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Webinar: Social Enterprise in Workforce Development: The Goodwill Experience

Join the Aspen Institute Workforce Strategies Initiative for the third webinar in its four-part series on social enterprise. Social enterprises in workforce development are businesses that sells goods or services in the marketplace while also helping disadvantaged workers gain meaningful employment and work experience. Today, landscaping businesses, restaurants, retail establishments and temporary staffing firms are just a few of the types of businesses workforce development organizations have started as social enterprises. While many social enterprises have created positive outcomes for workers, there are many challenges to starting, financing, managing, and sustaining a social enterprise.

In this webinar, leaders from Goodwill Industries will discuss their experience in starting and managing social enterprise businesses. Presenters will discuss the lessons they have learned about creating successful businesses that serve the common good and also generate high revenues.


  • Matt Helmer, senior research associate, Aspen Workforce Strategies Initiative


  • Jim Gibbons, President and CEO, Goodwill Industries International
  • Lorna Utley, President and CEO, Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit
Event information
Mon Jun 9, 2014
2:00pm - 3:30pm GMT+0000