SEcon2013: The Forum for Revolutionary Thinking to take place March 22

Mar 04, 2013, 13:08 ET from The Mason School of Business at The College of William & Mary

W&M event brings together public and private sector to discuss entrepreneurial initiatives to address social issues

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the second year, the Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary will be the gathering place for leaders from the public and private sectors to engage and act to address social issues. The discussion and presentations will focus on how businesses can resolve social issues using entrepreneurial business strategies.


SEcon2013: The Forum for Revolutionary Thinking will focus on real-world examples of how businesses and non-profits are using their core strengths, values, and people to help solve tough social problems. They also will discuss how to leverage each other's strengths for profit and purpose simultaneously. This has been most recently described as "doing well by doing good."

The following are confirmed speakers at SEcon2013:  

  • John Bridgeland, President and CEO of Civic Enterprises
  • Peter Brown, Founder of BLJ Worldwide
  • Jim Cheng, Virginia's Secretary of Commerce and Trade
  • Susan Davis, President and CEO of BRAC USA
  • Michael Elliott, President and CEO of ONE
  • Mike Holtzman, Partner at BLJ Worldwide
  • Neville Isdell, Former CEO and Chairman of the Coca-Cola Company
  • Tom Murray, Co-founder and President of Cuipo
  • Mike Perlis, President and CEO of Forbes Media LLC
  • Ali Siddiqui, CEO of Mahvash and Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation
  • George Srour, Founder of Building Tomorrow
  • Greg Van Kirk, Co-Founder of The New Development Solutions Group

A complete agenda can be found online at

In the afternoon, W&M students will be given the opportunity to pitch their social entrepreneurial idea or innovation to SEcon2013 attendees during the student poster session. Winners will receive a stipend as seed money to help get their ideas off the ground.

For more information on SEcon2013: The Forum for Revolutionary Thinking, go to

About the conference
SEcon2013: The Forum for Revolutionary Thinking is the second is a series of uniquely designed events for the business community with the goal of presenting a range of socially entrepreneurial initiatives as viable strategies for growth.  It will bring diverse stakeholders with the primary goal of leveraging their valuable insights to develop a new paradigm for doing business in the 21st century – creating shared values, realizing profit with purpose. Appropriately named a forum for 'Revolutionary Thinking,' the event hopes to generate new ideas for collaboration, new partnerships, new business models, new business funding, increased awareness, and student engagement.

About the Mason School of Business
The Mason School of Business is an AACSB-accredited school of business. Students are immersed in real business situations throughout the undergraduate and graduate business education programs. Executive Partners, the school's pioneering model of faculty-executive partnership in and out of the classroom, Career Acceleration Modules, and Leadership Advantage combine to form a highly personalized, experience-based education that is unmatched by most business schools today. The school was named for William and Mary alumnus, Raymond A. "Chip" Mason in November 2005. It will move into its new state-of-art building, Alan B. Miller Hall, in Fall 2009. Miller Hall was named for William and Mary alumnus, Alan B. Miller in March 2007.

About the College of William & Mary
The College of William and Mary, located in Williamsburg, VA, is one of the nation's premier state-assisted liberal arts universities and believes that excellence in teaching is the key to unlocking intellectual and personal possibilities for students. Dedicated to this philosophy, the College provides high-quality undergraduate, graduate and professional education that prepares students to make significant contributions to the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation. As the second-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and educational home to many early American leaders, The College is revered as the "alma mater of a nation." 

Contact: Andrea Sardone
Phone: 757-221-2043

SOURCE The Mason School of Business at The College of William & Mary