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Exploring how companies can create positive change from within

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  • Feb 25, 2015
Exploring how companies can create positive change from within

A student participating in the Fail Forward Workshop at last year's Social Innovation @ Ivey Forum.

LONDON, ON, Feb. 25, 2015 – If you want your organization to help change the world, you have to work from the inside out.

That’s the focus of the 6th annual Social Innovation@Ivey forum on March 3, which is themed Change: From the Inside Out. Organized by Ivey’s Centre for Building Sustainable Value with support from RBC Foundation and Pillar Non-Profit Network, the event includes workshops, a panel session, and guest speakers with advice for championing social initiatives within a company. It will also showcase social innovators from a variety of sectors who will share their recipes for creating social change.

Highlights include a presentation from Jerry Davis, co-author of the book Changing Your Company from the Inside Out: A Guide for Social Intrapreneurs, and a “big ideas” panel session with four successful social innovators entitled, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Participants will also be able to purchase copies of Changing Your Company from the Inside Out published by Harvard Business Press and have them signed by Davis.

Social Innovation@Ivey was created by Ivey Associate Professor Oana Branzei in 2010 as a forum to feature breakthrough ideas, models, and leadership frameworks that promote businesses that are both socially-minded and profitable. Previous themes have ranged from sustainable design in local sourcing, community building, and eco-fashion to emerging trends in impact investing and social finance; and tips and tricks on learning from failure and stimulating play.

“This event is about business as we don’t always know it,” said Branzei. “We take stock of the many ways the world’s largest corporations have adapted to fit social expectations; sample successful social entrepreneurial pursuits, many from Ivey graduates; and explore why serving the greater good can turn out to be even better for business in the long term.”

Branzei said the annual forum is one of many ways that Ivey is at the forefront of sustainability and is inspiring the next generation of leaders in corporate innovation.

EVENT DETAILS

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Location: BMO Financial Group Auditorium, Ivey Business School

Media opportunities:

9 a.m.-12 p.m. – Student workshop, “Cross-sector leadership: Balancing motivations and transferring skills,” led by Matthew Thomas, Founder and Managing Director of Prospect Madison, a cross-sector leadership advisory firm, and Connor Lyons, an Associate with Prospect Madison.

12:30 p.m. – Book-signing event with Jerry Davis, co-author of Changing Your Company from the Inside Out: A Guide for Social Intrapreneurs. Davis is also the Wilbur K. Pierpont Collegiate Professor of Management at the Ross School of Business and Professor of Sociology, The University of Michigan; Editor of Administrative Science Quarterly; and Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Committee on Organization Studies (ICOS) at Michigan.

1 p.m.  – Presentation from Jerry Davis, “Intrapreneurship: Inspiring social innovation at all levels of the organization.”

2 p.m. – Presentation from David Borcsok, Manager of the RBC Generator Fund, “Accelerating social change through innovation and entrepreneurship.”

2:30 p.m. – Presentation from Matthew Thomas, Founder and Managing Director of Prospect Madison, “Triple strength leadership.”

3:30 p.m. – Workshop by Ivey Lecturer Mary Weil, “Master narratives in corporate sustainability.”

5 p.m. – Presentation and “big ideas” panel, “Be the change you want to see in the world,” with Melissa Crnic, Co-Executive, Ladies Learning Code; Sarah Saska, CEO, Feminuity & Partner and MATCH International Women’s Fund; Jory Cohen, Managing Director, Youth Social Innovation Capital Fund; and Josh Snider, Manager of Youth Sustainability Leadership, The Natural Step.

7 p.m. – Workshop by Josh Snider, Manager of Youth Sustainability Leadership, The Natural Step, “Be a sustainability champion! Moving from inspiration, to idea, to launch, and beyond.”

A full agenda and details are available at http://www.iveysi.com/.

About the Ivey Business School, Western University
The Ivey Business School (www.ivey.ca) at Western University is Canada’s leading provider of relevant, innovative and comprehensive business education. Drawing on extensive research and business experience, Ivey faculty provide the best classroom experience, equipping graduates with the skills and capabilities they need to tackle the leadership challenges in today’s complex business world. Ivey offers world-renowned undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as Executive Education at campuses in London (Ontario), Toronto and Hong Kong.

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