Harari Conscious Leadership & Social Innovation Initiative
The Harari Conscious Leadership and Social Innovation Initiative funds USF’s annual Innovate For Good Conference, as well as curriculum and projects that teach socially responsible leadership and investing to business and management students.
Funded from a generous endowment from Alan Davis and Mary Lou Dauray, the initiative is named after Davis’ friend and former USF business professor Oren Harari, who died in 2010. Dr. Harari's work focused on bridging theory and practice in the fields of conscious leadership and social innovation. The Harari Initiative honors and continues his legacy.
Innovate For Good Conference
Innovate For Good is an annual conference which brings together founders, CEOs, investors, academics, and nonprofit and government leaders who have already taken action on their passion to change the world.
Harari Conscious Leadership Award
Awarded annually to an executive who leads with integrity, authenticity and who has built an influential career in the field of social innovation. Recipients are selected by a committee chaired by the Dean.
- 2022 - Surina Khan, CEO at Women’s Foundation California
- 2021 - Andrew Pete Peterson, Chief Information Technology Officer, City of Oakland
- 2019 - Maurice A. Jones, President & CEO, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
- 2018 - Jostein Solheim, CEO of Ben & Jerry's
- 2017 - David Batstone, Founder & President, Not for Sale
As a part of the center’s efforts to do applied work that changes the world for good, School of Management faculty actively take part in community-engaged scholarship and service-oriented projects. Notable projects have brought in funding in excess of $1 million to support students, faculty, staff, and programs.
- Evaluation of Strategic Growth Council Transformative Climate Communities Grant to the City of Oakland (Better Neighborhoods, Same Neighbors).
- Research Rider program partnership with Cruise Automation exploring how new vehicles can support safe nighttime travel when transit is less prevalent.
- Consulting for the Dutch government (Rikswaterstaat) and the European Commission on sustainable systems management.
- Student hackathons and classes focused an analytical approaches to solving community based issues.