Research that Matters: Social Enterprise, Social Entrepreneurship, and the Economic Impacts of University–Community Engagement
Tuesday October 22, 8:15am to 2:30 pm
Patel College of Global Sustainability, first floor
Graduate student poster session runs concurrently
Each year, "Research that Matters" brings together community stakeholders, faculty, students, and topic experts to discuss issues of importance to our region. This year's theme seeks to bring together those seeking innovative ways to address social and economic concerns. Among the questions we hope to address:
- Can social service providers serve high needs clients while generating revenue to sustain their organizations?
- Can profit-seeking entrepreneurs address issues of inequality?
- Can we document the social and economic impact of successful university–community research partnerships?
- What are successful models for social enterprise and entrepreneurship, and what role can universities play in supporting these models? Where might these models fall short?
Our featured speakers for this year's conference are:
- Alex Yule Founder and COO, Textizen
- Chrissy Garton Director of Social Innovation, Rollins College
- Cindy Kane President, GW Group
Preliminary Program (subject to change)
8:15 Registration opens CSG first floor hallway
8:30 Welcome, Dr. Paul Dosal Vice Provost CGS Auditorium
8:35 Opening remarks, Dr. Elizabeth Strom, Director, USF Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships. CGS Auditorium
8:45 Plenary Panel: Social enterprise and social entrepreneurship – new models of engagement? CGS Auditorium
Cindy Kane, GW Group; Chrissy Garton, Rollins College; Dr. Robin Ersing, moderator
9:30 – 10:10 Keynote address, "The Community-Engaged Entrepreneur." CGS Auditorium Alex Yule, COO, Textizen
10:10– 10:50 Plenary Panel: "Studying Economic Impacts of Engaged Research." CGS Auditorium
Dr. Stephanie Marhefka; Dr. Etienne Pracht; Dr. Harold Keller, moderator
10: 50 - 11:10 Coffee break CGS first floor hallway
11:10 – 12:10 Break out sessions CGS classrooms
Room 1: Community engaged research in transportation
Moderator: Beverly Ward
- Sean Barbeau, CUTR and Shannon Haney, HART on new technologies for bus riderships
- Jason Jackman, CUTR, on "walking school bus"
Room 2: student driven projects
Room 3: Nonprofits and social enterprise
Moderator: Lisa Brown
- Brian Evjen, Metropolitan Ministries (Inside the Box catering)
- David Braughton, Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
12:15 – 1:30 Lunch and concluding plenary: Social enterprise and entrepreneurship – what works when and how? Dr. Susan
Greenbaum; Alex Yule; Chrissy Garton; Cindy Kane; David Braughton. Dr. Joan Pynes, moderator
1:30 - 2:30 – poster viewing, presentation of student poster awards, informal discussion
If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Oct 17th by calling 813-974-4829 or emailing CommunityEngagement@usf.edu.
Lunch and free parking will be available for those who RSVP!
Our events are all free and open to the public. You can help us defray expenses for future events with a donation of any amount. Donations of $50 or more will be recognized on our program. To donate, click on this link and enter Fund 600028, Office of Community Engagement: http://usf.edu/ua/FUND?fund=600028.