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The Donnelly School of Leadership and Social Innovation

The Donnelly School for Leadership and Social Innovation draws upon the talents and strengths of dozens of longstanding Centers of Excellence, committed faculty, community-based learning initiatives at John Carroll University. All share a bias for contemplation tied to direct and human-scaled social action. Together, we aim to set a new standard for Jesuit colleges and universities as we collectively advance a business case for shared social value creation.

Future Donnelly School of Leadership and Social Innovation graduates will have the skills and vision to spark and manage productive disruption across a range of enterprises: from large corporations to innovative not-for-profit ventures; from social purpose business ventures to hybrid organizations that mix not-for-profit and for-profit elements.

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The Donnelly School of Leadership and Social Innovation positions Boler College, and its faculty and graduates to lead in these key areas:

  • Responsible Leadership

    Managing a more complex bottom line for the benefit of all stakeholders – customers, employees, suppliers, communities, shareholders — requires greater skill, knowledge and strategic agility. Resources include:

    • John Carroll Inspired Business
    • Leadership Development Minor
    • Leadership Scholars Program
    • Center of Ethics and Corporate Responsibility
  • Social Enterprise and Change

    Boler students have full access to faculty, executives in residence, internships and neighborhood-scaled activity thanks to best-in-class leadership, entrepreneurship and social innovation initiatives. Resources include:

    • The Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship
    • Center for Service and Social Action
    • Social Innovation Fellows Program
    • Global Business Culture and Entrepreneurship Center
  • Business, Philanthropy and Cross-Sector Partnerships

    Cleveland — a pioneer of the community foundation (1914) — is a national model of cooperation and investment across philanthropic, government and business partners. Faculty and students will engage a series of questions to examine upholding this tradition to meet complex needs for a changing population.

CEO’s Rethink Business Success

While the definition of business value has been expanding for decades, a new Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation signed by 181 Business Roundtable CEOs underscored a fundamental shift. The group emphasized that they will now lead their companies for the benefit of all stakeholders – customers, employees, suppliers, communities and shareholders.