About Us


The Center for Social Value Creation at the Robert H. Smith School of Business aims to create a better world through business principles. We offer hands-on learning opportunities, support ground-breaking research, and collaborate across sectors to help prepare the next generation of leaders. Our goal is to infuse students with the ability to apply business principles in creative and entrepreneurial ways that co-create economic prosperity and social and environmental well-being. 

The Center is comprised of five full-time staff members who collectively account for more than 35 years of experience in the business, social enterprise, startup and sustainability sectors. Our consulting opportunities and unique programs, like Social Innovation Fellows and the Social Enterprise Symposium, help Smith students gain exposure to the trends and skills necessary to do business in the 21st century.  


In 2008 four University of Maryland students set out to answer the question, ‘how can business create positive change in the world?’ Unable to satisfy their query through existing campus opportunities and curricula, they began to survey the broader academic landscape. After benchmarking their findings they returned their focus to the University of Maryland community, aiming to find a faculty champion that would help them bring ‘social enterprise’ to campus. In their search they discovered Melissa Carrier, who at the time was undertaking a similar assessment in her work at the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship. Their timing was perfect.

In the year that followed Melissa and her new student team laid the foundation for what is now the Social Enterprise Symposium, and helped establish the University of Maryland as a pilot campus for the “Ashoka U Changemaker Campus” program. In that same year, the University of Maryland appointed G. “Anand” Anandalingam dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Dean Anand assumed leadership with the confident position that Smith should be leading when it comes to the discourse on social responsibility and innovation - not following. The Center officially launched in 2009 under the leadership of Melissa Carrier, and has been making strides ever since.