Using the emerging infrastructure on corporate responsibility as a foundation, this panel will explore the ways in which individual actions lead to new organizations, institutions, and, ultimately social change.

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The first lecture in this year’s Lewis Institute Lecture series - Making A Difference: Difference Makers, Edgewalkers, And Intellectual Shamans – will take place October 7th, 5-6:30 pm, in Olin Auditorium, Olin Hall.

How do entrepreneurs go about making change in the world? Common wisdom would have it that entrepreneurs are visionaries who see some aspect of the world as it might be and move forward through their entrepreneurship to make that vision real. But in reality for many entrepreneurs action comes before vision—and the vision becomes reality because of the actions that entrepreneurs take to build new businesses, institutions, and initiatives. Using the emerging infrastructure on corporate responsibility, which pressures large and small companies to become more responsible, as a foundation, this panel will explore the ways in which individual actions lead to new organizations, institutions, and, ultimately social change. The panel will ask whether one person can make a difference in the world—and if so, how? How do you as a single individual—with or without a vision for change—make a difference in the world?


Sandra Waddock

Sandra Waddock is the Galligan Chair of Strategy and Professor of Management in the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. She is a co-founder of the Leadership for the Change Program: Sustainability, Responsibility, Community at Boston College and the Initiative for Responsible Investing (formerly at the BC Center for Corporate Citizenship, now at the Hauser Center, Harvard Kennedy School). In 2006-2007 she was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and in 2005 she was awarded the Faculty Pioneer Award for External Impact by the Aspen Institute and World Resources Institute. She received the Sumner Marcus Award for Outstanding Service from the Social Issues in Management Division of the Academy of Management in 2004, and in 2002 the Keyes Distinguished Service Award from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.

Widely published, Dr. Waddock's research interests are in the area of macro-system change, corporate responsibility, management education, and multi-sector collaboration. Author or editor of eight books, her most recent books are The Difference Makers: How Social and Institutional Entrepreneurs Built the Corporate Responsibility Movement (Greenleaf, 2008), Leading Corporate Citizens: Vision, Values, Value Added (McGraw-Hill, 2009, 3rd edition), and Total Responsibility Management: The Manual with Charles Bodwell (Greenleaf, 2007). Dr. Waddock has published more than 100 articles on corporate citizenship, responsibility management systems, corporate responsibility, and management education.

Phil Mirvis

Philip Mirvis is an organizational psychologist whose studies and private practice concerns large-scale organizational change, the character of the workforce and workplace, and business leadership in society. An advisor to businesses and NGOs in five continents, he has authored ten books on his studies including The Cynical Americans (social trends), Building the Competitive Workforce (human capital), To the Desert and Back (a business transformation case), and Beyond Good Company: Next Generation Corporate Citizenship (with Bradley Googins and Steve Rochlin). Mitchell Marks and Mirvis have recently authored their 2nd edition of Joining Forces (on mergers and acquisitions). Mirvis has a B.A. from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan.

Bill Valentino

Bill is a China based recognized scholar / practitioner of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Sustainability (SD) and Entrepreneurship. This encompasses domestic and international collaborations with key figures in a range of sectors at the forefront of these topics. His work and research are focused mainly on China covering multinational corporations, SMEs, local Chinese companies, communities, not-for-profit organizations, government agencies and universities both within China and internationally.

His background is a rich mix of multidisciplinary perspectives and broad professional experience that draws the best of the worlds of theory and practice but also acts as a translator bridging the divide.

As a practitioner he is Bayer’s VP Corporate Social Responsibility China. In his business context he works from a sense of urgency and need to respond to demands on businesses to balance their impacts on people, planet and profits through strategies that create economic value as well as social and ecological value. His expertise in CSR, SD and Entrepreneurship is based on hands-on work and experience as a practitioner at Bayer where he conceptualizes and implements a wide range of projects in areas such as public health, rural development, micro-finance, disability issues, environmental issues, poverty alleviation, employee volunteerism and strategic philanthropy.

5:00 Welcome

  • Introduction of Theme/Panel

5:10 Opening Remarks

  • What is a Difference Maker?

5:30 Panel discussion

  • Making a Difference as a Practitioner; Panel gab
  • Making a Difference as an academician; Panel
  • Making a Difference on the “margins”, Opens to audience....

6:00 Audience Reflections

  • How I make a difference?
  • Making a difference at Babson?
    Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., is recognized internationally as a leader in entrepreneurial management education. Babson grants BS degrees through its innovative undergraduate program, and grants MBA and custom MS and MBA degrees through the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. Babson Executive Education offers executive development programs to experienced managers worldwide. For information, visit www.babson.edu.

By Michael Chmura, mchmura@babson.edu, 781-239-4549 | 10/03/2010 06:00