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Anita Nowak

Areas of expertise

  • Empathy
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Social Innovation

Major works

The Power of Empathy: Anita Nowak at TEDxMontrealWomen

About Me

Dr. Anita Nowak is Faculty Lecturer, Desautels Faculty of Management. For the past two years, Nowak has been responsible for producing this GROOC, serving McGill’s Teaching & Learning Services. Prior to this role, she was the founding Integrating Director of the Social Economy Initiative and an advisor to both The Jeanne Sauvé Foundation and The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.

Nowak has two core beliefs when it comes to creating change in the world. First, that empathy is the most positively disruptive force on the planet – but only when it leads to “empathic action,” and second, that social entrepreneurship inspired by empathic action drives sustainable social change. These ideas are embedded in her first book, The Empaths Strike Back (forthcoming), and the course she teaches for the Desautels Faculty of Management, Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation.

Courses and Programs taught by Anita Nowak