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Social entrepreneurs in Arkansas and beyond have an opportunity to learn from some of the best entrepreneurial minds and change agents from around the world. The 2016 Social Entrepreneurship Boot Camp will be held Friday, July 15, through Sunday, July 17, at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute atop Petit Jean Mountain in Arkansas. Along with the Institute, the Clinton School of Public Service, the University of Arkansas Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub have partnered to put on the boot camp after a successful pilot program in 2015.
Applications for the boot camp are due by Sunday, May 1. Instructions for application and the application form can be found at www.rockefellerinstitute.org/bootcamp. For more reading materials, including “Building Blocks of Social Enterprise,” click here. The boot camp is designed to assist aspiring social entrepreneurs in launching or growing their social enterprise. Each team at the boot camp will be assigned its own mentor. The mentors will coach and guide their teams through the three-day event. Topics that will be discussed include pitch training, scalability, identifying funding opportunities, measuring social metrics and ethics. “The teams that came to the boot camp last summer had a lot of enthusiasm for how they could make a difference in the world through their business concept,” said Dr. Marta Loyd, executive director of the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute. “They left the Institute with more confidence and poise, as well as a clearer sense of how to move their social enterprise forward.”
This year’s boot camp will see the return of some of last year’s mentors, such as Permjot Valia, a Canada-based entrepreneurial coach and angel investor; Jeff and Phyl Amerine, co-founders of Startup Junkie, a startup consulting firm in northwest Arkansas; and Dr. Carol Reeves, associate vice-provost for entrepreneurship at the University of Arkansas. Some new faces will also be present this year, including Adjoa Kusiwaa Boateng, regional director for West Africa at MicroEnsure; Jeff Stinson, director of entrepreneurship at the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub; and David Moody, founder of Jacksson David and StartupDad.
A key addition to this year’s partnership has been Dr. Rogelio Garcia Contreras, director of social innovation at the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. Contreras, founder of the Social Entrepreneurship Program at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, began his new post at the University of Arkansas in December and will serve as a mentor at the boot camp.
More information about the 2016 Social Entrepreneurship Boot Camp is available at www.rockefellerinstitute.org/bootcamp.
Glenn Whaley of Little Rock, operations manager with the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, won the 9th annual Arkansas State Crossword Puzzle Championship this afternoon at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. It was her second time to win the title. Beth Levi of Little Rock, a clinical professor at the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law, won the Sudoku competition for the seventh time. She also won in 2015.
Defending champion and retired Judge Ellen Brantley of Little Rock was second in the crossword contest. She is a two-time winner and this year marks her third time to finish second. Duff Campbell of Little Rock, a professor of mathematics at Hendrix College in Conway, was third.
Clinton School student Kathryn Baxter of Glenside, Pennsylvania finished second in Sudoku. Baxter is the first Clinton School student to ever place in the top three finishers in either the Sudoku or crossword puzzle competition in the contest’s nine year history. Andrew McCauley, an architect and contractor from Little Rock, was third.
The championships were conducted by Little Rock District Judge Vic Fleming who constructs puzzles for the New York Times, USA Today and other major publications. Oliver Roeder of New York, senior writer and puzzle editor for FiveThirtyEight, spoke on “Gridgate” about alleged plagiarism in the crossword puzzle world. Roeder’s presentation will soon be posted on www.clintonschoolspeakers.com
The Clinton School has hosted the competition since its founding in 2007.
The Arkansas Foodbank and a team of students from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service are collaborating with the community in White Country to improve food access and services for its seniors.
Arkansas is the number one state in the country for senior food insecurity, including nearly 25% of the approximate 600,000 seniors in Arkansas are food insecure, meaning that they do not have access to sufficient quantity of nutritious food. Roughly 3,000 seniors in White County are food insecure.
Students Mary Henthorn of Little Rock, Ark, Miki Kunishige of Rapid City, S.D., Piper Meeks of Nederland, Texas, Salil Joshi of Shreveport, La., and Yvonne Quek of Singapore, are facilitating concerned White County residents and service providers in forming a coalition that increases coordination between services and addresses the needs of hungry seniors. This community-based project replicates successful efforts conducted by the Arkansas Foodbank in other counties in Arkansas. Their work will also involve creating a resource list which sets out available services relevant to seniors throughout White County.
“Our goal at the Arkansas Foodbank is to serve more seniors and to serve them better,” said Jayne Ann Kita, Food For Families Chief Program Officer. “There are thousands of seniors who cannot afford something as basic as a warm meal.”
This project is one of ten projects to be completed by 36 Clinton School students across the state of Arkansas. These students are in their first year of the school’s Master of Public Service degree program.
A team of four students from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service have partnered with the Hot Springs Area Community Foundation (HSACF) to identify programs and services that focus on addressing poverty in Hot Springs and the greater Garland County community.
Clinton School students Khalid Ahmadzai (Kabul, Afghanistan); Evan Brown (Memphis, Tenn.), Sarah Fowlkes (Ann Arbor, Mich.); and Yohannis Job (Scarborough, Tobago) will concentrate their efforts on addressing the “Four Pillars of Poverty” (education, health, families, communities) outlined in the Aspire Arkansas Report commissioned by the Arkansas Community Foundation (ACF) in 2013.
The HSACF, an affiliate of the ACF is located in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and has distributed more than $7.8 million over the past 24 years to over 150 qualified grantees in Garland County. The team of students will analyze the HSACF’s giving database for the most recent five years and assess how it aligns with Aspire Arkansas’ four pillars of poverty.
The project will culminate with a final report and presentation to the HSACF at the Garland County Library that will be open to the public on Thursday, April 14 at 10:00 a.m.
The team will also provide recommendations by building a Garland County organization database; analyzing the needs, gaps and overlapping services in the community; as well as conducting interviews of various business and community leaders to help inform HSACF’s future grant making strategy.
“We would like to shift our focus from being merely giving grants on budget line items to assuming more of a strategic community leadership role in our grant making here in Hot Springs,” said HSACF’s executive director, Ann Carrithers.
This project is one of 10 to be completed by 37 Clinton School students across the state of Arkansas. Students will receive academic credit towards their Master of Public Service degree program for their participation.
About the Hot Springs Area Community Foundation
Since 1991, the mission of the Hot Springs Area Community Foundation has been to serve as a vehicle for helping individuals, firms, and organizations in our area in carrying out their immediate and long-term philanthropic plans. Since 1991, HSACF has had over 120 funds and has made over 8.3 million in grants to benefit Garland and Montgomery counties.
More information about the Hot Springs Area Community Foundation is available at www.arcf.org.
First year student Stacy Cox was recently awarded the B.A. Rudolph Scholarship for $12,000.
The B.A. Rudolph Foundation established a $50,000 scholarship fund at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service last year. The Rudolph Scholarship was created in honor of the late B.A. Rudolph, a 1978 graduate of the University of Arkansas, and her parents, Dr. Leighton Rudolph and the late Marjorie Holt Rudolph, who both taught at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
The B.A. Rudolph Foundation is a charitable nonprofit stated by women, for women, to honor the founders’ godmother, B.A. Rudolph. The Foundation’s mission is to advance and benefit young women interested in public service through educational, financial, and professional support, and is based in Washington, D.C.
The first recipient of the award was Jennifer Guzman, who will graduate in May.
Maggie Moore and Rebecca Davis, two of the foundation’s co-founders, were on hand to present the award.
Rudolph served on the staff of Governor Bill Clinton, and during President Clinton’s administration, worked as deputy chief of staff to Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater and chief of staff to Brady Anderson, the director of USAID. She died from cancer in 2011.
The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute and the Clinton School of Public Service will partner this week to present the inaugural Under 40 Forum, an overnight retreat designed to connect the honorees of the annual 40 Under 40 lists as published by Arkansas Business and the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal.
All 78 honorees from the two publications’ 2015 lists (there were two individuals on both lists) have been invited to gather at the Institute atop Petit Jean Mountain Friday and Saturday for this one-of-a-kind event. Gov. Asa Hutchinson will kick off the event Friday with an address and question-and-answer session. The participants will then engage in a facilitated discussion centered around recruitment and retention of young talent in the state. Matt DeCample, president of Aarch Communications in Little Rock and previously communications director for former Gov. Mike Beebe, will serve as facilitator.
The conversation about talent recruitment and retention will continue Saturday morning, with plenty of networking opportunities built in.
“Our goal for this meeting is two-fold,” said Skip Rutherford, dean of the Clinton School of Public Service. “First of all, we want to engage these young leaders in a meaningful discussion about the future of our state. Second, we firmly believe in the power of connection and collaboration, so we want to give them ample time and space to get to know one another.”
A report detailing the outcomes of the facilitated discussions will be published and provided to the governor’s office, the state Legislature and other state leaders.
“This is exactly the type of summit we think Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller would be proud of,” said Janet Harris, director of programs for the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute. “He was known for using his beautiful space atop Petit Jean to convene the best and brightest minds in the state and beyond to advance solutions to Arkansas’ most pressing needs. We look forward to seeing what this distinguished group of people brings to the discussion.”
The Under 40 Forum is being held in full cooperation with Arkansas Business and the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal. The event is by invitation only to the 78 honorees, though Gov. Hutchinson’s address will be open to the media. The resulting report will be available to view at www.rockefellerinstitute.org.
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“Love is Good Business,” Becca Stevens
Friday, April 1, 2016, at 6:00 p.m.
– Becca Stevens is an author and social entrepreneur who founded Thistle Farms, an all-natural bath and body care company that is the largest social enterprise in the United States run by survivors of addiction, trafficking, violence, and extreme poverty. Stevens is the author of eleven books and is an Episcopal priest who is chaplain at Vanderbilt University’s St. Augustine’s Chapel in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2011, the White House named Becca a “Champion of Change” for her work against domestic violence. Recently, she was featured in the PBS documentary, A Path Appears, named Humanitarian of the Year by the Small Business Council of America as well as the TJ Martell Foundation, and inducted into the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame. In her talk, “Love is Good Business,” Stevens will describe how ‘lavish’ and ‘economical’ intersect in the work of justice. From her social enterprise, Stevens has learned that love is good business and can help spark a national movement.
The Art of Leadership: Lessons from the American Presidency,” Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. (UALR Center for Performing Arts) *Part of the Winthrop Rockefeller Distinguished Lecture Series and in partnership with UALR *Book signing to follow
– Jon Meacham is executive editor and executive vice president at Random House, the largest trade book publisher in the world. He is the a former editor-in-chief of Newsweek, a contributing editor to Time magazine, editor-at-large of WNET, and a commentator on politics, history, and religious faith in America. Meacham won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for his previous book, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House. In his new book, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, Meacham chronicles the life, thoughts, decisions, and emotions of George H. W. Bush, drawing on President Bush’s personal diaries, on the diaries of his wife, Barbara, and on extraordinary access to the forty-first president and his family. In this presentation, Meacham explores Jefferson’s pragmatism and JFK’s capacity to recover from his own mistakes, to the management of conflicting egos as shown by Reagan and FDR, and how George H. W. Bush dealt with the end of his Presidency. Meacham explores what 21st century leaders in different fields of endeavor can learn from the greatest moments of our common past and how history can inform the decisions all of us make every day in positions that demand creative and innovative solutions.
Bernard Kinsey, founder of the Kinsey Collection of African American Art and History
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall)
– Bernard Kinsey is the president and founder of KBK Enterprises, a management consulting firm with extensive experience and success providing advice and counsel to senior-level executives. He has consulted on economic development with the governments of South Africa, Germany, the U.K., and France, and was appointed Honorary Consul General by the U.S. State Department and the Central African Republic. Kinsey also enjoyed a 20-year association with the Xerox Corporation and was one of the pioneers in breaking down racial barriers in corporate America. His leadership of the Xerox Black Employees Association led to the hiring of thousands of black employees, women, and Latinos, and is the subject of a Harvard Business School case study. For the past 7 years, Bernard Kinsey and his wife, Shirley, have focused their attention on The Kinsey Collection, their national touring museum exhibit of African American art and history dating back to the year 1600. The collection has been viewed by over 3 million visitors, was on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, and is currently on national tour. The Kinsey Collection will be on display at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in downtown Little Rock from April 8 – July 2, 2016.
“Campus Sexual Assault: A Survivor’s Perspective,” Kamilah Willingham
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with the Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault
– Kamilah Willingham is an outspoken advocate and activist dedicated to gender equality, social justice, and human rights. She currently works as a program and outreach director at the California Women’s Law Center in Los Angeles. She previously worked for Just Detention International (JDI), an organization dedicated to ending sexual abuse in prisons and jails. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and received her undergraduate degree from Pomona College.
“Bridges of Madison County” a panel discussion
Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall) * In partnership with the Arkansas Repertory Theatre
– Fresh from Broadway, Bridges of Madison County is a new musical from Jason Robert Brown based on the bestselling novel by Robert James Waller. Italian-American wife and mother, Francesca, lives a dutiful life on a quiet Iowa farm, until a charismatic, handsome photographer sweeps into her world, reigniting her passion for life and reawakening her capacity for romance. Torn between her need to be loved and her promise to her family, Francesca must make the most difficult choice of her life. Either way, her world will never be the same again. Winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations, The Bridges of Madison County opens at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre on April 8.
Sherece West-Scantlebury, president and CEO of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
Friday, April 8, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall)
– Sherece West-Scantlebury is president and CEO of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, a private, independent foundation based in Little Rock, Arkansas. Their mission is to improve the lives of all Arkansans in three interrelated issues: economic development; education; and economic, racial, and social justice. Involved in philanthropy for over to 20 years, West-Scantlebury served as CEO at the Foundation for Louisiana and as a program associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Her professional career includes nearly 30 years of experience in community development, public policy and advocacy, and public service. Her talk is in conjunction with the Clinton School Center on Community Philanthropy’s National Conference on Community Philanthropy and Public Service April 7 & 8, 2016.
Yusel Arias, Advisor to Ministry of Foreign Trade and Investment for the Republic of Cuba
Monday, April 11, 2016 at 12:00 noon (Sturgis Hall)
– Yusel Arias is a specialist of economical affairs in the U.S. General Division of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Investment for the Republic of Cuba. In a time when diplomatic relations, trade, and travel restrictions are improving with Cuba after decades of hostility, Arias will talk about what this means for the United States. He previously spent time as the second secretary at the Cuban Embassy in Spain and as a specialist in the Europe Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cuba.
Melanne Verveer, executive director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
– The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security examines and highlights the roles and experiences of women in peace and security worldwide through cutting edge research, timely global meetings, and strategic partnerships. Ambassador Verveer most recently served as the first U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, a position to which she was nominated by President Obama in 2009. She coordinated foreign policy issues and activities relating to the political, economic, and social advancement of women, traveling to nearly sixty countries. President Obama also appointed her to serve as the U.S. Representative to the UN Commission on the Status of Women. From 2000-2008, she was the chair and co-CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international NGO that she co-founded to invest in emerging women leaders. During the Clinton administration, she served as assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady. She also led the effort to establish the President’s Interagency Council on Women, and was instrumental in the adoption of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000. She is the co-author of Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose.
“Pig’s Tale: An Omnivore’s Guide to Sustainable Meat,” Barry Estabrook
Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow *In partnership with Arkansas Literary Festival
– Barry Estabrook, author of the bestselling book Tomatoland, explores the dark side of the American pork industry in his new book Pig’s Tale: An Omnivore’s Guide to Sustainable Meat. Drawing on his personal experience raising pigs, Estabrook covers the range of the human-porcine experience. He embarks on nocturnal feral pig hunts in Texas, visits farmers who raise animals in vast confinement barns, and he describes the threat of infectious disease and the possible contamination of our food supply. In Pig Tales, Estabrook shows that it’s possible to raise pigs responsibly and respectfully in a way that is good for producers, consumers, and some of the top chefs in America.
“Arkansas Puzzle Day,” with Oliver Roeder
Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 12:00 Noon. (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with the Arkansas Literary Festival
– Oliver Roeder, a senior writer and puzzle editor for FiveThrityEight, will discuss “Gridgate,” a plagiarism scandal unfolding in the crossword puzzle world. A group of puzzlers, using digital tools, has uncovered a pattern of copying in the professional crossword-puzzle world that has led to accusations of plagiarism and false identity. Following Oliver’s presentation, the Clinton School will welcome crossword and Sodoku puzzle enthusiasts for the Ninth Annual Arkansas Puzzle Day. The event will feature crossword and Sudoku contests at 1:00 p.m. and all skill levels are encouraged to attend and participate.
“Lessons from Traveling to Zika, Ebola, MERS, FLU and SARS Pandemics,” Daniel Lucey
Monday, April 18, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall)
– Daniel Lucey is a senior scholar with the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and an adjunct professor of microbiology and immunology at Georgetown University Medical Center. A physician trained in infectious diseases and public health, he has taught for 11 years at Georgetown on global emerging infectious diseases. Lucey completed his infectious disease training and Master of Public Health at Harvard and worked in the U.S. Public Health Service at the National Institutes of Health. He has traveled widely in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East to exchange information regarding infectious diseases such as SARS, influenza, Nipah, HIV, anthrax, and MERS.
Kathy Behrens, president of Social Responsibility and Player Programs, National Basketball Association
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
– As president of Social Responsibility and Player Programs for the National Basketball Association (NBA), Kathy Behrens oversees a group that manages all of the NBA’s programs that coordinate league and player social responsibility efforts, support player growth and development, and enhance the marketing opportunities for current and former players. Behrens joined the NBA in September 2000 as vice president of Community Relations, overseeing all of the NBA’s public service initiatives, community outreach, and employee volunteer programs. She later worked as senior vice president of Community and Player Programs, and executive vice president of Social Responsibility and Player Programs.
Friday, April 22, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall)
– Michael McCray is a civil rights lawyer and a federal whistleblower. A native of Arkansas, McCray first went to Washington, D.C. with the Clinton administration and began his community development career working on the Presidential Empowerment Initiative. After that, McCray became know as a whistleblower when he reported over $40 million in government waste, fraud, and abuse. He is the chairperson of the 3-5-7 Commission, a judicial reform association dedicated to exposing judicial misconduct to ensure that American citizens receive fair hearings. McCray is the author of Race, Power and Politics – Memoirs of an ACORN Whistleblower, in which he chronicles the rise and fall of the once venerable Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). The summit will also feature speakers by Marcel Reid, ACORN whistleblower and Joyce Rothschild, whistleblower researcher
Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
– Shannon Watts is a 43 year-old mother of five children and founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Prior to founding the group, Watts was a stay-at-home mom in a suburb of Indianapolis, Indiana. She had a 15-year career as a communications executive for both public relations agencies and Fortune 500 corporations. The day after the Sandy Hook tragedy on December 14, 2012, she started a Facebook page for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. That online conversation turned into an offline grassroots movement of American mothers fighting for public safety measures that respect the Second Amendment and protect people from gun violence. Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and, along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than 2 million members.
“First in Business: George Washington’s Farm at Mount Vernon,” Sam Murphy, manager of Historic Trades at Mount Vernon
Friday, April 29, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall)
– “George Washington: the Businessman” is not a moniker that most people associate with our nation’s first President, but it is one of the most illuminating biographical aspects to understanding his ideas, hopes, and challenges for the young nation’s political and economic future. As a farmer, Washington was constantly looking for opportunities to harness and innovate with natural resources and agricultural production. Sam Murphy, Manager of Historic Trades at George Washington’s Mount Vernon brings to life the gardens, river, farms, gristmill, and distillery that propelled this 18th century plantation into the place Washington was most proud to call home.
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