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Executive Director Named for Global Social Enterprise Initiative

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Former AARP Executive Ladan Manteghi to Manage the Launch, Growth, and Development of the Initiative

Ladan Manteghi has been named executive director of the new Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. She began at Georgetown on May 4.

The Global Social Enterprise Initiative prepares current and future leaders to make responsible management decisions that create both economic and social value. It will engage corporate, nonprofit, government, and other stakeholders to advance the understanding of social enterprise. The initiative is led by Distinguished Professor of the Practice and former AARP CEO Bill Novelli and includes graduate student assistants.

“Those in the business, government, and non-profit sectors need to work together to respond to today’s social challenges, such as ensuring access to quality healthcare, a safe and nutritious food supply, and capital to build businesses and jobs,” Manteghi said. “Through the Global Social Enterprise Initiative, we want to prepare budding and current business leaders to address social problems through the business lines in which they work and in cross-sector partnerships to deliver financial and social bottom-line results.”

As executive director, Manteghi is responsible for managing the launch, growth, and development of the initiative, including forging external partnerships, collaborating with schools within Georgetown University, pursuing funding opportunities, creating and implementing a long-term strategic plan and annual operating plan, developing an infrastructure, and overseeing the initiative’s events, activities, and day-to-day operations.

Additionally, Manteghi will work with faculty, staff, and students to integrate social enterprise throughout Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business by establishing faculty and student fellows programs, collaborating with notable faculty within the field, creating executive and scholar residency programs, undertaking faculty and student workshops, enabling scholarly research from partnership funds, and fostering experiential learning through student internships and tutorials.

Manteghi has held a series of executive positions at AARP since 2002, most recently as senior vice president of international initiatives, where she focused on global aging with an emphasis on delivering positive social change by influencing policy, society, and the marketplace. She helped create, launch, and serve as president of the AARP Global Network, a federation of like-minded national organizations serving people age 50 and older that has achieved change, growth, and improved market position through strategic counsel to executives of member organizations.

Manteghi has collaborated and created partnerships with influential groups such as the World Economic Forum, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the United Nations and its affiliate organizations, and the European Commission. She has spoken as an expert on the over-50 market, income security, health, and retirement at conferences and in the media in Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

Previously, Manteghi served as advisor to the CEO of PowerUp, a nonprofit focused on addressing the digital divide, and directed business development and outreach activities for a dotcom by leading e-advocacy campaigns for multinational corporations and national nonprofits. She also served in various U.S. government agencies including working for President Clinton and Vice President Gore, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of the Interior. Manteghi earned a B.A. in Political Science/Public Service from the University of California at Davis.

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About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business

Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business in Washington, D.C. Some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 500 participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. Founded in 1957, the business school today resides in the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, a state-of-the-art facility that blends the tradition of Georgetown University with forward-thinking functionality. For more information about Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, visit