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Social Innovation Takes Center Stage at NYU Stern-Citi Conference in Leadership & Ethics

Ninth Annual NYU Stern-Citi Conference in Leadership & Ethics Article

The Ninth Annual NYU Stern-Citi Conference in Leadership & Ethics addressed the theme of “Social Innovation as a Transformative Economic, Social and Political Movement.”

Organized by NYU Stern’s Citi Leadership & Ethics Program and Business & Society Program Area, with generous support from the Citi Foundation, the conference featured this year’s Distinguished Citi Fellow in Leadership & Ethics, Jeffrey Hollender, co-founder of Seventh Generation.

Watch Jeffrey Hollender’s keynote on the key principles of social innovation:

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Additional event highlights included:

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Kicking off the event, Pamela Flaherty, president and CEO of the Citi Foundation, described Citi’s commitment to practicing responsible finance.

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Alnoor Ladha, head of strategy at Purpose.com, discussed the leap from social enterprise to social innovation and what he calls “the new economy.”

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(Pictured from left to right) Innovators Blake Jones, CEO of Namaste Solar; Yorman Nunez, community organizer for the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative; and Nick Iuviene, program manager for community enterprise at the Community Innovators Lab at MIT, shared their stories during a panel discussion led by Bruce Schlein, vice president of environmental affairs at Citi.

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Steven Standley, chief administrative officer of University Hospitals in Cleveland, described the economic and social impact of the Greater University Circle Initiative, which aims to revitalize northeast Ohio through infrastructure projects and neighborhood programs.

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Professor Bruce Buchanan, director of NYU Stern’s Business & Society Program Area, wrapped up the event, thanking guests, speakers and the Citi Foundation.