Keynote Speakers


Jill Kickul

Professor, Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
Research Director, Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab
Marshall School of Business
University of Southern California

Jill was formerly at New York University’s Stern School of Business as the Director of their Social Entrepreneurship Program and the Chair for the 30-course MBA specialization in Social Innovation and Impact. Prior to joining Stern, she was the Richard A. Forsythe Chair in Entrepreneurship in the Thomas C. Page Center for Entrepreneurship at Miami University and a professor in the management department in the University’s Farmer School of Business. Prior to joining the Miami University faculty, she was the Elizabeth J. McCandless Professor in Entrepreneurship at the Simmons School of Management.

Jill is the Founding Director of The Annual Conference on Social Entrepreneurship, now the largest academic conference in the field. Her bestselling book, Understanding Social Entrepreneurship: The Relentless Pursuit of Mission in an Ever Changing World (Routledge Publishing) has been adopted for the classroom by over 80 universities. Jill’s primary research areas of interest have included innovation and strategic processes within new ventures, and more recently, wealth creation in transitioning economies and social innovation.

She has published more than 100 articles in leading entrepreneurship and management journals, including: the Academy of Management Learning and Education, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Small Business Economics, Journal of Management, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, California Management Review, and the Journal of Business Ethics. Jill is currently the Executive Vice-President of the Entrepreneurship Research Society and the Editor of the Social Entrepreneurship Journal (sponsored by Kauffman Foundation). Her work on entrepreneurship education development and curriculum design has been nationally recognized and supported through the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Coleman Foundation for Entrepreneurship Excellence and was named by Fortune Small Business as one of the Top 10 Innovative Programs in Entrepreneurship Education.