Upcoming Events and Conferences

Posted: November 7, 2011 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: November 4, 2011 at 4:13 pm

School of Management’s Johnson & Strachan Speaker Series

The next speaker in the School of Management’s Johnson & Strachan Speaker Series is Patricia Sellers, editor at large for Fortune magazine and co-chair of the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit.

Sellers will speak on Monday, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m. at the Mason Inn.

With unmatched access to the greatest business leaders from the past two decades, Sellers has emerged as an authority on leadership and navigating the right path to career success.

Sellers has written some of Fortune’s most talked-about cover stories on business leadership, including poignant profiles on the successes — and lessons learned — of Martha Stewart, Ted Turner and Oprah Winfrey. Sellers has also penned a series of provocative articles on career management, including separate focuses on ego, charisma and failure.

Since 1999, Sellers has hosted and overseen the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, the world’s premier gathering of women leaders in business, government, philanthropy, education and the arts. Sellers is Fortune’s point editorial person on its annual “Most Powerful Women in Business” package, now Fortune’s second-largest franchise after the Fortune 500.

This is a free event. For more information, email somevent@gmu.edu or call 703-993-1880.

Mason Center for Social Entrepreneurship

The Mason Center for Social Entrepreneurship will host the fourth installment of the Accelerating Social Entrepreneurship (ASE) conference series on Thursday, Nov. 10, at Founders Hall on the Arlington Campus.

The ASE series annually convenes hundreds of leaders from the nonprofit, academic, business and government sectors for conversations that are designed to advance the field of social entrepreneurship. This year’s theme, “Accelerating Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Austerity,” explores how the global economic crisis can provide opportunities to forge new approaches to old problems.

This year’s conference will open with a plenary conversation between U.S. Senator Mark Warner (Va.) and Bill Shore, chairman and CEO of Share Our Strength, who will discuss major implications and opportunities for social challenges and social entrepreneurship in this age of limited resources.

During the conference, the Mason Center for Social Entrepreneurship, in partnership with the Center for Consciousness and Transformation, will present the inaugural Social Innovation Champion Awards, which recognize individuals for their groundbreaking work to develop and apply innovative, sustainable and scalable solutions to the world’s most pressing social problems.

The winners are Mason alumna Muna AbuSulayman (BA ’96, MA ’96), Mario Morino and Diana Wells. A cash prize will be given to a social enterprise of each winner’s choosing. Awardee Morino, co-founder and chairman of Venture Philanthropy Partners and chairman of the Morino Institute, will also discuss with Mason President Alan Merten the role of managing to outcomes in an era of scarce resources.

More information about the conference can be found at www.masoninnovation.org/ase.

Economics Community Forum

The Economics Department has initiated a new series of events called Economics Community Forum. The forum will address important economic issues of our time.

The inaugural topic is “Central Banking and the Sovereign Debt Crisis” presented by Mason economics professor Lawrence White. The presentation will be on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 7:45 to 9 p.m. in Innovation Hall, Room 105.

White will discuss the role central banking plays in our economy, and whether or not the behavior of the central bank has influenced debt crises in the United States. White will also discuss whether there is a proper role for the central bank in a prosperous economy.

All are welcome to join in exploring these and other questions of importance to our community. The talk is free and open to the public.

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