Panel discussion on innovation projects

Taylor hosts three different types of visiting experts including NewDay Speakers, Taylor Senior Fellows, and Taylor Visiting Scholars. Each type contributes a different experience and complement Taylor’s work in social innovation and design thinking.

Social Innovation Symposium

Conversations in Social Innovation

Saru Jayaraman at NewDay Reception

NewDay Distinguished Speaker Series

Since 2010, Taylor has welcomed prestigious individuals who are experts in their field as NewDay distinguished speakers, in accordance with the criteria of the original donor gift agreement. They are recognized as “social entrepreneurs” through Ashoka, Skoll, other relevant organizations. The visit generally involves a Monday or Wednesday evening formal public speaker event, a formal reception, guest lectures at SISE introductory classes, intimate meals with smaller groups, and other activities. The individual receives an honorarium, travel and accommodation. Following the funder’s vision, NewDay speakers may not be invited back again. Read more here


Taylor Senior Fellows

Since 2015, Taylor Senior Fellows – who serve as experts-in-residence – are nationally or globally recognized scholar-practitioners in social innovation, social impact design, or other appropriate fields. Funds cover an honorarium, travel, meals, and accommodation. The Taylor Senior Fellows contribute meaningfully through lectures, trainings, workshops and other activities associated with Taylor. Our first Taylor Senior Fellow was Liz Ogbu, a globally renowned social impact designer, who engaged with Taylor and the local community over three separate visits. Her participation included a public speaker event, class visits, brown bag seminar, Ashoka U 2016 Exchange participation, and in-house team consultations. Read more here

Taylor Visiting Scholars

Since 2016, these individuals bring specific expertise in social innovation, social entrepreneurship, and social impact design to the Taylor community. They contribute to Taylor’s mission in a meaningful way and spend time at Taylor and with our campus and community constituencies. The Taylor Visiting Scholar program is a way to build the capacity of local experts and scholars in social innovation and to integrate visitors attached to other institutions and organizations. The Taylor Visiting Scholar status does not necessarily entail funding (i.e., honoraria, travel support), although some funds might be possible depending on the Taylor budget. This designation is less formal than NewDay Speaker and Taylor Senior Fellow, and self-nomination is possible. The first Taylor Visiting Scholar was Xiao Xiao, MIT scholar, inventor, and Louisiana native who spent five weeks at Taylor, offering special workshops and joining conversations.


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