Since its founding in 2002, Engineers Without Borders-USA has grown to have a chapter at almost every university across the nation. Alongside, academic programs in humanitarian engineering and social entrepreneurship are popping up globally. Administrators often think about such programs as vehicles for students to develop their soft skills and meet ABET requirements. There is ample evidence that such experiences develop students' technical skills as well as non-technical skills like teamwork, communication, and ethical decision-making. However, many students get involved because they want to leverage their engineering education to pursue lifelong careers improving the human condition. An approach to helping these students is to identify potential career pathways to aid them in navigating their way. We spent three years interviewing hundreds of STEM innovators working on a range of societal challenges across diverse sectors and organizations in the US and globally. We learned about their work, professional preparation, and career trajectories, and asked them, "What advice do you have for professors and universities as they educate the next generation of social innovators? " This session fosters discussion on the recurrent themes and insights based on their decades of living on the bleeding edge of social innovation.