New York, New York; June 10, 2015 — GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc.), the world’s leading platform for professional learning, today announced its partnership with the Social Innovation Summit 2015, taking place June 10 and 11 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. GLG Social Impact Director Jen Field will moderate a panel, Expertise in the Social Sector: The Essential Ingredient for Scale and Innovation, convening representatives from government, the financial services industry, and the nonprofit sector to discuss the role expertise plays in driving innovation and creating social change.
The Summit follows GLG CEO Alexander Saint-Amand’s recent op-ed Four Learning Principles for the Social Sector” published online by the Stanford Social Innovation Review. In it Saint-Amand explains that nonprofits and social enterprises “demand creative solutions” to unique learning challenges, ranging from professional development infrastructure to prioritizing learning despite limited resources. He concludes, “when social innovators engage expertise and operationalize insight, they can find transformational solutions.” Saint-Amand drew these lessons from the first year of GLG’s Social Impact Fellowship as well as the company’s previous and ongoing work with other nonprofits, impact funds, and foundations.
The GLG Social Impact Fellowship gives curious and ambitious nonprofit and social enterprise leaders access to peer-to-peer learning from GLG’s membership of 400,000 experts and thought leaders. Fellows join GLG’s community of leading investors, entrepreneurs, corporations and consulting firms, who learn every day from academics, current and former C-suite executives, scientists, policy specialists, former public sector leaders and other professionals. Fellows and their teams work collaboratively with GLG to leverage the breadth and depth of GLG’s membership to inform strategic decisions and increase impact.
The inaugural 2014 Fellows (listed here) were chosen from a diverse group of leading early-stage and emerging nonprofits and social enterprises. Their organizations tackle a range of social challenges around the world – from community health and entrepreneurship to extreme poverty in Africa and disaster response in the U.S. Applications are now open for the 2015 Fellowship (available at glgsocialimpact.com/application).
About GLG / Gerson Lehrman Group
GLG is the world’s leading platform for professional learning. Business leaders, investors, consultants, social entrepreneurs, and other top professionals rely on GLG to learn in short- and long-term engagements from a membership of more than 400,000 experts. Clients partner with GLG to address their most complex strategic challenges, make better business decisions, and advance their careers through conversations, mentorships, small group convenings, surveys, and other interactions—all within a rigorous compliance framework. Global, technology-driven, and nimble, GLG’s approximately 1,000 employees work in 22 offices in 12 countries. For more information visit www.GLG.it.
About GLG Social Impact
GLG Social Impact connects social sector organizations with experts across industries and geographies for perspectives and expertise to accelerate the impact of their work, including through the GLG Social Impact Fellowship. GLG Social Impact partners with leading social sector organizations around the world, including the Clinton Development Initiative, Endeavor, the Bridgespan Group, and the Julliard School, among others. To find out more, visit www.GLGSocialImpact.com.