Upcoming Events

I am a bad blogger.  I need to update this blog more often! To make up for my laziness and procrastination, I offer you a couple of interesting events that will be coming up in the next few weeks at UNC.

Catherine Rohr, founder and CEO of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program is speaking on Oct. 5th at the Koury Auditorium (at the Kenan-Flagler Business School). Here is a little more info:

Rohr, a former Wall Street investor, formed PEP in 2004.  She has recruited more than 1,000-executives, entrepreneurs and MBAs from 22 business schools to equip inmates with values-based entrepreneurial training that enables them to productively re-enter society.

Among PEP’s results:

  • a return-to-prison rate of less than 10 percent
  • an employment rate of more than 80 percent within 30 days of release, and
  • a rapidly growing network of entrepreneurial start-ups

Note that you must RSVP to: rsvpkenan@unc.edu

The other event is a panel on student social entrepreneurship, sponsored by Project: Innovation, APPLES and the Carolina Center for Public Service that will take place on Wednesday Sept. 30th from 7-8:30pm in room 3503 of the Student Union.  This panel will be facilitated by Micah Gilmer (UNC’s Social Entrepreneur in Residence). Here is the blurb:

Have an idea for social innovation or entrepreneurship that you would like to turn into a reality? Come hear from student entrepreneurs, David Baron of HOPE Gardens and Anna Finestone of Project Heal, about the development of their innovative projects, the funding and resources they leveraged to address important social change, and recommendations to help you troubleshoot your project ideas.

This engaging panel discussion on social entrepreneurship will include funding information for a variety of public service and entrepreneurial fellowships offered through the Carolina Center for Public Service and APPLES.

Two awesome events to keep mark on your calendars!

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2 responses to “Upcoming Events

  1. Thanks for the post. The Prison Entrepreneurship Program is pretty impressive. Its interesting that their work doesn’t seem to have transferred from the social entrepreneurship realm to the main stream prison reentry world. Would would it take for PEP to become an accepted and recognized strategy or program among reentry practitioners and line workers across the country?

  2. Hey Ryan, thanks for your comment! I am not very familiar to the PEP, so I cannot give much of a response to your comment. However, I am planning on writing a blog post to recap the event, so I will hopefully be able to get more insight to your question in a week.

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