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Every community can point to at least one individual who has recognized tremendous social challenges and then applied their own innovative solutions to those problems in order to effect lasting, positive changes around them. According to Ashoka, a global not-for-profit organization, these individuals are social entrepreneurs—ambitious and persistent members of society—tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale and long-term change. As part of Social Entrepreneurship Week at Gardner-Webb University, set for March 24-27, several events are planned to help inform and inspire students, faculty, staff, and members of the community about social entrepreneurship and how to make a career out of serving through innovative solutions.

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Gardner-Webb University


Boiling Springs


Ashoka, Bill Stanfield, Boiling Springs Rotary Club, Debbi Brock, Dr. Lisa Allen, GWU Center for Christian Ethics and Leadership, King's Kitchen, Metanoia Community Development Corporation, Sam Stachon, Social Entrepreneurship Week, the Alfred and Shirley Wampler Caudill Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), the Dimensions program, the Journal for Ethics & Entrepreneurship, the Life of the Scholar (LOTS) committee, the Office of Career Development, the Office of Christian Life and Service, the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement

Gardner-Webb to Host Social Entrepreneurship Week March 24-27