Williams School Hosts First Social Entrepreneurship Summit

From: Washington & Lee University

by Jessica Willett

The Williams School’s J. Lawrence Connolly Center for Entrepreneurship hosted its first Social Entrepreneurship Summit on May 2.

When business administration professor Drew Hess taught a winter term course on social entrepreneurship, he was overwhelmed by all the ways his students wanted to change the world.

“Across campus, there were these great student-led causes trying to initiate big, bold change, and we thought it made a lot of sense to give them some of the same tools and support we’d give to any student startups,” said Hess.

Hess and his wife, Megan Hess—also a business professor at the Williams School—decided to invite a dozen student leaders to dinner one night. They wanted to discuss ways the campus and the Williams School could support social entrepreneurship.

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