Social Entrepreneurship and Social Work for Transformational Change

Re-Envisioning the Social Work Profession, Education, and Practice


  • Cherése Godwin University of Pennsylvania
  • Judith Crocker-Billingsley School of Social Work, Johnson C. Smith University
  • Sharlene Allen-Milton School of Social Work, Morgan State University
  • Chad Dion Lassiter Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission



Social entrepreneurship, social enterprise, social innovation, social impact, social justice, contemporary social problems, social work transformational change


Social entrepreneurship is a social action that the profession of social work can use as a working model to propel the profession forward economically, professionally, and socially. Social entrepreneurship can help mitigate complex and vexing social and environmental issues in the future, while creating a larger social impact and transformational shift to social change and social justice, through the social enterprise. The social enterprise brings social policy efforts to life through immediate social action. This article will discuss the historical perspective of the social work profession and social entrepreneurship, the imperative need for social innovation and social impact through the utility of education of social entrepreneurship, and the social enterprise in social work practice models.

Author Biography

Chad Dion Lassiter, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

Executive Director


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