Suzi Sosa

October 20, 2012

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Suzi Sosa: Students and Social Innovation Will Save Our World

LBJ School of Public Affairs

At a time in history when economic, social and environmental problems seem worse than ever, students around the world are looking for bold ideas in hope of a better future. What if we could help them to discover innovations that could not only revitalize the global economy but could also solve pressing social and environmental problems? Social innovation harnesses the power of creativity, invention and experimentation to uncover powerful solutions and then, through purpose-driven entrepreneurship, brings those ideas to life in sustainable, scalable ways. Through stories and experience from UT’s Dell Social Innovation Challenge (DSIC), this talk will illuminate the ideas and successes of real student social innovators and demonstrate how social innovation has the potential to save the world.

About Suzi Sosa

Suzi Sosa is associate director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and is also executive director of the DSIC. In this role she leads social entrepreneurship programs for The University of Texas at Austin, including the DSIC — the world’s largest student competition focused on social entrepreneurship and the recipient of a $5 million investment from Dell Inc. in 2011. Now in its sixth year, the DSIC has about 25,000 students from more than 100 countries in its online community and awards more than $350,000 annually to top student teams. Sosa has an MPA/ID from the Harvard University’s Kennedy School and a B.A. in the Plan II Honors program from UT Austin.