Chairman’s message Winter 2015:

Wishing you a prosperous, healthy and purpose filled 2016.

The North Texas chapter has sure seen a year of change and positive growth. The most exciting news are the changes National has implemented, from a new member pricing structure, adding more value for each of us, and a vibrant new website. Visit it ( for a firsthand look at what SE offers.

This year we had several mixers at the ever accommodating Stoneleigh- Le Meridien Hotel which brought even more interest to the social enterprise community and added several new members to our chapter you’ll be hearing more about in an upcoming new member column.

Our web site is finally changing to allow us easier updates and to keep it current. So we will be adding more value, with member stories, articles, a tie in to National’s site and overall more information. Your comments are always welcome as are any articles or news you’d care to share.

I attended a couple of national advisory board meetings in Denver this year and was able to benefit from how our other chapters are growing. One of the outcomes of these meetings was SE National’s President Jim Schorr joining us in October for an update on what National is doing to continue adding value to our chapter members. We learned how the social enterprise movement is growing and how we may all become more involved.

Summit 2015, in October in Denver was a grand success. Speakers presented on a number of topics and on panels, including North Texas member Kathryn Parsons with Launchability and me. Watch the web site for next year’s conference date and location.

This year brought the beginning of Social Enterprise University, a curriculum designed to help an organization evaluate the benefits of becoming a social enterprise, tell their story, communicate and market more effectively and write a business plan. SE University promises to become a chapter perennial. I was delighted to kick it off this December 10th with an overview on what social enterprise is and keys to sustainability.

Special thanks to the rest of the faculty, Suzanne Smith, Ann Ranson, Vin Hoey and Laurel Rolls. You won’t want to miss the upcoming Social Enterprise University classes in 2016.

If you missed the December holiday mixer, no worries. Based on your request, we’ve committed to holding them quarterly so you can mix and mingle with other social entrepreneurs and enterprises. We’re also adding a new benefit to each mixer, that of a speaker who’ll share how to’s and inspiration to keep us all on our toes.

A warm welcome to Laurel Rolls, a new board member. Laurel has a varied business background and as a volunteer. She’ll be collaborating with Anthony Pace to keep our programs fresh and to strengthen our outreach.

A very special thanks to all of the volunteers who worked to make this year a success, from our board, to the SE U faculty, all of whom are so willing to roll up their sleeves and give time and effort to keeping this a strong chapter. Their work is vital to a volunteer organization.

And special thank you’s to all of our members and guests. We appreciate you and wish you a wonderful, bright 2016.

Warm regards:

Niki McCuistion