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Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Recognized Voice

External Visibility

The Wilson Center is recognized by Ashoka, Echoing Green, and the US Department of State as a thought leader in best practices in social enterprise and entrepreneurship. Executive Director Rebecca Tekula is on the Executive Committe of the Academy of Management (AOM) Public and Nonprofit Management Division. Currently she serves as membership chair, and from 2013 to 2016 will serve as Communications Officer. The AOM is a professional association of over 18,000 scholars of management across many different categories.

Conferences and Events

Conferences and speaking events provide the Center with a platform to foster critical conversations with key stakeholders throughout the year.

Lunch & Learn: On Tuesday, July 19th the Helene & Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship held its inaugural Lunch and Learn event at the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) in West Chelsea, New York City.  Since 2009, the Wilson Center has funded over 100 full-time summer interns at more than 60 unique and innovative nonprofits and social enterprises in New York City. The purpose of this event was two-fold: 1) to expose the cohort of summer funded interns to a unique co-working community of mission-driven early stage businesses, to further their understanding of the social entrepreneurship sector and, 2) provide the student interns with an opportunity to meet one another, network and share their experiences working in the social impact sector. Led by Daniel Casey of CSI the student interns were given a tour of the uniquely designed facility where more than two hundred social/environment mission driven organizations co-exist. The afternoon also featured a brief presentation by founder and executive director, Eric Komoroff from Community of Unity, a youth empowerment/education non-profit organization. In the final piece of the Wilson Summer Funded Internship Program, student interns will present their internship learning outcomes to the University community during common hour on Wednesday, September 14th in the 18th floor boardroom at One Pace Plaza. 

True Partnerships Panel: In Fall 2015, the Wilson Center hosted its third annual event on the New York City campus. The event highlighted a pair of the collaborators involved in the $5 Million Dollar NSF Grant awarded to School of Education professor, Lauren Birney and her colleagues for the Billion Oyster Project; a unique effort to restore the ecology of New York Harbor through education and engagement of our city’s public school students. This event drew guests from the Pace community, Department of Education and local nonprofit professionals.

Pace Hitachi Nonprofit Forum: This annual free educational forum held at the White Plains campus hosts over 150 attendees each year and is underwritten by Hitachi America, Ltd. A significant number of students attend this event, and a career networking luncheon is served for students, alumni, and employers.

Not-for-Profit Leadership Summit: The Wilson Center is a co-sponsor of this full-day annual gathering of over 700 nonprofit leaders in Westchester. Keynotes include attorney generals and state senators. All Pace University students are invited to attend for free.

U.S. Department of State Social Entrepreneurship Panel: Each year the Wilson Center leads a panel or course on social entrepreneurship for international delegates through the State Department Visitors Program. Up to 90 delegates attend each year. Past panelists have included Acumen Fund officers and Pace Faculty.


Public Relations

In the last two years, our work was featured more than 25 times in local and national press, with coverage by the Associated Press, Crain's, Fast Company, and Westchester Magazine. It has two articles featured in both the Chronicle of Philanthropy and the Wall Street Journal.