Mark Loranger is the President and CEO of Chrysalis, an organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for the homeless and low-income individuals. Before that, Mark was VP of Chrysalis Enterprises, a group of social enterprise businesses that provides transitional jobs for Chrysalis clients.
Mark comes from an entrepreneurial background, having grown and sold his own businesses. This passion for both entrepreneurship and social causes has led him into the field of social enterprise. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of social enterprise, and is a contributing author to the book, Succeeding at Social Enterprise: Hard-Won Lessons for Non-Profits and Social Entrepreneurs. He donates a lot of his time and talent in the Los Angeles community, both advocating for homelessness and employment, while also getting involved in projects like Social Venture Partners.
In our interview, Mark gives an historical background on the social enterprise field, the evolution of what it has become today, and how his own personal passions have manifested themselves in the work that he does for Chrysalis, a true social enterprise.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SHOW:
In this interview, we discuss:
- What is a social enterprise?
- Mark applies the lessons of social entrepreneurship everyday at Chrysalis.
- Taking the entrepreneurial mindset and hustle to address social needs.
- The importance of metrics and accountability.
- Where the field of social enterprise is heading.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
Be bold. Think big. But be humble enough to accept any and all suggestions. Cast a wide net, take in all new ideas, network with a lot of people, and force yourself to always think differently.
LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THE SHOW:
- Succeeding at Social Enterprise: Hard Won Lessons for Entrepreneurs
- Learn more about the mission and work of Chrysalis
- Check out the Social Enterprise Alliance, where mission meets marketplace
- A Masters of Science in Social Entrepreneurship program at USC
- How To Use Business as a Force For Good article
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