Lecture to focus on social enterprise as a positive way to do business

Posted by pt91 at May 08, 2017 12:51 PM |
Dorothy Francis MBE, CEO of the Co-operative and Social Enterprise Agency, to deliver School of Business Dean’s Lecture on 10 May at University of Leicester

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 8 May 2017

The theory, practice and positive benefits to us all of social enterprises will be explored at the next School of Business Dean’s Lecture on Wednesday 10 May.

The lecture, Social Enterprise - Business for Good, which will be delivered by Dorothy Francis MBE, the CEO of the Co-operative and Social Enterprise Agency (CASE), will explore how social enterprises move from theory to practice and will illustrate how social businesses bring about positive, tangible change in local, national and international settings.

The free lecture which is open to the public is part of the Dean’s Lecture Series hosted by Professor Zoe Radnor, Dean at the School of Business, and features invited speakers who are regarded as leaders in the areas of management, economics, finance and business. Each lecture also features an expert respondent from the academic team, an opportunity for questions from the audience and further discussion at the post-lecture reception.

Professor Radnor said: “Rightly or wrongly business schools are often accused of being the handmaidens for corporate for-profit entities. This is often at the expense of the myriad of different organisational forms, and their diverse goals, which form part of how business is performed in a society.

“Here at the University of Leicester School of Business our experts take a broad perspective on what constitutes ‘business’ and take an active interest in the relationship between business and the communities and environment in which they operate.

“With internationally renowned academics in the areas of alternative organisational forms and critical perspectives on management, we are very pleased to invite Dorothy Francis MBE to talk on the issue of social enterprise as part of our Dean’s Lecture series. Dorothy has worked within the field of co-operatives and social enterprise for 35 years and is passionate about how social businesses change lives for the better.

“Dorothy’s lecture ‘Social Enterprise - Business for Good’ will provide a useful reminder that business and enterprise are not solely the preserve of globally recognised brands and moreover the benefits achieved cannot just be measured by the bottom line.”

The free public lecture will take place in Lecture Theatre 2, Ken Edwards Building, University of Leicester, on Wednesday 10 May 2017, from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Registration will open from 5.00pm and there will be a short drinks reception following the lecture.

The School of Business Dean’s Lecture Series is a free event open to the public, students, alumni and staff.

Places can be limited and pre-registration is required. For further information on the Dean’s Lecture Series and to book your place please visit www2.le.ac.uk/departments/business/deans-lecture-series.

To book online go to: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/deans-lecture-series-social-enterprise-business-for-good-tickets-33075585968

The lecture is part of the Responsibility and Sustainability in Business Practice events series being organised by the School of Business, from 8 to 11 May 2017. The events aim to explore contemporary themes in business practice, community development and sustainability. To find out more about the events taking place visit: www2.le.ac.uk/departments/business/news-and-events/responsibilityandsustainabilityevents


Booking Contact

School of Business contact email: ulsb@le.ac.uk

Booking site: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/deans-lecture-series-social-enterprise-business-for-good-tickets-33075585968

Web Address: https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/business/deans-lecture-series


Dorothy Francis

Dorothy Francis, MBE, MCIPD, Companion CMI, BA Hons, Queens Award Lifetime Achievement.

Dorothy Francis has worked within the field of co-operatives and social enterprise for 35 years and is passionate about how social businesses change lives and communities for the better. She is the CEO of the Co-operative and Social Enterprise Agency (CASE) and is a trainer, mentor and adviser.

Dorothy has over 30 years’ experience in advising co-operatives and social enterprises to establish and grow. She enjoys her job as it allows her to work with interesting and varied people who all have a common aim to change the world via social enterprise and co-operatively run businesses.

Dorothy specialises in social enterprise legal structures, working practices and management. She is committed to promoting business to women, especially women of colour and women from newly arrived communities. Within her own time she mentors adults who are seeking change in their lives.

Dorothy qualified as a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in 1993 and has a special interest in the promotion of equality and diversity. She became a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute in 2016; the most senior level of membership which is offered by invitation only.

Dorothy was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in April 2016 when she received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion (Lifetime Achievement Award). The Lifetime Achievement Award is an OBE-equivalent honour and is given to one person annually; Dorothy is the 12th person in the UK to hold this accolade and the first in Leicestershire. 2016 was an exceptional year for Dorothy which was capped when she received an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list in recognition of services to enterprise and the communities of Leicester and Leicestershire.

Dorothy holds two teaching qualifications and teaches a range of business related courses and workshops. She is an alumnus of the University of Leicester having gained a Certificate in Education from the University in 2006.

Dorothy is the subject of a biography written by Kiyotaka Sato, Professor of European History at Meiji University in Tokyo, Japan; which will be published in late 2017 and she co-authored “Thinking about Teaching”, a critical reflective analysis of teaching practice published in 1998.

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