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Social Innovation in a New World: A Rapid-Fire Overview with Christopher Marquis and Benjamin Stone



Date: June 15, 2021

Time: 12:00PM - 1:00PM (EST)

Location: Webinar

Over the last decade, society has increasingly demanded that corporations (public and private) and their investors not only pursue profits but also strive to generate positive social impact. In the face of a global pandemic, economic uncertainty, and a heightened focus on inequality, this emphasis on social innovation has dramatically accelerated.

You may have heard many different terms related to social innovation: ESG, DEI, JEDI, social entrepreneurship, social enterprise, public benefit corporations, B-Corps, CSR, greenwashing, conscious consumerism, impact investing, and stakeholder primacy, among others. But what do these actually mean, and how are they related to each other? Join Christopher Marquis, a professor who teaches about sustainable enterprises and management at the Cornell SCJ Johnson College of Business and author of Better Business: How the B Corp Movement Is Remaking Capitalism, and Benjamin Stone, a Mintz corporate attorney and a former social entrepreneur and executive, for a broad discussion of the social innovation landscape. Our speakers will break down these concepts and provide a rapid-fire overview of the exciting, complex, and quickly evolving world of social innovation.

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Christopher Marquis


Christopher Marquis is the Samuel C. Johnson Professor in Sustainable Global Enterprise at Cornell University. He is the author of Better Business: How the B Corp Movement is Remaking Capitalism. His research and writing focus on how businesses are creating a more resilient and sustainable capitalism by focusing on the elusive triple bottom line of environmental, social, and financial performance. Prior to joining Cornell, he worked for 10 years at Harvard Business School, where he developed an award-winning course on social entrepreneurship. He is the author of more than 20 peer-reviewed academic articles and more than 50 Harvard business cases on topics related to sustainable business, and has earned awards for scholarly achievement from the Academy of Management and the American Sociological Association. Marquis earned a PhD in sociology and business administration from the University of Michigan.