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April 5, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Category: Conference
Location: Business, Mike Ilitch School of | Map
2771 Woodward
Detroit, MI 48201
Cost: $10 or $35
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Prospective Students, Staff

Detroit's social entrepreneurship ecosystem is rapidly expanding, and the Wayne State School of Social Work is helping lead the way. This conference brings together people from our own backyard and beyond who are creating impactful new ways to address unmet societal needs through social enterprise and innovation. The School of Social Work, in partnership with the Mike Ilitch School of Business and student-led social innovation program OptimizeWayne, is hosting the second annual Social Entrepreneurship Conference on April 5, 2019 at the newly built Mike Ilitch School of Business. The conference will highlight local social change agents who are addressing root causes of social problems and working with communities to build inclusive, replicable and sustainable models that will address these challenges.

This conference provides a great opportunity for you or your organization to reach a substantial audience of budding and current social entrepreneurs. We expect to attract a trans-disciplinary audience of more than 300 community professionals, alumni, students, faculty and staff who are interested in gaining practical knowledge about how to start or grow a social change venture.

Social Work will be bringing nationally-acclaimed keynote speaker Morgan Simon, author of Real Impact: The New Economics of Social Change and over 20 experts to Detroit on April 5th from 8:30 - 4:00 pm to discuss topics ranging from business planning and development for those wishing to start or grow a social enterprise to how to engage with communities around transformative and sustainable change. The event is $10 for Wayne State students and costs $35 for all others. Refreshments and lunch are provided.

Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. Learn more about the conference and presenters: 

Join us in learning how you can be a #SocialWorkWarriorInAction!

For more information about this event, please contact Shantalea Johns at 313-577-4409 or