CSE

Center for Social Entrepreneurship

at Middlebury

2015 Annual Symposium

The CSE Annual January Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship brings together members of the College community, interested area residents, and leaders from around the world in social entrepreneurship. The symposium puts together a range of dynamic and insightful events including keynote addresses by our Vision Award recipients, participatory workshops with leading social entrepreneurs, Google + Hangout sessions, and Hackathon.

On January 22, 2015, the Center for Social Entrepreneurship will host its fourth annual January Symposium: “Social Entrepreneurship and the Future of Global Health.” The CSE Annual January Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship brings together members of the College community, interested area residents, and leaders from around the world in social entrepreneurship. The symposium puts together a range of dynamic and insightful events, including this year’s keynote addresses by CSE Vision Award recipients  Jennifer Staple-Clark, Founder of Unite for Sight, and Mitch Besser, Founder of Mothers2Mothers. In addition, the symposium will bring a variety of thought-provoking workshops, live Skype conferencing sessions, as well as our first Hackathon with national and international innovators and Middlebury students on the future of global health.

Staple-Clark will kick-off the symposium on Thursday, January 22, at 7 p.m. with a conversation titled “Responsible Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship,” with Assistant Professor Svea Closser and two Middlebury students. In 2000, Staple-Clark founded Unite For Sight in her dorm room at Yale University. The organization uses local knowledge and experience, while providing the financial resources needed to effectively serve local communities. Its Global Impact Corps offers year-round healthcare delivery in three countries: Ghana, India, and Honduras. Student and professional volunteers train with Unite for Sight’s doctors. Unite for Sight has provided quality care to over 1.9 million people in North America, Africa and Asia, has trained over 9,900 fellows, and has supported over 87,000 sight-restoring cataract surgeries.

On Friday, January 23, at 7 p.m., Dr. Mitch Besser will participate in a keynote conversation, “Communities Caring for Communities: A Vision for Better Health Care” with Pam Berenbaum, coordinator of Global Health Programs at Middlebury. Dr. Mitch Besser graduated from Harvard Medical School and joined the University of Cape Town’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, assisting with the development of services for pregnant women living with HIV and to prevent the transmission of HIV from mothers to their children (PMTCT). He created the organization mothers2mothers, in which mothers living with HIV are employed to work alongside doctors and nurses in understaffed health centers, to educate and support mothers with HIV. These Mentor Mothers reduce the workload of doctors and nurses and increase the effectiveness of interventions that protect babies from HIV infection and keep mothers healthy and alive.  Mothers2mothers has reached more than 1.2 million HIV-positive mothers in nine countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Two Mentor Mothers, Queen Mda and Nozandulela Samela, will serve as workshop leaders during the symposium. Other workshop leaders include: Charlie MacCormack ‘63, Executive-In-Residence at Middlebury College and former head of Save the Children; Dr.  Johana “Jody” Kashiwa Brakeley, M.D., F.A.A.P. ’73, Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics; and Jennifer Forth ‘08, Program Coordinator, Vaccines at Clinton Health Access Initiative from Uganda via Skype. All workshops will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

This year, we are adding our first Hackathon in the line up of our events. Called the MiddHackathon, the event will begin Friday at 1:30 p.m. and wrap up on Saturday at 1 p.m. Middlebury students, with support from locally and internationally recognized mentors, will meet to present challenges, share ideas, and propose possible solutions to tackle some of the pressing health problems of our time. A panel of leading experts in the field will select the best solutions in the fields of HIV AIDS, Ebola, and Collage Sexual and Drug Abuse.

Global Health is a relevant and important field for our time, and we’re bringing you the best and the brightest. It’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss. On behalf of the CSE, we would like to extend a warm welcome to anyone interested in attending our upcoming symposium. We hope to see you there!

 

CSE Fourth Annual Symposium
January 22 – 24, 2015
Program Outline

Thursday, January 22

6:00 p.m. | The Gallery, McCullough Student Center
Student and Community Activity Showcase

7:00 p.m. | Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center

  • Welcoming Remarks
    Professor Jonathan Isham
    Director, Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship (CSE)
  • Introduction of Jennifer Staple-Clark
    Charlie McCormack
  • “Fire-side chat” Keynote Speech – “Responsible Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
    Jennifer Staple-Clark, Founder and CEO of Unite for Sight
    With Svea Closser, Assistant Professor of Sociology/Anthropology & Middlebury Students Sayre White ’15 & Hannah Blackburn ’17
  • Presentation of Vision Award
    Elizabeth Robinson’84, Assoc. Dean of the College for Creativity, Engagement & Careers

For Jennifer Staple-Clark’s full bio please click here

*Coffee and light dessert will be served

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Friday, January 23

8:30 a.m. | Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center

  • Breakfast and Opening Remarks
    Professor Jonathan Isham

9:00 a.m. | Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center
Opening World Café Session

10:00 a.m. | McCullough, Axinn and MiddCORE House
Workshop Sessions with Global Health Innovators

 

Workshops

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.| MiddCORE House | Session #1 & #2
Charlie MacCormack ’63, Executive-in-Residence at Middlebury College

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.| McCullough Social Space | Session #1 & #2
Dr.  Johana “Jody” Kashiwa Brakeley, M.D., F.A.A.P., Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.| 103 Axinn | Session #1 & #2
Jennifer Foth ’08, Program Coordinator, Vaccines at Clinton Health Access Initiative from Uganda via Skype

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.| 109 Axinn | Session #1 & #2
Queen and Nozi, Mentor Mothers from mothers2mothers from South Africa via Skype

 

MiddHackathon

1:30 p.m. | Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center

The MiddHackathon will bring together students, faculty, staff and community members to work collaboratively towards solving chronic local and global health challenges. For more information on MiddHackathon and detailed schedule, please click here.

 

7:00 p.m. | Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center

  • Welcoming Remarks
    Miguel Fernandez, Professor Spanish and Chief Diversity Officer
  • Introduction of Mitch Besser
    David Torres ’84, Director of Business Development, mothers2mothers
  • Mitch Besser, MD
    Founder of mothers2mothers
    Interview with Pam Berenbaum, Coordinator of Global Health Programs
  • Presentation of Vision Award
    Katy Smith Abbott, Dean of Students and Assist. Professor of History of Art and Architecture

*Coffee and light dessert will be served

For Mitch Besser’s full bio please click here

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Saturday, January 24

9:30 a.m. | Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center

  • Convening of MiddHackathon Challenge Teams

*Open to Public drop-ins and observation

 

1:00 p.m. | Wilson Hall, McCullough Social Space

  • MiddHackathon Challenge Presentation

 

 

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