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Duke to Present Social Entrepreneurship Award

Reporters interested in attending the award ceremony are asked to contact in advance Chris Privett at (919) 660-8090.

April 20, 2007

Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business will present the 2007 Leadership in Social Entrepreneurship Award of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) on April 24 at 10:30 a.m. in Geneen Auditorium. The award will be presented to Bill Drayton, founder and CEO of Ashoka, a citizen sector organization dedicated to finding and fostering social entrepreneurs worldwide.

Drayton will participate in an onstage dialogue with CASE Faculty Director Greg Dees after the award presentation.

Drayton coined the term “social entrepreneur” to describe a person who combines traditional results-oriented business methods with the ideals of social reform. He has received a host of awards, including Yale School of Management’s annual Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence; the National Public Service Award of the American Society of Public Administration and the National Academy of Public Administration; and the Public Service Achievement Award of Common Cause.

Ashoka is a global association of social entrepreneurs around the world who work to solve urgent social problems. Since its formation in 1980, Ashoka has elected over 1,800 leading social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows, providing them with living stipends, professional support, and access to a global network of peers in more than 60 countries.
The mission of The Fuqua School of Business is to provide the highest quality education for business and academic leaders, and promote the advancement of the understanding and practice of management through research.