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Driving Social Innovation Inside Corporations w/ Eli Malinsky (The Aspen Institute) | #1

What skills do you need to develop to create lasting change within a large organization? 

Eli Malinsky, Deputy Director at the Aspen Institute's Business and Society Program, joins us to shed light on the unique challenges and skill sets needed for driving social impact within some of the largest corporations in the world.

Eli shares his social impact career journey transitioning from a program manager at a small nonprofit to an executive director to a director at one of the most innovative nonprofits in the world, and how this experience shaped his understanding of the importance of learning how to navigate complex ecosystems while building a compelling business case for social impact initiatives.

We explore the evolution of the social impact space, touching on the shift towards more coordinated efforts and inclusive, diverse solutions. We dive into the importance of working purposefully and embracing personal growth in amplifying our social impact work

What You’ll Learn:

  • What is Intrapreneurship and how you can develop this skill set to drive change within your organization 
  • Creating social impact within large organizations
  • Strategies for introspection, finding purpose, and personal growth
  • Leveraging emotional intelligence as a manager

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Guest Bio:

Eli Malinsky has devoted his career to helping leaders build a more just, equitable and sustainable world. Over the past 20 years, Eli has designed and delivered programs for thousands of social entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs in public, private, and non-profit sectors.

Eli is currently Deputy Director of the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program, where he helps to guide the program’s strategy and operations. Eli also serves as director of Aspen’s First Movers Fellowship, BSP’s flagship leadership development program for change-makers inside of large companies.  Prior to his role at the Aspen Institute, Eli spent ten years running coworking and incubator spaces for social entrepreneurs at the Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto and New York City. 

About The Aspen Institute:

The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program works with business executives and scholars to align business decisions and investments with the long-term health of society—and the planet. Through carefully designed networks, working groups and focused dialogue, the Program identifies and inspires thought leaders and “intrapreneurs” to challenge conventional ideas about capitalism and markets, to test new measures of business success and to connect classroom theory and business practice.

The Business & Society Program actively works with business leaders and scholars to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges through the First Movers Fellowship, Leaders Forum, Ideas Worth Teaching and other labs and learning initiatives. 

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