Turner Family Center for Social Ventures

The Turner Family Center for Social Ventures is committed to alleviating poverty through market-driven forces and enterprise. Directed by a graduate student-led programming board, the center provides resources and opportunities to leverage and combine the individual strengths of Vanderbilt University graduate students, faculty, and business partners. Get involved through the TFC’s events, Annual Social Venture Summit, Summer Fellowships, Social Venture Trek, or case competition opportunities.
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Meet the Team

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Mario Avila

Director, Turner Family Center for Social Ventures

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Bart Victor

Cal Turner Professor of Moral Leadership


Advisory Board
The Advisory Board consists of alumni and current students.

Programming Board
The TFC is directed by the Programming Board made up of graduate students from across the university.
Project Pyramid is an interdisciplinary course open to all graduate students at Vanderbilt University. The course examines the causes and symptoms of poverty, and varying methods of poverty alleviation. The course is designed to enable collaboration across different graduate disciplines and student perspectives on poverty and to prepare students for project work with domestic and international organizations. Learn more.

Social Enterprise Consulting: This independent study allows students to utilize their education to consult for a social enterprise. Students will directly engage with a social enterprise to solve a specific business problem at hand. Consulting groups are strictly interdisciplinary so students will work with others from outside of their program or school.