Events and Speakers

On occasion, Wilson Center promotes via (co-)sponsorship particular conferences, special workshops, and other awards events and meetings, with the aim of fostering education, dialogue and debate on today’s most pressing issues and trends in the areas of nonprofit management, social enterprise, and social entrepreneurship.

Recent and upcoming events include:


Nonprofit Studies Open House in NYC, November 27, 2012



Not-for-Profit Leadership Summit IX in Tarrytown, May 9, 2011


Distinguished Speaker: Matthew Shelley, Senior Vice President, Greyston Foundation.

An Event Cosponsored by the Wilson Center and Pace University MPA Student Association, March 10, 2011



The Social Enterprise Conference at Harvard University, March 5-6, 2011



Social Enterprise and How It Can Work For the Nonprofit Sector

Co-sponsored with Hitachi America, Ltd., February 16, 2011

Distinguished Panelists:

Pam Allyn, Founder of LitLif and LitWorld Daniel Bena, Director of Sustainable Development, PepsiCo

Nancy Biberman, Founder and President, Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation

Rohan Mathew, Co-founder and Executive Director, The Intersect Fund Jessamyn Waldman, Founder, Hot Bread Kitchen


Pace Student Leadership Conference "Leadership in an Evolving World" February 5, 2011

Distinguished Speakers:

Melissa Cardon, PhD

Fellow, Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor of Management, Lubin School of Business, Pace University

“Passion, Entrepreneurship and Social Ventures”

Christelle Scharff, PhD

Fellow, Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Pace University

“Close Up on Mobile Technology and Social Innovation”

Steve Larosiliere

Founder and Executive Director, Stoked Mentoring

“Stoked Mentoring: Innovative Community Engagement”



NextGen Charity Conference, November 18-19, 2010


"What Makes a Successful Social Enterprise?" A Panel Discussion

Hosted by the Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Lubin School of Business at Pace University, and United States Department of State, October 7, 2010


Distinguished Panelists: 

Rebecca Tekula, PhD, Executive Director, Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship (Moderator)

Steve Larosiliere, Founder and Executive Director of Stoked Mentoring, Inc. Catherine Casey, Innovation Manager, Acumen Fund and 2007-2008 Acumen Fund Fellow Magogodi Makhene, Co-Founding Managing Director of Zenzele Circle and Reynolds Fellow Melissa Cardon, PhD, Associate Professor, Lubin School of Business




Association of Development Officers Conference Day, April 22, 2010




"Philanthropy in the New Decade"

Co-Sponsored by Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Hitachi America, Ltd., March 25, 2010

Distinguished Speakers:

Betsy Hills Bush, Program Officer, Westchester Community Foundation and Adjunct Professor, Pace University Jay Frost, Principal, Frost on Fundraising Mark Popovich, Senior Program Manager, The Hitachi Foundation
"Turbo Charge Your Board without Getting Burned" "Fundraising 2.0: New Rules for a New Culture" "The Great Recession and the State of Corporate Giving in the U.S."



The Social Innovator Awards, September 15, 2008


Echoing Green Fellowship Pitch Contest, May 4-5, 2007


Americans for Informed Democracy Social Innovator Awards, September 4, 2007



The Pace Pitch Contest 

In cooperation with the Lubin School of Business, in past years the Wilson Center has sponsored the annual Pace Pitch Contest's Social Venture Prize.  For more details about this important and exciting competition check out the  Pace Pitch Contest Website

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