Social entrepreneur Dr. Cheryl L. Dorsey, an expert in public policy, next generation leadership, and social innovation, will speak at Walden University’s summer commencement on Saturday, July 24, 2010, in Minneapolis. Walden will celebrate the graduation of more than 3,000 students at its 44th commencement ceremony, to be held the Minneapolis Convention Center at 1:30 p.m. Graduates from 48 states and the District of Columbia and 12 countries are expected to attend the ceremony. The commencement ceremony and address will be webcast live and archived, and can be viewed at www.WaldenU.edu.
Dorsey is president of Echoing Green, a global nonprofit dedicated to positive social change. The organization has awarded more than $28 million in start-up capital to more than 470 social entrepreneurs worldwide since 1987.
Echoing Green awarded Dorsey a fellowship while she was training at Harvard Medical School to be a pediatrician. She used her fellowship to launch the Family Van, a community-based mobile health unit that provides basic healthcare and outreach services to at-risk residents of inner-city Boston neighborhoods.
A public policy innovator, Dorsey served as a White House Fellow from 1997 to 1998 as special assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Labor, where she advised the Clinton administration on healthcare and other issues. She was later named special assistant to the director of the Women’s Bureau of the U.S. Labor Department, where she helped develop family-friendly workplace policies and spearheaded the labor secretary’s pay equity initiative.
Most recently, Dorsey was appointed vice-chair of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships after serving as a team member of the Innovation and Civil Society subgroup of Obama’s Presidential Transition Technology, Innovation and Government Reform Policy Working Group. She is a 2006 Henry Crown Fellow through the Aspen Institute, a 2007 Prime Movers Fellow through the Hunt Alternatives Fund and a member of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Visiting Committee.
The commencement ceremony and address can be viewed live via webcast at www.WaldenU.edu.