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Greg Woodburn
Greg Woodburn is a 2012 Rhodes Scholar Finalist as well as the founder and president of Give Running, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that teaches youth, through running, the character traits and skills that serve as a foundation for success in all aspects of life. He graduated summa cum laud from the University of Southern California in May 2012, where was also a four-year distance runner on the USC Men’s Track and Field Team. Greg has received several prestigious public service honors including the Jefferson Award and the Congressional Award Gold Medal.

Entries by Greg Woodburn

Begin With Gratitude

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2015 | 10:19 AM

With 2016 almost upon us, I would like to suggest an approach to New Year's resolutions that I have found successful: begin with gratitude.

As an athlete myself and having worked with many athletes over the years, I know success comes from daily improvement. Full effort is the ethic.


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Renée Joslyn of CGI on the International Day of the Girl

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 12:42 PM

One of the greatest blessings of my new role with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) has been getting to know, working with, and learning from Renée Joslyn, the Director of Girls and Women Integration at CGI.

I thought it would be fitting for this year's International Day of...

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Clay Water Brick Illuminates and Inspires the Entrepreneurial Spirit in Us All

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 4:17 AM

"What is most personal is most universal," wrote psychologist Carl Rogers. This certainly holds true for Clay Water Brick, the wonderful new book by social entrepreneur Jessica Jackley.

Jackley's personal journey co-founding Kiva, the world's first peer-to-peer microlending website, will inform and inspire anyone looking to...

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Change Management at CHLA

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 12:49 PM

"Failure is not fatal," noted legendary coach John Wooden, "but failure to change might be." While almost all industries are undergoing significant change in today's dynamic world, healthcare in particular faces technological disruptions, government regulation, and numerous other pressures.

Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) is a nonprofit pediatric...

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The Alchemy of Purpose

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 4:44 PM

In his landmark book The Innovator's Dilemma, Clayton Christensen argues that even great companies can fail when they overemphasize current needs at the expense of adopting new technologies and business models that can better address future demands.

It seems to me that the Social Innovator's Dilemma is how we balance...

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The Girl Effect and My Grandmother

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 7:24 PM


I've been thinking a lot about loss lately. Not the kind where you have something and then lose it: but the kind where you never really have it at all.

Before I was three years old, my grandmother Auden passed away in her sleep from a heart attack. Oct....

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Teach For All

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 4:05 PM

In 2009, author Jim Collins told Time magazine that Teach For America Founder Wendy Kopp was the entrepreneur of the decade. "The ultimate entrepreneurial act is creating a movement," noted Collins. "Wendy Kopp is... demonstrating the idea that entrepreneurship is about an idea more than just an organization."

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Why the Girl Effect Matters to This Guy

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 2:53 PM

Two Pounds, Six Ounces

My number one role model lives each day knowing life is a gift.

Dallas Nicole was born 13 weeks prematurely weighing just two pounds, six ounces. Before she was emergency airlifted from a small hospital to the nearest state-of-the-art neonatal intensive care unit, one of the...

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Work in Progress

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 10:48 AM

The chief constraint on social impact is people.

The focus on non-profit organizations' overhead expenses as a top benchmark for performance has hindered capacity-building efforts and limited the entrance and retention of talent in the sector.

Paul Vandeventer, the President & CEO of Los Angles' social enterprise incubator Community Partners,...

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Wooden & Me Reads Like Coach & You

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2013 | 10:34 PM

I grew up sharing my school lunch each day with legendary college basketball coach John Wooden.

While the parents of my young classmates packed notes like "Have a great day!" or "I miss you lots!" along with peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches, my dad tucked into my Power Rangers lunchbox napkins on which...

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A Long-Overdue Thanks

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 4:40 PM

During my final month of college, I wrote thank-you notes to dozens of professors, coaches, mentors, and friends who have deeply influenced my life.

Arguably the most meaningful card I composed, however, was one for a person I have met only once. It read:

Dear Liz Williams,


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The Best in Its Own Way

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 4:40 PM

When we were at our grandfather's home one afternoon many years ago, my sister and I asked Gramps what was his favorite time in his life.

"Every part has been the best in its own way," he answered. "I was proud to serve in the Navy during World War II....

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Friends New and Old

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 12:01 AM

Writing about the small, vest-clad stuffed animal Coach Wooden called the Self-Esteem Ape brought back many wonderful memories, but little did I know how many new ones it would create as well.

"When our self-esteem is a little low, we all need to be picked up a little," Coach told...

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The Self-Esteem Wizard

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 1:35 PM

October 14 would have been Coach John Wooden's 102nd birthday. He passed away on June 4, 2010 at age 99, having lived a masterpiece life and leaving behind a legacy second to none.

Indeed, the countless hearts touched by Coach carry forward his love and wisdom as he would have...

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Together We All Win

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 4:50 PM

Some of us play soccer. Others spend hour upon hour on tennis courts. Still others devote themselves to the art of shooting a basketball through a hoop.

Yet we all know what it means to run. This is in part why we are so captivated by the speed of world...

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Back to School

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 1:45 PM

For the first time since age five, I am not going to school this autumn.

I graduated from the University of Southern California in May, and while many of my friends are this year beginning graduate school or returning to the classroom through Teach For America and similar...

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The Olympian Inside All of Us

(2) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 11:27 AM

As we reflect on the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Olympic Creed reminds us that the journey we take part in is more fulfilling than the destination:

The most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the fight; the essential thing is not to have won, but to...
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Making Time Count

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2012 | 6:54 PM

There is something mystical about the moment of selecting a fortune cookie. The anticipation is often more thrilling to me than actually cracking open the cookie itself.

The dinner table inevitably goes silent when four sugary mysteries are dealt out to four pairs of waiting, wondering hands. Even when I'm...

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Give Running

(7) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 12:06 PM

My journey in social entrepreneurship began not with a business plan, but rather when nothing went according to plan. I have been a competitive distance runner since elementary school; as a high school freshman, however, I suffered a hip stress fracture and was sidelined for my sophomore year as well....

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