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The Quad Cities WIU campus has established The Social Entrepreneurship Salon (SES), a series of informal events where thinkers and practitioners can gather to network and exchange ideas related to social entrepreneurship initiatives that serve the Quad Cities Area.

Through humanistic inquiry that draws on our understanding of the structure of human societies, of group/individual interactions, and of business operations, seeks to create new career opportunities through interdisciplinary collaboration and experiential learning. 

Social entrepreneurship looks for sustainable ways to address chronic social needs. One important mechanism for doing so is by repurposing existing community resources and assets, including church and school buildings to meet the changing needs of the community.

“The purpose of the SES is to breakdown perceptions of a false dichotomy between the liberal arts and business by demonstrating the blending of humanistic inquiry, the structure of human societies, our understanding of group/individual interactions, and business operations as well as the creation of new career opportunities through interdisciplinary collaboration and experiential learning.”

Susan A. Martinelli-Fernandez, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
John "Jack" Elfrink, M.S., Interim Dean of the College of Business and Technology


All salon speaker events are held in Rooms 103 and 104 in the Riverfront Hall on the WIU-QC campus.

All events are free and open to the public. Pizza, treats, and drinks will be provided.

Current Schedule


  • Dr. Kit Evans-Ford; Founder & Director at Argrow’s House of Healing and Hope, Adjunct Professor at St. Ambrose University, Author, Speaker 
  • Michael Glanz; Executive Director at The Arc of the Quad Cities Area; Degree in Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 
  • Sarah Stevens; Founder of The Beautifull Project; Speaker, Writer, Coach 
  • Laura Swift; Founding Partner of the Quad Cities Investment Group, LLC

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 @ 3:30 p.m.

A panel discussion that explores the tension between the creative vision and desire for social impact against the need to establish a sustainable organization that keeps advancing the cause.

Presented by the WIU Colleges of Arts & Sciences and Business & Technology.


Western Illinois University
3300 River Dr.
Moline, IL  61265

Dr. James Rabchuk

Experience Previous Salons

The Entrepreneur in the Community

  • flyer
  • PowerPoint

Repurposed Buildings and Culture: The Spotlight Theater and the River Music Experience

Repurposed Buildings: Renew Moline and Reader Area Development

Repurposed Buildings: The Esperanza Center and the Abbey

Assisted Living for Seniors

Community Foundations

How can WIU Help Create a QC Entrepreneurial Community?

The "For Purpose" Business Model

The Local/Organic Foods Movement

Sustainable Partnerships in Floreciente

Mega Trends in Social Entrepreneurship

  • flyer - dvd available in the library (9/7/16)

Doing Good and Making a Living

  • flyer - dvd available in the library (3/10/16)

Win-win Contracts as a Force for Social Change

  • flyer - dvd available in the library (2/10/16)