SVIC Keynote Speaker

svic keynote speaker marina kim

The Center for Social Innovation & Enterprise is honored to announce that this year's NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge (SVIC) keynote speaker and Social Innovator of the Year Award recipient is Marina Kim, Co-Founder & Executive Director of Ashoka U. 

Please join us immediately following the SVIC Final Round Presentations for Ms. Kim's Keynote and Awards!

Thursday, November 29, 2018
8:00 - 10:45 a.m. - SVIC Final Round Presentations
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Social Innovator of the Year Award, *Keynote & SVIC Awards
             *KEYNOTE: Education for the Future: Mobilizing Changemakers

How is higher education equipping the next generation with the knowledge and tools to be successful in tackling humanity’s most pressing social and environmental grand challenges? The world is in the midst of transformation – driven by technology, globalization, and generational trends – and the nature of work, education, and leadership are shifting as a result. We need to be prepared to lead in a new way. As colleges and universities work to achieve the mission of creating knowledge, educating and serving their communities, changemaking and social innovation can be powerful lenses for transformation. How can we support this learning in the most powerful way? What changes do we need to see in higher education to live the values of changemaking throughout the campus culture? How can we all live purposefully and contribute to effective impact? 

More about Marina Kim
Marina’s work in social entrepreneurship dates back over 15 years. She co-founded and leads Ashoka U, which works with colleges and universities to embed social innovation as an educational focus and a strategic approach to aligning the university’s culture, programs and operations. To date, Ashoka U has worked with over 400 institutions globally. Marina’s writing on institutional change and higher education innovation has been featured in,, and the Diversity & Democracy Journal, and Ashoka U has been featured in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Huffington Post and The New York Times. Marina was named in the Forbes 30 under 30 for Social Entrepreneurship, received the post-graduate Tom Ford Fellowship in Philanthropy from Stanford, and is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Northampton. Marina holds a BA in International Relations from Stanford University.

The event will conclude with the exciting announcement of the winners of the 2018 New Hampshire Social Venture Innovation Challenge and the awarding of the prizes!