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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 and Visiting Scholars

Taylor Senior Fellows and Visiting Scholars 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 programs are intended to build the capacity of local experts and scholars in social innovation and integrate visitors attached to other institutions and organizations. Read more here.


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