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Pioneering social entrepreneur to speak

Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, 3:30 p.m. Friend Center Convocation Room

Pioneering social entrepreneur Bill Drayton will speak at the kickoff of the Princeton Entrepreneurship Club's new Social Entrepreneurship Initiative at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, in the Friend Center Convocation Room. His lecture is titled "How Will You Do in an 'Everyone a Changemaker' World?"

The event is sponsored by the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education and will be followed by a reception.

Drayton is a pioneer of achieving social change using organizational principles typically associated with for-profit businesses. He is chairman and CEO of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, a nonprofit organization that seeks to empower people to address social problems. As a student at Harvard and Oxford universities and the Yale University Law School, he founded a number of organizations, including Harvard's Ashoka Table, an interdisciplinary weekly forum in the social sciences.

After serving as assistant administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and working for the New York consulting firm McKinsey & Co., he received a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" in 1984. With the funding provided by the award he devoted himself full time to launching Ashoka. In 2005, Drayton was named one of "America's 25 Best Leaders" by U.S. News & World Report, and he is widely credited with popularizing the notion of the "social entrepreneur."

The Social Entrepreneurship Initiative will be a new wing of the University's existing Entrepreneurship Club.

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