Social Innovation Week 2016

The Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise is proud to host Social Innovation Week 2016. CSIE partners with Net Impact UNH and others from across UNH and local community for this annual UNH tradition. Social Innovation Week is a week of inspiring and informative events to introduce students and community members to different facets of social innovation.  

Image of hands in a circleA Great Time to Be a Change Maker:
Social Innovation and the Powerful, Perilous Pathway to Social Justice in the US and Around the World

Monday, September 26, 2016 |  12:00 p.m -1:00 p.m. | MUB, Room 332 

Acclaimed Social Innovator Eric Schwarz, the Co-Founder of the Semester in the City internship program, speaks about the unprecedented progress toward social justice over the last 30 years, huge remaining challenges, and the tools for progress that have been used by social innovator's from Gandhi to King to today's advocates for human rights and economic, and environmental justice.

Schwarz will also describe the new Semester in the City program that allows UNH students to earn full credit for semester-long internships in the social sector in Boston and will detail new research showing the positive impact of high-impact internships on learning and career readiness.

Image of Eric SchwarzEric Schwarz is the Co-Founder and CEO of College for Social Innovation, a non-profit that pursues a mission of “educating and inspiring the next generation of problem solvers” by partnering with colleges and their undergraduate students to offer fully-credited, semester-long Fellowships with organization’s tackling humanity’s toughest challenges.   Eric is also Co-Founder and former CEO of Citizen Schools and author of The Opportunity Equation, co-editor of The Case for 21st Century Learning, and author of numerous articles and book chapters, including “Calling All Citizens” in The New York Times best-selling Waiting For Superman.

Prior to starting Citizen Schools, Schwarz served as vice president of City Year and as a journalist at The Oakland Tribune and The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, MA) where he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.  He is a member of the board of Beyond12 and of Citizen Schools, and chair of the board of US2020, a national STEM mentoring initiative launched at the White House.  He graduated from the University of Vermont (B.A.) in 1983 and the Harvard Graduate School of Education (M. Ed) in 1997.  Schwarz lives in Brookline, MA with his wife and two children.


Image of woman speaking with other women in africa Restoring More Than Vision:
The Power of Social Entrepreneurship in Helping People See Their Full Potential

Monday, September 26, 2016 | 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | MUB, Theater One

Social Innovation Week Keynote Address: Ella Gudwin, President of VisionSpring

“When you can’t see clearly, it’s hard to envision a future.”

700 million worldwide could have their vision restored with a simple pair of eyeglasses. This vision gap results in a staggering $202 billion annual loss to the global economy by decreasing workers’ productivity and preventing students from reaching their potential in school. VisionSpring is working to address this problem by selling radically affordable, durable, attractive glasses to earners and learners who earn less than $4 a day, in emerging and frontier markets. By selling glasses VisionSpring awakens new demand and seeds a viable market, and are able to serve four times as many people per dollar input than the next alternative of donating recycled ones.

“see well, do well.”

CSIE is pleased to co-host this event with the Center for International Education and Global Engagement, College of Health and Human Services.

Image of EllaElla Gudwin is President of VisionSpring, an international social enterprise creating access to affordable eyewear in emerging and frontier markets. She heads up global operations that are accelerating the uptake of eyeglasses among consumers who earn less than $4 per day as a means to improve income earning potential, academic achievement, and quality of life. Under her leadership, VisionSpring is scaling operations to distribute 10 million pairs of eyeglasses to low income consumers by 2020, creating $2.16 billion in economic impact.

Gudwin joined VisionSpring in 2015 with extensive experience in global health and emergency response. She previously served as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Program Development at AmeriCares. During almost nine years with the organization, she launched programs to improve health outcomes in the areas of diabetes and hypertension, infection control, pediatric nutrition, breast cancer, and emergency preparedness; and developed strategies for delivering more than $500 million annually in quality medical products and relief supplies to a network of 3,000 health care institutions around the world. In prior roles she led humanitarian operations as Vice President of Emergency Response, including for the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami, and managed health related collaborations in 10 countries as Director of Asia and Eurasia partnerships.

In earlier roles, Gudwin served as Head of Foreign Government Relations at the Population Council, focused on reproductive health, youth and poverty. She also lived in Indonesia for three years where she taught at as a Maguire Fellow at the University of Sanata Dharma and conducted research with the World Bank. Gudwin co-founded the Haiti Adolescent Girls Network following the 2010 earthquake, and serves on the board of Project Rhythm. She earned an MA with distinction in international economics and Southeast Asia studies at the School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and a BA with honors in sociology at Vassar College. Gudwin is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Image of student on moped driving on campusCareers with Impact:
How UNH Alums Are Driving Transformative Change

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 | 3:40 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | MUB, Theater One

For those committed to diversity and social justice, activism is often a logical next step. This panel event exposes student to an exciting new career path to express their activism and to drive transformative change – the path of social entrepreneurship.  A fast growing community around the world, social entrepreneurs develop new models and find innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social and environmental problems.  This panel will feature dynamic social entrepreneurs who are working across diverse set of fields to do just that!


  • Fiona Wilson, Executive Director, Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise
  • Ariel Brooks, Chief Program Officer, College for Social Innovation

Entrepreneurs on the panel:

  • Nyomi Guzman ’14, Administrator, New Hampshire Women’s Foundation 
  • Sarah Place ‘04, National Program Director, Bottom Line 
  • Sarah Wiggins ‘15, Events and Volunteer Coordinator, The Food Project 
  • Keri Wolfe ’08, Partner Relations Associate, Cradles to Crayons

CSIE is pleased to co-host this event with UNH Career and Professional Success, Women’s Studies Program, Social Justice Leadership Project.

image of fiona wilsonFiona Wilson, Executive Director, Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise

Fiona Wilson, D.B.A., is a Clinical Associate Professor of Social Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, and Executive-Director of the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise at the Peter T. Paul College of Business & Economics. Her research focuses on how the power of business can be harnessed to help address some of the world’s most pressing social and environmental issues. She focuses on innovative entrepreneurial companies with business models that are good for people, the planet and profits.


Image of ArielAriel Brooks, Chief Program Officer, College for Social Innovation

Ariel Brooks has worked at the nexus of higher education, nonprofits and K-12 education throughout her career. By happy accident, at first, and now by design, Ariel has played a start-up or intrapraneurial role in each organization she’s joined, working to build new nonprofits and innovative new programs within existing institutions.  Ariel is thrilled to have the opportunity to apply this experience to College for Social Innovation’s founding design and leadership team.


image of nyomiNyomi Guzman ’14, Administrator, New Hampshire Women’s Foundations

Nyomi is a 2014 graduate from the University of New Hampshire. She completed a double major in Communication and Women Studies, with minors in Queer Studies and Race & Ethnic Studies. Ms. Guzman spent a year researching interracial couples in film and the progression of racial acceptance in America over a twenty-year time frame. She has also worked in the marketing department at ROC USA, which helps manufactured home community residents address issues of home security, and as a marketing and media consultant for the Office of Inclusive Excellence in Durham. Ms. Guzman has been a New Hampshire resident her whole life, growing up in Amherst, NH.



image of sarahSarah Place ‘04, National Program Director, Bottom Line

National Program Director, Bottom Line - a Boston-based nonprofit with a mission to help low-income, first generation students get into college, graduate, and go far in life.

Sarah Place graduated from UNH in 2004 with a BA in English and a minor in Sociology and American Studies and she credits UNH for sparking her initial interest and commitment to social justice.  The professors and texts she interacted with in African American Lit, Asian American Lit, and Race and Relations began her commitment to create positive social change that has been building ever since.  Upon graduation, she worked at the Democratic National Convention in Boston and then moved on to a job campaigning for John Kerry in Arkansas where she managed a field office in the rural Ozark Mountains.  After the campaign, she took a job with Citizens Bank, working directly with their charitable foundation.  At this job, she read a grant proposal from Bottom Line—a Boston-based nonprofit with a mission to help low-income, first generation students get into college, graduate, and go far in life.  This mission resonated with her so much that she applied for a job that same week and has been working at Bottom Line since 2006.  She started as a college counselor and as the organization grew to nationally with offices in New York and Chicago, she joined the National Team and now works as the National Program Director.


Image of SarahSarah Wiggins ‘15, Events and Volunteer Coordinator, The Food Project

In 2015, Sarah Wiggins graduated from UNH with a degree in Business Administration Management and a minor in Hospitality Management. Currently, she is the Events & Volunteer Coordinator at The Food Project in Greater Boston. The Food Project is a nonprofit at the intersection of youth development, sustainable agriculture, and food justice. In her role, she manages all stewardship, cultivation, and fundraising events as well as the volunteer program.



image of KeriKeri Wolfe ’08, Partner Relations Associate, Cradles to Crayons

Keri Wolfe, '08, is the Partner Relations Associate for Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit located in Brighton, Massachusetts focused on providing the everyday essentials for childhood. At UNH, Keri majored in history and minored in English. She also spent a semester in Barcelona, Spain, and completed an internship at the Keene Public Library, supported by The Carsey Institute's John G. Winant Fellowship. After graduating from UNH, Keri discovered her passion for early childhood education and worked in the field for six years as a childcare provider. In 2013, Keri graduated from Dartmouth College with a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. In this program, she also completed the university's "Future Faculty Series" while training as a Teaching Assistant for an intensive freshmen writing course. Following this new career path, Keri served as a faculty member for Granite State College and as an adjunct faculty member for NHTI, Concord's Community College and Great Bay Community College from 2013-2015. In the fall of 2015, Keri landed with Cradles to Crayons, using her teaching background as the Training and Volunteer Programs Coordinator. She moved into her current role in April 2016.


Image of SVIC Lightblub logoSocial Innovation LIVE:
A Spotlight on UNH-Inspired Changemakers

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 | 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | MUB, Theater One

Do you want to make a difference?

This event is for you! We will hear fast-paced, energetic, short (5-minute, no notes) presentations from students, alumni, faculty and staff who are using their expertise and their creativity to address social or environmental challenges at UNH, in their communities and around the globe.

Presentations will be followed by an information session about the 2016 NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge and a match-making event for students across UNH who have ideas for social innovations but need to find teammates with certain skills, or for students who are looking to offer their area of expertise to a team.


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    Carmela Amato-Wierda
Associate Professor of Materials Science, Director of UNH Tech Camp
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  Matt Wilhelm, G’16
Co-Founder & Executive Director, Old Sol Music Hall
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  Marissa Newlove '17
Marketing and International Business & Economics
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  Mikayla Weigel '17
Recreation Management and Policy
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  TJ Evarts '20
Chemical Engineering   
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  Robin Bergstrom '11
Executive Director Congress for the New Urbanism, New England Chapter
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Taylor Berry '17
Social Work     

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  Britta Ekdahl G'17
Masters in Social Work, Project Manager, uSafeNH
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  Bryan Bessette
President, Freedom Café
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Michael D. Chambers 
Marine Biologist, Aquaculture Specialist

Image of Robert   Robert Henry 
Associate Professor of Civil Engineering



Image of farmerUnlikely Allies: 

The Powerful Story of a Global Corporation and an NGO Collaborating to Drive Progress and Change

Thursday, September 29, 2016 | 3:40 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | MUB, Theater One 

Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion

Documentary Screening Starting at: 3:40pm

Panel Discussion Starting at: 4:30pm


  • Fiona Wilson, Executive Director, Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise 


  • Hugh Locke, Co-founder and President, Smallholder Farmers Alliance 
  • Margaret Morey-Reuner, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development, Timberland

Learn about a creative private-public partnership between Timberland, a leading global footwear and apparel company, and the NGO, Smallholder Farmers Alliance. Once known as the richest agricultural country in the Caribbean, Haiti has been wracked by instability and natural disasters. Decades of decline have taken their toll on Haiti’s people, and today the country is 98% deforested with little of its once prosperous agricultural industry enduring.  The intervention, collaboratively designed by Timberland and the Smallholder Farmers Alliance, led to the planting of 5 million trees, and has transformed into a 3,000-member smallholder farming cooperative that is entirely self-sustained. This is a powerful story of both social impact and of a major corporation testing new business models that align with the company’s vision and brand. 

CSIE is pleased co-host this event with Center for International Education and Global Engagement, College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, UNH Sustainability Institute. 

Image of FionaFiona Wilson, D.B.A., is a Clinical Associate Professor of Social Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, and Executive-Director of the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise at the Peter T. Paul College of Business & Economics. Her research focuses on how the power of business can be harnessed to help address some of the world’s most pressing social and environmental issues. She focuses on innovative entrepreneurial companies with business models that are good for people, the planet and profits.



Image of MargaretMargaret Morey-Reuner currently serves as the director of strategic partnerships and business development for Timberland’s licensing team.  In this role, Margaret is responsible for developing innovative partnerships and testing new business models that align with Timberland’s vision to be the largest and most sustainable outdoor lifestyle brand on earth. She also works with existing licensed categories to maximize the impact of cross category marketing initiatives and sales opportunities. 

Margaret also manages values marketing, working with Timberland’s corporate social responsibility team and marketing leaders around the world to help bring stories about the company’s social and environmental values to life for consumers in the digital, retail and social media spaces.

Prior to joining Timberland’s licensing team, Margaret was the senior manager of global brand marketing, overseeing global management for men’s footwear, including the Earthkeepers®, Classics, Outdoor Adventure and Timberland Boot Company collections.

Margaret joined Timberland in 2006 as global brand manager for Mion Footwear, a former division of Timberland. In this role, she oversaw all brand and wholesale marketing and supported the sales organization with their go-to market initiatives. Prior to joining Timberland, Margaret was the global marketing services manager for Dunham Bootmakers (a New Balance brand).   

Margaret graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Ohio University and earned her master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio University as well. Margaret lives in Massachusetts with her husband. 


Image of HughHugh Locke is the co-founder and President of the Smallholder Farmers Alliance, a ground-breaking hybrid social business model that has transformed the lives of thousands of Haitian men and women farmers and has resulted in the planting of close to 4 million trees to date. Prior to Haiti, Hugh was a pioneer in international development and the environment working for 20 years alongside a veritable who's who in the development community around the world. In 2015, Hugh’s unique “exit strategy aid” piloted in Haiti will begin expanding to other developing nations.