Social Entrepreneurship

Changing the World, One Idea at a Time


Mission Possible, a social entrepreneurship panel, is being held on Wednesday, November 16th from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Living Learning Center. This is an event that will help students understand what social entrepreneurship is and what it takes to change their community for the better. Students will be hearing the accounts of the panelists who will be sharing their own experiences of making impacts in their own communities.

Let’s meet the panelists:

Merry Korn

Merry Korn, founder of Pearl Interactive Network, has been working to help individuals since 2004. She founded Pearl Interactive Network as a social enterprise to provide work for individuals that face challenges in their everyday lives. These people included: Disabled veterans, military spouses, people with disabilities, and people living in geographically-challenged areas. Korn found that employing challenged populations is not only meaningful work, but also provides a way for clients and partners to meet social and compliance goals. Through Korn’s leadership, Pearl Interactive Network has grown to more than employees in 26 states.

Sarah Duplessis

Sarah Duplessis, Program Director for Food for Good Thought, received her bachelor’s degree from Marietta College with an emphasis in Special Education, Advertising, and Public Relations. Working with Food for Good Thought since its creation, Duplessis has worked to provide employment opportunities for individuals faced with lifelong challenges, specifically autism. Duplessis’ background, education, and skill set maker her especially qualified to guide individuals in attaining and maintaining their employment goals.

Brian Vadakin

Brian Vadakin is the Social Enterprise Coordinator at Rural Action. Vadakin is responsible for providing business development assistance to Rural Action’s two social enterprises, evaluating and developing new ventures, and connecting Southeast Ohio’s social entrepreneurs with technical assistance and investment to grow the social enterprise system. Rural Action’s mission is to foster social, economic, and environmental justice in Appalachian Ohio. Together, they envision a region of clean streams, healthy forests, thriving family farms, meaningful jobs, lively towns that support local history and celebrate their stories, and people working together to make this vision a reality.

The social entrepreneurship panel, Mission Possible, is an event presented by the Center for Entrepreneurship in celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Global Entrepreneurship Week is celebrated in over 160 countries all over the world to inspire individuals to explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. Stop by some of the events and learn how you can help your own community!


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