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.


A Send-Off for our Founding Faculty Director, Bart Victor

With deep gratitude and some bittersweet sadness, we share the announcement of the retirement of Dr. Bart Victor, who has served with great conviction as the founding Faculty Director of the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures (TFC) since its founding in 2015, and since its origins in the Project Pyramid interdisciplinary international consulting course beginning in 2007, which he has taught for the past sixteen years. Bart has faithfully called us as students and leaders into lives of purpose and meaning, and we are all better for our time with him as our mentor, teacher, fellow learner, and friend.

Read our tribute to Bart’s leadership and legacy – as well as a call for alumni to share memories here

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

A lot has happened in the Vanderbilt and Nashville community in recent months. Despite these uncertain times, we are committed supporting those in our community. Over the course of the semester, we will leverage our network to create opportunities for students and partners while supporting our local and global community.

While we had hoped to see new and returning students and community in person this academic year, we recognize that for the safety of our community, all interactions with the TFC will be virtual, and our offices will be closed.

Click here for more information on our plan for the academic year or sign up for our weekly newsletter here.


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.