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Speaker series resumes with presentation on social entrepreneurship

The Free Enterprise Speaker Series returns to Western Carolina University with a presentation on social entrepreneurship from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at A.K. Hinds University Center theater.

The event is free and open to the public.

Siri Terjesen

The presentation will be led by Siri Terjesen, a research chair in entrepreneurship and director of the Center for Innovation at American University and a professor at the Norwegian School of Economics. Her research focuses on strategic entrepreneurship, international management, corporate governance and gender in management.

Social entrepreneurship is broadly defined as entrepreneurs who develop start-up companies, usually nonprofit, to tackle issues such as health, the environment, culture or education with success gauged on impact more than financial gain.

With three events each semester, WCU’s Free Enterprise Speaker Series “offers a forum for the campus and community to explore all points of view on important issues of the day, hear from renowned experts from a variety of fields and understand multiple perspectives through civil, informed discourse,” said Edward Lopez, WCU professor of economics and director of WCU’s Center for the Study of Free Enterprise, which sponsors the series.

For more information, contact Lopez at

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