COVID-19 & Societal Impacts

How Social Impact Organizations Maintain Success in a Virtual Environment

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The success of social impact organizations is often reliant on how participants and staff experience the culture of the enterprise. Charter schools achieve better results when their teachers create environments of high expectations that inspire their students to achieve. Even agencies helping people transition out of homelessness achieve higher results when the space and staff foster a culture of client success. Managers need to adapt in order to transfer the critical cultural component into a virtual environment.

Here, senior leaders discuss the strategies they are using to address this challenge. Featuring Adlai Wertman, USC Marshall professor of social entrepreneurship and founding director of Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab; Mark Loranger, president and CEO of Chrysalis Enterprises; and Cristina de Jesus, president and CEO of Green Dot Public Schools California.

Who Will Benefit

– Business professionals looking to maintain their organization’s culture while working remote
– Leaders searching for tools to keep staff and clients engaged in a virtual environment
– Educators seeking new ways to capture students’ attention during online learning

About Our Featured Faculty

Adlai Wertman is the David C. Bohnett Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at the USC Marshall School. He is the founding director of the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab, as well as the academic director of the Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship and the Warren Bennis Scholars programs. Before USC, Wertman spent seven years as CEO of Chrysalis — an LA social enterprise devoted to helping homeless through employment. Prior to Chrysalis, Wertman spent 18 years as an investment banker. He earned his BA in economics from SUNY Stony Brook and his MBA in finance from The Wharton School.