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October 2017

Social Innovation Practitioner Talk: Neil Barsky, Founder, The Marshall Project

Speaker: Neil Barsky, Founder & Chairman, The Marshall Project

Tue, October 24, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
VPD Conference Room

Bio: Neil Barsky is the founder and chairman of The Marshall Project. He has been a newspaper reporter (The Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News), equity research analyst (Morgan Stanley), hedge fund manager (Midtown Capital, Alson Capital) and documentary film director (“Koch”). Barsky is the chairman of the Columbia Journalism Review board of advisers and sits on the board of trustees of Oberlin College.

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November 2017

Social Innovation Practitioner Talk: Stephan McConnell, President, Civic Participation Action Fund

Speaker: Stephan McConnell, President, Civic Participation Action Fund

Tue, November 28, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
VPD 101 Lower Level

Bio: Before assuming the role of President of Civic Participation Action Fund, Mr. McConnell spent 7 years at the Atlantic Philanthropies, the last three of which as Country Director for U.S. Programs. Previous experience includes 19 years as Vice President for Public Policy for the Alzheimer’s Association and 7 years on Capitol Hill, as Chief of Staff for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and as a professional staff member for the U.S. House of Representatives, Select Committee on Aging.…

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Social Innovation Series: Pay for Success in Los Angeles County

Wed, November 29, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
USC Davidson Conference Center – Vineyard Room, 3409 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90089
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Los Angeles County has launched Just in Reach, a new housing program that will reduce jail recidivism and help end homelessness among people experiencing repeat jail stays.As the County’s first pay for success program, Just in Reach provides an unprecedented opportunity to explore this innovative model for financing social impact. Price Center Director Gary Painter will facilitate a conversation with Andrea Iloulian from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and Corrin Buchanan from the LA County Department of Health Services, each of whom played…

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Social Innovation Research Talk: Gary Painter & Kim Bailey, Senior Associate, Nonprofit Finance Fund

Speaker: Gary Painter, Director, Price Center for Social Innovation & Kim Bailey, Senior Associate, Pay for Success Program at the Nonprofit Finance Fund

Thu, November 30, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
VPD 101 Lower Level

Bio: Kimberly partners closely with subgrantees in NFF's Social Innovation Fund Pay for Success (PFS) program and California PFS Initiative. She recently led the redesign and relaunch of NFF's Pay for Success Learning Hub (payforsuccess.org), and supports other outcomes-oriented work. Prior to joining NFF in 2014, she worked as an independent consultant, a Senior Analyst at Blue Garnet, and a Graduate Fellow at NFF. Kimberly holds a master’s in public policy from the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public…

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February 2018

Social Innovation Speaker Series featuring Kat Taylor

Speaker: Kat Taylor, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Beneficial State Bank

Thu, February 8, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
USC Davidson Conference Center – Vineyard Room, 3409 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90089
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Bio: Kat Taylor works in service of restoring social justice and environmental well-being to build a more equitable and inclusive world. Kat is active in a variety of social enterprises and philanthropic ventures on the West Coast focused on deep systems change. Currently, she serves as Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Beneficial State Bank, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and certified B Corporation whose mission is to bring beneficial banking to low-income communities in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner…

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April 2018

Social Innovation Speaker Series

Speaker: Cynthia Strathmann

Thu, April 19, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
VPD 101 Lower Level
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Cynthia Strathmann is currently the Executive Director of SAJE (Strategic Actions for a Just Economy), a 501c3 that focuses on tenant rights, healthy housing, and equitable development. SAJE is known for creating the nation’s first welfare-to-work bank account, organizing a land trust (T.R.U.S.T. South LA), and pioneering the use of community benefit agreements as a tool for equitable development. Strathmann came to SAJE from the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), where she researched ways to increase energy…

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October 2018

Social Innovation Speaker Series: The Link Between Neighborhoods & Schools

Speaker: Ann Owens, Associate Professor, USC Sociology Department; Associate Director, USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation

Thu, October 25, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
VPD 101 Lower Level
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  Ann Owens is an Associate Professor in the Sociology department at USC. She received her PhD in Sociology and Social Policy from Harvard University. Ann was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University. She is a faculty affiliate of the Spatial Sciences Institute and an Associate Director of the Sol Price Center for Social Innovation at USC. Her research centers on the causes and consequences of social inequality, with a focus on…

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January 2019

Social Innovation Speaker Series: Saul Garlick, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Unleesh

Thu, January 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
University Club of USC, Scriptorium Room, 705 W 34th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90089 United States
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  Saul Garlick has spent his entire career as a social entrepreneur focused on creating opportunity for populations that have traditionally been left out of the global economy. He has founded and operated companies across the United States, Africa and Latin America. Saul is founder and CEO of Unleesh, a mobile training platform for frontline workers in low-skill, low-wage jobs that seeks to bridge those workers to the future economy - one where automation is shifting the nature of work.…

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February 2019

Social Innovation Speaker Series: Scott Allard, Author and Professor of Social Policy, University of Washington

Thu, February 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
VPD 101 Lower Level
Scott Allard bio

  Scott W. Allard is the Daniel J. Evans Endowed Professor of Social Policy at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington with expertise in poverty and inequality, social welfare policy, and urban policy. Allard is author of Out of Reach: Place, Poverty, and the New American Welfare State (2009, Yale University Press), which examines the spatial and organizational challenges confronting local safety net providers. His latest book Places in Need: The Changing Geography…

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April 2019

Social Innovation Speaker Series: Patagonia’s Road to Ecological Regeneration

Wed, April 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
VPD 101 Lower Level
Vincent Stanley

  Vincent Stanley, co-author with Yvon Chouinard of The Responsible Company, has been with Patagonia on and off since its beginning in 1973, for many of those years in key executive roles as head of sales or marketing. More informally, he is Patagonia’s long- time chief storyteller. Vincent helped develop the Footprint Chronicles, the company’s interactive website that outlines the social and environmental impact of its products; the Common Threads Partnership (precursor of Worn Wear); and Patagonia Books. He currently…

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