Past Events

 Spring 2016

April 18 from 6-9pm: New Challenge Panel & Awards Celebration | Millenials and the New Economy: Work, Life and Purpose

Theresa Lang Center, 55 W 13th Street (2nd floor)

Profound changes are reshaping the future of work, enterprise, and careers for millennials.  What are the skills and mindsets needed to thrive in a dramatically changing economy?  How will the future workplace be designed? What policy and social infrastructure will enable adults with diverse backgrounds to create purposeful careers?

Join us for a celebration honoring the 2016 New Challenge winners and a panel discussion featuring thought leaders in entrepreneurship and social impact.

Keynote Speaker

Tameka Montgomery
Associate Administrator, Office of Entrepreneurial Development
U.S. Small Business Administration

Panelists

Manoj Fenelon, Director of Foresight, PepsiCo

Lara Galinsky, Author and Advisor to Purpose Organizations

Shaun Johnson, Co-Founder, Startup Institute

Matthew Stinchcomb, Executive Director, Etsy.org

Moderator

Mary Watson, Executive Dean, Schools of Public Engagement, The New School

Learn more about our speaker and panelists:

Tameka Montgomery
Associate Administrator, Office of Entrepreneurial Development
U.S. Small Business Administration

In 2013, Tameka Montgomery was appointed by President Obama to lead the Office of Entrepreneurial Development at the U.S. Small Business Administration.  In her capacity as Associate Administrator, she is charged with driving programs and policies that support national entrepreneurial training and education programs such as Small Business Development Center, Women’s Business Centers, Regional Innovation Clusters, ScaleUp America and the national SCORE mentoring program.  Ms. Montgomery believes that small businesses truly are the economic backbone of our nation.  She has a passion for equipping individuals with the tools needed to achieve the American Dream of building a successful and thriving small business.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Montgomery was the executive director of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, an affiliate of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce that is focused on preparing and connecting leaders from the business and civic communities to strengthen Colorado’s future.

Montgomery served as the executive director of the nationally recognized Denver Metro Small Business Development Center (Denver Metro SBDC) for more than seven years and, prior to that, launched a business incubator that provided low-cost office space, business support services and technical assistance to area entrepreneurs.

Montgomery was named one of Denver Business Journal’s Forty under 40 in 2011. She was recognized as a Living Legend by the National Council of Negro Women in 2012.

Ms. Montgomery initially began her federal service as a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Department of Justice. She was also a Peace Corps Volunteer, serving two years in West Africa.

Tameka holds a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College and a master’s degree of public administration from Columbia University. In May 2012, Johnson & Wales University conferred upon Montgomery an honorary doctorate of business administration in entrepreneurship.

Manoj Fenelon
Director of Foresight
PepsiCo

Manoj Fenelon is an intrapreneur at Pepsico, and to borrow the words of its CEO, an “internal activist”, advocating for the peaceful coexistence of profit-motives with social utility.  Manoj is also a First Mover Fellow at the Aspen Institute’s Business & Society program, working to build cross-sector, multi-stakeholder consensus in favor of integrated water stewardship.

He teaches introductory systems thinking and strategic design at the Pratt Institute, and the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York, and is a contributor to the just released book, Strategic Design Thinking: Innovation in Products, Services, Experiences and Beyond (ed. Natalie Nixon, Bloomsbury Press). He is also a frequent speaker at foresight and trends conferences.

In a world teeming with answers, Manoj helps ask good questions that catalyze and channel collective imagination. Manoj is Indian by birth, a New Yorker by residence, and a Nomad in spirit.

Lara Galinsky
Author and Advisor
Purpose Organizations

Lara advises social innovation and purpose organizations. Current projects include working with the Future Project, a national movement to empower the next generation to build the future, one dream at a time, and working with GOODcorps, helping large companies and philanthropies deepen their social impact strategies.

For over a decade, Lara served as an entrepreneurial leader at Echoing Green, a groundbreaking nonprofit with the mission to unleash next generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems.  Lara began her career at Do Something in 1997 where she served as the National Program Director and created the Do Something Award to celebrate and financially support the most outstanding young leaders in America generating change in their communities.

Lara is the founding co-chair of the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Wesleyan University. She received her Master’s in Communications with honors from Columbia University and her Bachelors from Wesleyan University. Most importantly, Lara’s own sense of purpose is inspired by her three year old son, Azaiah.

Shaun Johnson
Co-Founder
Startup Institute

Shaun Johnson (@idealexit) is a technologist, early adopter and helper of people. He is the cofounder of Startup Institute, a program that provides people with the skills, mindset, and network to find a job they love, doing work that matters.

Shaun is responsible for strategy and operations at Startup Institute. His background includes serving as an associate at TechStars, and consulting for Booz Allen Hamilton’s Strategic Technology and Innovation practice. This, combined with his experience in athletics and acting, allows him to create a competitive and collaborative environment where intelligence and improv conquer all challenges.

Shaun holds a B.A. in computer science and sociology from Georgetown University and an M.S. in information systems from Johns Hopkins University.

Matthew Stinchcomb
Executive Director
Etsy.org

Matt Stinchcomb is the Executive Director of Etsy.org, a 501(c)3 dedicated to building business education programs that foster the confidence, clarity, and compassion needed to work in ways that make our lives, our enterprises, and our planet thrive. Previously, he was the VP, Values and Impact at Etsy.com. In that role he oversaw the stewardship of the company’s mission, and worked to give all employees the means and the desire to maximize the benefit their work has on people and the planet.

In 2013, he was named a GOOD Magazine ‘Figure of Progress’. The next year he was named as one of the Purpose Economy 100. Matt also serves on the board of Directors for the Schumacher Center for New Economics, the Center for a New American Dream, and Naropa University. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, Benedikta, and their sons, Francis and Lewie.

MODERATOR

Mary Watson
Executive Dean, Schools of Public Engagement
The New School

Mary R. Watson was appointed Executive Dean of the Schools of Public Engagement at The New School in July 2014. In this capacity, she leads the founding division of The New School with the aim of advancing its innovative approaches to action oriented, engaged learning in the world. Watson is a leader worldwide in university networks advancing change in higher education, including the 50+20 management education network and the Ashoka Changemaker Campus Initiative. She is co-founder of The New School’s University-wide Social innovation Initiative, the New Challenge student ideas competition, and The New School Collaboratory, a Rockefeller funded initiative on university community partnerships.

Watson’s creative practice and scholarship on the human rights of workers reflect her commitment to a more just and equitable world. She has more than two decades of experience in higher education as a faculty member, chair, associate dean, and interim dean, as well as broad experience in change leadership consulting for organizations and universities. She is a recipient of The New School’s Distinguished University Teaching Award. Watson holds a PhD in Organization Studies from Vanderbilt University.

Spring 2015

Phone-In Question & Answer Session
January 28, 2015, 2-3 pm and 7-8 pm

Have last minute questions about applying to New Challenge?

Bring your questions to the New Challenge Phone-In Question and Answer Session on January 28, 2015 from 2-3 pm, and again, from 7-8 pm. During this call, New Challenge staff will be answering questions about the New Challenge application process and eligibility guidelines for submitting a proposal.

If you are looking for more background on New Challenge before the Phone-In Session listen to a recorded information session online.

 

New Challenge Application Deadline
February 6, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST

All New Challenge applications are due online by February 6, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST.

 

New Challenge Symposium
Wednesday, March 4, 5 – 8pm
Theresa Lang Center, 55 West 13th Street

The New Challenge Symposium gives students that enter the New Challenge competition an opportunity to share their projects with The New School community and the broader public. During the event, students will pitch their ideas and get feedback from The New School community.

The Symposium also kicks off the New Challenge Online Community Vote, where the worldwide community selects their favorite project to advance to the finalist round of the New Challenge competition.

New Challenge Pitch Day
Wednesday, April 1, 4 – 5pm
Theresa Lang Center, 55 West 13th Street

On New Challenge’s Pitch Day, each New Challenge finalist will present their proposal to an audience and panel of judges. Judges will include alumni, faculty, and external practitioners from the social innovation space.

 

Fall 2014

Phone-In Question & Answer Session
November 17, 2014, 3-4 pm and 8-9 pm

Have questions about applying to New Challenge, the university-wide social innovation competition?

Bring your questions to the New Challenge Phone-In Question and Answer Session on Monday, November 17, 2014 from 3-4 pm and again, from 8-9 pm. During this call, New Challenge staff will be answering questions about the New Challenge application process and eligibility guidelines for submitting a proposal.

If you are looking for more background on New Challenge before the Phone-In Session listen to a recorded information session online. As a reminder, all New Challenge proposals are due by 11:59 PM on February 6, 2015.


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New Challenge Information Session and Workshop
October 8, 2014, 8 – 10 pm
Hirschon Suite, 55 W 13th Street, 2nd Floor

New Challenge is a funding, mentorship, and learning opportunity for students from across the university with ideas who want to make a difference in the world.Learn about applying to the New Challenge competition by attending an information session and workshop.

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Spring 2014

New Challenge Exhibition and Community Vote (Public Program)

February 18, 2014, 5-9 pm

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, 55 W. 13th Street

The Student Ideas Exhibition and Community Vote gives students that enter the New Challenge competition an opportunity to share their projects with the New School community and the broader public. A new feature, added this year, the event is designed to focus on supporting and celebrating changemakers across the university.  During the event, there will be 3 rounds of student pitches organized around different themes (sustainability, education, social justice, etc) and we are anticipating upwards of 100 applicants. In addition, students’ work will be exhibited throughout the space generating diverse opportunities for feedback and engagement.

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The online voting period is: February 18 – 28!

Each project submission will be featured on an individual web page on the New Challenge website, include a “vote” button. The project with the most votes will automatically advance to the Semi-Finals!

 

New Challenge Winners Circle (New Challenge Winner Only)

February 27, 2014, 5-7 pm

Uris Conference Room, 72 Fifth Avenue

The Winners’ Circle is the community New Challenge past winners that receives continued support beyond their initial funding period through access to a powerful network of New School alumni and resources.

 

New Challenge Social Innovators Panel and Awards Celebration (Public Program)

April 21, 2014, 6-9 pm

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, 55 W. 13th Street

To culminate the New Challenge process, 2014 winners will be announced after a video presentation of the finalists’ projects and a panel discussion with social innovation thought leaders.

 

New Challenge Winners Circle (New Challenge Winners Only)

Friday, May 2, 2014, 12-5 pm

The Winners’ Circle is the community New Challenge all winners (past and 2013-2014 recipients) that receives continued support beyond their initial funding period through access to a powerful network of New School alumni and resources.

Fall 2013

The Feast Global Dinner
Oct 18th 6-8pm, 6 E. 16th St (12th Floor)

Milano and School for Design Strategies Presents. You’re invited to the largest global dinner party in the world!  One day each year, The Feast Worldwide rallies thousands of people from around the globe around one simple idea: host a dinner with friends or colleagues – but instead of talking about problems, create solutions. Come tackle challenges that focus on Health, Learning and Veterans.  Participate in a design-led process to create solutions alongside students across The New School and other participants from around the world.

 

Growing Social Ventures – Perspectives from Social Entrepreneurs

Saturday, October 5, 12:45-2:45 pm, Wollman Hall, 65 W. 11th Street (fifth floor)
To inspire student change-makers across The New School, the New Challenge has organized a panel featuring social entrepreneurs who are working to address issues of food justice, public education, recycling waste and employment. They have launched nonprofits and companies over the last few years and will reflect upon their experience as founders of start-ups.  The panel will include:

o   Tom Szaky,CEO of TerraCycle

o   Kanya Balakrishna, Co-Founder/President of The Future Project

o   Dennis Derryck, founder of Corbin Hill Food Project

o   Adrienne Rochetti, founder of Akimbo Social

 

Social Innovation Bootcamp

October 5, October 19, and November 2

The Social Innovation Bootcamp will give students who expect to apply to New Challenge an opportunity to develop their own innovative and entrepreneurial ideas into actionable plans.  Students can select from up to 12 free workshops which will focus on critical skills needed to develop entrepreneurial ideas for social good (i.e. social impact strategy, business models, fundraising, strategic communications, leadership, etc).  Each workshop will run about 2 hours and will be led by either a New School faculty member or external expert.

 

New Challenge Information Session

Oct 10, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Lang Cafe, 65 W. 11th Street (first floor)

Interested in the New Challenge? Come learn all about it! You’ll hear about past winners, and meet other students who are interested in the New Challenge. Learn more about the New Challenge 2013-14 competition cycles, share ideas and find collaborators.

 

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