Social & Sustainable Entrepreneurship from Theory to Practice


February 17


04:00 pm - 06:00 pm

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DePaul University's Coleman Entrepreneurship Center

Workshop Event with Maija Renko, Ph.D., Anna Lloyd, Ph.D., and George Brigandi, MBA about Social & Sustainable Entrepreneurship.

Coleman Entrepreneurship Center and Social Enterprise Alliance co-host:

Social & Sustainable Entrepreneurship from Theory to Practice

Many entrepreneurs look to address social and sustainability challenges, either by launching and running a for-profit social enterprise, through a non-profit structure, or a hybrid of the two. In this workshop we present the audience with some recent developments in the field of social and sustainable entrepreneurship research and invite the audience to discuss the practical relevance of this research in their everyday work as students, employees, and entrepreneurs interested in social issues and sustainability. We also hear from a recent MBA graduate on whether, and how, the lessons learned in a graduate business program can help in practical work that advances sustainability goals.


Maija Renko, Ph.D.

Professor & Coleman Chair of Entrepreneurship

DePaul University

She has been published in numerous management and entrepreneurship journals and has received many Best Paper Awards, including one in 2016 for the most relevant research in social entrepreneurship. Over the years she has received many grants to support her research, including a $2.4 million grant in 2019 to study entrepreneurship as a pathway to employment for people with disabilities.

M. Renko is passionate about understanding how entrepreneurs build successful businesses that not only generate financial rewards for those involved, but contribute to the advancement of society and positive change, particularly for marginalized members of the community.

Anna Lloyd, Ph.D.

Professor of Social Entrepreneurship

University of Illinois at Chicago

Anna Lloyd currently teaches Social Entrepreneurship, a Social Entrepreneur Training Certificate program in collaboration with the Social Entrepreneurship Alliance – Chicago Chapter, Corporate Social Responsibility, International Entrepreneurship, Civic Engagement, and Leadership. She has recently been active in board governance and strategic fundraising campaign design for Chicago nonprofits. Professor Lloyd facilitates impact among social enterprises and corporations in the Midwest, collaborating with community programming opportunities, recently successful in attracting Harvard’s BLab consideration of impact bonds as a tool for expanding low income housing in west Chicago.

A. Lloyd continuously combines her passion for leadership and social entrepreneurship. While directing the C200 Foundation, signature research included Teens on Business, a collaboration with the Simmons School of Management, featuring high school girls’ attitudes on business and entrepreneurship.

George Brigandi, MBA.

George Brigandi is the Partnership & Development Manager at Current, Chicago’s water innovation hub that is working to grow the region’s blue economy. In this role he leads the organization’s marketing and communications, event planning, and account management. His work on H2NOW Chicago – the first real-time water quality monitoring project in the US to measure microbial pollutants, and communicate the data in an easily understandable and public format – has made it one of the most anticipated sustainability projects in Chicago.

Brigandi frequently speaks at local, national and international events and conferences, like Greenbuild and DIPMF.


DATE: Monday, February 17th from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

RSVP by Friday, 14th at 12:00 pm


Free for DePaul Students & Staff,

Free for SEA Members

$20 General Admission


4:00 PM: Check-in

4:15 PM: Presentation

5:00 PM: Q&A session

5:30 PM: Networking closing session

Light refreshments will be served.

Co-organized with Social Enterprise Alliance.

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