Center for Social Entrepreneurship

at Middlebury

2015 June Forum Speakers

1445cecEugene Korsunskiy
Coordinator of Design Initiatives, University of Vermont

Eugene is the coordinator of design initiatives at the University of Vermont. Before that, he co-founded sparktruck and taught design at Stanford. He cares most about using design education to build kids’ creative confidence. (“kids” means six to sixty years old, but he especially cares about those around ten and twenty.) Whenever he gets the chance, he likes to make all kinds of things.



jessica_holmes_headshotJessica Homes
Director of MiddCORE

Jessica Holmes is the Director of MiddCORE and an Associate Professor of Economics. Under her leadership MiddCORE has expanded to include two MiddCORE Immersion sections in the winter on Middlebury’s campus and four MiddCORE Immersion sections in the summer in Tahoe. Her teaching portfolio includes courses in microeconomics, health economics, the economics of social issues and the economics of sin. She has published several articles in areas such as philanthropy, economic development, health economics, labor economics and pedagogy. Jessica is also one of six members who serves on Vermont’s Green Mountain Care Board.


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Director, Middlebury School of the Environment

Steve Trombulak is the director of the Middlebury School of the Environment. He holds the Professorship of Environmental and Biosphere Studies at Middlebury College, where he has been on the faculty since 1985. His teaching and research interests are in the fields of conservation biology, environmental science, and natural history. He is the author or editor of several articles and books, including The Story of Vermont: A Natural and Cultural History and, most recently, Landscape-scale Conservation Planning. He is one of the founders of the Ghana Antelope Project, a non-profit organization working to promote community-scale captive-rearing of native antelope in Ghana, West Africa, for the conservation of both cultural heritage and wildlife, as well as science education in local public schools. He is a founding member of the Natural History Network and is the editor of its Journal of Natural History Education and Experience. Over the last 30 years he has participated in numerous conservation organizations and initiatives, including the Biodiversity Working Group of the Northern Forest Lands Council; the Vermont Biodiversity Project; the Board of Governors for the Society for Conservation Biology; and Two Countries, One Forest, a confederation of conservation organizations dedicated to landscape-scale conservation planning in the Northern Appalachian region of the U.S. and Canada.


Cheryl KiserCheryl Kiser
Executive Director, The Lewis Institute & Babson Social Innovation Lab

As the Executive Director of The Lewis Institute for Social Innovation and The Babson Social Innovation Lab, Cheryl is responsible for leading a critical aspect of the growth strategy for Babson by promoting broad support for Babson’s work in integrating social innovation and social entrepreneurship into its curriculum and co-curricular activities. Employing Entrepreneurial Thought & Action as Babson’s  key methodology for spurring social innovation in all sectors , Cheryl is developing Babson as  the “go to place“ for global social entrepreneurship resources, activities, relationships, networks, knowledge and convenings. These initiatives will enable Babson to serve as an educator, amplifier, accelerator and communicator of the positive impacts of social entrepreneurship in all of its forms.

Before coming to Babson, Cheryl was the Managing Director of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. She is one of the leading voices in the U.S. on the role of business in society. For more than 12 years she played a central role in creating the largest research center of its kind in the U.S., and spearheaded a national initiative to engage leading businesses to take a collaborative approach to working on education issues.



Patrick Keane
MICA Social Design Lab

Born in Kenya, Patrick grew up living in Zimbabwe, Indonesia, Thailand, Uganda, the US, Ireland and Nepal. He has seen, firsthand, the prospects for the future of community leadership in emerging economies. Patrick is a firm believer that social enterprise can drive local communities to collaboratively design and implement strategies for sustained development. As a StartingBloc Fellow, he is an active member of the social entrepreneurship community. Patrick co-founded ThinkImpact, an education travel company offering university students, faculty, and young professionals full immersion programs in rural Africa and South America. He also served as a strategic consultant to Moneythink, a non-profit working to restore the economic health of disadvantaged youth in the United States through financial education. During the summer of 2014, he completed the Wendt Partners Digital Business Fellowship, an intensive 90-day introduction to digital business focused on social media strategy, buyer personas in marketing, customer relationship management and social selling. Patrick earned his B.A. in Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication with a minor in Philosophy from James Madison University in Virginia.



Eric Glustrom
Founder and President at Watson University

Eric Glustrom, is the founder of Watson and Educate! – two sister organizations transforming education worldwide. Watson is a new university model in the US dedicated to supporting next generation leaders and entrepreneurs to solve the toughest challenges facing the world.  Educate!, which Eric founded in high school in 2002, currently reaches 85,000 students across Uganda through a mentorship based, leadership and entrepreneurship program that has significantly influenced the national curriculum and exam of Uganda.  Recognized as an Ashoka fellow, Echoing Green fellow, and one of Forbes 30 social entrepreneurs under 30, Eric’s work is driven by a simple belief: to solve the toughest challenges facing humanity, the place to start is within the hearts and minds of the next generation.



Roshan Paul
CEO of Amani Institute

Roshan Paul has spent his life questioning the status quo, and has built a career around connecting global citizens to solve social problems across boundaries. He co-founded the Amani Institute, a new model of higher education that develops talent to solve 21st-century problems, with these values in mind. The seeds of Amani were cultivated while Roshan worked at Ashoka for more than eight years, where he designed and launched five new programs and managed two other global projects. These included Ashoka’s Peace Initiative (supporting social entrepreneurs in conflict zones) and the Globalizer program (helping social entrepreneurs scale up their innovations).

Born in Bangalore, India, Roshan has a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, a Bachelor’s in International Political Economy from Davidson College (a degree he self-designed), and a certificate in Creative Leadership as one of the founding participants of The Amsterdam School for Creative Leadership. He has guest-lectured at over twenty universities in the United States and Europe, including Harvard, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins SAIS, and HEC Business School Paris, and has served on the Advisory Boards of several organizations working in peace building and education. His writing has been published in Forbes, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, MIT’s Innovations Journal, India Today, as well as in the recent book, Dream of a Nation.



Bronwyn Oatley
Senior Associate at Studio Y

Bronwyn Oatley is a Senior Associate with Studio Y where she focuses on community and partnerships. Bronwyn joined Studio Y from the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing where she served as the Interim Managing Editor of SocialFinance.ca. Prior to her time with MaRS, she completed her undergraduate degree at Middlebury College in Vermont, where she was a member of the student-led LGBT organization, the NCAA Division I Alpine Ski Team and the College paper, The Middlebury Campus. Before attending Middlebury, Bronwyn was a member of the Ontario Alpine Ski Team and attended the Country Day School in King City, ON. She’s passionate about social justice, equality and personal agency, physical and mental wellness—and coffee!




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