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Dennis Barsema to talk social entrepreneurship during Dec. 6 Women in Management luncheon

November 30, 2011
Dennis Barsema

Dennis Barsema

The DeKalb County Chapter of Women in Management, Inc. will host a holiday luncheon Tuesday, Dec. 6, featuring a presentation by Dennis Barsema, social entrepreneur and instructor in the NIU College of Business.

Social entrepreneurship recognizes social problems and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create and manage a venture to achieve positive social change.

Barsema will discuss his experience and history with managing this type of change and guide attendees how to be the change they want to see in the world.

The event takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Johnny’s Charhouse, 1950 DeKalb Ave. in Sycamore.

Cost is $25, with a portion of each payment going to the Feed’em Soup Community Project.

For more information, or to RSVP by Monday, Dec. 5, call (815) 739-6353 or e-mail WIM President Wendy West-Krauch at [email protected].

Barsema has more than 25 years of executive experience in telecommunications, software and optical networking.

He has served on the board of directors of numerous venture capital funded companies, including Redback Networks, Blue Lane Technologies, Onetta, Azanda, Telenisus, Tahoe Networks and Stoke. He is currently a Managing Partner of Chicago’s first Social Enterprise Accelerator, Impact Engine.

Barsema also serves as a director on numerous non-profit boards including the NIU Foundation, Oportunidad Microfinanzas in Mexico, NEST (St. Louis), Community Collaborative Inc. in Illinois, and Carpenters Place in Rockford.

Meanwhile, he advises the non-profit micro-finance organization, Opportunity International in Oak Brook, Ill., as well as the NIU College of Business.