Doing Well and Doing Good: Intro to Social Innovation

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Doing Well and Doing Good: Intro to Social Innovation

More and more, talented people are deciding that a good job means more than just a good salary. More and more, people are recognizing that believing in the work you priceless. They want to find work that has meaning, and still be able to pay off their student loans...but don't know where to look.

Over the last few years, there has been an explosion of opportunities in a number of exciting fields -Social Entrepreneurship, Impact Investing, Micro-finance, Education Reform - that offer the chance to create positive change and make a decent living - delivering the promise of both doing well, and doing good.

This talk will:

• Offer an overview of some of the leading players and activities working in the social innovation space.

• Help folks who want to find a job in this space understand where to look for opportunities, and offer insights into how to take advantage of them.

If you are a mid-career professional looking to transition, a graduate student trying to find your path, or simply someone interested in some of the extraordinary and innovative work being done to try to make our world a better place, this class is for you



Lyel is a Co-founder of Swayable (YCombinator W18), which uses data science to create more persuasive media for clients like the ACLU,  the DNC, and AirBnB.   He is a Fellow at the MIT Civic Data Lab, an Adjunct Professor of Social Innovation at an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Berkeley Center for Innovation at NYU Stern.  

Previously, Lyel was the Head of PreCollege and Social Impact at The Flatiron School, New York’s leading school for web and mobile development that has worked with the White House and The City of New York on groundbreaking economic mobility initiatives.   Under Lyel's leadership, Flatiron Precollege grew to 13 cities, achieved 10x year-over-year revenue growth, and partnered with Google and Teach for America.   Flatiron School was recently acquired by WeWork.

Lyel has consulted for many of the most forward-thinking mission-driven organizations in the world, including Girls Who Code, Kiva, and the Rockefeller Foundation.   He is a frequent speaker on the the subjects of social innovation, and has given talks at Google, MIT, SXSW, the US State Department, The Mexico Foundation for Science, among others.  Lyel sits on the boards of the Centre for Social Innovation,  The Bronx Academy for Software Engineering, and Sourcemap.

He holds degrees in Physics and Political Science from MIT, where he was a Burchard Scholar, and an advanced degree in Business, Media + Technology, and Education from NYU where he was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. He was named  a World Economic Forum Global Shaper in 2013.