20 Years of Impact

Influencing Practice

One of the primary interfaces between the Social Enterprise Initiative and practitioners is through the SEI portfolio of executive education programs. The first program was launched in 1995 and, since then, the portfolio of programs has provided transformational learning experiences for more than 7,000 social impact executives and board members.

Today, HBS offers six open-enrollment and two custom Social Enterprise Executive Education programs each year: three targeted toward nonprofit leaders, three for corporate leaders, one for leaders in the microfinance industry, and one for teams of education leaders within urban public school districts.


Mastering Nonprofit Leadership

A glimpse into the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management (SPNM) program experience which equips nonprofit leaders with tools and strategies to help them better deliver on their missions and make a difference in the world.

Chuck ReCorr Senior Vice President, Wealth Management, Merrill Lynch

The story of Chuck ReCorr, a philanthropist who “wants impact” and achieves it by inspiring others to lead change within his community in Raleigh, North Carolina.


Carolyn Miles President and CEO, Save the Children, United StatesSPNM (2008)

“Having multiple members of our senior staff and board attend social enterprise executive education programs enabled us to build a strong senior management team and a core set of strategic skills. We had the chance to reflect on practical strategies, acquire new tools, and make useful connections. As a result, we have moved our work for the world's poorest children to a new level.”

Charles Edwards President and CEO, Atlanta Center for Self SufficiencySPNM (2010)

“HBS had developed solutions and methodologies for increasing the chances for becoming a high-performing organization. SPNM showed me what it truly takes to achieve lasting social change.”

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GNE: The Program Impact

Participants from the 2011 Governing for Nonprofit Excellence (GNE) program discuss how the program has impacted them.

Charlotte Guyman, Trustee, Save the Children Federation; Sig Hutchinson, Vice Chair and Chair Elect, Triangle Land Conservancy; Bonnie Carter, President, Essex County CASA

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John Pellowe, CEO, Canadian Council on Christian Charities, SPNM 2009, discusses the ways in which the SPMN program revolutionized his leadership by providing frameworks that enabled him to engage with his staff and board in new ways.

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