Working with Innov8social
“Neetal has been a great resource for me as an aspiring social impact entrepreneur. Participating in Impactathon, I learned skills that have helped me grow as a social entrepreneur. Neetal guided us through the workshop and emphasized throughout that innovative change is possible. The experience led me to think outside the box in my own social ventures. To further grow my entrepreneurship skills I read Neetal’s book, “51 Questions on Social Entrepreneurship,” which gave me a deep understanding of the topic, with tips from starting up a business to policies that affect the sector. I found the book so helpful that I now use it as a resource when teaching social innovation courses at UCLA. My students find the information presented clear, immediately understandable, and a great reference manual for future use!”
“The Soka University Bridges to Business program was lifted by the spirit, brains, experience, passion and leadership of Neetal Parekh — both as a featured speaker/teacher and for her work organizing the Spring Break Impactathon…[including] the thoughtful structure, guidance [of Impactathon] and vast international network of willing advisors, who Skyped in from around the world to assist our students in this magical one-day event. I highly recommend this program and stellar leader to any organization.”
“I am planning to teach a new course on Impact Creation, Analysis and Evaluation for our MBA students at UCLA Anderson School. 51 Questions on Social Entrepreneurship by Parekh would be an excellent background reader for my class. It is an easy read, provides a lot of useful information on what is meant by social entrepreneurship and describes various organizational forms that can be used for social ventures. It is organized as answers to 51 questions but is presented as queries faced by three fictional social entrepreneurs who must understand the nuances to make relevant decisions.”
“I met Neetal when she hosted the first Impactathon at UCLA Anderson. Social Entrepreneurship was a topic I had been studying and engaging in since law school and even hosted an event at my university. Nevertheless, the day-long event that Neetal curated was far better than my expectations. That day I learned a more insightful core foundation of social enterprise, and was provided with the opportunity to engage with both active and emerging social entrepreneurs to learn from their amazing case studies. Neetal guided the day with ease as a mentor and facilitator. Neetal’s authority on the subject of social entrepreneurship and her ability to educate others on the ever-changing practice was the primary reason that Neetal was the first person that I asked to join my board of advisors for a community foundation that I developed for an NFL professional athlete. Working with Neetal, she helped me to shape and to host the first student social impactathon for underserved students in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The event was a huge hit for the 30+ students all of whom worked on teams to develop business ideas for empowering their communities and creating social change. I know that the event will have a profound impact on these students and their communities and Neetal truly deserves the credit for that impact..”
At Lynn University, we are infusing social impact learning across all concentrations – we see changemaking as a unifying force, not a separate department. Neetal’s book and training programs are fundamental resources for clarifying what the social impact space is all about, understanding the legal frameworks and practical applications of conscious business, and the specific distinctions between social entrepreneurship and social innovation. As a facilitator Neetal offers a rare balance of technical expertise, working knowledge, and the kind of warmth and grace that puts students at ease.
“I enjoyed working with Neetal on a recent Impactathon project. It resulted in a high quality event with lots of engagement. Thanks to Neetal’s creative leadership, the workshop attracted a diverse group of professionals seeking to explore the intersection of customer success and social impact. Neetal quickly grasped the unique theme of the event and orchestrated a program which really connected with the audience. What began as an idea over the summer has grown into a community of change-makers within the realm of customer success and CX. I look forward to collaborating with Neetal on similar projects in the future. She is a bonafide expert in the social impact space and does a great job of connecting the dots for anyone straddling a business career or starting a new venture.”