Guest Speaker for MAGT 521

Class: MAGT 521, Social Entrepreneurship 

Speaker: Lynn Lilienthal

Date/Time:  May 5, Saturday, 11am.

Location: Clarewood University, 1840 Michael Faraday Dr. Suite 100, Reston, VA 20190 USA


Contents of the speech:

 Ms. Lilienthal will talk to the  students about her experience in creating and setting up two social enterprises. She will address the process, and steps along the way from the idea to reality.

In 1975, with a partner, established PALS Early Learning Center, a child care center for children 3 months to 12 years old. Ms. Lilienthal’s business was the first licensed infant child care center in Virginia. PALS opened as a not for profit organization and became a for profit business.

In 2009, Ms. Lilienthal reopened the Reston Historic Trust and Museum after an extensive overhaul. Ms. Lilienthal will talk about this process. The RHT is a non-profit business and a Community based organization.


Ms. Lilienthal’s brief bio

Work Experience:

  • 2005 – Certificate in Museum Studies, George Washington University
  • 1965 – Masters in Social Work (MSW) Virginia Commonwealth University
  • 1965 -1967   Peace Corps Volunteer, Ethiopia
  • 1972 -1974   Peace Corps Staff, Philippines and Thailand
  • 1975 – 2000  Entrepreneur, PALS early Learning Center

Volunteer Work:

  • Cornerstones, Social Service Agency
  • Greater Reston Arts Center
  • Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce
  • Reston Historic Trust and Museum

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