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5 Reasons to Attend the Social Enterprise Symposium on March 3

Feb 07, 2017
Experiential / Reality-based Learning


The Social Enterprise Symposium (SES), hosted by the Center for Social Value Creation at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, is less than a month away, on March 3, 2017. If you’re someone who likes to push the envelope, explore big ideas and wants to create a better world, SES is definitely for you. Here are five reasons why you should attend #SES17:

1) Learn from a Trailblazer in Corporate Responsibility.
When you think of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, corporate social responsibility (CSR) may not be the very first thing that comes to mind, but perhaps it should! PwC engages in over six broad initiatives including the firm’s five-year $190 million commitment to advancing youth education, PwC’s Earn Your Future. Shannon Schuyler, chief purpose officer and corporate responsibility leader, is the SES keynote speaker and will discuss her work infusing purpose into PwC’s core business strategy by elevating the global conversation on building trust, collaboration and acting with intention and meaning in every business pursuit. You won’t want to miss what will be sure to be a dynamic and engaging keynote.

2) Engage with Social Impact All-Stars.
Thread, Raffa, Council Fire, Conscious Venture Lab, Johnson & Johnson, Goodwill, Consumer First Renewables, PWC… These are just some of the organizations that will share their unique insights and high-impact ideas. From breakout sessions and workshops, to the Afternoon Buzz, SES is sure to impress with the lineup of individuals representing social enterprise, corporate sustainability, supply chain traceability, and more.

3) Get Inspired with the Afternoon Buzz.
The Afternoon Buzz is a series of brief solo presentations on our mainstage featuring the amazing innovations from organizations including Ecosystem Restoration Partners, Etology, TurBinD, The Case Foundation, and Sequence. These talks will spark new ideas and leave you feeling empowered to influence change through market forces!

4) Mix, Mingle and Make New Connections.
Looking to launch an impact-driven career? Sign up early for exclusive access to the Pre-Networking Reception (Noon-1 p.m.) featuring socially responsible companies ready to hire! And, if you’re looking for a more laid back approach to networking, the Closing Reception is the perfect opportunity to mix and mingle (and enjoy some delicious desserts) with fellow students and event sponsors to continue the day’s conversations about how business is a driver for positive social and environmental change.

5) Have Fun!
Never underestimate the enjoyment that can come from mixing inspiring content with interesting people! Take the extra time to explore all that SES has to offer (there's something for everyone). By stepping outside of your usual routine to attend this year’s event, you'll have the opportunity to learn from and meet industry experts, make new friends, explore your interests, and experience a different perspective on the role of business in advancing social and environmental change. Register today to attend the Social Enterprise Symposium – because being in business should be rewarding and fun!

Convinced Yet? Good! Register now!
Looking forward to seeing you there!

About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business 

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, specialty masters, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.