Natalie Kaminsky

Natalie Kaminsky

Social Innovation Project Description

Master’s student, Natalie Kaminsky, is the TOPS Director at the Boys and Girls Club in Madison. For her Social Innovation Project she created a Youth Leadership and Service Cohort. The Cohort brings together senior AVID/TOPS students from each of the 4 Madison high schools in order to create spaces and opportunities for youth leaders to develop their leadership skills while identifying and impacting an issue in the community that they care about. Natalie applies the theories and frameworks taught in class to support her work with the Youth Leadership and Service Cohort.   

Felix Gibonèy

Felix Gibonèy

Social Innovation Project Description

Master’s student, Felix Gibonèy, developed TTG Inc. Boys Home for his Social Innovation Project. TTG Inc. is a nonprofit youth group home established for young men ages 12-17 in Dane County. The purpose of TTG Inc. is to empower and equip Madison's youth to become the leaders of their generation and its mission is to give youth the support, confidence and resources to excel in every area of life. During his coursework Felix was able to connect with a wide range of community partners through class field work and guest lecturers. He candidly says that the graduate program’s extensive community partnerships is the main reason he applied to the program. Felix pitched his social enterprise during Edgewood College’s pitch competition and received funding to support his efforts in building TTG Inc.

Amanda Greuel

Amanda Greuel

Social Innovation Project Description

Amanda is passionate about creating a sustainable solution for individuals with substance use disorder. Over the past two years she worked diligently to create Revive Financing micro-finance institution. Revive is geared specifically toward helping individuals with substance use disorder and mental health conditions pay for their out-of-pocket medical and insurance costs by providing them with low interest loans. Revive also provides more loan options by using an alternative risk assessment beyond credit score alone. Amanda participated in Madison’s Social Good Accelerator where she pitched her social enterprise during Forward Fest. Additionally, Amanda earned prize funding from participating in Edgewood College’s Pitch Contest alongside her fellow cohort member, Felix Gibonèy

Javier Zea

Javier Zea

Javier Zea is originally from Arequipa, Peru. While at Edgewood College, Javier was a fulltime MBA student and received his graduate certificate in Social Innovation and Sustainability Leadership. Javier’s Social Innovation Project focused on creating more balance and harmony within the Peruvian Government at the managerial level. He is passionate about the existing movement in Peru that seeks to eradicate governmental corruption by working with adults and youth who are willing to ignite such social change. The project’s main vehicle for accomplishing this goal is by creating a community of likeminded people who are motivated to co-create a more balanced, equitable and just system. The community involves adult and youth leaders who come together to realize their potential and strengthen their leadership abilities.  The community of leaders will collaborate in developing and hosting public discussions, workshops, and internship opportunities among other activities to support and educate the public on the importance of eradicating governmental corruption at the managerial level.

About the Program

Together, Creating Wellbeing For All

The Social Innovation & Sustainability Leadership Graduate Program (SISL) is the first place-based, face-to-face social innovation and sustainability leadership MA program in the nation.

As a leadership development program, SISL, holds space for students to harness their individual learning styles while discovering their deep sense of purpose. Through student-directed Social Innovation and Capstone projects students are able to turn passion into action and apply coursework and information learned during their studies to make change. Students collaborate with community organizations, businesses, government agencies, and other partners to make a positive impact while expanding personal and professional networks. All of our interactive classes incorporate course work, theories and frameworks that promote wellbeing for all.

3 Divides

We believe the purpose of leadership is to co-create well-being in ourselves, our workplaces and in our communities through bridging the three divides.*

  1. The divide between self and our highest potential. How do we become the most effective leader possible and co-create well-being in our organizations and communities?
  2. The divide between self and others. How do we strengthen relationship with other individuals and groups so that we can have a more equitable and inclusive world?
  3. The divide between self and nature. How do we create organizational, social, and economic systems that are in harmony with natural systems?

*Adapted from the work of the Presencing Institute

Emily Garbutt

egarbutt@edgewood.edu
(608) 663-3440