2017 NYU Social Innovation Symposium

Past Speakers and Panels (2017)

 

Keynote Address

Rick Ridgeway
Vice President of Public Engagement, Patagonia
Founding Chairman, Sustainable Apparel Coalition

 

PANELS

EDUCATION IN NYC: MEASURING IMPACT

With education debates raging on in the public forum - most recently with the confirmation hearings of the controversial U.S. Secretary of Education Nominee - one thing is certain: the future of the U.S. education system will largely depend on continued innovations in programs, funding models, technology, and partnerships. But how will success be measured and sustained? This panel explores the distinct theories of change followed by philanthropists, non-profits and investors alongside perspectives from inside the classroom.

Douglas Bauer - Executive Director, Clark Foundation
Josh Phillips - Chief of Innovation and School Operations, Uncommon Schools
Jamie Elfenbein - Director, Maverick Capital Foundation
Joan Stamler - Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education, Columbia University
Moderator: Steven Godeke of NYU Stern & Board Member, Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation

 

INNOVATIONS IN the city

NYC-based innovators are tackling local issues by building new businesses and supporting budding entrepreneurs. They are united in a goal to provide unmet needs through products and services that have potential to scale throughout the entire city and replicated in other urban areas throughout the country.

Rachel Haot - Managing Director, 1776
Amy Nelson - Managing Director, Venture for America
Jimmy Chen - Founder & CEO, Propel
Tommy Safian - Founder and Executive Director, Refoundry
Moderator: Arun Sundararajan - NYU Stern

 

EMPOWERMENT IN THE WORKPLACE: AN INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION WITH JENNIFER IANnOLO

Jennifer Iannolo is a life-long innovator and international speaker on entrepreneurship. Her organization, The Concordia Project, is focused on reframing how we look at inclusive spaces both here and around the globe. In this segment, Jennifer will offer new frameworks for approaching empowerment in the workplace. Through a guided dialogue, participants will sift through the layers of this challenge to uncover perspectives and strategies that empower their own initiatives. 

 

RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS AND ESG

Environmental, social and governance criteria have grown from a niche set of investor expectations to a goal that many companies strive for even as they seek rapid growth and return on equity.  As Milton Friedman’s indifferent ideas of corporate efficiency are disproven and disowned, companies today have embraced ESG as not only a badge of honor but as a path to sustained growth.  In this panel, we will hear from leaders in business that embody these ideals, and we will explore the various ways of implementing these goals to maximize social impact and financial success.

Devon Leahy - Senior Director of Sustainability and Social Innovation, Etsy
Jennifer Gootman - Vice President of Social Consciousness & Innovation, West Elm
Samantha Hennessey - Regional Manager, Google.org
Moderator: Tensie Whelan - NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business

 

IMPACT INVESTING AND SOCIAL FINANCE

Investors are increasingly interested in engaging with companies, organizations and funds with the aim of social good.  Likewise, entrepreneurs and innovators are building new strategies to facilitate investments and create lasting impact.  Our talk includes a panel of investors, entrepreneurs, and social impact fund managers with national and global reach.

Ron Cordes - Co-Founder, Cordes Foundation
Jamie Martin - Vice President, Morgan Stanley
Wilson Lin - Vice President, NYC Economic Development Corporation
Moderator: Scott Taitel - Director of Social Impact, Innovation, and Investment, NYU Wagner

 

INTERACTIVE LEARNING WORKSHOP WITH THE INTERSECTOR PROJECT

Navigating Intersector Collaborations: Led by Neil Britto, Executive Director of the Intersector Project, this interactive workshop will explore the skills needed to build cross-sector partnerships and collaboration. In this workshop, you will reflect on the differing sector styles of the of business, government, and nonprofit sectors, consider how these differences present challenges to cross-sector collaboration, and gain an understanding of the value proposition for cross-sector collaboration.

 

ENTREPRENEUR SHOWCASE WITH NYC-BASED INNOVATORS

Social Entrepreneurs are true big-picture thinkers, tackling complex social issues through scalable business solutions that often require public-private partnerships. Here we showcase some of today’s leading social entrepreneurs and innovators who will share the opportunities, inspirations and challenges in their work. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and interact with these entrepreneurs in an open, marketplace style.

Caitlin Kawaguchi - Peacework
Swarna Kuruganti - The Clear Scoop
Maria Yuan - IssueVoter
Brandon Parkes - SocialGive
Sara Weinreb - IMBY
Jeremy Kranowitz - Keystone Policy Center
Beth Rosenberg - Tech Kids Unlimited
Carmen Feliciano - Venture Advisor & Investor

 

Executive panel on inClusive growth

Explore solutions for launching and scaling with social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders who are democratizing access to resources. This cross-sector dialogue will consider how we can facilitate the match of financial, social and intellectual capital for marginalized populations and how to encourage diverse stakeholders and multiple sectors to collaborate by identifying shared value.

Brendan Martin - Founder & Executive Director, The Working World
Umber Bawa - Founder & CEO, rabble
Maria Cavalcanti - President & CEO, Pro Mujer
Michelle Miller, Co-Founder & Co-Director, Coworker.org
Moderator: Ed Brandt - NYU Stern Executive in Residence (Former EVP & Managing Director of Government Services and Solutions, MasterCard)

 

DIVERSITY IN the job hunt: TALK WITH REWORK

ReWork is a progressive recruiting firm driven by the belief that real change happens when the right individuals connect with the right organizations. The human capital of our companies and organizations must mirror the importance of diversity in our society. Join ReWork for a discussion on Diversity in Hiring for social impact organizations.

Abe Taleb - CEO, ReWork
Elizabeth Taub - Executive Vice President, U.S. Business Leadership Network

 

10 MINUTES TO CHANGE THE WORLD

Successful entrepreneurs and experts in social innovation will share their ground-breaking ideas for social progress in disruptive but effective ways. These speakers will deliver 10-minute TED Talk-style presentations to close out the Symposium with inspiring and engaging stories drawn from their lives and work.

Felicity Conrad - Founder & CEO, Paladin
Rob Acton - Founder & Principal, Cause Strategy Partners
Ahmen - Hip Hop Artist/Non-Profit Leader
Xavier Michon - Deputy Executive Secretary, UNCDF
Moderator: John Gershman - NYU Wagner