Agenda

Social Enterprise Symposium: A New Way of Doing Business

5 – 9 p.m. Thursday, March 26
Frank Auditorium, 1524 Van Munching Hall

5 – 5:30 p.m.  Registration
5:30 – 5:35 p.m.  Welcome by Dean Anandalingam
5:35 – 6 p.m.  Keynote - Steve Fludder, VP Ecomagination and GE Corporate Officer
6 – 6:50 p.m.  Breakout Session 1 (see details below)
7 – 7:50 p.m.  Breakout Session 2 (see details below)
8 – 9 p.m.  Reception and Career Fair

Breakout Session 1: 6 p.m. - 6:50 p.m.

 
Track 1: Opportunities and Challenges in Environmental Sustainability
  Environmental sustainability is a growing concern around the world, and represents unique opportunities in the private sector. This panel will feature two environmental entrepreneurs who are actively leading in the “going green” movement. Come discuss the opportunities and challenges in environmental sustainability and understand the importance of this movement. Find out how to take advantage of this environmental revolution and discover how it can apply to your career options.
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  Janet Larsen, Director of Research, Earth Policy Institute
David Sklar, CEO and Founder, STAR Island Bahamas
Rod Smith, CEO and Founder, GreenSmith Energy Management Systems
Heather Lair, Program Manager, University of Maryland Office of Sustainability (Moderator)
   
 
Track 2: How to be a Social Entrepreneur: Stories and Strategies from the Field
  Social Entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. What does it take to be one, and what are the challenges? At this panel you will meet two social entrepreneurs who started organizations – both local and international – that are tackling issues in education and the environment.
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  Adam Schwartz, Founder, Renaissance Youth Bike Shop and Green Guild BioDiesel Co-op
Mubuso Zamchiya, Founder, School Ventures
Aditi Shekar, Ashoka (moderator)
   
 
Track 3: Global Health: Business Solutions to International Health and the Future of Global Health Policy
  Global Health is a central focus of the United States' foreign aid.  Come learn about how global health policy is changing form under the Obama administration, as well as what role the private sector can play in global health.
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  Victor Barnes, Director of the HIV/AIDS and Health Initiative, The Corporate Council on Africa
Amy Coen, President and CEO, Population Action International
Kimberly Norton, President's Office Coordinator, Population Action International
   
 
Track 4: Socially Responsible Investing
  Though Socially Responsible Investing takes many forms, the field as a whole is growing at a rapid pace. At this panel, learn what it means to invest for social outcomes and how they can be measured. Hear wide-ranging perspectives from representatives of a non-profit global venture fund, a global investment bank and a corporate foundation. 
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  Lisa Hall, Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer, The Calvert Foundation
Ajit Jain, Associate, Deutsche Bank Microcredit Development Fund 
Marc Manara, Manager, Acumen Fund
   

Breakout Session 2: 7 p.m. - 7:50 p.m.

 
Track 1: Corporate Social Responsibility and the Future of the Private Sector
  Corporate Social Responsibility embraces business responsibility and the firm's impact on the environment, consumers, employees, surrounding communities, and stakeholders. At this panel learn about the current and prospective trends in CSR, the importance of goodwill, and how to earn profits through social responsibility.  
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  Rebecca Freyvogel, Senior Manager, Business Civic Leadership Center
Niki Zoli, Manager, Marriott International, Social Responsibility and Community Engagement
Johanna Polsenberg, Vice President, Cassidy & Associates (Moderator)
   
 
Track 2: Education and the Global Quest for Competitive Talent and Innovation
  There is growing discussion about the role of education in sustaining and strengthening the talent base that drives the competitiveness of nations in the modern global economy. This session seeks to explore:
(i) what changes need to take place in education delivery to give countries a place at the negotiating table in the future economy and 
(ii) the role of education social entrepreneurs in spearheading such transformation.
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  Jenna Fournel, Director of Communications and Outreach, Center for Inspired Teaching 
Mubuso Zamchiya, School Ventures
   
 
Track 3: International Development Consulting
  This panel will focus on how consulting skills can be used to create positive social change in private, public and nonprofit sectors abroad. Panelists will talk about the key challenges and trends shaping the world of international development consulting and how you can create a career in the field.
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  Camellia Falcon, Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
Eric Howell, CFO, Chemonics International 
Seth Miller, Economic Development Specialist and 1st year MBA (Moderator) 
Tracy Gerstle, CARE 
   
 
Track 4: Microfinance and Beyond: Financial Services for Social Change
  Microfinance provides financial services to the poor, and the field gained international attention when Muhammad Yunus won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his work with the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. At this panel, learn about the trend towards commercialization, the role of social performance indicators, and how remittances can be harnessed to build credit and reduce poverty in the recipient country.
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  Romi Bhatia, Vice President of International Operations, Microfinance International Corporation
Sona Gandhi, Executive Initiatives Manager, FINCA
Preeti Wali, Communications Associate, Grameen Foundation
Rebecca Shah (Moderator)