The Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship





The Helene & Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship was created in 2005 to serve the nonprofit and social enterprise community and Pace University.  Devoted to honing the risk-taking spirit and managerial skills of nonprofit organizations and social ventures, the center was launched with a pledge from Helene and Grant Wilson, Boston-area entrepreneurs and philanthropists whose philanthropic endeavors convinced them that entrepreneurial management can help social ventures increase their impact.




Recent and Upcoming Events

April 2, 2015: Wilson Center student aides Jordan Jhamb and Maria Costa as well as Wilson Summer Funded Interns Ashleigh Deosaran and Sara Moriarty listed as Pace's Top 100 Scholars of 2014-2015.  

April 13, 2015: Non Profit Career Panel, co-sponsored by the Wilson Center, will feature speakers from various areas of the government and nonprofit sector. This event is open to all students and will be held at 1:30PM in the Schimmel Lobby, NYC campus.

February 2, 2015: Wilson Center Funded Intern Chinmoy "Rocky" Chakraborty '16, featured in Trading Corporate, Pace Pulse.  

March 25, 2015: Faculty Fellows Speaker Series: "Volunteer Management Practices during Challenging Times" A Wilson-Funded Research Project by Prof. Knepper, brown bag lunch research seminar to be held in the 21st Fl. Conference Room at 163 William Street, NYC and webcast to the Pace Community, email us at for details.

November 12, 2014Wilson Center Executive Director, Dr. Rebecca Tekula, quoted in Westchester Magazine regarding Westchester's nonprofit organizations.   February 18, 2015: Non Profit Career Panel, co-sponsored by the Wilson Center, will feature speakers from various areas of the non profit sector. This event is open to all students and will be held in the Bianco Room, NYC Campus, 6:00-8:00PM.
November 11, 2014: Wilson Center Funded Intern Oluwabukola Oyalabu '16, featured in Growing and Giving Roots, Pace Pulse.  

October 29, 2014: "True Partnerships: Best Practices in Collaborations for Social Impact" Panel discussion featuring our Social Enterprise in Residence Impact America.

August 11, 2014: Impact America Fund, Wilson Center's Social Enterprise in Resicence, featured on Black Enterprise.  

October 8, 2014: Join us for a conversation with Matt Hennessy, Client and Partnership Director for First Access. Lecture to be held at 6:30PM, Rm.E308, One Pace Plaza

August 4, 2014: Wilson Center Funded Intern Jason Gonzalez ’14 featured in Applying Classroom Studies to Community Service, Pace Success Stories.  

September 10, 2014: Learning Outcomes Reception: Summer 2014 interns present their summer employment experience at nonprofits and social enterprises to the Pace community.

July 4, 2014: Launch of Impact America Fund, Wilson Center Social Enterprise in Residence


August 20, 2014Social Entrpreneurship, Ethics of Volunteering in Post-Conflict Contexts and the Role of NGOs in Disarmament and Violence Reduction: Panel Discussion, US Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program

May 5, 2014: Past Wilson Center Faculty Fellow, Prof. Christelle Scharff, featured in Seidenberg School News: Dr. Scharff Brings Mobile Education to Senegal and Beyond Through Fulbright Project.


June 4, 2014: Wilson Center co-hosted STOKED End of Year Celebration.

April 24, 2014: The Wilson Center & Hitachi America, Ltd. co-sponsored event featured in Metro MBA, White Plains Daily Voice.


May 12, 2014Wilson Center co-hosted screening of “Who Cares?”, a film about social entrepreneurship and change-making throughout the world.


April 16, 2014: Elena Marmo, 2013 Wilson Funded Intern, featured in Pace Pulse.



May 6, 2014:  A Conversation with Dr. Prabhakar, CEO and Founder of Society for Rural Improvement, moderated by Professor PV Viswanath

March 18, 2014: Past Wilson Center Faculty Fellow Prof. Bruce Bachenheimer quoted in Crain’s New York Business regarding social enterprise for business students.



May 5, 2014Not-for-Profit Leadership Summit XII, co-sponsorship with United Way.  Full day annual gathering of over 700 nonprofit leaders in Westchester

March 17, 2014: Encore Transition Program offered at Pace. Featured in NY Times.



April 30, 20145th Annual Pace Hitachi Nonprofit Forum, White Plains campus. Free educational forum, hosting over 150 attendees annually. Followed by a career networking lunch.



Helene & Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship
163 William St, 21st Floor
New York, NY 10038
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