Jim Schorr



Professor for the Practice of Business & Society, Vanderbilt University
United States

As a student at Northwestern University in 1992, Jim Schorr was inspired by emerging “double bottom line” business models such as Ben & Jerry’s, and subsequently went on to help lead the launch of Net Impact (www.netimpact.org), an organization that has since inspired MBA students and educators at more than 200 business schools on six continents to integrate social responsibility and sustainability issues into their business education and careers.

From 2000-07, Schorr was CEO of Juma Ventures (www.juma.org), a San Francisco-based organization that is widely regarded as one of the leading social enterprises in the US. Juma develops businesses to create employment opportunities for at-risk teens, and integrates jobs with social services that support successful youth development and transitions to adulthood. In 2010, 93% of Juma’s graduates went on to college or fulltime employment, and Juma’s social enterprises operated sustainably, without the need for ongoing charitable subsidies.

In 2007, Schorr received a teaching appointment from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, where he developed and taught a new course on social enterprise. His enthusiasm for teaching and an interest in returning to his home state of Tennessee led to his move to a fulltime academic appointment at Vanderbilt University in 2008.

Today, Professor Schorr has faculty appointments in three Vanderbilt colleges – Owen School of Management, the College of Arts & Sciences, and #1 ranked Peabody School of Education – where he develops and teaches coursework and programs related to the social and environmental dimensions of business in the 21st century, including social enterprise, corporate responsibility, and sustainability. He currently serves as Board Chair of the Social Enterprise Alliance (www.se-alliance.org), and recently completed his tenure as Board Chair at Net Impact.