Agenda

Social Enterprise Symposium: Transforming Business for the Global Good

5 – 9 p.m. Thursday, March 25
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 - "From Spare Change to Real Change"  Watch the video
 Stanley Litow, VP, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and
 President, IBM International Foundation
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 Networking Fair

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

  Track 1: True Life: I'm a Social Entrepreneur
  There are many different career paths students can pursue upon graduation. Many apply for positions in big corporations, take roles in the government, or even continue their education; but how about organizing a new venture to spark social change? Come watch a short documentary on how emerging college graduates are working to create a positive impact. After the film, the social entrepreneurs will participate in a Q&A session to share their experiences and advice from their endeavors.  Read session summary
  Casey Golden, Founder & CEO, Small Act
Michael Wenger, Co-Founder and Communications Director, OpenAction
Trevor Young, Founder, Tseai Energy
Oliver Schlake, Tyser Teaching Fellow, Smith School of Business (Moderator)
   
 

Track 2: Global Patent: Designs for the Developing World

  What if you could utilize simple technology that you use everyday to change the lives of millions around the world? A new trend of emerging companies is doing just that. Come learn how companies are taking design, technology, and innovation to the far flung corners of the world and creating products to transform the lives of the world’s poorest people.  Read session summary
  Tony Ciochetti, Thomas G. Eastman Chair & Director of the Center for Real Estate, MIT
Rajan Patel, Product Manager, Embrace
Greg Van Kirk, Co-Founder, The New Development Solutions Group
David Lovell, Associate Professor of Environmental and Civil Engineering, A. James Clark School of Engineering (Moderator)
   
 

Track 3: Corporate Social Responsibility: How a Company Communicates its Cause

  Many businesses are developing strategies to engage their customers, employees and stakeholders in their corporate social responsibility. How can companies communicate their commitment to CSR in an authentic and meaningful way? Come learn how businesses are utilizing unique communication channels to both educate and involve their diverse stakeholders in their CSR strategy, while positioning their socially responsible products and services to raise revenue, attract today's consumers and enhance their reputation.  Read session summary
  Scott Henderson, Principal, Rally the Cause and Causeshift
Kelly Howard, Firmwide Director of Public Relations, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC
Denise Keyes, Executive Director, Center for Social Impact Communication, Georgetown University
Rita Shankel, Americas Community Engagement Leader, Ernst & Young
Lucille Pilling, CSR Strategist (Moderator)
   
 

Track 4: Jumpstarting Sustainability in the Corporate Sector

  As environmental concerns continue to grow in all sectors of society, companies are rethinking business models, products, and employee engagement programs to remain competitive in their respective industries. Not only do sustainable practices create a positive reputation for an organization, but these strategies can lower costs and raise revenues as well. Come learn about the trends and job opportunities in sustainability and how companies are incorporating environmental programs in all aspects of their businesses.  Watch the video
  Shari Aaron, Founder, Climb the Green Ladder
Kevin Moss, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, BT Americas Inc.
Joseph Suarez, Director of Community Partnerships & Philanthropy, Booz Allen Hamilton
Michael Danzansky, CEO, The World Benefits (Moderator)
   

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

 

Track 1: Social Entrepreneurship 101 Workshop

  Are you interested in starting a social venture, but need more "how to" information? Join other like-minded students for this step-by-step workshop on the entrepreneurial process and learn how to bring your passion to reality. At this panel, we will discuss the methods, tools, and resources to successfully jumpstart your idea.  Read session summary
  This session will be led by Charles Tsai of Ashoka, the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs—men and women with system changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. Since 1981, they have elected over 2,000 leading social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows, providing them with living stipends, professional support, and access to a global network of peers in more than 60 countries.
   

 

Track 2: Mobile Technology: Connecting People, Transforming Lives

  By 2015, more than 4 billion people will have access to phones. Mobile phones are emerging as the most readily available technology in the developing world. So what would happen if this new access to cell phones could be harnessed to spark economic hope and growth? At this panel, we will look at new ways mobile technology is transforming the way we do business and connecting people all over the world.  Read session summary
  Sherri Haas, Program Specialist, IRIS Center
Don Riley, Professor of Information Systems, and Chair, Internet Educational Equal Access Foundation, Smith School of Business 
Joseph Bailey, Research Associate Professor, Smith School of Business (Moderator)
   
 

Track 3: The Power of Social Media

  Today's generation of changemakers are using the tools of social media, including Facebook, blogs and Twitter, to engage with and support their favorite causes.  Come learn about the exponential "power of a Tweet" in revolutionizing the way savvy companies, nonprofits and entrepreneurs create awareness, raise funds, and mobilize their supporters around their missions.  Watch the video
  Anne Mai Bertelsen, President & Founder, MAi Strategies 
Matthew Mahan, Nonprofit and Business Development Director, Causes
Susan Strayer, Director of Global Employer Brand and Marketing, Marriott International
Deron Triff, Co-Founder & CEO, Changents.com
Tom Dawkins, Social Media Director, Ashoka (Moderator)
   
 

Track 4: Financing Social Change

  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 in social outcomes and how they can be measured.  Read session summary
  Sona Gandhi, Deputy to the President and CEO, FINCA International
Amber Kuchar, Junior Investment Officer, Calvert Foundation
Mari Kuraishi, Founder & President, GlobalGiving Foundation
Dan Morrison, Founder & CEO, Citizen Effect
Cliff Rossi, Tyser Teaching Fellow & Managing Director of the Center on Financial Policy and Corporate Governance, Smith School of Business (Moderator)