Sullivan Foundation Offers Unique Student Internship Opportunity for 2020 MO Summit

College students from all Sullivan Foundation partner schools are invited to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime internship opportunity or combined internship/course credit option for the MO Summit, a yearly industry-leading social enterprise and business leadership event taking place May 12-13 in Portland, Oregon.

Presented by Big Path Capital and Real Leaders magazine, the MO Summit convenes leaders who are scaling high-growth, positive-impact companies. Nearly 200 CEOs from the most successful social impact businesses in the U.S., Canada and several other countries will attend this informative, changemaking industry gathering. In addition, the first RealLeaders 100 (the top CEOs of social enterprises) will be recognized at the event.

Student interns will have the opportunity to meet, assist, network with and learn from top executives that are creating positive change through their businesses, innovating leadership, and building unique, socially impactful mission-driven companies. Student interns will be exposed to cutting-edge social enterprises and B corporations that are redefining archaic ways of thinking about ourselves, our employees, our companies, our industry, and the world.

this photo shows a panel discussion of social enterprise CEOs at the MO Summit

College students in the Sullivan network of colleges and universities will have the opportunity to meet, learn from and network with nearly 200 CEOs of top social enterprises at the MO Summit this May.

Keynote speakers for this year’s MO Summit include Gunnar Lovelace, CEO of Good Money; Matt Hayer, CEO of Vital Farms; and Melanie Dulbecco, CEO of Torani. Additionally, 15 CEOs, partners, founders and executives will speak at the event.

Only a limited number of MO Summit internships are available. Sullivan School students or faculty interested in learning more about the internships only should contact Melissa Scheiderer via email at

The combined internship/course credit option is offered through the University of Mississippi. However, students at Sullivan partner schools are responsible for checking with their own schools to make sure the credits will transfer. To learn more about this option, contact Dr. Jody Holland via email at


University Students Learn Social Entrepreneurship Skills at Sullivan Foundation’s Upcoming Ignite Retreat

Students from throughout the southeastern United States will meet in Asheville, N.C., October 18-20, to attend the Sullivan Foundation’s social entrepreneurship-focused Ignite Retreat.

Sullivan retreats are designed to immerse students in a series of targeted workshops that help them “ignite” ideas for making positive change in their communities or develop a social business enterprise or event that might solve or alleviate a problem.

this photo conveys the energy of the Ignite Retreat attendees

Ignite Retreat attendees learned how to build social enterprise businesses and made new connections and friends at the Spring 2019 Ignite Retreat.

“The Sullivan Foundation recognizes students and community leaders who have led lives with integrity characterized by service above self and service to their communities. We’ve presented awards each year since 1890 to outstanding students primarily. And since 1934, we have provided scholarships to deserving students,” said Steve McDavid, the Foundation’s president. “In 2008, we added focused programming, including the Ignite events, to foster social enterprise activities.”

Related: View a photo gallery of the Spring 2019 Ignite Retreat

Students interested in the Ignite Retreat may attend a series of workshops and activities and connect with many socially conscious, like-minded individuals from throughout the southeast and beyond. They may also choose from three educational programming tracks for the weekend based on whether they are just beginning their social entrepreneurial journey, have a set of social challenges they would like to learn how to address now, or have a specific social venture they would like to bring to life.

this photo depicts a self-empowered yoga instructor who will facilitate workshops at the Sullivan Foundation's Ignite Retreat

Ajax Jackson, founder of Magnolia Yoga in New Orleans, says that once you can get your body into an open and flexible, you can do the same with your mind.

Students can also pitch their projects to experienced social entrepreneurs, gain access to and get feedback from Sullivan Award alumni, and receive access to Sullivan scholarship funding.

Spud Marshall, founder of the and innovation director at 3 Dots, will lead the Fall Ignite Retreat, along with Harrison Wood, program coordinator for the Teach For America Graduate Fellows Program. The event also will feature an impressive roster of dynamic, experienced facilitators, coaches, innovators and social entrepreneurs, including:

Holley Murchison, founder and CEO of Oratory Glory and founding partner of HOLI. Brands

Crystal Dreisbach, founder of GreenToGo and executive director of Don’t Waste Durham

Ajax Jackson, founder of Magnolia Yoga

Abhinav Khanal, co-founder of Bean Voyage

Reagan Pugh, founding partner of Assemble

Tessa Zimmerman, founder of ASSET Education

Chad Littlefield, founder of WE!

Interested students may purchase tickets for the Ignite Retreat until October 2. General admission is $425. However, a select group of students from the 70-plus Sullivan Network Schools may be eligible to receive a sponsored ticket. Meals and housing are included with admission.

this photo shows that Crystal Dreisbach is a social innovator with a unique product

Crystal Dreisbach, founder of GreenToGo in Durham, North Carolina, is also leading a campaign to reduce single-use plastic in the city.

For further information go to or call 662-236-6335. To register go to  You may also e-mail questions regarding the events to

Related: Ignite Retreat speaker leads charge to reduce plastic waste in Durham, N.C.

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation was founded in 1934, but its roots date back 60 years earlier when U.S. President Grover Cleveland and a group of other influential persons created the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award to honor those that inspire a life of integrity and service. Sullivan Awards have been presented to people whose lives of service have changed the world with little fanfare as well as those who have become household names – recipients include First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell, and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, to name a few.

this photo shows the fun energy that Chad Littlefield brings to his Ignite Retreat presentations

Team-building expert Chad Littlefield of We! helps groups of people engage in conversations that matter. (Photo by Amber Merklinger, Amber Faith Photography)