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UB Social Innovation Event with Seth Godin

Photo: Seth Godin by Jill Greenberg

These days, if you’re running a business and not thinking about social innovation and entrepreneurship, then you’re out of the loop. Employers and employees are all jumping on the bandwagon when it comes to affecting positive change in their communities, in hopes that the positive ripple effect extends further outward.

When it comes to social innovation and entrepreneurship, there are listeners and followers, and then there are leaders in the space. Buffalo is extremely lucky to have a number of these leaders, including Buffalo native Seth Godin, coming together for a day-long event at RiverWorks. 

The aforementioned leaders from the business, nonprofit and academic worlds will be discussing the future of doing business, and the ways that we can all begin to be part of the solutions, rather than continuing to be part of the “business as usual” problems that plague society. Social innovation is the way of the future. It’s time to get on the train, starting with this incredible opportunity to hear from those who are leading the way.

‘Leading Innovation in the Social Sector,’ will bring the business world and social sector together for lasting impact.

University at Buffalo School of Management’s Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness (CLOE) in collaboration with the UB School of Social Work and Blackstone LaunchPad at UB, present a conference featuring numerous mission-driven organizations and leaders, including: 

  • Buffalo native Seth Godin, author of 18 best-selling books, including Tribes, Purple Cow, Linchpin and Meatball Sundae
  • P. and Ulla Bak, co-founders of Buffalo-based tablet computer manufacturer, Bak USA
  • Paul Tesluk, dean, UB School of Management and Nancy Smyth, dean, UB School of Social Work
  • Dr. James Ashun, director, African Rights Initiative International
  • Benjamin Bissell, executive director, Westminster Economic Development Initiative Inc.
  • Jill Jedlicka, executive director, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper
  • Sasha Yerkovich, executive director, Canopy of Neighbors
  • Tammy Owen, president and CEO, Olmsted Center for Sight
  • Warren E. Emblidge Jr., chairman, McCullagh Coffee Roasters
  • Howard K. Hitzel, president, Lake Shore Behavioral Health Inc.
  • Marlies A. Wesolowski, executive director, Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY
J.P. and Ulla Bak –
Founders, Bak USA

The event is sponsored by the Buffalo Jewish Federation, Evans Bank, the John R. Oishei Foundation, The Martin Group and the UB School of Management Alumni Association, with special thanks to Next Generation United, an initiative of United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, and Partnership for the Public Good.

UB Social Innovation Event featuring Seth Godin

When: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 27 (detailed schedule below)

Where: Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St., Buffalo 

  • 8:55-9 a.m.       Welcome remarks
  • 9-10 a.m.       Setting the stage for social innovation (Tesluk and Smyth)
  • 10-10:45 a.m.       The Bak USA Story
  • 11 a.m. – noon       Morning breakout sessions
  • Noon – 1 p.m.       Lunch and social impact fair
  • 1-2 p.m.       Seth Godin keynote
  • 2:15-3:15 p.m.       Innovation sprints
  • 3:30-5 p.m.       Reciprocity ring exercise

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