SEPI Weekly Newsletter

SEPI Innovator Awards | DISI Info Session | Job Opps

It is time for recognizing the past and planning for the future!

Hello SEPI supporters, now it comes to the time for recognizing the past and planning for the future!

Highlights of this week's newsletter:

  • SEPI Sanford Student Innovator Awards calls for nominations
  • DISI second-round info session on April 10th
  • Career opportunities for social entrepreneurs

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS for Innovative Thinkers and Doers!

SEPI invites you to nominate yourself or your classmates for our first-ever Sanford Student Innovator Awards! That's right, we want you to share an innovative project, idea or action that you undertook this year. Announcements for the Awards will be made on the LAST DAY OF CLASSES (LDOC) at a fun end of the year outdoor picnic!

The Criteria are...
1. The project helps raise the profile of innovation or entrepreneurship at Sanford and/or community-at-large.
2. The student or team demonstrated leadership, creativity, or risk-taking.

THINK FAST--MAKE YOUR NOMINATION TODAY! Nominations will be accepted through Wednesday April 10th.

Send Email to
Subject "Innovation Nomination"
Include the following:
1. Name of Nominee(s) and their email address
2. Project Description (<100 WORDS)
3. Why innovative? (<100 WORDS)

The SEPI Student Innovator Awards Outdoors!
Wed. April 17th, at 5:30pm - 7pm
The Sanford-Rubenstein Green Lawn (raindate: Sanford Commons).

There'll be snacks and games! Celebrate and acknowledge yourself and peers who are putting innovative ideas into action! All Nominees and Nominators are especially invited to attend the Awards Celebration.

Duke Interdisciplinary Social Innovators (DISI) Info Session

Did you miss the DISI ice-breaking event last week? No worry! Per request, Danny and Jennifer will hold another info session at Fuqua on April 10th!

Wednesday, April 10th, 6:30 - 7:30pm

Fuqua Seminar Room A

Free Pizza!!

DISI seeks to help social organizations better achieve their missions by forming interdisciplinary problem-solving groups across the professional schools at Duke. DISI provides opportunities to gain real world interdisciplinary project experience, a skills-sharing curriculum, and networking opportunities with students across campus. Pizza will be served. If you’re interested but unable to make the meeting, please fill out this short form and we’ll get back in touch! Hope to see you there.

Please contact Danny Heller ( or Jennifer Shen ( if you have further questions.

Government Innovation Fellows, Harvard Kennedy School


The Kennedy School is likely going to be hiring someone to work on the ground in SC on expansion of his Social Impact Bond Lab activity. If there’s anyone strong you would recommend, the announcement is at

Staff Assistant for the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator, Duke University

We are recruiting to fill a new Staff Assistant position with the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke. This position is located at the Fuqua School of Business and is funded by a USAID five year grant.

Qualified candidates should submit cover letter, resume and salary history to include SEAD Staff Assistant in the Subject line.

Apply to requisition number 400695560 on through Duke HR

Manager, Echoing Green

Manager, Impact Investing (Research)
New York, NY
Reports to Cheryl Dorsey, President, Echoing Green


Echoing Green is hiring a Manager to expand the organization’s knowledge, thought leadership, and influence in the Impact Investing field. This new position requires a self-starter who can shape the scope and responsibilities of the role and be flexible as it evolves. Initially, the Manager will oversee the development and dissemination of a portfolio of research projects focused on Impact Investing as it relates to Echoing Green’s work to support social entrepreneurs. The Manager will identify and execute opportunities to disseminate the research in a variety of offline and online channels, including reports, blogs, and presentations at conferences and other meetings of relevant stakeholders. Ultimately, the Manager will drive Echoing Green’s Impact Investing strategy and ensure the organization maintains its thought leadership in the field.

The Manager will serve as Echoing Green’s internal expert on Impact Investing and proactively seek opportunities to work collaboratively with all members of Echoing Green’s team. In addition, the Manager will support Echoing Green’s Fellows through knowledge, programs, and tools that deepen their awareness. This position requires a versatile leader with prior experience in the Impact Investing field and a proven ability to manage projects from concept to completion. The top candidate will bring previous experience researching, writing, and disseminating knowledge in various online and offline formats. S/he must be a skilled relationship-builder with the ability to proactively identify and engage diverse stakeholders, internally and externally.

*Please note this is NOT an investing position.


  • Manage Echoing Green’s Impact Investing strategy, expanding the organization’s internal knowledge, external thought leadership and influence in the Impact Investing field
  • Become Echoing Green’s go-to resource for Impact Investing, staying current with trends, assessing and sharing relevant information across the Echoing Green community
  • Proactively develop relationships with diverse audiences, including investors, philanthropists, and social entrepreneurs
  • Manage research projects from concept to completion by clearly defining the project scope, setting and meeting deadlines, and collaborating effectively with key stakeholders
  • Conduct in-depth primary and secondary research on a broad range of topics related to Impact Investing and social entrepreneurship; write and disseminate research in a variety of online and offline formats
  • Work closely with Echoing Green’s President to identify and implement opportunities to support the organization’s influence and thought leadership in the Impact Investing field
  • Collaborate with all members of Echoing Green’s internal team and Fellows by providing technical assistance
  • Solicit and secure funding to support Echoing Green’s ongoing work in Impact Investing


  • A minimum of 5 years of professional work experience with at least 2 years in the Impact Investing field (Investing experience not required)
  • A proven knowledge of the key trends and stakeholders related to Impact Investing
  • Exceptional research, analytical, writing, and editing skills
  • Excellent verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a proven ability to proactively develop relationships with diverse audiences
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented with experience managing research projects from conception to completion
  • Experience distributing content via offline and online channels
  • Demonstrated ability to be independent, flexible, and proactive
Our mission is to provide opportunities for and leverage the skills of our members through leadership, education, and experience in social entrepreneurship and policy within the Duke community.