A Message to our TFC Community – Updates on COVID-19

A lot has happened in the Vanderbilt and Nashville community in recent months. Please read HERE for words from the Director of the TFC, Mario Avila, and both outgoing and incoming TFC Board Chairs, Cali Livingstone (MBA ’20) and Hannah Turnbull (MBA ’21) on these recent events and the TFC’s steps moving forward.

Despite these uncertain times, we are committed supporting those in our community. Over the next few weeks, we will leverage our network to create opportunities for students and partners. Want to stay engaged, have an idea for a project, or need an internship for the summer? Check our more below!

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Remembering Jim Schorr

It is with heavy hearts that we share the loss of Jim Schorr, one of the nation’s leading experts in social entrepreneurship, and Project Pyramid Professor.

Learn about the legacy of Jim Schorr

The Turner Family Center for Social Ventures is an interdisciplinary, student-led organization committed to developing socially and environmentally conscious leaders and doers. We prepare our students to drive systemic, impactful change through market-driven forces and enterprise. We provide resources and opportunities to leverage and combine the individual strengths of Vanderbilt University graduate students, faculty, and business partners.



The Turner Family Center for Social Ventures builds on the success of the Owen Graduate School of Management’s Project Pyramid, serving as a platform for ALL 8 Vanderbilt graduate schools so that students can develop business-related skills to engage with social impact through their own disciplines.

It wasn’t until recently that I realized I didn’t have to decide between social benefit and profitable scale, but could merge the two in the form of a social venture.”

Sarajane McMahon, JD/MBA '16


Hear from students, faculty, staff, and partner organizations about their personal experiences with the TFC, and how they are actively utilizing enterprise to alleviate poverty.