The 9th Annual Social Enterprise Symposium
Friday, March 3, 2017, 12:30 - 5 p.m.
Van Munching Hall, University of Maryland

12:30 – 1 p.m. Pre-Networking
1 – 1:55 p.m. Mainstage: Opening Keynote
2 – 3 p.m. Breakout Sessions (Workshops & Panels)
3 – 3:15 p.m. Coffee & Stretch Break
3:15 – 4 p.m. Mainstage: Afternoon Buzz
4 – 5 p.m. Closing Networking Reception

Mainstage: Opening Keynote

Shannon Schuyler, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Chief Corporate Responsibility and Purpose Officer

Shannon brings innovation to PwC by redefining the purpose, potential, and the business case for CR, proving it a solid business investment and a critical avenue for achieving growth. PwC’s CR programs are organized around four key pillars -- marketplace, people, community and environment.

Breakout Sessions (Workshops & Panels)

Session 1: Financing the Future: Aligning Resources for a Changing World


  • Alan Zang, Vice President, Finance & Operations, Customer First Renewables
  • Dan Nees, Director, Environmental Finance Center

What is the role of finance in protecting the environment and adapting to a changing climate? This session will explore three different examples of organizations aligning capital to finance renewable energy development, invest in ecosystem restoration, and stem climate change. Attendees will come away from this session understanding how organizations assess and finance opportunities to create new products, markets, and ways of doing business that help not just the bottom line, but also the world.

Session 2: Model Behavior: 3 Examples of Social Value Creation in Business


  • George Chmael, Founder, Council Fire
  • Jennifer Gerholdt, Senior Director - Environment Program, US Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Moderator: Dr. Rachelle Sampson, Associate Professor of Logistics, Business and Public Policy at the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

Global trends—environmental, social, political, and technological— no doubt influence the business landscape. Recent movement shows businesses creating value beyond the bottom line, with some taking on a totally new approach to prosperity. This session will explore three different models – Collective Action, Closed-Loop Production, and Benefit Corporations – that aim to deliver on social and environmental performance, while prioritizing economic success. Session participants will come away with an understanding of the opportunities, challenges and tradeoffs in creating social value, and how business model innovation can create positive impact at multiple levels.

Session 3: Sustainable Product Innovation


  • Maurice Boissiere, Adjunct Professor at the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

Consumer products deemed sustainable incorporate social and environmental considerations in every facet of a product’s design and use. While few companies prioritize sustainability when developing new products, the design stage is critical to product impact. Choices made about product design determine more than 70% of development and manufacture costs, and have significant end-of-life product impacts. In this session, the audience will participate in a rapid prototyping product design process to rethink an existing product to account for sustainable design. Session participants will think critically about their consumer lifestyles and experience one aspect of design thinking to solve problems.

Session 4: Supply Chain Traceability: Opportunities and Challenges


  • Sarela Herrada, Director of Supply Chain at Cava Grill

In the context of sustainable and socially responsible supply chains, traceability helps assure consumers that statements of fair labor and environmental accountability are factual. This session will explore how companies in two industries - food & beverage and clothing retail - offer transparency into their supply chains and address traceability. Panel speakers will discuss the challenges and benefits, including reduced risk, operational efficiency, and strong supplier relationships. Session participants will come away with an understanding of what makes a supply chain sustainable, and how traceability benefits both consumers and industry.

Session 5: Building an Impact-Driven Career: How to Find Opportunities and Get Hired


  • Ryan Steinbach, Marketing Director, Impact Business Leaders
  • Clifford Yee, Managing Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Services, Raffa

Now more than ever organizations are putting social and environmental impact at the core of their work. This session will feature a sampling of such organizations, who also offer job opportunities to career seekers right of out of school. Session participants will learn where to find such opportunities, how to prepare for them, and what these roles can mean for long-term career goals. The discussion will be both pragmatic and inspiring, featuring regional practitioners who hire young professionals - or help them get hired. Learn from their journeys, and discover how to stand out in the very competitive application process.

Main stage: Afternoon Buzz


  • Nick Durkin, Ecosystem Restoration Partners
  • Rehana Nathoo, Vice President, Social Innovation at the Case Foundation

The Afternoon “Buzz” is a series of exciting, back-to-back solo presentations by thought leaders on our main stage.