School.  Officially recognized as a research center by the business school in February, Social Enterprise @ Goizueta is focused on integrating business principles and market-based solutions to create meaningful societal impacts.

Through a newly-launched fellowship program the center offers MBA students mentorship from its executive in residence, David Kyle, who has extensive experience in the traditional business and nonprofit sectors.  Social Enterprise @ Goizueta Fellows also have the assurance of a stipend for summer internship work in the social enterprise sector in the center's numerous outreach activities.

"We plan to be among the thought and impact leaders in the critical and growing social enterprise sector," says Peter Roberts, associate professor of organization & management and head of the center.

This will be reflected in a variety of basic and applied research projects that are supported by the center. At the same time, graduate and undergraduate students have the opportunity to take classes that focus on impact investing and entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility and nonprofit marketing and consulting.

Roberts and his team also coordinate several trips for research and hands-on learning, including an ongoing program centered in Nicaragua; a project that seeks to develop poverty-fighting wine industry in Ethiopia; and another that seeks to establish a world-class eye clinic in Honduras.

In the United States, Social Enterprise @ Goizueta works with organizations like Village Capital, Habitat for Humanity, UNICEF and SunTrust. The center has also taken on several projects for the City of Atlanta's Office of Sustainability. Here "we can offer the accumulated business acumen of our students to the city," Roberts says. "The students learn a ton and the city benefits as well."

For more information about Social Enterprise @ Goizueta or the April 26 reception, contact Ellen Williams.