2009 Symposium

Social Enterprise Symposium: A New Way of Doing Business

5 – 9 p.m. Thursday, March 26
Frank Auditorium, 1524 Van Munching Hall


On March 26, 2009, the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and the Initiative for Social Value Creation hosted our first Social Enterprise Symposium, a student-run program designed to introduce new approaches for making impactful, lasting social change around the world using market-based approaches. Private, public and nonprofit practitioners are crossing traditional barriers to enable social and environmental change. Attendees selected from multiple plenary sessions that range from topics in clean/green technology to socially responsible investing. Sessions are workshop-based so students will learn how to put principles and practices into action. A reception and career/opportunity fair followed the workshops.

The Ashoka Changemaker Campus Team – also known as Terp Changemakers – led the planning efforts for the Social Enterprise Symposium. Through this event and the “Transform Your World Film Festival” on May 8, we are setting the wheels in motion to make the University of Maryland an incubator of changemakers with innovative ideas for improving society.

Event summaries can be found on the agenda page.