MU speaker mentors entrepreneurs in the “hard places”

David HaskellManchester University will host social entrepreneur David Haskell, co-founder and CEO of Dreams InDeed, for an upcoming Values, Ideas, and the Arts presentation called “Working in the Hard Places: A Social Entrepreneurship Theory of Change” at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11.


This event, sponsored by the Peace Studies Institute at MU, is free and open to the public. It will be in Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester campus.

Dreams InDeed is committed to value-based social entrepreneurship in places with some of the greatest crises and conflicts of the world.

Haskell has helped other social entrepreneurs in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and East Africa. He has talked at business and graduate schools such as American University of Beirut, Adelphi, Duke, Harvard, Notre Dame and Oxford.

According to Dreams InDeed International, Haskell has more than 20 years of experience, launched six Mideast startups and directed four African turnarounds. He earned his master of public administration from Harvard specializing in leadership and negotiation; an MA in applied linguistics from UCLA; and a BA in communications, magna cum laude, from Wheaton.

Katy Gray Brown, director of the Peace Studies Institute, was introduced to Haskell’s work by Don Mosley, a co-founder of Habitat for Humanity. After hearing about Dreams InDeed International’s work, Gray Brown was excited about bringing Haskell to campus. “Haskell’s presentation will provide an unflinching look at some of the challenges impeding peace and human rights in the world, but his work also extends a model to transform those very conditions,” Gray Brown said.

Those interested in business, nonprofit management, entrepreneurship, economics, sociology, philosophy, religion and peace studies should consider attending this event.

Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to nearly 1,500 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Athletic Training and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy.  Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at

November 3, 2014

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