Carnegie Mellon University

Social Innovation and Leading Change

Develop your own roadmap for creating real, lasting social change.

As our social and business environments converge, it’s become clear that business leaders must focus their efforts on realizing social change. To be effective, however, requires more than just a good idea or the willingness to contribute – it requires a particular skill set. In this four-week online course, leading faculty and experts will work with participants on their own concrete ideas – giving them the tools to take it from concept through elevator pitch and plan, all the way to acquiring the necessary resources and bringing it to market.

While this course will address the core innovation process needed to be successful – highlighting Carnegie Mellon’s proven tools and best practices – it is also applicable to those seeking change within their existing organizations, by leveraging the research of Carnegie Mellon’s Corporate Startup Lab. And while participants may wish to develop ideas related to the current conversations, these skills are equally applicable to all pressing and relevant social issues. With increased understanding of effective skills and established processes, you’ll leave this course with greater understanding and the ability to accomplish real and lasting change.

Key Takeaways

  • Master principles, processes, and tools required for social innovation as both standalone efforts and within larger organizations.
  • Learn to critically evaluate key ideas early in the project development cycle.
  • Hone your pitch to successfully acquire necessary resources.
  • Understand how to organize and formulate an effective roadmap, bringing concepts to fruition.

Who should attend?

This program is designed for managers to directors tasked with oversight, management, and implementation of business initiatives. The program is also relevant for professionals across functions who want to rise to the challenges of a rapidly changing social and economic business environment.

Carnegie Mellon welcomes all individuals to participate in and attend Executive Education programs and events, on campus and/or online, as outlined in the university’s Statement of Assurance.

Additionally, we welcome the opportunity to accommodate requests for support for guests, visitors, and alumni with disabilities. To discuss your individual or group accommodation requests, please contact Carnegie Mellon's Office of Disability Resources at least two weeks in advance of your program start date.

Contact Executive Education at Carnegie Mellon

Contact a program director at 412-268-2304 or exec-director@andrew.cmu.edu to learn more.