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:

Our featured speakers for this year's conference are:


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

Room 2: student driven projects

Room 3: Nonprofits and social enterprise

Moderator: Lisa Brown

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

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: