A former contestant on The Appentice has led a conference at Boston College on the subject of social enterprise.
Melody Hossaini, who appeared in the seventh series of the BBC show, spoke to students and the community on gaining success through social enterprise, that is, business with a social or environmental mission.
In 2009, Melody created her own business, InspirEngage International.
The company visit schools, colleges and universities as well as other organisations delivering ‘InspirEngage Skills Bootcamps’ and ‘Enterprise Programmes’, supporting people to be more confident, work-ready and socially enterprising.
Melody and her team brought its ‘Social Enterprise Programme’ to Boston, a scheme designed to support schools, colleges and universities to build social enterprise into their curriculum.
She said: “It was an honour for InspirEngage International to have partnered with Boston College to host the first ever Social Enterprise Conference at the college.
“We designed the Social Enterprise Revolution to help offer a wonderful opportunity for the community to both create jobs as well as make lives better, with the educational institution at the heart of it.”
The overall aim of the ‘Revolutionise - Go Social’ conference was to open eyes to the possibility of social enterprise and how individuals can make their communities prosper by giving back.
The college says it has laid the foundations for a project it is delivering in partnership with TaylorITEX CIC, funded through UnLtd. Dubbed Lead the Change, the scheme aims to find, fund and support budding local social entrepreneurs.
Amanda Mosek, college principal, thanked Melody and her team for their involvement, describing the sessions as ‘truly inspiring, engaging and motivating’.