Social Entrepreneurship Series
The University of Delaware’s Department of Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS), in partnership with Horn Entrepreneurship, is committed to helping students integrate business principles into practical ideas to solve social issues. The seminar series, launched in Spring 2018, features social entrepreneurs who are centered on partnering and advocating for their communities. All undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to attend.
Social Entrepreneurship in Residence Talk
Thursday, November 14th, 2:00 – 3:00 PM, 220 Alison Hall
All welcome, refreshments will be provided by local social enterprise, Monty’s Neighborhood Snacks
Social Contract’s co-founder and Managing Partner, Catherine “Cat” Lindroth, is a 2008 graduate of Yale University and a lifelong student of social change. Cat is passionate about transforming the mechanism in which communities finance social change efforts, and scaling up the highest value strategies needed to drive progress on a specific social issue, in a specific place. Cat is committed to public service and youth empowerment and has spent her career seeking solutions to educational and social inequities that plague low-income children. Prior to Social Contract, Cat helped to launch Teach For America – Delaware. As Director of Community Impact, she founded and ran two collaboratives through a collective impact framework: the FirstGen Network and SummerCollab; SummerCollab is now a nationally recognized summer learning system serving over 2000 low-income youth, reversing summer learning loss for a seventh straight year. Combining experience in education, organizational management, facilitation, and program design, Cat brings a comprehensive community organizing approach to empower community leaders to navigate their most pressing social challenges. Catherine’s single-minded focus on equality has inspired her to work not only with local youth, but internationally, as she has spearheaded youth programming efforts in Kenya and India. She is most recently a 2018 Roselyn Jaffe “every day hero” Award Winner.
Social Contract’s co-founder and Managing Partner, Meghan Wallace, has experience working within multiple roles in state government. She worked in Legislative Hall for the House Majority Caucus, crafting policy related to promoting trauma-informed practices on college campuses and within law enforcement agencies as it relates to survivors of sexual and domestic violence. During her time in the General Assembly, Meghan also advised elected officials on policy issues related to women’s rights and education. Meghan was later recruited by the Markell Administration to be the Education Policy Advisor, working to advance their policy agenda and play an intermediary role with the Department of Education, the public, the Legislature, and various stakeholders. She worked to advance solutions to Wilmington’s educational challenges, especially the work of the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission (including working to draft and pass H.B. 148 of the 148th G.A. to organize the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission). In this role, she managed policy and program development and implementation, including working with the Office of Management and Budget and the General Assembly’s Joint Finance Committee to ensure the Administration’s budgetary interests were secured. After the Markell administration, Meghan worked with the Carney administration as an advisor within the Department of Education. She supported the Cabinet Secretary and the Governor’s Office through the administration’s transition period and left state government in July of 2017 to launch Social Contract. Throughout her career, Meghan has held a reputation as a problem-solver that knows how to work successfully with diverse stakeholders around topics that can be both emotional and controversial. Meghan has broad experience working with many agencies and state leaders to advance policy, program, and project interests. She is skilled in community engagement, policy work, and more generally the workings of state government at the agency, executive, and legislative levels.
Past Social Entrepreneurship Series
Latiaynna Tabb (with Moderator, Stephanie Raible), The Accidental Social Entrepreneur: Creativity, Purpose and Making Room
Latiaynna Tabb is an MS graduate (2015) of the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences and its first Social Entrepreneur in Residence (Fall 2018). Tabb is the founder of Tabb Management, a Philadelphia-based community & creative project management firm that contracts and consults with a mission-driven background in the social sciences, which forms the core values and lens in which her business operates, she has worked with organizations like the United Way, Drexel University, People’s Emergency Center CDC and the Delaware River Waterfront Commission.
While linear paths may be easier to conceive, the career trajectory of Latiaynna Tabb is a bit more circuitous– and fun, in her opinion! Tabb will share how, in believing in her own gifts and putting her formal social science education to practice, she was able to build a space to work with creative entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations to “create things we wish existed.”
Dr. Gloria James, Career Paths: By Choice or By Chance?
Gloria James is an army brat of sorts and went to 23 schools before going off to college. She received her BA from Wellesley College, an M.Ed. from Salisbury University and a PhD from the University of Delaware. Some of her work history includes working as a Social Service Support person in Head Start, working as a training administrator, working as the Director of Adult Medical Day Care, U of D program associate for Continuing Education, Director of Adolescent Health and a radio personality in Salisbury. Currently, Dr. James serves as the Bureau Chief of Adolescent and Reproductive Health where ultimately she is responsible management and leadership for 32 school-based health centers, 25 reproductive health clinics, the Alliance for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, the Title X program and the federally funded Personal Education Responsibility Program.
Latiaynna Tabb, “Creating things we wished existed”
UD alumna Latiaynna Tabb, MS ’15, will discuss the path that she blazed that led her to operate her creative and community project management firm, Tabb Management. Throughout her business journey and in partnership with clients she has been “Creating things we wish existed.”
Courthney Russell, “Creating a sense of community”
WeUp CBO is a community-based organization created by Courthney Russell. This movement hopes to uplift the community through positivity, authenticity and creative expression. No matter who you are, who you love, and where you live, or where you come from, WeUp seeks to represent you and provide a sense of community.
Jason Aviles, “Creating community engagement and wellness”
Jason Aviles is CEO of FLYOGI LLC, executive director of Wilmington Placemakers Inc., program director of Wilmington Green Box and co-founder of Artist Ave Station. His programs are geared toward designing, building and managing projects that promote, support, and grow community culture, engagement and wellness.