Dr. Candice Bledsoe, Social Enterprise 2021 Cohort Intrapreneur

Dr. Candice L. Bledsoe joins the Social Enterprise 2021 Cohort as an Intrapreneur. Her work helps to develop youth as change agents and young entrepreneurs. The Young Social Innovators & Young Social Entrepreneurs Program helps to amplify the voices of young people and create a platform to help them make a social impact in their communities.

Dr. Bledsoe is no stranger to the Institute. She is a Fellow, serves on the Leadership Council in the Inclusive Economy Consortium, and is an Expert in Residence for the Hunt Institute. Recently, in 2020 she completed a project in the Global Development Lab called Youth Up Next, the continuation and development of The Young Social Innovators & Young Social Entrepreneurs Program.

Dr. Bledsoe is an internationally recognized expert in leadership, innovation, diversity, and inclusion. Currently, she is the executive director of the Action Research Center, an organization designed to enhance equity in our communities. She is also the founder of the Collective, a group comprised of community leaders, writers, scholars, and entrepreneurs who share the stories of minority women in America.

She is a professor at SMU Simmons School of Education and SMU Cox School of Business. Dr. Bledsoe is the recipient of the 2020 UN Day Global Leadership Award in the category of Sustainable Development Goal 4, Quality Education. This prestigious award reflects the bold, transformative work Bledsoe has done to advance the United Nations goals for sustainable development, shifting the world onto a more resilient path through quality education. UNA-USA is the largest grassroots organization dedicated to educating, inspiring, and mobilizing Americans to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations. In celebration of UN Day each year, a network of 200 Chapters across the country hosts events to highlight the critical role played by the UN in today’s world – even in the most challenging of situations.

When asked what Dr. Bledsoe’s motivation for intrapreneurship is, she answered, “I believe that innovation is a tool to help improve organizations and create sustainable solutions.”

Stay tuned to the Hunt Institute Digest to follow Dr. Bledsoe, and her Cohort, on this journey in 2021 as she pursues developing youth as change agents for good in their communities.

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