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Methodology Board Member Profiles

Social Capitalists

Methodology Board Member Profiles

For the second year of our Social Capitalist Award, we wanted to refine our original methodology and thoroughly analyze the thinking that underpinned the scoring that inaugural year. To that end, we convened a small team of experts in the world of social (and commercial) entrepreneurship who could give us feedback on the metrics we'd developed, as well as the thinking that drove the weighting of the methodology. The input from this team was invaluable in providing some essential tweaks to the original methodology. This team convened several months before we began accepting nominees.

Samantha L. Beinhacker
Yale School of Management

Samantha L. Beinhacker is the co-deputy director of the Yale School of Management/The Goldman Sachs Foundation Partnership on Nonprofit Ventures, which was launched in 2001 and educates nonprofits about social enterprise. Beinhacker manages its signature program, The National Business Plan Competition for Nonprofit Organizations. She also maintains a comprehensive online resource center with current research, articles, and books on the subject of social enterprise and social entrepreneurship. Beinhacker is coeditor of Generating and Sustaining Nonprofit Earned Income: A Guide to Successful Enterprise Strategies (Jossey-Bass, 2004); and coauthor, with Cynthia W. Massarsky, of "Nonprofit Enterprise: Right for You?" (Nonprofit Quarterly, Fall 2002); and Enterprising Nonprofits: Revenue Generation in the Nonprofit Sector (a Yale School of Management/The Goldman Sachs Foundation Partnership on Nonprofit Ventures study commissioned by the Pew Charitable Trusts).

David Bornstein
Journalist and Author

Bornstein is the author of How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas (Oxford University Press, 2004) and The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank (Simon & Schuster, 1996). The Price of a Dream won second prize in the Harry Chapin Media Awards, was a finalist for the New York Public Library Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, and was selected by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the best business books of 1996. Bornstein's articles and opinion pieces have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, Newsday, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Il Mundo (Italy), Defis Sud (Belgium) and other publications. He co-wrote the two-hour PBS documentary series To Our Credit, which focuses on micro-credit in five countries. Bornstein hails from Montreal, Canada and now lives in New York City with his wife, Abigail, and son, Elijah.

Gregory Dees
Duke University Fuqua School of Business

Gregory Dees is the founding faculty director of and adjunct professor at the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. Dees is widely recognized as an academic pioneer in the area of social entrepreneurship and has written extensively on the topic. Prior to coming to Duke, Dees served as the Miriam and Peter Haas Centennial Professor in Public Service at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, where he was also founding co-director of the Center for Social Innovation. At Harvard Business School he helped launch the Initiative on Social Enterprise and created a pioneering new course on Entrepreneurship in the Social Sector, for which he received the school's Apgar Award for Innovation in Teaching. He started his academic career on the faculty of the Yale School of Management and previously worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. Over the years, he has served on several non-profit and advisory boards.

Evan Hochberg
Community Wealth Ventures

Evan Hochberg is the managing director of Community Wealth Ventures (CWV), the leading social enterprise-consulting firm in the country. He has provided advice to numerous nonprofit organizations in implementing profitable business ventures to support their core missions. In addition, Hochberg leads CWV's corporate practice that has worked with cutting-edge socially responsible corporations such as Timberland, Ben & Jerry's, and Alcoa to help them maximize the business and social impact of their community activities and philanthropy. Before joining CWV, Hochberg was an associate at Booz-Allen and Hamilton, where he provided strategic advice and technical assistance to public and private organizations. His other experiences include working as division director for the March of Dimes and serving as director of Melwood's Recreation and Travel program for developmentally disabled adults. He received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. in Management from Brandeis University.

Guy Kawasaki
Garage Technology Ventures

Guy Kawasaki is a managing director of Garage Technology Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm and a columnist for Previously, Kawasaki was an Apple Fellow at Apple Computer, Inc. where he was one of the individuals responsible for the success of the Macintosh computer. He is the author of eight books including The Art of the Start, Rules for Revolutionaries, How to Drive Your Competition Crazy, Selling the Dream, and The Macintosh Way. He has a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.

Sara Olsen
SVT Consulting

Sara Olsen, a founding partner for SVT consulting, which measures the environmental and social impact of companies, has been assessing social performance since 1999 when she co-founded the National Social Venture Competition (NSVC). Working with the NSVC, she developed Social Return on Investment (SROI) guidelines that were integral in evaluating the competition. She has since applied these guidelines in assessing various companies' financial and social frameworks. Olsen was formerly business and sales director for Studio Air, a Shorebank Corporation startup, where she developed and augmented an accounting system, Market Rate Equivalent (MRE), used for the valuation of the skills acquired by participants. She is an advisor to the National Social Venture Competition, and alumni board member for the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. She received her M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley, where she received a Haas School Fellowship; her M.A.S.W. from the University of Chicago; and her B.A. with honors from Dartmouth College.

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