< back to Winter 2011
Happy 2011! The transition to our second year at the Center
for Social Value Creation has been smooth and 2011 is shaping up
to be a year of tremendous growth for us. We are delighted to
become a new partner with the Maryland Chapter of the Social
Enterprise Alliance and to grow our relationship with
Grassroots.org to include a
national expansion of our
Grassroots.org Social Venture Consulting program to universities
across the country. Our team is evolving too, and we are hiring
an Assistant Director immediately - please share this fabulous
opportunity with potential candidates. Visit
https://jobs.umd.edu for details.
I would also like to share with you a few highlights from the
- We completed 24 projects with high impact nonprofits through
the creative work of 63 Smith School students, including
undergraduates for the first time in Grassroots.org Social
Venture Consulting program's history.
- We hosted the USAID | Smith School Global Challenge where 65
teams from 32 universities competed to create innovative
- Nearly 600 students, professionals and alumni attended the 2nd
Annual Social Enterprise Symposium in March. Save the date for
our 3rd annual Symposium on March 31, 2011!
- We touched nearly 1,000 students since August alone through
our events, presentations, programs and classes.
- We launched our 3rd year as an Ashoka U Changemaker campus.
- Our social media presence grew through our 2nd year
partnership with Triple Pundit, creation of original content,
live blogging, and Twitter growth (850 followers to date).
- I am very excited to share the national
NPR Morning Edition
story that aired on December 30th, highlighting
the Center and our Social Innovation Fellows
program that launched this Fall. The students
gave their final presentations in class and NPR
was there to tape. We are indeed at the cutting
edge of the movement.
...and there was even more through our career services support,
research funding, and media placements.
We are appreciative of our donors, our partners and our
students who make our work impactful. We look forward to 2011
and our continued relationship with each of you.
Melissa Carrier, Executive Director