USF Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Conference 2017
March 3, 2017
The University of San Francisco Social Impact Initiative’s 2017 Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Conference will be held on Friday March 3, 2017, from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm. The conference theme is Momentum for Change and will focus on providing a platform to promote, support, and accelerate social entrepreneurship and innovation through shared learning and collaboration. Mark your calendars and get ready to engage with social entrepreneurs, successful social innovators, and committed leaders for social impact in the San Francisco Bay Area.
2017 Conference Agenda
- 8:30am: Arrival and registration
- 9:00am: Welcome, Overview, & Award Presentation
David Batstone, President of Not for Sale & Founder of Just Business
- 9:20am: Morning Keynote on The Importance of Social Ventures and Innovation
Prof. David Batstone, Ph.D. will discuss engaging social ventures for social innovation in order to find sustainable and inclusive business solutions to social-global problems.
- 10:05am: Break
- 10:20am: Expert Panel: Challenges and Opportunities for Social Entrepreneurship
Social entrepreneurship is the action of creating a venture with the goal of achieving social impact through market-based strategies and business methods. This panel will discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with targeting both social and financial goals. The panel will also discuss the need to measure and monitor impact, including tools and lessons learned.
- 11:20am: Lunch and Networking
- 12:20pm: Afternoon Award Presentation and Keynote
Sabeen Ali, CEO & Founder of AngelHack
- 1:00pm: Expert Panel: Corporate Social Responsibility and Technology for Scaling Impact
In Silicon Valley, many technology companies are adopting socially responsible practices by supporting their communities. This panel will discuss how corporations look to make an impact, support social innovation, and view impact scalability.
- 2:15: Break
- 2:30pm: Afternoon Breakout Sessions:
- Community Innovation: Civic Innovation, Workforce, and Community Development: This breakout session will focus on social innovation approaches that address community challenges. This interactive session will address questions such as, “How can social entrepreneurs engage with government and community organizations to develop and scale solutions that impact local communities?
- Technology Innovation: Diversity and Inclusion, Founders and Customers: This breakout session will explore opportunities for using technology with, and for, diverse communities. This interactive session will address questions such as, “What considerations must be addressed when developing technology products for underrepresented populations?”
- 3:45pm: Break
- 4:00pm: Call to Action from breakout sessions
- 4:10pm: Award Presentation and Keynote
Tim Freundlich, President of ImpactAssets
- 4:35pm: Expert Panel: The Business Case for Inclusivity and Sustainability
A holistic consideration of design principles, value propositions, and audacity as it relates to the toolkit that must be at our disposal for a next iteration of capitalism.
- 5:50pm: Closing Remarks
- 6:00pm: Evening Reception
- 7:00pm: End
David Batstone is a catalyst for driving positive change across the world. Working with entrepreneurs and investors to create forward-thinking companies that return dignity to people and planet, he is quietly leading a revolution in the way 21st century business operates. A sought-after speaker and consultant to businesses and non-profits alike, David shares his unique model for developing successful enterprises that create opportunity for everyone. His ground-breaking work has earned him numerous awards, most recently UN Women for Peace Association has named him a 2017 Lion Award winner for his significant contributions to women and girls in the fight against human trafficking. David is the visionary founder and Managing Director of Just Business a social impact investment firm. His portfolio of successful ventures includes REBBL - top new organic beverage in the USA (2016), Z Shoes an organic shoe company, and Not For Sale, a global anti-human trafficking organization. He is currently a professor in entrepreneurship at the School of Management, University of San Francisco, and was previously a private equity banker in the technology industry.
Sabeen Ali is the Founder, and CEO of San Francisco-based AngelHack, the world’s largest and most diverse hacker community. AngelHack, a female-owned, female-majority company helps drive open innovation of tech products, platforms and brands with extraordinary smarts, scale and speed via tech education, marketing and hackathons. Prior to AngelHack, Sabeen founded (and then sold) her own leadership training and organizational development company, Team Building ROI. She has consulted for Kaiser Permanente, Yahoo!, Peet’s Coffee, and Cisco and holds a M.S. in Organization Development from the University of San Francisco.
Tim is an innovator of financial instruments for impact investing. Over nearly the last 20 years, he served 12 at Calvert Foundation (http://www.calvertfoundation.org), helping to build the $250 million Calvert Community Investment Note ($1 billion cumulatively invested into hundreds of nonprofits and for profits globally). While there he conceived of and launched the prototype of the Giving Fund – now a $300+ million impact investment-based donor advised fund that was spun out as ImpactAssets in 2011 (http://www.impactassets.org), which he co-founded and serves as President. Additionally, he co-founded and serves on the management board of Good Capital (http://www.goodcap.net), which is the General Partner of the Social Enterprise Expansion Fund LP and has co-founded two social enterprises, the SOCAP Conferences (http://www.socialcapitalmarkets.net), and ImpactHUB SF, Berkeley, NYC and DC (http://www.impacthub.net); co-working, collaboration and community spaces for more than 2,000 social entrepreneurs, and part of a global network of 85 ImpactHUBs across five continents with 20,000 members.
Expert Panel: Challenges and Opportunities for Social Entrepreneurship
Clara is a co-founder and Managing Partner of the Urban Innovation Fund, a venture capital firm that invests in transformative urban technology. The fund provides seed capital and regulatory expertise to entrepreneurs solving our toughest urban challenges – helping them grow into tomorrow’s most valued companies. Clara is also the co-founder of Tumml, an urban ventures accelerator, which has provided 38 startups with seed funding and mentorship over the last three years. In 2014, Forbes listed her as one of its “30 Under 30” for Social Entrepreneurship. Her work energizing urban-focused entrepreneurship has been featured in numerous press outlets, including Forbes and MSNBC, among others. She earned her MBA from MIT Sloan and her BA from NYU.
Stephanie Cohn Rupp
Stephanie Cohn Rupp brings more than 17 years of experience in global impact investing, impact fund design and implementation, and microfinance, as well as crowd funding.
Stephanie works closely with Chief Investment Officer, Ron Albahary, CFA, in developing creative goals-based solutions for clients who desire portfolios aligned with what matters most to them. Stephanie’s extensive experience spanning the global ecosystem of impact brings with it a multifaceted toolkit of skills in sourcing, evaluating and measuring opportunities from both investment and impact perspectives.
Jayson Morris joined the Peery Foundation in January 2015. Jayson supports the Peery Foundation's Regional and Global grantees utilizing nearly 10 years of experience helping to scale Room to Read from a $5 million to a $40+ million organization and overseeing strategic program initiatives at READ Global. Jayson began his career as an Investment Banker for Credit Suisse First Boston in New York and Australia. He left banking in 2001 and spent three years backpacking around the world. Jayson holds a BSc in Business Administration from Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business.
Expert Panel: Corporate Social Responsibility and Technology for Scaling Impact
Maryam Ghofraniha is the Head of Global Partnerships for LinkedIn’s social impact group, LinkedIn For Good (LIFG). She manages LIFG’s relationships with nonprofits, private entities, and government partners across various initiatives with a focus on the refugee and youth employment sectors. Maryam leads LinkedIn's Welcome Talent program, working to connect refugees to economic opportunity around the world. Prior to LinkedIn, Maryam led private-public partnerships for Google’s Social Impact group in emerging markets where she launched products that leveraged Google’s technology in the disaster response and environmental sustainability sectors. She co-founded PacHope, a nonprofit aimed at supporting the local San Francisco homeless community and serves on the board of Oasis for Girls, a nonprofit advocating for women and girls from under-resourced communities in San Francisco.
Olivia Khalili works with companies to design and implement social impact strategies for business growth. She leads Yahoo’s global corporate responsibility program, Yahoo for Good. Previously, Olivia worked with Ashoka to create employee engagement and brand building programs that connected social entrepreneurs with companies including American Express and Ben & Jerry’s. In 2008, she founded CauseCapitalism.com, an online resource that helps businesses grow by incorporating a social mission. Her approach stems from cross-sector experience working with tech startups and nonprofits, and in international development in Micronesia. Olivia speaks nationally on identifying and implementing social mission. She has been published in Forbes and The Guardian, and featured in articles in USA Today, The Baltimore Sun and CNET. She's honored to serve GreatNonprofits as board chair. Connect with her on twitter at @OKL.
A Silicon Valley native, Thea was raised amidst a rapidly growing tech scene that informed her career path. Today, she leverages the incredible successes and resources of technology companies to address societal issues that persist in the Bay Area, including income inequality, educational inequality, and the need for skilled workforce development. Thea is an active member of Full Circle Fund, a San Francisco-based engaged philanthropy organization, and she serves on the Local Board of Generation Citizen. Thea is a graduate of Foothill College (go Owls!) and the University of California, Davis.
Joe Speicher is the Executive Director of the Autodesk Foundation. Prior to joining Autodesk, Speicher was on the founding team of Living Goods, where he spent six years leading operations for the global health organization. He began his career in the banking and finance sector, working with Deutsche Bank and Cambridge Associates. He then spent three years in the Peace Corps in the Philippines and has worked as a consultant for the Economist Intelligence Unit, the World Bank and Google.org. He earned a Masters degree from Columbia University and holds a Bachelors degree from Washington and Lee University.
For nearly two decades, Jason has worked at the intersection of the marketplace and social impact in international microfinance, venture philanthropy, and community and economic development. In 2016, Jason joined Facebook to launch the company’s first supplier diversity program and create more opportunity for diverse-owned firms to do business with Facebook and the people and communities that Facebook connects. Prior to joining Facebook, he designed and led the community impact initiatives for Super Bowl 50, resulting in more than $20 million in grants for Bay Area nonprofits and contracts for minority, women, and other diverse-owned local businesses. Jason was formerly a Managing Director at REDF and is the founder of Trimiew Strategy Group, a consultancy that helps clients develop, implement, measure, and scale products and programs that produce results for good. Jason earned a bachelor’s degree from Covenant College, a master’s degree from the University of San Francisco, and completed the Executive Program in Nonprofit Leadership from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Community Innovation: Civic Innovation, Workforce, and Community Development
Sean Murphy - Moderator
As CEO of ICA Fund Good Jobs, Sean Daniel Murphy is out to prove an important idea: when we bet on good jobs creators with support and capital, they in turn bet on people in their community, ultimately creating a world in which everyone has a good job. Sean became involved with Inner City Advisors as a volunteer in 2006, working his way up to COO before leaving to launch Fund Good Jobs in 2013. In July 2015, Sean returned to Inner City Advisors to assume the CEO position, and combined the two organizations as ICA Fund Good Jobs. Prior to his work with ICA Fund Good Jobs, Sean was a lead consultant for The MattMar Group, Inc., a global consulting firm. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Sociology and minor in Education from UCLA, and has also completed the entrepreneurship curriculum at Stanford University.
Catalina has 9 years of experience working with clients both big and small, guiding them through the design process. Formerly Partner and Creative Director for a NYC design consultancy, she is now dedicated to addressing social problems by using design thinking methodologies. Previous endeavors include working with the San Francisco Unified School District to re-imagine the future of public education in the city; collaborating with Kiva on their pilot project KivaZip, helping them improve their borrower experience & operational efficiency; and working with Nsquare to reignite the cause against Nuclear Weapons. Catalina is currently Co-Founder and Director of Gma Village, a service that connects low-income parents who need short-term or odd hour child care support with a group of loving grandmas to care for their children.
Sachin Jain works as an Advisor for Innovation Policy for San Jose Mayor, Sam Liccardo. His work focuses on understanding and applying the awesome power of technology, data, and strategic partnership to make government more open and effective. He is passionate about redefining citizen engagement and revitalizing local democracy by helping to implement the Mayor’s Smart City Vision. Prior to joining the Mayor’s office, he worked for the President of the University of California system, California Governor Jerry Brown, the United States Senate, The White House, and the San Jose City Council. Sachin earned his undergraduate degree in environmental policy from UC Berkeley as well as his Master’s in Public Policy from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy.
Nicole Simoneaux manages relationships with grantees, leveraging resources to help social enterprise organizations scale their activities to best meet community needs. Nicole also helps our portfolio team articulate what we are learning from our role as engaged grantmaker that would benefit the broader field of social enterprise. After serving as Director of Advisory Services for the Nonprofit Finance Fund where she worked with a variety of organizations to build financial management capacity and improve capitalization, Nicole is now refining REDF’s approach to sustainability planning to ensure that grantees are stronger over the long-term. Nicole has a BFA from NYU and MBA from the University of Wisconsin and is the Board Treasurer for Young Audiences of Northern California.
Nora Sobolov has been with JobTrain, whose mission is to help people find a career pathway out of poverty, for almost four years. She spearheaded a plan for the organization to begin a social enterprise partnership through a collaboration with CALSO/Groupe SOS, a large, multi-business social enterprise company in France. Prior to joining JobTrain, Nora was co-founder, President and CEO of the Community Forward Fund (CFF), a first of its kind equity investment fund that provides loans and financial coaching to nonprofits. Nora was also President and CEO of the Canadian Lung Association, CEO of the Canadian Cooperative Association (the umbrella organization of business and nonprofit cooperatives in Canada) and Vice-President of the national credit union system.
Technology Innovation: Diversity and Inclusion, Founders and Customers
Rachel Katz - Moderator
Rachel oversees social innovation at AngelHack, which operates the world's largest developer ecosystem. In this role, she has been part of planning more than 100 hackathons, including a multi-city hackathon series called Lady Problems, focused on leveraging technology to tackle problems preventing female entrepreneurship and a worldwide Code 4 Impact Challenge. Prior to AngelHack, she worked in the philanthropy sector as a strategy consultant for corporations, high-profile and high-net worth individuals and nonprofits.
Amy is an Associate Director at SIRUM, the 'Match.com' of unused prescription medication, where she leads the growth and retention of both medicine donors and recipients. Previously, Amy worked as a Stanford Tom Ford Fellow at the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, a venture philanthropy firm that invests in early-stage, high-impact social entrepreneurs. Amy received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford.
Sunwoo Hwang is an entrepreneur who has spent most of his technology career in enterprise software, with companies that were doing fintech before it was called 'fintech'. He was early stage EIR and co-founder of Northstar, a SaaS wealth management solution, backed by Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, later sold to SEI Investments. Sunwoo was also Director of Business Development at GlobalCommerce, a B2B marketplace (fintech version of Ariba), where he led strategic partnerships with financial institutions such as Total System Services and GE Capital. Sunwoo grew up in Eugene, Oregon, holds double black belts in Judo and Taekwondo and is a graduate of Northwestern University where he worked nine jobs to put himself through school.
Jesse is the Cofounder of AVION Ventures which is the 1st pre-accelerator focused on Latina women working on mobile ventures and based in San Francisco. His other personal passion is the Latino Startup Alliance, a non-profit supporting global Latino Tech Entrepreneurs and startup ecosystems where he serves as the Cofounder | Co-chair. Previously, he was the cofounder/COO of his third startup - Relevance, which took him to Brazil as the country director under the Startup Brasil Program. Currently, Jesse is the first Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) for Salesforce Incubator working on a new venture at the intersection of Capital + Diverse Founders + Impact. He is also the Cofounder and Co-chair for the 1st Americas Summit – Bridging the Americas and SF/Silicon Valley.
Brian is a seasoned entrepreneur, engineer and operations manager with experience in fast-growth, high-volume consumer electronics manufacturing. Brian was an early member of the Apple iPod operations team, and was the operations lead for the development and introduction of the iPod mini. Brian went on to manage the introduction of a number of iPod products and manufacturing processes, and was responsible for evaluating and bringing up new production facilities in Taiwan, China, and Europe. Brian has also worked at startups in Boston and San Francisco, including co-founding Potenco. Brian earned a BS from Brown University and MS in Materials Engineering from MIT.
Expert Panel: The Business Case for Radical Inclusivity and Sustainability
Melissa L. Bradley is a tri-sector leader with more than 20 years of entrepreneurship, investment and leadership experience. She is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sidecar Social Finance, a social impact agency that provides impact investing advisory and capital services to individuals, institutions, and social enterprises. She is also Founder and Curator of Venture DC/Project 500, an initiative that seeks to empower emerging entrepreneurs who are addressing and solving some of DC's most pressing challenges related to health care, education, housing, economic security and access to financial services, specifically in Wards 7 and 8. Launched in 2015, the initiative has collaborated with the public and private sectors to bring human and financial capital to marginalized entrepreneurs across the City.
Marco Tavanti is Professor at University of San Francisco's School of Management and Nonprofit Administration Program Director. He is co-founder of two international NGOs dedicated to sustainable development (SCIinstitute) and transitional justice (World Engagement Institute). He is a recognized 'academic entrepreneur' having successfully designed and implemented graduate programs for preparing global sustainability leaders and socially responsible managers. He assists the United Nations and international organizations with capacity development projects related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Global Compact (UNGC). He worked in numerous third sector projects for poverty reduction in Latin America, East Africa and Southeast Asia. In Italy, his country of origins, he was instrumental for the establishment of social cooperatives and other social enterprises benefiting at risk immigrant youth and people affected by addiction and disabilities.
Networking Opportunities – Change the World Together!
Breakfast, Lunch, Refreshments
The 2016 Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Conference brought together business leaders, investors, social entrepreneurs, as well as graduate students, to discuss how can technology be a driver for positive change. This included powerful keynotes sesions and panels covering topics central to tech and social good from leading tech companies and social investors. Speakers included Kevin McSpadden from Facebook, Nick Cain from Google.org and other leading innovators. Learn more about the 2016 SEIC