Curt Rhodes Attends a Course for Social Entrepreneurs at the Harvard Kennedy School

Schwab Foundation and Harvard Kennedy School Launch the First-Ever Executive Education Course for Late-Stage Social Entrepreneurs

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  • The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Harvard Kennedy School introduce the first bespoke executive education course on Social Entrepreneurship, titled “The Art and Science of System Change.”
  • 40 late-stage Social Entrepreneurs in the Schwab Foundation network are participating in the inaugural course from 22 – 27 March 2015 to explore how to influence broader systems beyond their direct beneficiaries and customers (See profiles of participants here).
  • The executive education course has been made possible by a generous donation from David Rubenstein, the Co-Founder of The Carlyle Group. 

Cambridge, Massachusetts, 27 March 2015 – Forty leading late-stage social entrepreneurs in the Schwab Foundation network have just concluded a week-long executive education module on creating systemic change. The course was developed jointly by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Education Program, and Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership, with the objective of immersing participants in systems thinking for social change.

Funded by a donation from David Rubenstein, the Co-Founder of The Carlyle Group, the course is co-chaired by David Gergen, Co-Director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School, and Mark Moore, Hauser Professor of Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard Kennedy School, and features several additional professors from Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Business School including Harvard Business School professor Kash Rangan and Harvard Business School/Harvard Kennedy School professor Dutch Leonard. Program participants will be exposed to the world’s top scholars and explore innovative approaches and collaborative opportunities to achieve system level change.

“Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs are the most sophisticated and scaled social entrepreneurs in the world. They are at stages in their own career trajectories that allow them to move beyond their individual organizational agendas and to begin to think at the system level,” said David Gergen. “These entrepreneurs recognize that relying on organizational growth alone is insufficient to meet global need. The key to creating broader systemic change that they—and we—all seek is mobilization of a much larger set of actors. How you go about doing that is exactly what we’ll be discussing with them in Cambridge this week.”

 “Our social entrepreneurs have the vision, ingenuity, and skills to affect system change,” said Hilde Schwab, Co-Founder and Chairperson of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. “Through their successful organizations, they have proven that social issues can be tackled with scalable, replicable business models. The question now facing the sector is how to create change on a larger scale than what you can reach alone by growing your organization. That requires influencing change at the system level, and HKS—a renowned institution around the world—is an ideal partner to work with our social entrepreneurs not only their organizations, but their solutions, worldwide.”

To nominate a social entrepreneur or to apply for the Schwab Foundation’s 2016 Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award, please visit