Elizabeth Werbe




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Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative


Elizabeth Werbe joined The New School in 2015 as Associate Director of New Challenge, a social innovation idea competition for students. Since early 2017, she has been designing and directing The New School’s Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative (IEI), a university-wide initiative that supports emerging leaders in developing the entrepreneurial mindsets, skills, and sense of purpose needed to thrive in a rapidly changing world. The IEI aims to catalyze the creation of an inclusive economy by making entrepreneurship education, resources, and networks more accessible to students from diverse backgrounds at different stages of the entrepreneurial journey. Elizabeth is an entrepreneurial leader and educator with two decades of experience working at the intersection of design, education, and social change. What she most enjoys in her work is designing transformative experiences that help individuals connect with themselves and the world. Elizabeth’s work is rooted in a desire to awaken young adults to their passions and support them in realizing their full potential. A natural connector who excels at recognizing and building on individual strengths, she thrives in dynamic settings where she engages diverse stakeholders in developing and implementing vision and strategy that increase impact. Prior to her arrival at The New School, Elizabeth developed and implemented innovative programs at leading educational organizations and nonprofits, including the University of Michigan, Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, the Municipal Art Society of New York, and Ashoka Youth Venture. Whether teaching courses on impact entrepreneurship, exposing students to design as a tool for social change, or mentoring youth in the creation of digital stories, Elizabeth is passionate about inspiring others to find a sense of meaning and purpose in their lives. She holds an Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education, M.A. from Rhode Island School of Design, and B.A. from Haverford College.