Jim Schorr is President and CEO of Social Enterprise Alliance. Previously, Schorr was Executive Director of Juma Ventures, one of the U.S.’s most successful and admired social enterprises, and taught coursework on social enterprise as an Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt University and as a Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. As an MBA student at Northwestern University in 1993, Schorr helped launch Net Impact, and subsequently served as a board member and chair during Net Impact’s growth and global expansion in the 2000s. He currently serves on the steering committee of the Social Enterprise World Forum, and as Chair Emeritus at Net Impact and Social Enterprise Alliance, where he was a board member for 7 years before his appointment as CEO.
Lauren Carpenter is the Director of Operations at SEA. Previously, Carpenter spent almost six years as the Director of Finance & Communication at Williamson, Inc., the chamber of commerce and economic development organization for Williamson County, Tennessee. Carpenter is also the co-founder of BRANDED Collective, a social enterprise that employs survivors of human trafficking to make hand-stamped metal jewelry. Carpenter is a graduate of the University of Kentucky where she earned a B.A. in Integrated Strategic Communication with an emphasis in Business and Public Relations.