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Dixie Forum to hold lecture on social enterprise

Dixie State University’s weekly lecture series Dixie Forum: A Window on the World will host a presentation on social enterprise and the strategies behind successful organizations.

In this installment of the Dixie Forum, Norman Hill will present “Going Beyond Doing Good: How Social Enterprise Works” at noon on Feb. 13 in the Dunford Auditorium, located in the Browning Resource Center on the Dixie State campus. Admission is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.

Hill’s presentation will look into the uses, benefits and limitations of social enterprise as he discusses various local and global projects. As he delves into the big business of philanthropy, Hill will explore questions about philanthropy’s use and accountability in developing countries and local entities alike.

He is an associate managing director of the Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance at Brigham Young University, which sponsors sustainable social development projects through student ventures in areas such as education, maternal and newborn health, and poverty reduction. He was selected as a Kellogg Foundation Leadership Fellow for creating job training for low-income individuals in New Orleans. Additionally, Hill has published six books and more than two dozen articles on business and interpersonal relations topics and has spoken at national and international conferences.

Hill earned a master’s degree in organizational behavior from BYU and spent more than 30 years working for ExxonMobil in Texas, Louisiana and Nigeria as a regional HR manager and corporate training and development director. Later, as an LDS mission president in Ghana, he sponsored various business and social development projects like chicken farms and literacy development.

Dixie Forum is a weekly lecture series designed to introduce the St. George and Dixie State communities to diverse ideas and personalities while widening their worldviews via a 50-minute presentation. Dixie Forum will be on recess next week in observation of President’s Day and will return on Feb. 27 with a presentation on homesickness, history and American emotional life from Dr. Susan Matt, the Presidential Distinguished Professor of History at Weber State University.

For more information about Dixie State University’s Dixie Forum series, contact DSU Forum Coordinator John Burns at 435-879-4712 or or visit