In August of 1999, Keith Taylor entered academia with a newly minted Ph.D. in medieval British literature, a coveted tenure-track job at a well-known university and every intention of spending the rest of his life as a member of the professoriate.
Today, Keith is known not for his academic work, but as the president and founder of Modest Needs Foundation, a unique non-profit organization that has grown from a personal project with an initial budget of $4,200 per year to an award-winning, multi-million dollar enterprise. People often ask how he was able to make the transition from medievalist to successful social entrepreneur. Come listen to Keith's response and discover the answer is deceptively simple. In the final analysis, everything he needed to know as a social entrepreneur he learned through his study of the humanities. This presentation is part of Graduate Student Appreciation Week (April 1-6), which is an entire week dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of more than 11,000 graduate students on the Urbana campus. For more about this series of events, including a complete schedule, visit: http://www.grad.illinois.edu/grad-student-week