The Leadership & Sustainability Institute featuring
Angela Glover Blackwell, PolicyLink
Shawn Dove, Open Society Foundations
Andrew Wolk, Root Cause
Shawn Dove joined the Open Society Institute in May 2008 as manager of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement. He has more than two decades of leadership experience in youth development, education, and community building.
Angela Glover Blackwell
Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, started PolicyLink in 1999 and continues to drive its mission of advancing economic and social equity. Under Blackwell’s leadership, PolicyLink has become a leading voice in the movement to use public policy to improve access and opportunity for all low-income people and communities of color, particularly in the areas of health, housing, transportation, education, and infrastructure.
Widely recognized as a leading social innovator and a pioneering teacher of social entrepreneurship, Andrew founded Root Cause in 2004 and continues to lead its overall strategic direction, having consulted to dozens of nonprofit organizations in their quest to achieve enduring social impact Andrew authored a chapter in the Small Business Administration’s annual report to the president of the United States, entitled "Social Entrepreneurship and Government: A New Breed of Entrepreneurs Developing Solutions to Social Problems," a white paper co-published with the Aspen Institute, entitled "Advancing Social Entrepreneurship: Recommendations for Policy Makers and Government Agencies," and the Root Cause How-to Guides Business Planning for Enduring Social Impact and Building a Performance Measurement System.
Andrew designed and taught one of the first courses on social entrepreneurship in the country. He is a senior lecturer in social entrepreneurship at MIT and is a Gleitsman Visiting Practitioner at Harvard Kennedy School, where he is currently teaching a course on new public leadership and the role of government. He has served on the board
of Social Enterprise Alliance and the advisory board of the Social Capitalist Awards, and helped establish the Boston chapter of Social Venture Partners. Andrew holds an M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship and Nonprofit Management from Boston University and a B.A. from Lehigh University.
Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink, describes the true infrastructure required to sustain a movement. Starting with the anchor of information, Blackwell reminds the audience of the importance of the scaffolding of community and the motor of a unifying narrative.