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Newman’s Own Foundation Supports Patricelli Internships

The Newman’s Own Foundation awarded Wesleyan’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship a $30,000 grant on June 17. The award will fund grants for students doing unpaid internships or other extra-curricular experiences in social justice, corporate responsibility, international development, and related fields.

13 Students Awarded Patricelli Center Seed Grants

The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship is pleased to announce its 2013 Seed Grant and Internship Grant recipients.

The PCSE Seed Grant program was launched this spring.  Individuals and teams of students competed for $5,000 prizes intended to provide capital to help Wesleyan students launch their socially-oriented project or idea and/or build capacity of their existing social enterprise. The winners are:

Circles and Ciphers

Evan Okun '13

Evan Okun ’13

Project Leader: Evan Okun ’13
Description: This grant will fund a project in Chicago with a leadership development organization that fuses restorative justice practices with hip-hop culture to empower and support predominantly African-American and Latino males, ages 14-23.

Evan says, “Programs that seek to reengage system involved youth are often punitive and paternalistic. Ciphers (a circle of rappers) dismantle traditional power dynamics by setting all participants on an equal playing field. From there, compassionate and progressive discourse can arise. It is an honor to get to work with Circles & Ciphers, a profoundly effective and forward-thinking program.”

The Middletown Food Project
Project Leaders: Hailey Sowden ’15 and Kate Enright ’15
Description: This grant will support the creation of a subsidized, low-cost, community-supported agriculture (CSA) program for 20 low-income families in Middletown using Long Lane Farm on Wesleyan’s campus.

The MINDS Foundation

Rehan Mehta ’14

Rehan Mehta ’14

Shyam Desai ’15

Shyam Desai ’15

Project Leaders: Shyam Desai ’15 and Rehan Mehta ’14
Description: This grant will support The MINDS Foundation, which was founded at Wesleyan by Raghu Appasani ’12, and works to increase access to mental health care and education and reduce economic stress and social stigma around mental illness in rural India

Rehan’s and Shyam are both from India and are passionate about mental health issues. They say that “working with The MINDS Foundation has been the perfect opportunity to combine these two parts of our identities and to have a huge impact on our community. The MINDS Foundation has already sponsored the treatment of over a hundred mentally ill patients in the second phase of our program, and the Patricelli Seed Grant is going to allow us to begin our next phase, which will provide vocational training to some of those patients who have made progress, allowing them to gain employment and help support their families.”

Sustainable Social Metrics for Big Tree Farm
Project Leaders: Nina Gerona ’15
Description: This grant will fund a data collection project for Big Tree Farms, a supply-chain farming company in Bali, which will assess and improve living standard for Big Tree farmers.

Kingsley to Direct Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Makaela Kingsley

Makaela Kingsley

Makaela Kingsley will become director of the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship.

Makaela (Steinberg) Kingsley graduated from Wesleyan in 1998 with a degree in neuroscience and behavior. After a brief stint doing public relations for the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, she returned to Wesleyan in 2000 to join the alumni and parent relations team in University Relations.

During the past 13 years, she has collaborated with colleagues in U.R. and across campus, as well as students and alumni. For the past two months, she has been serving as interim director of the Patricelli Center.

Her short-term goal is to expand Patricelli’s existing services and offer top-notch, high-impact workshops and trainings, networking and advising services, and grant administration. Looking to the future, Kingsley will explore additional ways to support students, in particular through faculty and academic engagement and research.

“My personal commitment to social innovation and human rights combined with my experience as a Wesleyan student, alumna, and staff member drew me to the Patricelli Center,” Kingsley said. “I am thrilled to have this opportunity to support Wesleyan students and alumni interested in creating and sustaining programs, businesses, and organizations that advance the public good. Through our workshops, networking, and grants, the Patricelli Center will cultivate and strengthen the spirit of social entrepreneurship and civic engagement that is already deeply ingrained in the Wesleyan culture.”

McCarthy ’75 Leads Social Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

 Stephen McCarthy ’75 speaks in the Patricelli Center on March 28.

Stephen McCarthy ’75 speaks in the Patricelli Center on March 28.

“Being called a salesperson is not a perjorative term,” said Stephen McCarthy ’75. McCarthy, senior vice president of KCG Capital Advisors and co-founder of Wesleyan Alumni in Philanthropy and Public Service, led 10 students in a “Social Entrepreneurship Boot Camp” March 28 at the Patricelli Center.

The session on “business plan essentials” covered what it takes to sell an idea, get funding and launch a project. McCarthy stressed the importance of knowing your audience when pitching ideas, leveraging funding to attract new investors, lining up advisors and measuring success.

He also sampled and critiqued proposals he is currently reviewing for the N.Y.U. Stern School of Business $200K grant competition, and encouraged aspiring Wesleyan entrepreneurs to study that type of competition to learn what funders are looking for in start-ups.

The boot camp is the first in a series of sessions designed to foster social entrepreneurship sponsored by the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Wesleyan Alumni in Philanthropy and Public Service (WAPPS) and the Wesleyan Career Center. To learn more, follow the Engage blog at  http://engageduniversity.blogs.wesleyan.edu.

Galinsky ’96 Leads Workshop for Patricelli Center

Megan Cash ’14, center, and Hannah Lewis ’13, at right, enjoyed an opportunity to speak with Lara Galinsky ’96 after her seminar for the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship. "The workshop was such an amazing opportunity," Cash says. "I'm thrilled that I was able to meet other people passionate about entrepreneurship." (Photo by Cynthia Rockwell)

Lara Galinsky ’96, senior vice president of Echoing Green, a nonprofit social venture fund that supports emerging social entrepreneurs, was on campus April 20 to lead a workshop, conversation, and networking reception on concepts presented in her book, Work on Purpose. Guided questions helped participants—students, parents, and members of the community—identify potential fields. Galinsky’s goal is to help those in search of a meaningful career locate alignment between “head” (talents, education) and “heart” (passions)—a recipe that creates “hustle”—the energy and stamina to develop a program that effects change.

The evening offered participants opportunity to share ideas individually in front of the gathering as well as network in small groups. Raghu Appasani ’12, founder and CEO of the MINDS Foundation, which seeks to eliminate the stigma and provide resources for those suffering from mental illness in developing countries, found the evening to be beneficial as he prepares for life after graduation: “The new Patricelli Center really opens the doors for Wes alums from the nonprofit/social sector to get involved and bring their skills to the table. Lara’s Venn diagram activity was very useful (writing our head, heart, and merging into a purpose). It really got me in a state of detachment from the chaos and stress of the world and just thinking about what is really in my heart and head.”

Paul Gagnon, the internship and civic engagement coordinator with the Career Center, noted that this was the second guest speaker program with the Patricelli Center since its inception and the feedback he received was tremendously enthusiastic.

For her part, Galinsky was enthusiastic, as well. “It was extraordinary to be on campus; Wesleyan students and alums are among the most inspiring people I meet,” she said. “They encompass a rare combination of extreme smarts, boldness, entrepreneurial spirit and a strong moral compass.

“I left Wesleyan that evening with more hope for a better world—with their visions, passion, and drive, I know the world is in good hands.”

More information on Lara Galinksy’s book, Work on Purpose, is online



Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship Dedicated

Wesleyan hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship Nov. 5. Pictured, from left, are Shining Hope for Communities co-founders Jessica Posner '09 and Kennedy Odede '12; Joshua Boger ’73, P’06, P’09, chairman of the Wesleyan Board of Trustees; Bob Patricelli ’61 and his wife, Margaret Patricelli, and Bob's daughter, Alison Patricelli '90.

The new Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship will offer students an opportunity to serve the public good by developing innovative social ventures.

Rob Rosenthal, the John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, salutes the Patricelli family during the center's dedication.

Wesleyan dedicated the center during a ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration Nov. 5 in the Allbritton Center. The Patricelli Center is supported by a $2 million leadership gift from the Robert and Margaret Patricelli Family Foundation.

Robert “Bob” Patricelli ’61, chairman and chief executive officer of Evolution Benefits and of Women’s Health USA, and his wife, Margaret Patricelli, president and chief executive officer of the Robert and Margaret Patricelli Family Foundation, were honored at the dedication ceremony.

“The Patricelli Center allows us to greatly expand our engagement initiatives, providing opportunities for students to connect with mentors and learn new skills that will aid their efforts to create and sustain organizations dedicated to the public good,” said Rob Rosenthal, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “Alumni and students I’ve talked to are wildly enthusiastic

Gift Establishes the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Robert and Margaret Patricelli

Wesleyan University is establishing the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, which will support students who want to create programs and organizations serving the public good – anywhere in the world.

The Patricelli Center and its programs are supported by a generous $2 million leadership gift from the Robert and Margaret Patricelli Family Foundation. Robert E. Patricelli ’61 is chairman and chief executive officer of Evolution Benefits and of Women’s Health USA and an emeritus trustee of Wesleyan. Margaret Patricelli is president and CEO of the Robert and Margaret Patricelli Family Foundation.

The Center will provide workshops, speakers, and networking opportunities to help students become successful social entrepreneurs, and will award small grants to undergraduates engaged in specific projects. It is intended to serve as an incubator of ideas and initiatives.

“For generations Wesleyan students have been venturing into the world as social entrepreneurs, applying what they learned on campus to help others,” says President Michael S. Roth. “The Patricelli Center will build on this tradition and will prepare students to make an even greater difference in the world. I’m so grateful to Bob and Margaret for their vision and generosity.”