As a founder of Net Impact and CEO of a pioneering social enterprise organization, Jim Schorr is one of the nation’s leading experts in social entrepreneurship. He has taught at Vanderbilt since 2009.
As an MBA student in 1992, Jim was inspired by the idea and ideals of emerging “triple bottom line” businesses, and went on to help launch Net Impact. The organization went on to become a force in management education, inspiring a generation of MBA students at 200+ business schools on six continents to leverage the power of business and their careers to improve the state of the world. Jim subsequently served for 10 years as a director and board chairman during Net Impact’s growth and global expansion in the 2000s.
From 2000-07, Jim was CEO of Juma Ventures, a San Francisco-based organization that is widely regarded as one of the pioneering social enterprises in the U.S. Juma develops and operates businesses to create job opportunities for disadvantaged youth. During his tenure, the organization became nationally recognized as one of the success stories in the developing social enterprise field. Today, more than 90% of youth participants advance to college each year, and Juma’s enterprises are scaling nationally.
Jim is the CEO of Social Enterprise Alliance, a field-building organization that champions the work of social enterprises in the U.S. He has served on the board of directors of the Social Enterprise World Forum since its inception and is an informal advisor to numerous social enterprises and entrepreneurs.
Jim teaches courses on social entrepreneurship at Owen and at Vanderbilt’s Peabody School of Education. He also has a co-teaching role in Project Pyramid — an interdisciplinary student-driven program at Vanderbilt that involves developing solutions to global poverty.