Georgetown Business for Impact

The Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) is an education, research, and consulting group within the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Established in 2011, GSEI believes that complex societal problems will only be solved if leaders work collaboratively across sectors — commercial, public, academic, and nonprofit. It serves as a neutral convener and facilitator to harness the power and innovation generated by multi-sector partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems.

Our focus is on innovative research, the student experience, and on actions to create lasting social, economic, and environmental impact. Our undergraduate and graduate level students pursue social impact interests by being selected to staff GSEI projects. We work with companies to improve business performance while creating lasting social value. We help nonprofits to grow stronger, more sustainable, and achieve greater impact through our New Strategies program, an advanced education program for career professionals. Our work with government agencies focuses on innovative approaches to advance the public good.  We conduct original research, utilize analytical tools, employ design thinking, convene thought leader roundtables, catalyze social movement advocates, and advise on public policy.

GSEI Leadership Team





GSEI was founded by Professor of Practice, Bill Novelli, founder of Porter Novelli, president and founder of the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, and former CEO of AARP.

Diane Ty is

Joe Weinstein is Senior Partner