Founder & Executive Director
Dennis Shaughnessy founded the Social Enterprise Institute, an academic unit within the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, and is its first and only Executive Director. Professor Shaughnessy provided the seed capital to start SEI in 2007, and remains its principal donor. Professor Shaughnessy created the undergraduate curriculum for social enterprise studies at NU in 2008, which now lead to either a business major within the entrepreneurship concentration or an interdisciplinary minor. He also introduced social enterprise to the MBA program at NU. His courses range from an introduction to global social enterprise and economic development, to impact investing and microfinance, as well as field research programs in the Dominican Republic (Haiti), South Africa and Jamaica. These unique field programs and
Professor Shaughnessy is also the faculty advisor to the SEI Student Association, the SEI Newsletter
Alex is a fourth-year student at Northeastern. She is majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship, and minors in Global Social Entrepreneurship and Psychology. She has completed two co-ops – the first in a marketing and communications role at Pioneer Investments, and then as the marketing and business growth co-op at
Alex, born and raised in New York City is in his fifth year studying Business with a concentration in Finance and a minor in GSE. With a passion for creating
As an International Affairs major with minors in Global Social Entrepreneurship and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies, Ally’s time at Northeastern has taken her on various programs around the globe. Her co-ops at a refugee and immigrant resettlement agency in Boston (IINE) and an international development organization (Oxfam) in DC provided her with unique perspectives on institutional power, refugee policy, taxation and lobbying, and campaign management. In 2017, Ally participated in the South Africa Field Study program and a Human Services Dialogue to Lusaka, Zambia. She loved her time in Cape Town so much that she returned the next summer as a Teaching Assistant. Ally has thoroughly enjoyed working for SEI and Professor Shaughnessy and looks forward to the coming semester as a Teaching Assistant for Corporate Social Responsibility in Business! Through her classes, nonprofit management, social enterprise, and impact investing have emerged as key subject areas of interest. Ally’s final year at Northeastern is dedicated to honing these interests to decide what opportunities in this space she’ll pursue after graduation.
Kelly Szaniawski is a
Charlotte Fall is a second year Human Services and International Affairs major and minoring in Global Social Entrepreneurship and Business Administration. She is the current co-president of SEISA. Charlotte attended SEI’s alternative spring break trip to the Dominican Republic working with Haitian refugees, as well as a Dialogue of Civilization to India this past summer to study social entrepreneurship, sustainable development, and gender perspectives. These educational experiences were very influential in developing her main interest in human development. She currently volunteers at Hyde Square Task Force, mentoring youth primarily of Latin origin to reach their full potential through career and educational planning.