NI17 Program

Our specially crafted program is designed to take your passions and turn them into a tangible career:

Get the most out of your time in Atlanta building connections and gaining new insights into starting your own social enterprise. Network with professionals and recruiters to help you design your own impact career path.



Check in opens for Chapter Leaders and Pre-Conference Activities


Various off-site tours and boot camps*


Chapter Leaders Session: Students


General Registration Opens


Fellows program kickoff


Chapter Leaders Session: Professionals


Welcome Party at World of Coca-Cola
FRIDAY, 10/27


General Registration Opens


Wellness Meetups

7:00am - 9:00am

Morning Coffee

9:00am - 10:30am

Opening Keynotes - Kevin Cleary; Cheryl Dorsey; Aaron Hurst; Shannon Schuyler


Expo Opens - All Day


Breakout #1


No-host Lunch

1:00pm - 2:15pm

Afternoon Keynotes - Paul Hawken & Derrek Kayongo


Coffee Break


Drawdown Info Session


Breakout #2


Breakout #3

6:30pm - 9:00pm

Professionals Reception at Aquarium


Sips Under the Sea Party Costume party*

7:00pm - 10:00pm

After Hours Session - Sum & Substance*

7:00pm - 10:00pm

No-host Civic Dinners


General Registration Opens


Wellness Meetups


Off-Site tour: Breakfast with Pandas*

7:30am - 9:30am

Morning Coffee


Breakout #4


Keynote - Kathryn Finney; Kerry Kennedy; & Kyle Peterson


No-host Lunch

1:50pm - 3:10pm

Breakout #5

3:10pm - 4:00pm

Chapter Leader Ice Cream Social

3:10pm - 4:00pm

Coffee Break

3:10pm - 6:00pm

Various off-site Excursions*

4:10pm - 5:40pm

Breakout #6

6:30pm - 9:00pm

Closing Reception at the Sweet Auburn Market

*Additional cost associated with off-site/boot camp

Sample topics covered at the 2017 Net Impact Conference include:

Civic Engagement

Civic Engagement to Drive Social Justice

Discuss the need for engagement at the community level, and share approaches to promote social justice.

A New Generation of Philanthropists and Activists

Hear from young activists and philanthropists who are moving the needle on policy and learn strategies for how you can start building your own brand while advancing a bigger cause.

Corporate Impact

Creating Shared Value Through Business

Explore how corporations are key stakeholders when it comes to both the challenges and solutions in social and environmental impact.

Breaking Through Gridlock Boot Camp: Pathways to Conversations that Matter

Discover ways to engage in effective conversations about issues that matter most in this professionals-only intensive boot camp.


Pioneering Climate Solutions

Engage with climate leaders who are pioneering and funding climate solutions and develop a direction you might pursue in tackling climate change within your career and beyond.

Navigating the Clean Energy Transition

Hear from energy experts on their views on navigating the clean energy transition, and learn what new systems are powering future growth in this interactive panel.


Power and Purpose Boot Camp: Your Role in Achieving Racial Equity

Discuss how to address and dismantle systems of oppression and leave with a personal action plan to advance racial equity during the conference and beyond.

Unlocking Success through Diversity and Inclusion

Hear from a range of business leaders on how they approach inclusion and learn why diversity is a must-have competitive advantage in today's job market.


Farm to Trash: Disrupting the Food Waste Epidemic

Discuss how we can change our food systems to correct the balance between food production and food consumption.

Sustainable Agriculture for the 21st Century

Explore what is working in agriculture today, and what needs to change and evolve to keep up with demand while protecting the Earth's resources.

Global Development

Barriers and Breakthroughs: Gender Equality in 2017

Hear from leaders tackling gender equality from a global perspective, through civic engagement, and in tech and learn what leaders are doing to propel us towards a more equitable tomorrow.

Responsible Travel for Eco-Friendly Tourists

Discuss the impact of tourism and travel and discover how travelers and suppliers can make better travel decisions that reflect their values.

Social Entrepreneurship

Breaking Barriers in Social Entrepreneurship

Discuss strategies to empower the next generation of social entrepreneurs and create a more inclusive ecosystem in the space.

Social Entrepreneurship from Grassroots to Scale

Hear from social entrepreneurs who are making an impact at the local and national levels and learn how they are defining impact, scale, and purpose through their careers.

Startups & Tech

Design Thinking Boot Camp: From Designing to Doing

Explore how human-centered design is being applied to social impact and engage in experiential learning, understanding what it means to design with empathy.

Leveraging Technology as a Force for Good

Discuss how technology solutions are going beyond swiping and liking to address real social and environmental issues.