Through the program, we have access to a Social Entrepreneur in Residence (SEIR) to help and advise students on their social ventures.

Here you can know more about the SEIR for 2020-2021: Marina Kim

Marina’s work in social entrepreneurship dates back over 15 years. She is the co-founder and executive director of Ashoka U, which works with colleges and universities to embed social innovation as an educational focus and a strategic approach to aligning the university’s culture, programs and operations. To date, Ashoka U has worked with over 400 institutions globally and has been featured in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, HuffPost and The New York Times. Marina’s writing on institutional change and higher education innovation has been featured in the Diversity & Democracy Journal, as well as on and Marina was named on the 2012 Forbes list of 30 under 30: Social Entrepreneurs, received the post-graduate Tom Ford Fellowship in Philanthropy from Stanford, and is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Northampton. Marina holds a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from Stanford University.

See below the letter from Marina to MSSE Students and the information about how to schedule meetings with her:

Dear MSSE students,

I am beyond thrilled to be able to serve as the Brittingham Lab Social Entrepreneur in Residence again for the 2020-2021 academic year. I have had the pleasure of getting to know many of you (I've already connected with nearly 1/3 of you, and look forward to getting to know as many of you as possible throughout the year!). I have been blown away by the quality of the students in the MSSE program - your heart, your passion, and your commitment to making a difference have truly inspired me. You are all amazing!

Given the various twists and turns 2020 has already taken, I know it is a difficult time to be a student, especially if you are navigating a career transition or launching a venture. I look forward to being a sounding board, a coach, an advisor, and a cheerleader to help you plan for your future, whatever that might be.

For those of you who haven't yet worked with me, I am open to any of the following, pulling on my own experience as an entrepreneur, intrapreneur, and friend of many social change leaders that I can share stories/examples from to help you:

* Venture Support: Hearing ideas for potential ventures, and helping you vet/refine them. If you are beyond the idea stage, we can work together on any key organizational or strategic challenge you are currently facing.

* Innovating your Career Path: I'm best for folks who are looking to carve new paths, where you might be trying to redesign a role at an existing organization, or pivot to a new sector but don't know how to do it creatively. I can help you reflect on what you really want, think like an intrapreneur, pitch your value, and leverage your network.

* Finding Clarity of Purpose: Many of you have a general direction, but may need support in finding clarity for concrete next steps. We can work together to identify your core strengths/core values, and turn that into a plan related to career growth or venture launch. I can help you see past patterns that might guide your future passions, ask questions to build self-awareness, and help you articulate your "why."

Please sign up for an appointment with me here. Looking forward to connecting with you all soon!