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Student Impact Board

The Beeck Center is seeking to unlock the creative capacity of the Georgetown student body through the formation of its inaugural student Impact Board.  Members of the Impact Board will have the support of the Beeck Center in creating innovative learning opportunities and connecting students with the resources necessary to reach their full potential.  As one of six members, you will form a university-wide team that drives the development of the Beeck Center and shapes the future of Georgetown. To get involved, apply today!

Leadership for Social Change

In this interactive course taught by Paul Schmitz, students will explore how leadership works and has worked through social change history, consider a set of values and practices for effective leadership today, and identify their own leadership purpose and style.

To learn more and apply, click here.

Design Meetup: Brainstorming the MBK Data Jam

After many meetups for President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, we came together with coders, teachers, researchers, and members of the US Department of Education in hopes of planning a successful Data Jam.

GU Impacts

GU Impacts is a program that provides experiential education in social enterprise, giving Georgetown students the opportunity to work directly on entrepreneurship projects in economically developing countries over the summer.

Impact Investing

The Beeck Center will act as a convening platform at Georgetown and the larger community to provide thought leadership and learning opportunities on the various innovations in finance for social impact and how they can be used and leveraged to achieve true, effective and verifiable impact.

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Upcoming Events

  1. Social Good Summit

    Where big ideas meet new media to create innovative solutions. The Social Good Summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders to discuss a big idea: the power of innovative thinking and technology to solve our greatest challenges.

    September 21-22, 2014

  2. Georgetown Fall Career Fair

    Every year, Georgetown's Fall Career Fair brings employers from around the country to recruit Georgetown students and alumni for full-time and internship opportunities in a variety of industries.

    September 26, 2014 10:00AM-3:00PM

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My Brother’s Keeper: How Can Data Empower Young Men of Color?

Jim Shelton, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education, sees an event like the Data Jam as a unique way to tackle the concerns of My Brother’s Keeper. “As a country, we need to figure out how we can lean in to the opportunities and challenges for boys of color, so we can shape the narrative and help them understand that their country is willing to invest in them,” Shelton explained. “What’s so exciting about a Data Jam is that it’s a form of community collective action--people from all walks of life mobilizing as a community to try to come up with solutions.”

EdSurge; August 27, 2014

Georgetown, Education Dept. Partner for My Brother’s Keeper Initiative

Department of Education brought together members of the university, broader Washington, D.C., and higher education communities to evaluate data that could help determine solutions for the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative on Aug. 2.

Georgetown University; August 5, 2014

Sonal Shah, Executive Director, Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation

We define impact investing as those organizations or enterprises — both for profit and not-for-profit — and investors — private, institutional, or philanthropic — that intentionally seek a quantifiable social and financial return on their investments. It is important to emphasize that we need impact investing, grants, and government support to have impact.

Philanthropy News Digest; April 28, 2014

Government by Toolkit

The Obama administration ushered into the US federal government a renewed emphasis on innovation. Starting in 2008, I was lucky enough to be a part of that process. I served on the new president’s transition team and oversaw the Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform working group.

SSIR; Summer, 2014

Universities Can Help Solve World’s Problems Through Social Innovation

Social innovation leverages the creativity, expertise and resources of business, civil society, academia and government to produce results and move the needle on serious social challenges.

Huffington Post; February 11, 2014

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