YONKERS, N.Y. – The Lewis Institute at Babson College presented the Social Innovator Award to Greyston’s founder Bernie Glassman on Thursday, for pioneering an organization dedicated to job creation and community empowerment in Yonkers.
The award celebrates extraordinary global social innovators and informs the Babson community on what it takes to create real and lasting change in the world. Glassman created Greyston on the foundation of Open Hiring, which embraces an individual’s potential by providing employment opportunities regardless of background or work history while offering the support necessary to thrive in the workplace and in the community.
The event also marked the launch of a partnership between Greyston and Babson. Babson will be the first school to participate in Greyston’s immersive social innovation learning program, which aims to change the way students learn and approach social change.
“Thirty-three years ago, Bernie had a vision for combining business and the values of non-judgement, transformation and loving action to change the lives of people most in need. His vision continues to inform innovative approaches to poverty alleviation three decades later,” said Mike Brady, CEO and president of Greyston. “We are delighted to be launching the education program with Babson College to create a new generation of courageous leaders who will push Bernie’s vision forward.”
“We are excited to co- create this innovative program. Social Innovation is best taught in context and there is no better context for our students to learn from than inside one of the most admired and sustainable social enterprises,” said Cheryl Kiser, executive director of The Lewis Institute.
Founded in 1982, Greyston is an integrated network of programs that provides jobs, workforce development, child care, after-school programs and community gardens. Best-known for Greyston Bakery, Greyston embraces an individual’s potential by providing employment opportunities regardless of background or work history while offering the support necessary to thrive in the workplace through an Open Hiring model.
The Lewis Institute at Babson College illuminates pathways for students, faculty, social entrepreneurs, foundations and corporate partners seeking social innovation solutions.