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Fulbright Enrichment Seminar

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Enrichment Seminar

Social Entrepreneurship: Innovating Nonprofits and Developing Communities

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About the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Enrichment Seminar

The goals of the Fulbright Visiting Enrichment Seminars are to:

  1. Build cross-cultural understanding through activities that highlight U.S. culture and history, including the diversity of the U.S. and of its people, at the local, state, regional, and national levels;
  2. Expand professional and social networks to create a stronger Fulbright community;
  3. Promote community service activities to increase the spirit of volunteerism and facilitate interactions with diverse segments of U.S. society;
  4. Strengthen national and global alumni networks; and
  5. Expand outreach to promote the Fulbright Program and highlight its impact.

The overall seminar, through a series of engaging lectures, workshops and activities, will advance these five goals.

The 2014 seminar theme is Social Entrepreneurship: Innovating Nonprofits and Developing Communities. During the seminar, participants will receive an introduction to the theme of social entrepreneurship as part of the overall goal of promoting community development.

This activity is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as part of its Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. For more information, visit

This activity is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

The spring 2014 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Enrichment Seminar will be hosted by The University of Texas at Austin.

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Arrival Information

Howdy! Welcome to Austin, Texas!

Austin is situated on the banks of the Colorado River in the heart of central Texas known as the Hill Country. Rolling hills dotted with lakes and streams provide a beautiful setting for the downtown capital area and The University of Texas. The Capitol Building, UT Tower and downtown office buildings create a skyline, which reflects the city itself – a center for education, government, and commerce. Austin is also known for its variety of artistic venues which feature live music, dramatic performances, and artistic exhibitions. Austin is only a short drive to San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas; all centers for cultural and touring performances, and major sporting events.


Austin has a warm climate with an average of 220 days of sunshine a year, perfect for recreational activities including swimming, cycling, hiking and other activities. Since the orientation will take place during March, participants should expect to have nice, warm weather with sunny days and cooler nights. We suggest that all participants bring a jacket and lightweight sweaters to wear indoors as the air conditioner tends to get cool.

Suggested Items to Bring

  • Toiletries
  • Umbrella
  • Business casual clothing for duration of program*
  • Comfortable walking shoes that are appropriate for business casual affairs
  • Clothes for Closing Dinner and Ceremony: This may include a traditional outfit, or a dress for women and a dress shirt and slacks for men.
  • Familiar medicine for headache, stomachache, cough

*Business Casual attire includes khaki pants/skirts/capris, button down shirts, polos and/or blouses.

Airport Information

Transportation will be arranged to take you from the Austin Airport to your hotel. A UT Austin representative will be waiting at the baggage claim to assist you. He/she will be holding a sign that says Fulbright Visiting Scholar Enrichment Seminar.

Registration and Check-in

UT Austin representatives will be on-site at The DoubleTree Suites to welcome you to Austin and check you in.

Hotel Information

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton University-Area

1617 IH-35 North
Austin, TX
(512) 479-4000


Day 1: Wednesday, March 19

Various Times: Arrivals and Registratio(Please refer to the email sent on 3/17 with details for arrival and shuttles to the hotel)

3:30 - 5:00 PM: Austin City Bus Tour (Seminar participants who arrive prior to 3 PM will have the opportunity to take an Austin city bus tour. The tour will depart from the DoubleTree lobby promptly at 3:30p.m. and return to the hotel by 5 PM for the Welcome Reception.)

5:15 - 5:30 PM: Welcome Remarks (Teri Albrecht, Ut International Office - Narise Kchao, Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program Officer- Joseph MCormick European and Eurasian Programs Branch)

5:30 - 5:45 PM: Chariman's Remarks (Tom Healy, J. William fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board)

5:45 - 6:00 PM: Agenda Overview

6:00 - 6:30 PM: Icebreaker

6:30 - 7:30 PM: Welcome Dinner

7:30 - 8:30 PM:KEYNOTE ADDRESS: THE WORLD DOESN’T NEED ANOTHER COFFEE SHOP(Sharla Megilligan, Makarios International-Seminar Participants will gain an inside perspective of Austin’s “coffee shop with a conscience.” Executive Director and co-founder of Makarios International, Sharla Megilligan, will introduce Dominican Joe’s, a sizable for-profit business, and discuss the fair trade model set in place to support Dominican farmers as well as local development and education in the Dominican Republic.)

Day 2: Thursday, March 20

6:00 - 8:45 AM: Breakfast

9:00 - 10:30 AM: KEYNOTE: WHERE NONPROFITS FIT IN THE SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP MODEL(Michael Kellerman, KUT Radio-At a time when more and more of the world's most complex problems require innovations and new sources of capital, social entrepreneurs spot opportunities for innovation, market disruption, and positive change within the financial, structural, and social constraints of our communities.This short workshop focuses on the core skills and tools of the successful social entrepreneur, and explores the emerging organizational and financial trends for enterprises engaged in making a positive social impact. Whether seminar participants are going off on their own to start an enterprise or looking to innovate from within an established mission, this seminar centers on the question: how can participants unlock resources to tackle social problems around the world in new and more effective ways?)

10:30 - 11:00 AM: Refreshment Break

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM: Panel: Bridging Disciplines Program (A panel from UT’s Bridging Disciplines Program will speak to the impact a multi-disciplinary approach has for social entrepreneurship. Scholars will gain insight into creative ways to pair multiple fields of study and industry to increase social impact and capacity.)

12:30 - 1:00 PM:INTRODUCTION OF TEAM LEADERS & NONPROFITS (Staff from 4 local nonprofits that will serve as team leads will introduce themselves and brief overview of their organization. Assigned teams are listed on pages # 23-24.)

1:00 PM: Pick-up Box Lunches

1:15 - 2:30 PM: Working Lunch/ Breakout Session #1 (Seminar participants will meet with their assigned nonprofit organization and learn about the services they provide!)

2:30 PM:Commute to Site Visits(Seminar participants will board buses and travel to their assigned site visit.)

3:00 - 5:00 PM: NONPROFIT SITE VISITS (Site visits are intended to give seminar participants a deeper understanding of their assigned organization and witness first-hand the programs/projects in action. This is a time to clarify or go deeper on questions from Breakout Session #1.It is recommended each group dedicates 20-30 minutes during the site visit to speak with their organization’s representative and begin an initial brainstorming of social enterprise designs. Participants should find out what the organization may have already tried and what may already exist (it is acceptable to build upon something pre-existing).

5:15 PM: Return to hotel

5:15 - 6:15 PM: Break

6:15 PM: Host Pick-up (Seminar participants should be in the lobby waiting for their assigned host.)

6:30 - 9:00 PM: Hospitality Dinners

9:00 PM: Return to Hotel

Day 3: Friday, March 21

6:00 - 8:45 AM: Breakfast

9:00 - 10:00 AM: FAIR TRADE AND FAIR WAGES: CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ARTISANS (A manager from 10,000 Villages, a local social enterprise, will present on the model of their foundation. Seminar participants will have the opportunity to visit the shop during the cultural site visits scheduled in the afternoon.)

10:00 am - 12:00 PM:Breakout Session #2 (During this session seminar participants should decide on a social enterprise concept for their team to develop into a 5 minute fast-pitch presentation. Further details about this competition will be provided in the program book in Austin.)

12:00 - 1:00 PM:Lunch

1:15 PM: Departure for Downtown Cultural Site Visits

1:30 - 4:00 PM: Downtown Cultural Site Visits

4:00 PM:Meet Bus to Return to Hotel

4:15 - 5:15 PM: Break

5:30 PM: Departure for Closing Ceremony

5:45 - 6:00 PM: Group Photo

6:30 - 7:30 PM: FAST PITCH COMPETITION(Competition guidelines will be provided to participants.)

7:30- 8:30 PM: Dinner

8:45 PM: JUDGES ANNOUNCE WINNING FAST PITCH (Judges will announce the winner of the fast-pitch competition at the end of dinner.)

9:00 PM: Return to Hotel

Day 4: Saturday, March 22

6:00 - 9:15 AM: Breakfast

9:30 - 10:30 AM: Wrap-up Session (A reflection session will be facilitated by Dr. Albrecht, to summarize the themes from the seminar and challenge seminar participants to identify takeaways from their learning.)

10:30 AM - 7:00 PM: Hotel Check-out & Departures (Departure details will be provided to participants.)


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Contact Information

Contact information for workshop coordinators:

24 Hour Emergency Cell Phone: 512-954-1099

*this phone will be activated on March19, 2014

Mailing Address

International Office – The University of Texas at Austin
2400 Nucese Street, Suite B
Austin, TX 78705

Phone Number: 521-471-2477