Center for Social Entrepreneurship

at Middlebury

Vision Award

The Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship Vision Award is designed to recognize leadership and vision in the world of social entrepreneurship. Each year, the awards will honor the contributions of leaders who share a commitment to the ideals embedded in the center’s goal of preparing individuals to lead a life of social change.

Recipients of the MCSE Vision Award include:


Bill Drayton (2012) has been a social entrepreneur since elementary school. By high school, he was an NAACP member, engage in and deeply moved by civil rights work. Once focused on such a chasm. any entrepreneur would have to ask: “What can I do?” At Harvard and Oxford, Bill did ask. Fully appreciating how central to significant change (“development”) entrepreneurs are, his answer was the Ashoka idea. He was a McKinsey and Company consultant for almost ten year, gaining wide experience serving both public and private clients. Bill Drayton received many awards for his achievements, among them the MacArthur Fellowship.


Jacqueline Novogratz (2012) is the founder and CEO of the Acumen Fund, a nonprofit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of poverty. Acumen Fund aims to create a world beyond poverty by investing in social enterprises, emerging leaders, and breakthrough ideas. Her best-selling memoir The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World chronicles her quest to understand poverty and challenges reader to grant dignity to the poor and rethink their engagement with the world.



Billy Parish (2013) dropped out of Yale to cofound the Energy Action Coalition, a national youth organization focused on clean energy and climate solutions. He is the founder and president of Oakland, California-based Mosaic, a company that uses crowdsourcing to enable individuals to finance solar projects and receive a return on their investment. Billy is the youngest person to receive the honor of an Ashoka Fellowship. Ashoka is a global nonprofit association of social entrepreneurs. Parish is coauthor of Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money and Community in a Changing World.


Majora Carter (2013) is an eco-entrepreneur and host of the Peabody Award-winning public radio series The Promised Land. In 2001, Carter founded Sustainable South Bronx, which she headed up until 2008.  At that time few were talking about “sustainability” and even fewer were talking about it in places such as the South Bronx. By 2003, Carter had coined the phrase “Green the Ghetto” as she pioneered one of the nation’s first urban green-collar job training and placement systems. Since 2008, her consulting company, the Majora Carter Group, has focused on climate adaptation and urban revitalization.

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