Spotlight: Emily Winograd

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What drives you?

“I have advocated for causes like educational equity, environmental sustainability, and food justice through a number of channels over the years.  Through this work, I have encountered many visionary leaders with great strategies for social change.  One of the challenges I’ve seen is with leaders and organizations that lack the flexibility, cultural competence, or empathy they need to adapt their approach to communities and build movements.  I am passionate about the positive effect that design thinking and cultural competence can have in the social sector.”

How do you define social entrepreneurship?

Creatively using the resources available, often by-passing existing business and government institutions, in order to build an ideal solution with the user’s needs in mind.

Biggest SocEnt trend you have seen in the last 5 years?

“I’ll just speak for PresenTense. We have overhauled our curriculum to truly follow the design thinking process. We strongly believe in the power of customer empathy to develop solutions and our curriculum reflects this. In an effort to make our programs accessible to many communities, we have started developing different formats to meet partners’ program needs.”


Emily obtained dual Bachelor of Arts degrees at Barnard College and The Jewish Theological Seminary, in Sociology and Bible Studies, respectively. She explains: “I never necessarily wanted to pursue a job in the Jewish community, but I was always interested in social impact. My first job was as campus recruiter for Teach For America (TFA). I learned a lot about how large institutional nonprofits work, and I applied those principles to upgrade the curriculum, program assessments, and other systems within PresenTense.  After two years at TFA, I came across the position at PresenTense. I joined the team in May 2014, and it’s been an incredible learning experience with a great team.”



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