Leslie Crutchfield
Leslie Crutchfield
Author, Executive Director of the Global Social Enterprise Initiative


Why do some changes occur, and others don't? What are the factors that drive successful social and environmental movements, while others falter? Leslie Crutchfield is a writer, lecturer, social impact advisor, and leading authority on scaling social innovation. She is Executive Director of the Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Leslie explores successful movements that have achieved phenomenal impact since the 1980s—tobacco control, gun rights expansion, LGBT marriage equality, and acid rain elimination. It also examines recent campaigns that seem to have fizzled, like Occupy Wall Street, and those that continue to struggle, like gun violence prevention and carbon emissions reduction.


Recently, Leslie was interviewed on "Final Five" with Jim Lokay on Washington D.C.'s Fox affiliate, WTTG. While the interview focused on student protests surrounding gun violence, the clip below features Leslie's thoughts on whether or not today's student social movements are sustainable in the long run.



Leslie is frequently invited to speak at nonprofit, philanthropic, and corporate events, and has appeared on shows such as ABC News Now and NPR, among others. She is an active media contributor, with pieces appearing in The Washington Post. Fortune.com, CNN/Money and Harvard Business Review.com. Her new book, How Change Happens: Why Some Social Movements Succeed While Others Don't, publishes in April is available now for preorder.