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Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Recognized Voice

Sharing knowledge and highlighting trends and challenges in the sector, as well as the work of unique nonprofits and social enterprises, through a broad array of channels to directly influence practice.

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 served 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.

True Partnerships Panel: The Wilson Center hosts an annual series on the New York City campus showcasing partnerships across sectors and best practices for collaboration toward social impact. Our fifth annual True Partnerships event in September 2017, highlighted the result of a cross-sector partnership between young women of color, local government, community organizations and philanthropy, the Young Women's Initiative. This annual event is open to the Pace community and the greater NYC nonprofit and public service sector.

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. 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's International Visitors Program; up to 90 delegates attend each year. Past panelists have included Acumen Fund officers and Pace Faculty. More recently. through the U.S. Department of State’s Community Solutions Program the Wilson Center hosted a Community Solutions Fellow (CSF) from Nepal.


Public Relations

The Wilson Center’s work has been covered prominently in both local and national press, including the Associated Press, Crain’s and Westchester Magazine’s 914Inc. The Wilson Center has also had stand-alone profiles of its research published in Fast Company, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and The Wall Street Journal.