The 10th Annual Social Enterprise Symposium
Friday, March 9, 2018, 12:30–5 p.m.
Van Munching Hall, University of Maryland


12:30 – 1:15 p.m. Welcome & Opening Keynote
1:15 – 2 p.m. Expert-Led Discussions
Advancing the Model: Social Value Creation in Business
Embracing Equity: The Business and Social Value Imperative of Diversity & Inclusion
2 - 2:10 p.m. Coffee & Stretch Break
2:10 – 2:30 p.m. Innovation Keynote
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Do Good Showcase
3:30 – 4:10 p.m. Smith Blitz: Emboldened Alumni
4:10 – 5 p.m. Closing Remarks & Networking Reception

12:30–1:15 p.m.

Jigar Shah, MBA '01, is the co-founder of Generate Capital, a specialty finance company that builds, owns, operates, and finances infrastructure assets involving the world’s critical resources: energy, water, agriculture and basic materials. Generate’s team has decades of collective experience financing billions of dollars of sustainable infrastructure. Every week you can catch him on Greentech Media’s “Energy Gang” podcast. He is best known as the founder of SunEdison, where he pioneered "no money down solar" and unlocked a multi-billion-dollar solar market, creating the largest solar services company worldwide. In 2009, he joined Richard Branson to be the first CEO of the Carbon War Room, a global non-profit commitment to supporting global entrepreneurs scale their climate solutions. Based on that experience, he authored Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy. 

Join us as we welcome the opening keynote Jigar Shah, President & Co-Founder, Generate Capital, and a Smith Alumnus. 

1:15–2 p.m.

Join us for two exciting, back-to-back discussions covering cutting-edge content, led by two expert moderators:

Advancing the Model: Social Value Creation in Business

Consumers and society at large are placing ever greater demands on business to be more open, trustworthy, and engaged in addressing social and environmental challenges. Business leaders across almost every industry are heeding the call, beginning to redefine ideals for long-term, sustainable value creation. This session will explore the challenges and opportunities of integrating social value in both traditional and purpose-driven organizations, and explore some of the models and frameworks enabling the pursuit of economic, social and environmental prosperity. Speakers include:

  • Bess Langbein, MBA '11, Due East Partners (Moderator)
  • Taryn Bird, Senior Manager, On Purpose, Kate Spade New York
  • Tara Handy, Director of Corporate Communications and Programs, The Wills Group
  • Evan Lutz, '14, Founder and CEO, Hungry Harvest

Embracing Equity: The Business and Social Value Imperative of Diversity & Inclusion

In today’s business environment, evolving employee and customer demographics and changing customer preferences mean more companies welcome diversity and inclusion as essential to business success. Research shows diversity improves outcomes such as productivity, profitability, innovation, quality, employee commitment, and retention. So firms benefit from embracing women, people of color and people of varying sexual preferences. If diversity clearly improves business outcomes, why is it so challenging to create equitable and empowering business environments? Attendees in this session will explore this question and more, including why diversity and inclusion are instrumental to social value creation in business and how companies can do more to develop diverse and inclusive environments. Speakers include:

  • Christine Beckman, Professor of Management & Organization, Smith School of Business
  • John Basile, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Fidelity Investments
  • Renee DeSilva, Chief Talent Officer, EAB
  • Andy Shallal, Current EMBA, Founder and CEO, Busboys & Poets

2–2:10 p.m.

Stretch your legs, grab a cup of coffee or tea, and get ready for an exciting Innovation Keynote starting promptly at 2:10 p.m.!

2:10–2:30 p.m.

Tata is often ranked as one of the "Top 50 Most Innovative Companies" in the world with more than 100 operating companies, including well-known brands such as Jaguar Land Rover, Eight O' Clock Coffee, and Tetley Tea. Join us and engage with this global company during the Innovation Keynote featuring Seeta Hariharan, general manager and group head of Tata Consultancy Services’ Digital Software & Solutions Group. Her keynote will address the role of technology in enabling sustainability and social value creation through business. 

  • Seeta Hariharan, General Manager and Group Head of Tata Consultancy Services’ Digital Software & Solutions Group

Do Good

2:30–3:30 p.m.

Aspiring student changemakers competing in the UMD Do Good Challenge will pitch their social venture ideas in this exciting showcase! Listen to all eight pitches, ask questions, give feedback, and be sure to stick around for the closing reception where we’ll announce audience and judges’ choice awards.

Showcase Teams:

Noble Uprising: aims to empower homeless women in shelters, by providing them with career readiness workshops and sustainable job opportunities. 

Nourish: Mommy & Me: is a student organization that aims to support pregnant women and their children and provide them with healthy foods to sustain them throughout their pregnancy.

Recyclify: is developing a phone application and smart bin to increase recycling rates at the University of Maryland.

Synpato: is an early stage biotech company revolutionizing Alzheimer's diagnosis through portable EEG and Machine Learning.

The Motion Project: is a nonprofit that seeks to give children with physical disabilities the same opportunities as children without by using social welfare to help keep students in school and combat the cultural discrimination of people with movement restrictions.

Symbion Health: Symbiont Health will prototype a fall detection device with consumer-centric design as the paramount initiative of the company. 

3:30–4:15 p.m.

This year for our 10th anniversary we're featuring a special segment titled "Smith Blitz: Emboldened Alumni." In this exciting main-stage session four Smith alumni will share their personal, emboldened path to create a better world through business. You don't want to miss these inspiring, back-to-back solo presentations! Confirmed speakers of the Smith Blitz include:

  • Kristin Fallon, MBA '11, Marketing Communications Director, GE Power
  • Austin Lee, '14, Higher Education Consultant, EAB
  • Jennifer Tepper, MBA '09, Director of Development and Communications, Trees for the Future
  • Nira Desai, '03, Senior Director, Strategy & Learning, World Cocoa Foundation

4:15–5:15 p.m.

Join us for our closing dessert reception with ‘free-range’ networking where you can mix and mingle with impact-driven students and professionals from across UMD and beyond.

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