Professor J. Gregory Dees Joins Impact Entrepreneurs Advisory Board
Author: David Santen, Office of University Communications/Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices
Posted: July 1, 2010

(Portland, Ore.) July 1, 2010 —Portland State University’s Impact Entrepreneurs program is pleased to announce that J. Gregory Dees, noted academic pioneer in the field of social entrepreneurship, has joined its advisory board.

Established by Portland State University’s School of Business Administration, Impact Entrepreneurs is a network of individuals and organizations committed to unleashing the power of business for social impact.

Impact Entrepreneurs works with partners locally and globally through its three initiatives: Social Innovation Incubator, Entrepreneurial Leaders Program and Social Enterprise Tours (more information, below).

The first winner of the Aspen Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Social Entrepreneurship Education, J. Gregory Dees is a professor of the practice of social entrepreneurship and co-founded the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

"It's really exciting to see Portland State University join the ranks of leading universities committed to social entrepreneurship,” said Dees, “With Impact Entrepreneurs, PSU is developing the capacity of existing social entrepreneurs and also launching new innovations to address social problems. Impact Entrepreneurs is a unique combination of skill building and incubation within an academic setting."

Professor Dees serves on the board of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Social Entrepreneurship and the Bridgespan Group, in addition to numerous leadership roles. He previously taught at Stanford Graduate School of Business, Harvard Business School, and Yale School of Management and has worked for McKinsey and Company.

“Professor Dees is one of the original thought leaders in the field of social entrepreneurship,” said Carolyn McKnight, founder and executive director of Impact Entrepreneurs. “He is recognized around the world for his gifts as practitioner, as well as researcher and educator. We are delighted to have his wisdom and expertise contribute to the evolution of Impact Entrepreneurs.”

Current advisory board members include Kim Alter, Virtue Ventures; Stephanie Fowler, Renaissance Foundation; Irving Levin, Renaissance Foundation; Mike Winslow, attorney; David Pollock, Ashoka; David Sawyer, Context.

About Impact Entrepreneurs’ Initiatives
Entrepreneurial Leaders Program (ELP)
The ELP provides education and training across sectors—corporate, nonprofit, public, and social enterprise—and has been conducted internationally with country leaders from Mercy Corps and Digital Divide Data. The program offers domestic and global participants mini-MBAs—the promise of leadership excellence for an evolving world. Learn about our partnership with Mercy Corps at

Social Innovation Incubator (SII)
A one-stop shop for social entrepreneurs from PSU or the community at large, the Social Innovation Incubator identifies promising start-up initiatives and provides them with advisory services and technical resources. The SII creates real world learning for students who can apply for incubation or work on consulting projects for client companies. Current clients include Sustainable Harvest, Preciva, The Tipping Bucket and Central City Concern.

Social Enterprise Tours (SET)
Students and community members participate in the SET to experience on-the-ground social and economic impact with visits to social enterprises in India and Nicaragua. SET participants and locals exchange expertise across sectors and cultures and enhance their capacity as impact leaders.
For more information contact Cindy Cooper (


By: David Santen, Office of University Communications
Portland State University | 503-725-8765

Source: Cindy Cooper, Social Innovation Incubator
School of Business Administration, Portland State University