Annual Social Entrepreneurship Conference

Annual Social Entrepreneurship Conference

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19th Annual Social Entrepreneurship Conference 

November 11 – 12, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA
Experience a conference focused on social entrepreneurship research

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University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab, and Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, are proud to sponsor the 19th Annual Social Entrepreneurship Conference.

The Annual Social Entrepreneurship Conference, codirected by Dr. Jill Kickul and Dr. Sophie Bacq, is the largest academic gathering of its kind in terms of research paper submissions, and convenes scholars, practitioners, and students from around the world to explore topics in social enterprise, innovation, sustainability, and impact.

The conference is dedicated to the ongoing development of theory and research on social entrepreneurship and its impact on global communities. The aim of this academic conference is to bring together scholars in social entrepreneurship to discuss emerging concepts and themes in social entrepreneurship research. Presentations will include conceptual papers and research papers presenting quantitative and/or qualitative data, and panels of experts on selected topics.


Friday, November 11 to Saturday, November 12


Los Angeles, CA (in-person)

Register today! 

Why Join Us 

The Annual Social Entrepreneurship Conference brings together scholars, researchers, students and practitioners from around the world to discuss emerging concepts and explore topics in social entrepreneurship, social enterprise, social innovation, sustainability and impact. The conference, the largest academic gathering of its kind in terms of research paper submissions, is dedicated to the ongoing development of theory and research on social entrepreneurship and its impact on global communities.

An innovation again this year, we will welcome proposals for panel sessions during the conference.

A panel session consists of a conversation between 3-5 panelists with different perspectives to exchange views on a relevant and current topic, often with one of the panelists serving as facilitator of the discussion and session chair. Audience members can be involved in the discussion as well. A panel session should not be a collection of individual paper presentations.


Authors who wish to present their papers or lead a panel at the conference should submit electronically a three-page abstract + references (double-spaced, times new roman font, size 12) by September 15, 2022 to

Abstracts will be selected and authors will be notified and invited by September 30th, 2022. A full paper will be due on October 30th, 2022.

Keynote Speakers and Panels 

Dr. Lisa Hehenberger, Director of the Esade Center for Social Impact and Professor in the Strategy and General Management Department.

Dr. Christine Beckman, The Price Family Chair in Social Innovation and Professor of Governance and Management at the Price Center for Social Innovation at the University of Southern California.

Panel: Educating the Next Cadre of Social Entrepreneurs, moderated by Julie Shields, President/CEO of USASBE.

Themes include, but are not limited to:

Social entrepreneurship processes involving opportunity recognition and evaluation

Organizational forms of social enterprises, beyond hybridity

Challenges of scaling and measuring social impact

The dark side of social entrepreneurship

Emerging themes in social entrepreneurship education

Cross-cultural comparative studies in social entrepreneurship

Research challenges in social entrepreneurship

Over the past 17 years, our conference has had something for everyone—academics, practitioners, and students who are interested in social enterprise, innovation, sustainability, and impact. While our conference participants represent a wide range of viewpoints, we are all united by a commitment to building and supporting social entrepreneurs and their organizations. We hope you gain useful insights and inspiration during our time together at our 19th annual conference in Los Angeles.


We have secured a special discount rate at the USC Hotel for participants.


Please book through this link.

Past Keynote Speakers 


Over the past 18 years, we have been fortunate to have the foremost thought leaders, scholars, and social entrepreneurs present their latest work and initiatives.


In past years, some of our keynotes within our academic conference—which has taken place at University of Southern California, New York University, and Northeastern University, among others—have included Julie Battilana, William Baumol, Marya Besharov, Gordon Bloom, Paul Bloom, Oana Branzei, Debbi Brock, Tina Dacin, Silvia Dorado, Alnoor Ebrahim, Mary Ann Glynn, Helen Haugh, Kai Hockerts, Geoffrey Kistruck, Jim Koch, Norris Krueger, Matthew Lee, Paul Light, Tom Lumpkin, Johanna Mair, Jeffery McMullen, Kumar Nair, Alex Nicholls, Anne-Claire Pache, Ana Maria Peredo, Philip Phan, Jeffrey Robinson, Filipe Santos, Christian Seelos, Durreen Shahnaz, Dean Shepherd, Ute Stephan, Paul Tracey, David Townsend, Jeffrey York, and Tyler Wry.


Within our practitioner conference, Nobel laureates Paul Romer, Michael Spence, and Muhammad Yunus, as well as Scott Barrie, David Bornstein, Margot Brandenburg, Laura Callanan, Susan Davis, Greg Dees, Cheryl Dorsey, Bill Drayton, Jed Emerson, Darell Hammond, Scott Harrison, Andrew Kassoy, Mark Kramer, Tris Lumley, Debra Natelshon, Jacqueline Novogratz, Sara Olsen, Linda Rottenberg, Jason Saul, Billy Shore, Richard Steele, Tom Szaky, Brian Trelstad, Michael Weinstein, and Georgette Wong, among others, have been with us over the years.


In addition, a number of established social entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship scholars will be present at the conference, including associate editors at the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Small Business Management, Small Business Economics, and Journal of Social Entrepreneurship.