Powering the Next Generation

Powering the Next Generation

“A few things I’m grateful for: my team, air conditioning, Uber, bug bites that don’t itch, and hotels that have hot water” – Erika Francks.
Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship is committed to fighting global poverty to create a more just world. The center works towards this mission by supporting social enterprises around the world, through programs like the Global Social Benefit Fellowship.

How Leaders Can Develop An ‘Antifragile’ Response To Stress

How Leaders Can Develop An ‘Antifragile’ Response To Stress

My leadership clients, including those in nonprofit, often ask for advice regarding stress, expressing concerns about frustration, exhaustion or burnout. I have often seen executives “self-medicate,” binging on alcohol and comfort foods or engaging in risky behaviors. Even when leaders are “keeping it together,” their teams may feel a sense of impending crisis.

On setting a high bar

On setting a high bar

Whenever I read a rough draft by a young writer, or when I look over a business plan from a student asking me for feedback, or when I am pitched an idea for a collaboration or project, I think of a woman named Cynthia. I don't even know her last name, but she had a profound impact on me.

Art for Justice: a healing tool for prisoners seeking redemption

Art for Justice: a healing tool for prisoners seeking redemption

In the classic book by Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo, the main character, Dantes, is imprisoned for a crime he did not commit and spends years of his life in solitary confinement with no relief. I remember reading the passage and imagining the hopelessness of the situation...

“Bootstrapping” in social entrepreneurship — and in life

“Bootstrapping” in social entrepreneurship — and in life

I often write about studying Creative Writing in college. What many readers might not know is that I was also a student of the Marshall School of Business during my four years at the University of Southern California. I majored in Creative Writing; I minored in Entrepreneurship.