NI@SOCAP Full Program Agenda | Net Impact

NI@SOCAP Full Program Agenda

Stepping into Our Identities as Social Impact Leaders

Description: As social impact leaders, we often feel that there is a certain way that we need to talk and a particular lifestyle we have to live to be considered "good" people who are doing "good" work. The subtle pressure to conform to dominant norms can lead us onto a social impact path that is not authentically our own. How can we disrupt this pattern and embrace more diverse and inclusive visions of social change? This interactive session will enable us to recognize and embrace our origins, explore how they've shaped us, and connect with our personal power. By doing this, we can effectively communicate our stories in the world as the next generation of social impact leaders.  

Speaker(s): Jasmine Burton, Wish for Wash

Time: 10/19/2020 7:45 - 8:30 AM PST

Session Type: Workshop


Designing for Inclusion: Building a Better World Post-COVID

Description: COVID has become a litmus test of how prepared we are to come together and face shared challenges as a global community. Women and people of color did not have the same access to capital and resources before COVID, and pandemic responses have only created more negative externalities for communities of color. What can we learn from the gaps that COVID has laid bare to build better solutions? This will be a reflective and interactive experience that will inspire you to design solutions and responses to fill these huge social and economic disparities.

Speaker(s): Danielle Kayembe, GreyFire Impact

Time: 10/19/2020 8:30 – 10:00 AM PST

Session Type: Workshop


Tell Me About Yourself: Developing An Easy Answer To A Difficult Question

Description: Are you working on an intro for your next project or venture? Getting the rust off of your networking skills? Or maybe you're perfecting your "tell me about yourself" interview answer? During this session, you'll have the stage for two minutes to practice your intro (or pitch) and receive encouraging and constructive feedback from leaders in business, sustainability, and entrepreneurship. In the process, you'll also introduce yourself to the audience so that you can start connecting with like-minded people. You'll gain practical tips on answering this question in a compelling and effective way, ensuring you build new connections at SOCAP and beyond.

Speaker(s): Asheen Phansey, Phansey Consulting, LLC; Katie Kross, Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE) at Duke University; Shannon Houde, Walk of Life Coaching; Dave Stangis, 21C IMPACT; John Davies, GreenBiz

Time: 10/19/2020 8:30 - 9:15 AM PST

Session Type: Interactive Session


Get Heard: Influencing Policy through Civic Engagement

Description: How can civic engagement move the needle on policy at the local, national, and global levels? In a world on fire with multiple, seemingly competing issues, what does effective advocacy look like in 2020? How can we build strong partnerships and coalitions across related issues? Hear from leaders at Global Citizen on effective strategies and techniques to increase civic engagement and impact change at the local, national, and global levels.

Speaker(s): Mick Sheldrick, Global Citizen; Sarah Acer, Global Citizen; Peter Lupoff, Net Impact

Time: 10/19/2020 8:30 - 9:45 AM PST

Session Type:  Interactive Session


Impact Careers: The Landscape Right Now

Description: Connect with Shannon Houde, a social impact career coach, for insight on what the impact career space looks like right now. How has COVID-19 shifted the social impact field and the ways companies are hiring? What skills do you need to stand out from the crowd when applying for roles? Join Shannon for an interactive session that will get you up to speed on current hiring trends and allows for ample Q&A time to ask all of your impact career-related questions.

Speaker(s): Shannon Houde, Walk of Life Coaching

Time: 10/19/2020 9:15 - 10:00 AM PST

Session Type:  Interactive Session


CSR Talent Roundtable: Emerging Trends and Opportunities

Description: Meet with and learn from executive Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) leaders representing a spectrum of industries about emerging opportunities within social impact, sustainability, and governmental relations. You will gain insight into the changing career landscape and engage intimately with these CSR leaders through small breakout groups.

Speaker(s): Kim Allman, NortonLifeLock; Olubunmi Ekundare, Intel; Suzanne Hilker, Best Buy; Brien Faucett, Cox Communications; Amanda McClerren, Bayer

Time: 10/19/2020 9:45-11:00 AM PST

Session Type: Workshop


Womxn's Impact Careers: Networking Salon

Description: For many womxn entrepreneurs, starting a social enterprise is no easy feat. But as our session hosts know, it is the challenges and the successes that shape one's entrepreneurial journey. These experiences lead to valuable learnings that, when shared, can uplift other womxn's work as well as your own. Drop into this session to listen to and learn from others, share your story, explore what's working for you and where you need help, all while supporting fellow womxn entrepreneurs who are making an impact.

Speaker(s): Bertha Teresa Jimenez, Rise Products; Laura Clise, Intentionalist; Rebecca Pomerantz, MBA Candidate - USC Marshall School of Business; Stefanie Thomas, Impact America Fund

Time: 10/19/2020 10:00 - 10:45 AM PST

Session Type: Interactive Session


A Call to Action: Removing the Barriers for Economic Empowerment of Women and Marginalized Communities

Description: The Internet, digital platforms, mobile phones, and digital financial services offer “leapfrog” opportunities for all. Removing the barriers that cause digital inequities gives women and other marginalized communities the possibility to earn (additional) income, increase employment opportunities, and access knowledge. In this session, the UN Capital Development Fund and Best Buy will describe the advances to overcome these inequities, the challenges that lie ahead, and how the private and public sectors can collaborate on new and emergent strategies to radically narrow the barriers that still exist for women and marginalized communities.

Speaker(s): Nandini Harihareswara, UN Capital Development Fund; Andrea Wood, Best Buy

Time: 10/19/2020 10:00 - 11:00 AM PST

Session Type: Panel


 Leading with Values during Difficult Times

Description: In the last year, we have all faced unprecedented challenges. It's often during these times that our values take a back seat. But it's even more important today to root our actions in values that guide our decisions. The question is: how can you use values-based leadership skills to meet the challenges of 2020 and beyond? This workshop will be an opportunity to ask those difficult questions. Gain insight from each other and from leaders who make tough values-based decisions that impact their businesses and beyond.

Speaker(s): Seth Goldman, Eat the Change, PLNT Burger, Beyond Meat; Bela Shah, Net Impact; Antoinette Klatzky, Eileen Fisher; Cecily Joseph, Presidio Graduate School; Ben Anderson, B Lab

Time: 10/19/2020 11:00 - 11:45 AM PST

Session Type: Interactive Session


What's Next for CSR in a World on Fire

Description: Corporate activism is becoming increasingly mainstream and, at the same time, many next-generation employees don't see companies doing enough on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability issues. This session will explore how CSR teams envision long-term strategies to address complex issues amidst rapidly changing times. Two corporations, Intel and NortonLifeLock, will explore how they are planning for the next ten years to create a more responsible, inclusive, and sustainable world where business is a force for good.

Speaker(s): Kim Allman, NortonLifeLock; Suzanne Fallender, Intel; Jennifer Silberman, Creative Disruption

Time: 10/19/2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST

Session Type: Panel


Working Together: Creating an Ecosystem of Climate Positive Companies

Description: While fires rage in the western United States and hurricanes and rising sea levels impose on our fragile coasts, the climate crisis threatens many communities, particularly people of color. We urgently need policy to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees -- and to do that we need active engagement from the corporate sector. Now is the time for businesses to step up and raise their voices to fight for pro-climate policy -- and employees can help push to make that happen. Join an engaging, timely conversation with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (Rhode Island) and ClimateVoice founder, Bill Weihl, who will layout the road ahead for corporate engagement on climate policy and how we as employees and consumers can push companies to decisively and quickly take action.

Speaker(s): Shreyansh Budhia, Temp Check Podcast; Bill Weihl, ClimateVoice; Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), U.S. Senate

Time: 10/19/2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST

Session Type: Panel


Impact Analyst For A Day

Description: Wondering what it’s like to be an impact analyst? In this session, you’ll explore the multiple sustainable investment lenses that impact investors use to make decisions, including business operations (processes and governance) and commercial propositions (product and service impact). This session will also explore the dilemmas that impact analysts face when making company selection decisions. Expect lively debate and a combination of high-level qualitative and quantitative impact analysis.

Speaker(s): Andrea Palmer, Triodos Investment Management; Wouter van Maanen, Triodos Investment Management

Time: 10/19/2020 12:00 - 12:45 PM PST

Session Type: Interactive Session


Thinking Outside the Box: Leveraging Creativity for Social Impact

Description: Building a more just and sustainable world often takes creativity as much as effort. Thinking about problems in new ways allows us to see new possibilities and ways to address issues. In this salon, you'll hear stories of how successful leaders came up with innovative solutions, and participants will be encouraged to share their experiences, too. Learn about the power of innovative thinking and gain confidence in using these approaches in your everyday work.

Speaker(s): Mohan Sivaloganathan, Our Turn; Jennifer Silberman, Creative Disruption; Laura Asiala, WholeWorks

Time: 10/19/2020 12:00 - 12:45 PM PST

Session Type: Interactive Session


Net Impact Member Connect (Networking)

Description: Connect with fellow Net Impact members for a casual and open conversation during our kick-off day at SOCAP. Drop in for a few minutes to discuss what you've learned so far at the conference, make new connections, and network with like-minded social impact change makers.

Time: 10/19/2020 12:00- 12:45 PM PST

Session Type: Interactive Session


Reimagining Capitalism with Design Thinking Tools

Description: How can we use design thinking processes to rethink and reimagine capitalism? This interactive workshop uses non-linear and iterative processes to challenge the assumptions we make about capitalism and brainstorm new ways to operate. Whether you are new to design thinking or have experience with it, this workshop will give you new insights into how you can incorporate more design thinking methodologies into your work to create consensus, build connections, and spark ideas.

Speaker(s): Mathew Polowitz, Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business; Daniela Restrepo Ortiz, OpenIDEO

Time: 10/19/2020 12:45 - 1:30 PM PST

Session Type: Interactive Session


Discover Your Purpose: Create Your Future

Description: How can you use your own strengths and personal sense of purpose to fuel your work? In this workshop, Aaron Hurst, the foremost expert on the science of purpose and fulfillment at work, will share how you can create a more fulfilling career and life by discovering and living in alignment with your purpose. As the CEO of Imperative, founder of the Taproot Foundation, and author of The Purpose Economy, Aaron has unique access to research and results from the thousands of employees who have found fulfillment and meaning in their work through discovering and activating their purpose through peer coaching. You will leave this session having experienced the power of meaningful peer conversations rooted in purpose.

Speaker(s): Aaron Hurst, Imperative

Time: 10/19/2020 12:45 - 2:00 PM PST

Session Type: Workshop


Business Leaders Mobilizing on Climate Policy

Description: Business-driven advocacy is the next frontier of the climate fight. E2 mobilizes business leaders to advocate for policies that are good for the environment and good for the economy. As future business leaders, this skills-building advocacy workshop will equip you with strategies and tools to bring your voice to bear on climate policy.

Speaker(s): Andy Wunder, E2

Time: 10/19/2020 12:45 - 2:00 PM PST

Session Type: Interactive Session


Fireside Chat: Charting Your Own Path to Success

Description: As Co-founder and President of the investment firm Avenue Capital, Sonia Gardner is at the pinnacle of her career. In March 2013, she was named by Business Insider as one of the 25 most powerful women on Wall Street. In November 2017, she was presented with the Women's Entrepreneurship Day Pioneer Award at the United Nations in New York City. And she's nowhere near done yet. Learn through conversation with Sonia how she blazed her own trail as a female leader in a male-dominated industry, how women can form powerful professional relationships, and other lessons she's learned along her way. 

Speaker(s): Sonia Gardner, Avenue Capital; Moderated by Esther Pan Sloane, United Nations Capital Development Fund

Time: 10/19/2020 2:00 - 2:30 PM PST

Session Type: Fireside


Walking the Talk: Activism and Business AMA

Description: This summer, we witnessed an outpouring of corporate support for the Black Lives Matter movement as organizations examined how they contribute to and hinder equity. How can business authentically contribute to making the tremendous changes that the world so urgently needs? How can we move the corporate ecosystem beyond ‘quick wins’ and public statements to make an enduring impact as employees, leaders, and consumers? Join us for open conversation to ask questions that get the root of what it means to walk the talk when it comes to activism and business.

Speaker(s): Kathrin Winkler, Sustainability Professional; Elonda Williams, B Lab; Katrina Ortiz-Manalo Aubry, Master of Science Social Entrepreneurship Candidate, USC Marshall School of Business

Time: 10/19/2020 2:00 - 2:45 PM PST

Session Type: Interactive Session


The Urgency of Inclusion

Description: What can each of us do to contribute to a more inclusive culture around us and practice acts of inclusion every day? Learn from the founding members of Net Impact's Black Professional Chapter and senior leaders from the corporate and academic sectors about how they are making a change from within to re-envision business as usual.

Speaker(s): Cecily Joseph, Presidio Graduate School; Melissa Harper, Bayer; Melynnie Rizvi, SurveyMonkey

Time: 10/19/2020 2:00 - 3:15 PM PST

Session Type: Panel


Fireside Chat: Making Change from the Inside

Description: Do you want to learn how you can develop community-driven solutions through business practices? Throughout the past year, Net Impact students participated in local pitch competition events where they presented their ideas addressing local challenges and worked to accelerate community development initiatives in Microsoft's data center cities. Participants to put their plan into action with the support of implementation funds. In this session, hear from participants who discovered innovative solutions, fostered new partnerships, and made the next step in their impact careers through their work in this space. Developed in partnership with Microsoft.

Speaker(s): Vicky Lay, Artesian Alternative Investments; Moderated by Riya Gputa, Indian School of Business

Time: 10/19/2020 2:30 - 3:00 PM PST

Session Type: Fireside


Fireside Chat: Creating Impact with Women-focused VC Funds

Description: Jenny Abramson has made a successful career as an entrepreneur and tech CEO before dedicating herself to founding and leading Rethink Impact, the largest US-based impact venture capital firm dedicated to women. More specifically, Rethink Impact focuses on investing in underrepresented founders, particularly female-led businesses, with innovative business models that use technology to improve health, education, environmental sustainability and economic empowerment. Come hear her address key questions: What changes when you invest with a gender lens? What needs to change to cultivate the next generation of women-led enterprises? What does this current economic climate mean for impact-oriented businesses?

Speaker(s): Jenny Abramson, Rethink Impact; Moderated by Andrea Palmer, Triodos Investment Management

Time: 10/19/2020 3:00 - 3:30 PM PST

Session Type: Fireside