Congratulations to professors Hoje Jo and William Sundstrom for receiving Hackworth Grants from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.
Hoje Jo, Gerald and Bonita Wilkinson Professor of Finance, received $2500 for his project “Seeking Legitimacy through CSR: Evidence from Controversial Industries.” This grant will support research into the question of whether and how certain industries, e.g. alcohol, gambling, tobacco, and firearms, use ideas of “corporate social responsibility” to improve their public image and gain legitimacy. Funds will be used for travel and associated expenses with attending a conference where this research will be presented.
William Sundstrom, professor of economics, received $3600 for his project “Santa Clara Income and Poverty Studies (SCIPS) Initiative.” This project will pay for student assistants who will do background research into data sources, analysis and preliminary construction of a website to act as a “digital clearinghouse” for data related to poverty, income inequality, and economic justice in Silicon Valley.
Six entrepreneurs targeting the 45+ demographic will present their business plans in a competition at the annual Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit on Tuesday, June 30, in Santa Clara University’s Recital Hall. Among the six is Jennifer Wirowek, founder of Bonaventure Water and an MBA candidate at the Santa Clara University School of Business.
The Summit, in its 12th year, brings together entrepreneurs, experts in aging, and members of the venture community in a forum focused on the unique Boomer marketplace. The keynote will be delivered by noted producer, creator and scriptwriter Norman Lear, and other speakers from media outlets and VC firms will present perspectives on “Surfing the Longevity Economy.”
The Boomer Venture Summit is presented by Mary Furlong and Associates, in partnership with Susan Davis International. Dr. Furlong also teaches in the Santa Clara University School of Business.