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Social Innovation & Sustainability Leadership
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Community Celebration & Graduation
Congratulations 2017 Graduates
Capstone Project: Civic Engagement, there's an app for that!
Summit on Mindfulness
Professional Development Community Courses
Alumni Update: Nina Catterall
Lorman Scholarship & Program Fund
Meet the Advisory Board: Jessie Lerner
Happy Hour & Peru Fundraiser: Enlighten!
SISL Job Opening
Spring 2017 Events Calendar
Community Celebration & Graduation
Welcome All to Our SISL Community Celebration on May 6, 2017 from 3:30-5:30pm at Edgewood College
Come celebrate! We'll be celebrating the Social Innovation & Sustainability Leadership Graduate Program, our community of students, alumni, faculty and friends, and of course, our amazing 2017 Master of Arts and Certificate graduates! Bring your friends and family and join us on campus at The Stream Atrium overlooking Lake Wingra. We'll hear from the graduates about their capstone projects while enjoying hors d'oeuvres and toasting their accomplishments and and our shared community!
Let us know you are coming on our event page.
Congratulations Graduates!

As Social Innovation & Sustainabilty Leadership Master's students get ready to graduate, they share how their capstone projects are creating change for well-being in communities and organizations. Here is a brief glimpse, but come to the Celebration & Graduation to hear about the projects from the graduates!

Alexander Law
My capstone focuses on creating a study abroad course for an international student trip through Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, and Sweden. The trip will have a special focus on sustainability practices in these countries, and how some of these ideas could be used for social innovation ideas in Wisconsin and the United States.
Hannah Lloyd
I am developing a public engagement guidebook with tech start-up, Polco. Polco is an online crowdsourced survey platform designed to increase civic engagement, improve government transparency, and inform municipal governments of constituents’ input.
Monique Lomax
I am creating a non-profit business to provide job skills in gardening, cooking and baking, and business for young people with autism.
Annette Miller
For my capstone I am working to develop a process for inclusive community engagement.
Megan Tripp
I am working with Wright Middle School to create a student dance performance to teach sustainability and sense of place.
Michael Wanta
I am creating a communications kit for Lussier Family Heritage Center.
Join the network of Social Innovators and Sustainability Leaders Apply now! The next cohort starts in August
Capstone Project: Civic Engagement, there's an app for that!
MA Student, Hannah Lloyd

Hannah Lloyd is working with the high tech start-up company, Polco, to create a civic engagement guidebook to be used by municipalities to improve public participation in policy-making.

Hannah explains "I see this guidebook, what we call the 'Polco Playbook,' as an educational tool for policy makers to understand the value of  public engagement and steps to diversifying engagement mediums."

When developing the content for the guidebook, Hannah wanted to make sure that those seeking public input first set goals and objectives for the engagement plan. Grounding questions are  asked such as "What motivates you to improve public engagement in your community?" and "What public engagement challenges exist within your community?"

Hannah concludes, "Inherently, this guide effects people’s ability to become engaged by cultivating purposeful administrators based on the suggested practices and resources for public engagement. Overall I believe this guidebook puts the platform into practice and provides greater support for administrators. Ready, set, Polco!"

PolcoPolco is a team of economists, policy experts, software engineers, and entrepreneurs dedicated to improving the way our political system works. The company states, "Polco modernizes the way citizens interact with their government, promotes a new wave of civic engagement and cultivates active participation by enabling citizens to be more than just spectators; the result is a more informed public and better policy!"

Summit on MindfulnessSummit on Mindfulness
For an Inclusive, Just, Sustainable World: Transforming Self & Systems

March 31, 2017 | 9am-4:30pm | Edgewood College | Registration
An Invitation to Connect, Engage, Create


  • Come together and connect as individuals and as a community
  • Learn, experience, and share diverse mindfulness practices
  • Envision, explore and create inclusive strategies and approaches to transform our lives, work, communities and world

Awareness and compassion for self and others, resilience, deep listening, and authentic connections are all fundamental to creating an inclusive, just, and sustainable world.

Keynote Speaker Sonali Sangeeta Balajee is a thought Sonali Sangeeta Balajeeleader, innovator, practitioner, and activist with over 20 years of experience in racial equity, transformative change and decolonizing efforts, the arts, and healing. She independently consults locally in Portland, Oregon, as well as nationally and internationally. Sonali also serves as a Senior Fellow with the Haas Institute of UC Berkeley focusing on the intersection of Belonging, Spirituality, Decolonizing, and Community Wellbeing.
Panelists & Facilitators: Veronica Lazo, Ali Brooks, Jeffrey Lewis, Nasra Wehelie, Araceli Esparza, Jasmine Timmons, Ananda Mirilli, Angela Russell, Haywood Simmons, Maggie Grabow, and Bruce Barrett

Coordinating Team: Lisa Baker, Annette Miller, Carmen Alonso, Nola Walker, and Stephan Hirsohi Gilchrist

Presenters, facilitators, and participants will work together through experiential activities, practices, and dialogue. Lunch and snacks provided.


See the Summit Schedule and Register Today!
Professional Development Community Courses
SISL is offering professional development opportunities to share with the community the topics explored in the Social Innovation & Sustainability Leadership graduate program. Spring 2017 workshops and courses have included: Entrepreneurship for Social Good, Adaptive Leadership, Mindful Leadership, and the Yahara Watershed Academy. There are still a couple of opportunities coming up this spring, and the fall schedule is being developed. Check our website to register for all current classes, and check back later this spring for fall registration and additional fall class topics.


Spring 2017
Fall 2017
Alumni Update: Nina CatterallNina Catterall

Nina Catterall ('16 MA) is a Human Resource Specialist at Nordic Consulting Partners. In addition to her day-to-day HR responsibilities, Nina has spearheaded employee wellness initiatives including an on-site CSA pick-up, a session on personal and environmental health for Earth Day, representing Nordic on United Way's Business Volunteer Network, and incorporating well-being into Nordic's HR practices. Other sustainability efforts happening at Nordic that Nina and her coworkers are championing are an office herb garden, composting, and community engagement/volunteering. Nina's work has contributed to Nordic recently being named one of the winners of the 2017 Bubbler Awards. This award recognizes the top 10 best places to work for young professionals in Wisconsin as determined by qualities important to millenials including competitive salary and benefits, opportunities for advancement, and employee and community engagement.

Nordic Consulting Partners, based in Madison, is the world’s largest Epic consulting firm and a trusted advisor to healthcare systems, connecting strategy through to IT execution.

The Lorman Scholarship & Program Fund
The Lorman Scholarship & Program Fund supports student scholarships, speaker  honoraria, and community initiatives. We'd like to thank advisory board member Kevin Little for helping launch the Fund with a generous gift. We hope you will consider a gift to support the Social Innovation & Sustainability Leadership Graduate Program. Click here to contribute, and indicate "Lorman Fund" in the donation. Thank you!

Together, creating well-being for all.
Meet the Advisory Board
Jesse Lerner, Executive Director of Sustain Dane

Jesse LernerJessie has been instrumental in deepening the partnership between the Social Innovation and Sustainability Leadership Program and Sustain Dane. For the last two years, Sustain Dane (SD) has served as the community partner for the SUST 752 course on leadership for community wellbeing. Jessie and other SD staff have worked with SISL students in the development of sustainability indicators for the Madison region. Sustain Dane also provides SISL students free membership to its Sustainable Business Network and opportunities to facilitate at its annual Badger Bioneers Conference.

Jessie joined Sustain Dane in November 2007 while she was still working with the Aldo Leopold Nature Center in Monona, trying to engage an appreciation in the outdoors in young children. Between 2008 and 2013, Jessie coordinated the MPowering Madison campaign, working one-on-one with local businesses, helping them go more sustainable. In 2013 she stepped up as Interim Director and in 2014 she became Executive Director. She previously worked in program development and environmental education at the Kigio Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya. Jessie earned a B.S. in zoology and psychology from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Learn more about Jessie's story.


Friday, April 7  5-7pm
Cargo Coffee
750 E. Washington Ave.

WE WELCOME ALL to join us
for a happy hour with friends to engage and enlighten!

Come for a drink with friends, listen to Peruvian music, and hear from the students in the International Engagement: Sustainable Community Well-being course who go to Alto Cayma, Peru each year. This year's group will be sharing mindfulness practices and creating a food garden with the community. Again this year, the class will be raising money to bring Luci Light solar lanterns to the people of Alto Cayma. You'll have the opportunity to purchase these lights for yourself and for the people of Alto Cayma at the happy hour. A selection of wine, beer, coffee and tea along with snacks will be available for purchase. We hope to see you there! Let us know you are coming on our event page.

Luci Light Solar LanternsLuci Light
Share the light with the Alto Cayma community.

Buy 1 lantern for the community of Alto Cayma for $20
Or, Buy 1 lantern for Alto Cayma and 1 for yourself for $40

All proceeds go to the cost of buying lanterns for the community. Our goal is to raise $500 to bring 50 lights to Peru. Luci Lights are inflatable solar lights, made by MPOWERD, whose goal is to make “an affordable clean energy product that people could use in any situation — from outdoor camping adventures to backyard parties to everyday living for people in developing countries without electricity.”

Questions? Donations? Contact Steve.
Cargo Coffee
SISL Program Job Opportunity

The Social Innovation & Sustainability Leadership graduate program is accepting applications for a program coordinator. See the position description and please share with others. Applications will be accepted until March 24.

SISL's current program coordinator, Lyn McMurray, will be shifting to focus solely on her growing business, Sol Alpine, a snow sport accessory company. Lyn says, "I am so thankful for the time I have spent with this amazing program. I will miss working with the SISL community, but I know our paths will continue to cross in the community and on the trails."
Spring 2017 Events Calendar
  • Summit on Mindfulness
    March 31, 9am-4:30pm - Edgewood College, Washburn Heritage Room, 1000 Edgewood College Drive, Madison, WI 53711. Limited space still available! Register today.
  • Spring Happy Hour/Peru Fundraiser, Enlighten!
    April 7, 5-7pm - Cargo Coffee, 750 E. Washington Ave., Madison, WI 53703. RSVP
  • Introduction to Mindful Leadership, 6-Week Professional Development Course
    April 10-May 15 (Mondays, 5:30-7:30pm) -  Edgewood College, Mazzuchelli Hall 104, 1000 Edgewood College Drive, Madison, WI 53711. Register here.
  • Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference - Come visit the SISL table
    April 18, 9:00am-5:00pm - Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center - 1 John Nolan Drive - Madison, WI 53703. More information here.
  • SISL Celebration & Graduation
    May 6, 3:30-5:30pm - Edgewood College, The Stream Atrium, 1000 Edgewood College Drive, Madison, WI 53711. RSVP
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