Social Entrepreneurship

with guest Dr. Meeta Kothare, Managing Director, Adjunct Professor, Sustainability and Social Innovation Initiative, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin

This episode focuses on Social Entrepreneurship, a term and process that means many different things to many different people. Dr. Meeta Kothare, Managing Director of the Sustainability & Social Innovation Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business, discusses what it is, its value, concerns about its deployment, and what it takes to effectively deploy social entrepreneurship within different nonprofit scenarios.

Dr. Meeta Kothare

Dr. Meeta Kothare

Managing Director, Adjunct Professor, Sustainability and Social Innovation Initiative, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin

mccombs.utexas.edu/Centers/Social-Innovation-Initiative

Meeta Kothare Bio:

Meeta Kothare holds appointments at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and at the McCombs School of Business, where she is the inaugural Managing Director of the Social Innovation Initiative. She is on the faculty at the Center for Nonprofit Studies where she teaches sessions on leadership and social entrepreneurship in the CNLM program. Previously she founded Neeva Solutions, a management consulting firm assisting nonprofits and for-profit organizations dedicated to social impact.

Kothare has over two decades of academic, business, and social sector experience. She began her career in sales and marketing before pursuing graduate studies in business. After completing her doctorate, she joined the finance faculty at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, where she has taught in the MBA, Executive MBA, and Business Honors programs. Her research on corporate finance, governance, and securities markets has appeared in leading academic journals.

Kothare’s current interests include social innovation and the use of financial tools for social impact. Her areas of expertise include: impact investing, impact measurement, social entrepreneurship and social enterprise. She is also actively engaged in community service and philanthropy in Austin. She has served on the Austin Mayor’s Task Force for Aging Issues. She is a member of Impact Austin, a philanthropic organization, where she has held several leadership roles, including Board President and Director of Operations and Strategy.

Kothare holds a Ph.D. in Finance and an M.S. in Applied Economics from the University of Rochester, and an MBA from the University of Georgia, where she was the class valedictorian.

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