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Oct. 30 - Jerr Boschee



Teresa Thomas


Carnegie Mellon's Institute for Social Innovation Hosts Renowned Social Sector Thought Leader

PITTSBURGH-Jerr Boschee, founder and executive director of The Institute for Social Entrepreneurs and one of the world's most influential leaders in the nonprofit sector, will spend several days in Pittsburgh next month discussing social entrepreneurship and helping to strengthen the region's social sector. His visit, organized by Carnegie Mellon University's Institute for Social Innovation, will involve workshops, meetings and seminars with students and representatives from the nonprofit, academic, foundation and government sectors.    

Jerr BoscheeBoschee has spent the past 25 years advising social entrepreneurs in the United States and abroad and is considered one of the founders of the worldwide social entrepreneurship movement. A sought-after speaker, he has delivered seminars or conducted master classes in 41 states and 14 countries, and served as an advisor to England's Department of Trade and Industry Social Enterprise Unit from 2001 to 2004. Boschee is also chairman and CEO of Peace Corps Encore! Inc., a nonprofit he co-founded in 2003 to redeploy former Peace Corps volunteers and staff members on short-term assignments in their areas of professional expertise. The NonProfit Times named him to its "Power and Influence Top 50" list in 2004, 2005 and 2006.   

Closed-door sessions will include a major workshop and discussion with local nonprofit executives and experienced social entrepreneurs to discuss advanced topics, challenges and the support structure needed to advance more innovation in the region's social sector. Several smaller meetings with local government, foundations and academics will focus on advancing the field in Pittsburgh.    

A public session, entitled "Social Entrepreneurship: The Promise and the Perils," will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Nov. 7 in Westmoreland County, and from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Nov. 8 in Pittsburgh. This seminar is geared to nonprofit leaders and board members who are interested in bringing social entrepreneurship to their organizations. The cost to attend is $25. For more information and to RSVP, visit   

Boschee's visit is being co-sponsored by the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania, the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon, the McCune Foundation, the Nonprofit Leadership Institute at Duquesne University, Olszak Management Consulting, Social Innovation Accelerator, The Forbes Funds, The Grable Foundation, and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art.

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About the Institute for Social Innovation:

Carnegie Mellon University's Institute for Social Innovation was established in 2006 to foster creativity and entrepreneurship in the social sector. Based in the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, the institute will focus on creating new courses, conducting research and establishing outreach programs aimed at promoting innovation and societal change. To learn more about ISI, visit About the Heinz School: The H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management is a vibrant center for the study of urban and social issues. Founded in 1968 at a time when the problems of society burst into public view in the form of violent urban unrest, the school set as its purpose an aggressive effort to understand the causes of critical social problems and to train men and women through master's and doctoral programs to use new knowledge and technology to bring about positive change. The Heinz School advances the public interest through interdisciplinary research and education, and prepares graduate students to lead and manage organizations in the public, private, nonprofit and interface sectors. Master's degrees for management include public policy, information security policy, the arts, entertainment, public management, medicine, health care policy, educational technology, information technology and information systems. Doctoral and non-degree professional-level programs are also offered.