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NON-PROFIT NEWS: MIKE CASLIN PRESIDENT OF GCSEN SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP ORGANIZATION AWARDED FULBRIGHT SCHOLARSHIP

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board has awarded Mike Caslin, Founder and President of the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship Network (GCSEN) Foundation of Kingston, a prestigious fellowship to lecture and do research in Ireland as a visiting Fulbright professor. It is believed to be one of the first Fulbright awards for a distinguished career in thought leadership and social venture activation related to social entrepreneurship.

GCSEN is a not-for-profit organization accelerating social entrepreneurship education and social venture formulation around the world. Mr. Caslin, known to his many students and colleagues as “Professor Cas”, will be a visiting professor at the Letterkenny School of Technology’s School of Business in County Donegal, Ireland. His position will include lecturing on innovation and leadership in social entrepreneurship; research and publication of case studies of social ventures; revitalizing social entrepreneurship curricula; and contributing to the development of the Regional Social Entrepreneurship Centre for County Donegal. 

Upon receiving the news of the award, Caslin said, “I am humbled, grateful, and inspired by the opportunity to return to Ireland and give back to the land of my ancestors. As an entrepreneur, business and non-profit leader, and as Founder of GCSEN, I’ve helped develop academically rigorous, field-tested methods and best practices in Social Entrepreneurship, to help people make meaning, make money and move the world to a better place. Going back to Ireland to help impart these practices on a university level is a dream come true, especially within an institution that is excited about the possibilities for its students and the local economy. It’s an essential next step toward building a global 4P movement for People, Profit, Planet and Place. With the strategic support and counsel of the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation for GCSEN Foundation, this Fulbright award was made possible.” 

An internationally recognized thought leader of the subject, Caslin has spent the last three decades researching, lecturing and facilitating efforts to promote social entrepreneurship on a global scale. GCSEN’s leadership and influence in the field in higher education continues to build, as seen in its support of Wheaton College’s successful effort in 2017 to create enhanced social entrepreneur programming, facilitated by visionary grants of over $10M from the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation (DDSF).

Letterkenny’s School of Business Head of School, Michael Margey, wrote, “GCSEN would hold significant and strategic interest for the Business School and offers us the potential to develop a viable and on-going relationship with world class social entrepreneurship best practices…and would rejuvenate our developments in this area between our existing partnerships with local government in Donegal and Derry, Northern Ireland.”           

Mike Caslin currently lectures at SUNY New Paltz School of Business (NY), and Saint Peter’s University Business School (NJ). He is a featured speaker, educator, and mentor at Wheaton College (Norton MA) and past faculty member of Babson College, CUNY-Baruch College Zicklin School of Business, Marist College School of Business and Manhattanville College. As Co-founder and CEO for twenty years of NFTE (Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship) he was instrumental in propelling that organization’s engagement of over 1.8 million students and over 4000 teachers, while raising over $100 million in funding. Caslin has also been a subject matter expert presenting before the United Nations, US Congress and The White House.                                                                                                                                                                                      

In referring Caslin to the Fulbright Board, Dr. Mary Kate Naatus, Dean of Saint Peter’s University School of Business wrote, “Mike Caslin is an excellent candidate for this opportunity and has tremendous experience as a founder, fundraiser, strategic advisor, leader and expert in higher education, pedagogy and learning outcomes. He is an expert at providing a strong theoretical underpinning to the appropriate business functional knowledge, as needed to understand entrepreneurship IP, also infusing real world projects that help to transform students’ mindsets towards new ventures, helping them to think of themselves as entrepreneurs and leaders.” 

GCSEN has created an array of offerings including online blended learning Social Entrepreneurship platforms for college students and adult learners, and has recently authored the print and e-book, Get To Wow, Exploring Your Inner Social Entrepreneur, featured on Amazon. Additionally, with the support of DDSF and campus partner Wheaton College, GCSEN has embarked on its Social Venture Research Institute initiative, providing bootcamp, networking and publication opportunities in social venture best practices to GCSEN Fellows and alumni, college faculty and administrators, business and non-profit leaders.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

For more information about GCSEN or Mike Caslin, visit GCSEN.com.