Emily Lamb

Emily manages the Changemaker Campus network, a collective of post-secondary institutions dedicated to making changemaking a norm in higher education.

Five Programs Inducted into the Cordes Innovation Award Hall of Fame

The Ashoka U – Cordes Innovation Award program was founded in 2011 and featured at the first Ashoka U Exchange at Duke University. The Innovation Award was created to recognize individuals working at or partnering with any college and university around the world to develop innovative, replicable, and high impact social entrepreneurship education models. To date, Ashoka U and the Cordes Foundation have recognized 35 outstanding curricular, co-curricular, research and applied learning innovation in higher education.

Now, Ashoka U wants to answer the question: How have these award-winning models scaled and impacted the field of social innovation education?

In 2015, Ashoka U and the Cordes Foundation launched the Cordes Innovation Award Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame recognizes top Innovation Awardees that have significantly impacted the way colleges and universities embed social innovation into the core fabric of higher education. Five inaugural awardees, listed below, will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame at the 2016 Ashoka U Exchange on February 26, 2016.

University Innovation Fellowship, Arizona State University – Recognized in 2012

The University Innovation Fellowship at Arizona State University attracts talented early career professionals to serve as change agents at the most innovative university in the US (US News). Over 13 months, Fellows develop a diverse project portfolio, collaborative philosophy, and comprehensive skill set. This opportunity ignites career trajectories and fuels ASU’s trailblazing agenda to make a lasting impact within local and global communities. Kimberly de los Santos launched the fellowship in 2009 and Jacqueline Smith, Assistant Vice President and Executive Director of University Initiatives at ASU, currently runs the Fellowship.

Social Innovation Fellowship & Leading Social Ventures Course, Brown University – Recognized in 2014

The Social Innovation Fellowship (SIF) and Leading Social Ventures (LSV) at Brown University are two complementary programs that holistically support aspiring social entrepreneurs. SIF, a year-long extra-curricular program, selects and develops student social entrepreneurs starting or building social impact ventures through funding, workshops, mentorship, and intentional community building. Fellows then have the opportunity to receive credit for their work through the LSV semester-long credit-bearing course, which rigorously delves into the venture development process. These programs are co-developed and managed by Alan Harlam, Director of Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship; Lizzie Pollock, Assistant Director of Social Entrepreneurship; and MJ Kaplan, Kaplan Consulting and adjunct faculty at Brown University.

Work on Purpose, Echoing Green – Recognized in 2014

Echoing Green cultivates and accelerates promising talent into leaders who spend their lives working to solve the world’s biggest problems. The organization’s Work on Purpose program equips those in the first decade of their careers to realize their distinct way to make a social impact. By leveraging the life and work lessons from its community of 700 social entrepreneurs to create tools for 800 trained Work on Purpose facilitators, tens of thousands of young people across the country are prepared to infuse their purpose into their careers.

Frontier Market Scouts, Middlebury Institute of International Studies – Recognized in 2013

The Frontier Market Scouts (FMS) is a certificate program for impact-driven professionals offered by the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) at Monterey. Beginning with a two-week group training in social venture management and impact investing, individuals in the program then participate in a social sector fellowship lasting up to 12 months. FMS links classroom learning and practical field experience for compassionate and capable millennials while at the same time providing talent and impact in numerous communities around the world. Dr. Yuwei Shi is the founding director of FMS.

Transformative Action Institute – Recognized in 2011

The Transformative Action Institute (TAI) offers an award-winning curriculum for training the next generation of social entrepreneurs, innovators, and change makers. This curriculum is based on scientific research into the most effective strategies for making the world a better place. TAI also teaches the key skills that young change makers need, but which they rarely learn in school: essential 21st century skills, including creativity, resilience, empathy, conflict resolution, and grit. TAI’s curriculum has been taught at more than 40 universities in the U.S. The TAI is led by Executive Director and Founder Scott Sherman.


These five Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized by Ron Cordes, President of the Cordes Foundation in a morning plenary session on February 26, 2016 during the Ashoka U Exchange in New Orleans to an audience of over 700 leaders in social innovation in higher education. Resources to support collaboration and replication of the awarded innovations are available through Ashoka U’s online Innovation Award Portal.

If you have any questions about the award, please contact Emily Lamb, Exchange Manager at [email protected].