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Cheryl L. Dorsey is a Schwab Foundation Social Innovation Thought Leader

Cheryl L. Dorsey speaking on the Sustainable Development Impact Summit's opening plenary, Building a Sustainable World. Credit: Anthony Collins, World Economic Forum

This week, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship announced 40 awardees for social innovation in 2019. Echoing Green President Cheryl L. Dorsey was among those named. The list includes start-up founders and chief executive officers, multinational and regional business leaders, government leaders and recognized experts who are working to address social and environmental issues with innovations in areas ranging from water purification to financial inclusion to combating hate.

For more than 20 years, the Schwab Foundation has recognized social entrepreneurs as a new breed of leader—values-driven, inclusive, compassionate and entrepreneurial, developing new sustainable models for business, human development and environmental initiatives—and embedded them in the platforms of the World Economic Forum.

Now in its third decade, the Schwab Foundation has introduced three new award categories along with the established category of Social Entrepreneur of the Year: Public Social Intrapreneur, Corporate Social Intrapreneur and Social Innovation Thought Leader. These new categories recognize and support an ecosystem of social innovation to accelerate the world’s collective progress.

The awardees were selected by Schwab Foundation board members in recognition of their innovative approach and potential for global impact. These members of the board include Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Prime Minister of Denmark (2011-2015); and social innovation expert Johanna Mair, Professor of Organization, Strategy and Leadership at the Hertie School of Governance in Germany.

“Social entrepreneurs are no longer working in isolation—the Schwab Foundation recognizes the champions of social innovation in the social sector, but also in business, government and academia. We see social innovation as an ecosystem of pioneering actors with a common purpose. We have introduced the new award categories based on the multi-stakeholder model of the World Economic Forum as we endeavor for this dynamic community to build platforms for greater and more sustained change.”

Hilde Schwab
Co-Founder and Chairperson of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship


Learn more about the 2019 awardees via the World Economic Forum →

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