The New Day Social Entrepreneurship Distinguished Speakers Series presents prominent leaders from across the field of social entrepreneurship to share their own experiences, challenges, insights, thoughts, and recommendations to students and the community. The speaker series provides the Tulane community an opportunity to meet and engage with some of the most remarkable people working in the area of social entrepreneurship today.
Earl Martin Phalen, CEO of Reach Out and Read and Founder of Summer Advantage, USA
Phalen, who was born into the foster care system, works to do all that he can to ensure that all children have access to a high-quality education and are given a fair chance to fulfill their potential, just as he was. Reach Out and Read, promotes early literacy skill development of children ages 0-5 and Summer Advantage USA ensures the academic and social development of school-aged children, ages 5-14. President Obama modeled federal legislation after his summer learning program. Phalen is a Mind Trust Fellow and Ashoka Fellow, and holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.