Visiting Social Innovators

The Marla and Barry Beck Visiting Social Innovators program hosts accomplished practitioners from around the world to advance positive social impact within and beyond the Harvard University community.

Collectively, the cohort of Beck Visiting Social Innovators represents a diverse set of pathways and experiences that illuminate what it means to be a social innovator and agent of change. These practitioners operate beyond traditional boundaries, bringing a multi-sector, global, systems perspective to their work. Through elements of their vision for change, approach, and lived example, they reflect SICI’s values, vision, and key priorities.

Beck Visiting Social Innovators are selected for their deep expertise, thoughtfully cultivated networks, creative energy, and track record of social impact accomplishment. Additionally, they have a strong desire to contribute meaningfully to the development of individual students, impact in the communities they represent, and the social innovation ecosystem more broadly.

This program was established in 2018 through a generous gift from the Marla and Barry Beck Foundation.

The Experience

Beck Visiting Social Innovators engage in short, richly programmed visits to the Harvard campus during the academic year to build connections with and across communities to advance meaningful learning and catalyze action. Through these visits, Beck Visiting Social Innovators:

  • Spark important dialogue on pressing topics through public-facing events and opportunities
  • Influence the trajectory of student social innovators through coaching, advising, and skill development
  • Activate real-world impact through collaborative work with SICI and the Harvard community

Meet the Beck Visiting Social Innovators


T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison, GirlTrek

Cheryl Dorsey, Family Van and Echoing Green

Rajesh Panjabi and Lisha McCormick, Last Mile Health

Jean Rogers, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board

Palak Shah, National Domestic Workers Alliance


Carol Caruso, Bloom Impact

Claude Grunitzky, TRACE Magazine, TRUE Africa

Nick Ehrmann, Blue Engine

Engage with the 2019-2020 Beck Visiting Social Innovators

The 2019-2020 Beck Visiting Social Innovators will advance their work through various student engagements during their affiliation with SICI. Learn more about their individual initiatives and submit your interest to get involved here.


Marla and Barry Beck Visiting Social Innovators are selected through referral and nomination processes. The 2020 nomination form is forthcoming. Please check back soon.