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

Noon – 1 p.m. Pre-Networking
1 – 1:55 p.m. Mainstage: Opening Keynote
2 – 3 p.m. Breakout Sessions (Workshops & Panels)
3 – 3:10 p.m. Coffee & Stretch Break
3:10 – 4 p.m. Mainstage: Afternoon Buzz
4 – 5 p.m. Closing Networking Reception

Pre-Networking Reception

The Pre-Networking Reception will feature socially responsible companies ready to hire. A limited number of students will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with these organizations to explore impact-driven internship and career opportunities. The Pre-Networking Reception will feature 10-12 organizations and last about one hour. The Reception will lead into the start of our formal event programming beginning at 1 p.m. The following companies will be in attendance:

  • Conscious Venture Labs
  • Consumer First Renewables
  • Council Fire
  • Goodwill
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • PWC
  • Raffa
  • Thread

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)

Financing the Future: Aligning Resources for a Changing World

The world is changing, and so too our environment. This session will explore how three different organizations are investing in a more sustainable future by financing renewable energy development, supporting ecosystem restoration, and working with investors to get money flowing toward the risks and opportunities of climate change. Attendees will come away from this session understanding how finance plays a role in unlocking new products, markets and ways of doing business that help not just the bottom line, but also the world.


  • Alan Zang, Vice President, Finance & Operations, Customer First Renewables
  • Dan Nees, Director, Environmental Finance Center
  • Ariel C. Pinchot, Research Analyst, World Resources Institute
  • Moderator: David A. Kirsch, Associate Professor of Management & Organization at the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

Model Behavior: 3 Examples of Social Value Creation in Business

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.


  • 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

Sustainable Product Innovation (Workshop, 70 minutes)

Consumer products incorporate social and environmental considerations in every facet of a product’s design and use. A growing number of companies are now prioritizing sustainability to determine positive and negative impacts of a product throughout its lifecycle. Effective product design is critical to this assessment. In this session attendees will learn about the process involved in creating sustainable products, to include positive and negative effects on cost of production, challenges in labor and sourcing, and other social and environmental impacts. Attendees will have an opportunity participate in a rapid product prototyping design process to rethink an existing product and account for sustainable design. Session attendees will explore the opportunities and constraints of sustainable product design, and learn how to think critically about their own consumer product choices.


  • Maurice Boissiere, Adjunct Professor at the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
  • Le-Marie V.J. Thompson, Founder, Nettadonna
  • Dr. Mrim Boutla, Associate Vice President of Student Experience, Quad Learning

Supply Chain Traceability: Opportunities and Challenges

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.


  • Sarela Herrada, Director of Supply Chain at Cava Grill
  • Moderator: Dr. Sandor Boyson, Research Professor & Co-Director, Supply Chain Management Center, Robert H. Smith School of Business

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

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.


  • Ryan Steinbach, Marketing Director, Impact Business Leaders
  • Clifford Yee, Managing Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Services, Raffa
  • Wendi Copeland, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Advancement, Goodwill Industries International
  • Josh Russakis, Baltimore Community Manager at Venture For America

Main stage: Afternoon Buzz

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


  • Nick Dilks, Ecosystem Investment Partners 
  • Natasha Franck, Founder & CEO, EON
  • Ryan Kosmides, Co-Founder, TurBinD
  • Rehana Nathoo, Vice President, Social Innovation at the Case Foundation
  • Ariela Suster, Founder, Sequence