Venture DC Event July 31 and August 1 at RISE Demonstration Center

Hi all!

Check out this great 2-day event supported by one of the AU Social Enterprise Program’s practitioner affiliates, impact investing professional Melissa Bradley.

A group of Georgetown University students is partnering with the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development to host Venture DC: Engaging Diverse Changemakers, an event to catalyze and support innovation and entrepreneurship in the nation’s capital, particularly wards 7 and 8. They hope to encourage and empower emerging entrepreneurs to investigate ways to use technology and innovation to solve some of DC’s most pressing challenges related to health care, education, housing, economic security, and access to financial services.  Tentative speakers include DC Mayor Muriel Bowser!

The event will be held on July 31st and August 1st at the RISE Demonstration Center in Southeast DC. Information about the event and agenda can be found at The two-day program will showcase entrepreneurs with solutions applicable to Wards 7 and 8, and connect them to social impact sector leaders and potential investors. With the help of both public and private sectors, there is great opportunity for Washington, DC to leap frog beyond other emerging tech and innovation corridors.

Check out the flyer below!

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2015 Social Enterprise Practicum Projects

The Social Enterprise Association congratulates the 2015 graduates of the Social Enterprise Master’s Program, as well as those who completed their 2015 Practicum projects this past spring!

The Social Enterprise Practicum is the capstone of our 2-year graduate program. It serves as a vehicle to personally integrate what students learn in their graduate coursework, consulting projects, study abroad, internships, and paid employment.

It does this by providing an opportunity for students to demonstrate their ability to apply what they have learned in the program in a situation that approximates aspects of the post-graduate professional activities in which they intend to engage. It is a bridge between fulltime graduate study and fulltime involvement in the world of social enterprise.  This year, students engaged in projects ranging from developing innovative business models and strengthening existing social enterprises to starting their own social enterprise ventures.

For more information on this year’s Practicum projects, check out the Social Enterprise website:

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Social Enterprise: Current Events (as of 2/2/15)

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Up to date social enterprise events can be found on the Current Events Page.

Events posted by the Social Enterprise Program – American University, School of International Service. To stay updated with the program, follow us on Twitter (@AUSocent) and like us on Facebook.


Social Marketing to Influence Public Behaviors
Tuesday, February 3 | 12:15 – 1:45 pm | IFPRI, 4th Floor Conference Facility (2033 K St NW)
In this seminar, Nancy Lee will introduce social marketing, explain how it differs from social media, and discuss its usage in the context of development goals. She will also highlight when to use social marketing and how its use differs from using education and laws to change behaviors. Furthermore, the seminar will present the 12 principles for social marketing success, each of which will be illustrated with a case example, including ones related to reducing obesity and improving nutrition.
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Reflections on a Half-Decade of U.S. Development Assistance: A Conversation with Administrator Rajiv Shah
Tuesday, February 3 | 3 – 4 pm | Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium (1775 MA Ave NW)
As he nears the end of his time at USAID, the Brookings Institution will host Administrator Shah to discuss how the agency is pioneering a new model of development grounded in innovation, local leadership, and public-private partnership. He will also comment on how USAID’s signature initiatives—including the U.S. Global Development Lab, Feed the Future, and Power Africa—serve as investments in America’s economic prosperity and national security.
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 Championing Women Globally with Ambassador Cathy Russell
Wednesday, February 4 | 11 am – 12:15 pm | SAIS, Kennedy Auditorium (1740 MA Ave NW)
The SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations in partnership with the Embassy of Liechtenstein invites you to a lecture in the series on “Championing Women Globally: Celebrating the extraordinary efforts of women who are advancing human rights and equality around the world” with Ambassador Catherine Russell, United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues.
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The Impact of Mobile Connectivity and Big Data on the Network Economy
Wednesday, February 4 | 12 – 1:30 pm | Hudson Institute, 6th Floor (1015 15th St NW)
What is the economic or business model underlying the digital communication industry? Does this increased connectivity lead to more cooperation or more competition in the network economy? Using ideas drawn from psychology, sociology, politics and economics, Professor Swati Bhatt of Princeton University argues that connectivity and big data stimulate cooperation rather than competition in the network economy.
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Falling Oil Prices: Changing Implications for Global Producers
Wednesday, February 4 | 1:30 – 4:15 pm | Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor (1300 PA Ave NW)
As the price of oil continues to fall, the Wilson Center’s Africa Program, Canada Institute, Kennan Institute, Latin American Program, Middle East Program, and its Regional and Global Energy Series will convene an expert global panel, assembled from Russia, Colombia, Canada, Iran, and Nigeria, to discuss the economic and political repercussions of depressed energy prices, as well as the effects of the lower prices on competitiveness and investment.
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CoFoundersLab Matchup
Wednesday, February 4 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm | 1776 (1133 15th St NW, 12th Floor)
Did you know that founding teams with multiple co-founders have a greater chance of success? If you’re looking for someone to join your venture, looking for a venture to join, or open to either, sign up and attend our local, in-person Meetups to discover the perfect co-founder to round out your team. You’ll meet other entrepreneurs who are as energized as you are about launching a new business and who possess a wide range of unique experiences, ideas, and skills.
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Powering Prosperity: Introducing America’s Advanced Industries
Thursday, February 5 | 9 am – 12 pm | Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium (1775 MA Ave NW)
Innovation and STEM-worker (science, technology, engineering, and math) intensive “advanced industries” are the prime movers of regional and national economic competitiveness in the United States. Industries like aerospace and auto, oil and gas extraction, or software and health IT stand at the forefront of the most disruptive technological and business dynamics of the moment, and will be central to U.S. prosperity going forward.
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Donor Approaches to Political Economy Analysis
Thursday, February 5 | 12:15 – 1:45 pm | IFPRI, 4th Floor Conference Facility (2033 K St NW)
The international community is increasingly focused on political economy to determine the feasibility of pro-poor policies in developing countries. Consequently, more than a dozen donor agencies have developed political economy analysis tools to identify, for example, institutional bottlenecks and barriers to collective action. However, the impact of these tools in shifting donor priorities or influencing development policy research over the last decade remains unclear. How similar and different are these multiple political economy tools? How well are these methods mainstreamed across donor agencies and applied by researchers and practitioners working on agriculture, food security, and rural development?
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Powering Paradises: Policy Recommendations and Implications for the Hawai’i-Okinawa Clean Energy Initiative
Thursday, February 5 | 12 – 1:30 pm | East-West Center (1819 L St NW, Suite 600)
Formulated in 2009, the Hawai’i-Okinawa Clean Energy Initiative is a joint U.S.-Japan initiative to research, develop, and deploy renewable energy technologies to tackle common challenges of global energy security and climate change. While the Initiative was initially created for the purposes of economic development and energy security in the State of Hawai’i and Okinawa prefecture, it has a greater potential for the future of U.S.-Japan relations in the areas of national security, sustainable development, and international cooperation.
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The Information Explosion: A Fireside Chat with Stefan Weitz, Bing
Thursday, February 5 | 7 – 9 pm | 1776, 12th Floor (1133 15th St NW)
Join 1776 for a fireside chat with Stefan Weitz, Senior Director of Search at Microsoft and the man behind Bing. A thought leader in the field of search and data, Stefan will join Christopher Schroeder, a D.C.-based global venture investor, for an exciting conversation about what’s next for search engines in the rapidly evolving information age and share ideas from his book, Search: How the Data Explosion Makes Us Smarter. Books will be available for sale and food and drink will be provided.
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 From Farm to Roundtable: Innovative Partnerships to Improve China’s Meat Supply Chains
Friday, February 6 | 9 – 11 am | Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor (1300 PA Ave NW)
The first amendments to China’s Food Safety Law are likely to pass this year and they will bring new tracking and training systems, stricter health standards, and higher penalties for illegal production and management of food and food additives. To increase the efficiency, safety and sustainability of the country’s food supply chains, especially meat, the Chinese government and industries also have expanded partnerships with international organizations. Speakers will discuss how industry, policymakers, and NGOs can support the modernization of China’s meat supply chains to ensure domestic and global food safety.
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Transparency at the Millennium Challenge Corporation: Launching the Principles into Practice Report
Friday, February 6 | 10 – 11:30 am |Brookings Institution, Saul/Zilkha Rooms (1775 MA Ave NW)
The Brookings Institution and the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) will host MCC Vice President of the Department of Policy and Evaluation Beth Tritter to launch “Principles into Practice: Transparency,” the newest report in MCC’s “Principles into Practice” series. The report outlines six lessons the agency has learned from increasing transparency, and also examines key challenges for the future. After a short presentation of the report, Ms. Tritter will sit for a panel discussion on donors’ experiences with becoming more transparent moderated by George Ingram, a senior fellow at Brookings and co-chair of MFAN.
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 Digital Aid: Lessons Learned from the Ebola Crisis
Wednesday, February 11 | 6 – 9 pm | 1776, 12th Floor (1133 15th St NW)
In response to the ongoing Ebola Crisis in West Africa, an international community of relief workers and health experts is harnessing the power of technology to combat the epidemic. Come hear insights from a distinguished panel, including Ebola Czar Ron Klain and Esri Founder Jack Dangermond; other esteemed panelists to be announced from healthcare providers, government agencies,startups and aid organizations. The group will address the success stories, obstacles, and lessons learned from the outbreak in an effort to advance tactics in the fields of infectious disease and disaster response.
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Harvard Social Enterprise Conference 2015
February 14-15 | Boston, MA
The Social Enterprise Conference brings together top leaders, practitioners, and students passionate about social enterprise. This year is the 16th annual Social Enterprise Conference. We will use this opportunity to reflect on three critical stages of social enterprise:Intent. Action. Impact. Accomplished speakers, problem solving labs, and opportunities for intimate discussion and debate at the Social Enterprise Conference will challenge participants to reconsider the different stages of social entrepreneurship: from the intention to create social change, to its implementation and the measurement of its impact.
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Blogger Week 2015: Networking Mixer and Unconference
Friday, May 1 – Saturday, May 2 | Washington, DC
Blogger Week™ 2015 is a multicultural festival of bloggers, journalists and social media mavens hosted by Black Bloggers Connect. Our 2nd Annual Blogger Week is April 27th – May 3rd. There will be four days of online festivities and three days of in-person events including: Twitter parties, Google Hangouts, workshops, panels, and networking events. Blogger Week™ in-person events will be hosted in Washington, DC. The Blogger Week™ Networking Mixer is May 1st and the Blogger Week™ UnConference is May 2nd. The Blogger Week UnConference will feature hot-topic discussions and breakout sessions to promote innovation, creativity and success for bloggers and social media mavens.
Register at:


Until next time, go out and change the world!

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Social Enterprise: Jobs, Fellowships, and Internships (as of 1/28/15)

social enterprise jobs internships fellowshipsFind the latest openings on our Jobs, Internships and Fellowships Page.

The latest jobs, fellowships, and internships related to social enterprise have been updated – posted by the Social Enterprise Program – American University, School of International Service To stay up to date with the program, please follow us on Twitter (@AUSocent) and like us on Facebook

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Consulting Volunteers, DC Social Innovation Project
Based in Washington, DC
DC Social Innovation Project helps launch new programs tackling poverty in DC by providing grants, partnership and pro-bono expertise. They are forming three new volunteer pro-bono teams to work with their grantees (Wise Young Builders, DC’s Street Sense, and the Paper Project). Grantees are typically young organizations or programs that are constrained by minimal resources and are focused on serving their mission. The consulting teams help these organizations think about the business side of operations—program growth, sustainability, and efficiency. Project engagement will range from between 3-4 months with a kickoff in February 2015. If you are interested in volunteering in the future on pro-bono teams for DCSIP, please fill out this interest form so they can apprise you of future opportunities that match your interests and skills.For more info: email Keara Cormier-Hill at

Intern, AARP
Based in Washington, DC
The AARP Foundation is seeking a graduate student with a background and or knowledge of strategic planning, business planning, and event planning; strong communications skills, both written and oral; demonstrated experience working with PowerPoint and Excel; interest in non-profit work and in serving low-income 50+ people; flexibility; patience; ability to work well in a team environment. The intern’s role will include background research and recommendations related to potential interventions, concept paper development for potential interventions, presentation of recommendations and concept papers to leadership as necessary, coordinate the implementation and promote a large-scale event hosted by the Housing Impact Area to convene thought-leaders and raise awareness of AARP Foundation programs.
For more info: contact Professor Tomasko

Resource Development Intern, Venture Philanthropy Partners
Based in Washington, DC
VPP is seeking a Resource Development Intern to assist with raising funds for the Capital Kids Portfolio, to invest in nonprofit organizations in the National Capital Region and to fund VPP’s operations for the next five years, 2014 – 2019. The intern position will play an important role in supporting the resource development priorities of the organization, with a specific focus on prospect research.
Deadline: January 30, 2015, 5:00 pm
For more info: contact Professor Tomasko 

Monitoring & Evaluation Intern, One World Youth Project
Based in Washington, DC
The Monitoring & Evaluation Intern will support the development and evolution of an organizational performance management framework by focusing on M & E needs for specific program components. The M&E Intern ensures the efficacy of program implementation particularly as it relates to Common Core standards in the U.S. and other educational standards abroad. The intern will provide assistance to the Executive Director in developing performance monitoring plans for program staff. S/He helps design and implement results frameworks during program design and implementation. S/He also contributes to measuring, analyzing, and reporting results.
Deadline: January 30, 2015
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International Training Intern, One World Youth Project
Based in Washington, DC
The International Training Intern will assist OWYP in creating and implementing a rigorous six-week online training course. S/He will also contribute to our training development and gain tremendous experience in event planning (national and international) while supporting OWYP staff in planning all Summer Training Conference (STC) 2015 logistics.
Deadline: January 30, 2015
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 Impact Evaluation Intern, Social Impact
Based in Arlington, VA
Social Impact (SI) is a Washington, DC-area international development management consulting firm. SI is seeking a part-time intern to provide technical, logistical and administrative support for the firm’s Impact Evaluation Practice. This internship is for the Spring 2015 semester with the possibility of extending. Stipend of $1000 per month for a full-time intern of $500 per month for a part-time intern. The impact evaluation intern will be exposed to a variety of stages in the impact evaluation process, and will have the opportunity to contribute to projects from various sectors.
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Business Design MBA Intern, IDEO
Based in San Francisco, CA
IDEO, San Francisco, is looking for a business-savvy design thinker. This generative role requires a unique blend of real-world experience and theory, entrepreneurial zeal and boardroom polish. Business Design Interns work collaboratively, creatively, and flexibly within interdisciplinary teams on client projects. In addition to being a part of the design process, Business Design interns are expected to inspire teams with generative opportunities for growth, lead experiment design for concept prototypes, and build business cases for the team’s recommendations. MBA students in their first year are encouraged to apply, and internships last 3 months, beginning in June.
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Intern Program, Unreasonable Institute
Based in Boulder, CO
You’ll be joining multiple entrepreneurs’ teams to help them reach more customers and more impact. You’ll receive 5 weeks of online training in guerrilla marketing, growth hacking, and basic website construction. Meet entrepreneurs working around the world, Investors looking to fund the next great idea, and mentors working in dozens of industries. Massively grow your professional network. Sit in on mentor meetings with top entrepreneurs and investors, and gain experience working side by side with companies in a wide array of industries.
Deadline: January 30, 2015
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Business Development Assistant, Social Impact
Based in Arlington, VA
Social Impact (SI) is a Washington, DC-area international development management consulting firm. SI is seeking a Business Development Assistant to assist with new business development efforts in general, and to manage the development of small-to-medium sized proposals ($250K – $1M in value). S/he will work under the supervision and direction of the Business Development Deputy Director (DD).
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Financial Architect, Unreasonable Institute
Based in Boulder, CO
Every year we select 12 ventures to attend the Unreasonable Institute. We unite these ventures in one house during the summer for 5 weeks and bring into that house mentors who can help these ventures scale their businesses. But there is one problem: our entrepreneurs are not financial or accounting experts (and they tend to lack a teammate who is either). Enter you, the Unreasonable Financial Architect. Your role will be to build the financial and accounting infrastructure for the 2015 Unreasonable class of entrepreneurs. Your ultimate goal? Help 2-4 ventures build internal financials systems and policies that makes them make more sound management decisions and enter investor conversations with confidence!
Deadline: January 30, 2015
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Program Manager, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
Based in New York City, NY
The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s mission is to provide programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures. A Program Manager of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) is responsible for promoting, implementing, and supporting NFTE’s experiential curriculum and quality, successful youth entrepreneurship programs.  This is achieved by developing relationships with educators, including principals, teachers and volunteers and collaborating with NFTE staff. It is also expected that the Program Manager will work directly with low-income and minority youth through the in-school programs and summer BizCamps, in addition to participating in necessary fundraising activities.  Program Managers must also initiate programs that recognize and respond to both new and experienced NFTE teachers.
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Manager, Project Support, Aspen Global Leadership Network
Based in Washington, DC
The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners. The AGLN Manager, Project Support will track, raise the probability of success for, and tell the stories of the Fellows’ promising social ventures/projects. She/he will also encourage, track, support and tell the stories of “Action Pledges” made at the Aspen Action Forum.
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Atlantic Council Millennium Fellowship
Building on our fifty-three year history of convening exceptional next generation leaders, the Atlantic Council is launching the Millennium Fellowship to connect and empower rising leaders who will shape the twenty-first century. Through this unique two-year program, fellows will join a network of outstanding peers from around the world, have unparalleled opportunities to engage at flagship Atlantic Council events, learn directly from top experts and world leaders, and collaborate on projects with global impact. The fellowship is a central pillar of the Council’s mission to promote constructive leadership and build enduring relationships capable of addressing shared global challenges.
Deadline: March 1, 2015
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B Corps Fellowship
B Corps Fellows will be trained to work with thousands of companies to measure and manage the impact of their businesses on their workers, communities, and the environment with as much rigor as their profits. Develop the skills, experience, and network to launch your career in impact-driven business. Inspire others to build a career where they can both make money and make a difference. Join the Inaugural Class of B Corps Fellows and lead a global movement to use business as a force for good!
Deadline: January 31, 2015
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Bold Choices & Big Mistakes: Panel with Mike Curtin of DC Central Kitchen & Marty Schwartz of Vehicles for Change, December 3rd

Join us for a panel featuring Mike Curtin of DC Central Kitchen & Marty Schwartz of Vehicles for Change, discussing how they have learned from their experiences founding and managing major DC organizations – both the bold successful choices and the big mistakes.

When: Wednesday, December 3rd 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Where: American University, SIS Abramson Family Founder’s Room

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#SocEnt September Happy Hour: Weds 9/17 6pm-8pm @ Laughing Man Tavern

September’s #SocEntDC monthly happy hour will take place next Wednesday, September 17, from 6pm-8pm at Laughing Man Tavern (1306 G St. NW, Washington, DC).

Please register (free) at:

Are you a social entrepreneur, someone interested in the social enterprise space, or just an innocent bystander? Join us for #SocEntDC, a monthly happy hour series for the DC social enterprise community to connect, collaborate, and get to know one another.

You might have heard about #SocEntLA and #SocEntNY, a monthly happy hour series for the social enterprise communities in LA and NY. Continuing the momentum from those gatherings, we are pleased to announce #SocEntDC, launched as a collective by Invest2Innovate, StartingBloc DC, Hub DC, Compass Partners, DC Social Innovation Project, StartSomeGood, One World Youth Project (OWYP), and UnSectored. #SocEntDC aims to bring together and foster the local community on the THIRD Wednesday of every month!

Who’s a Social Entrepreneur?
“Individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change.” -Ashoka

What’s a Social Enterprise?
“Social mission driven organizations which apply market-based strategies to achieve a social purpose. The MOVEMENT includes both non-profits that use business models to pursue their mission and for-profits whose primary purposes are social.” -Wikipedia

If you’re passionate about doing good & affecting change… see you at #SocEntDC Wednesdays!

Co-hosted by:
StartingBloc DC
Compass Partners
DC Social Innovation Project
Hub DC
One World Youth Project
AU’s Social Enterprise Association

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Social Enterprise Current Events: June 10

Up to date social enterprise events can be found on the Current Events Page.

Events posted by the Social Enterprise Program – American University, School of International Service (6/10/2014)

We at the Social Enterprise Program wanted to let you know about these upcoming events in the DC area, across the country, and around the world. To stay updated with the program, follow us on Twitter (@AUSocent) and like us on Facebook.

Happy exploring and enjoy!


Her Corner Speaker Series: Access to Capital and Financing Strategies
6:30-9:00 PM | +June 10, 2014 | 1776
Join Her Corner to hear two amazing women share both personal stories and professional advice on financing strategies and choices that we can make in order to grow our businesses. Featuring: Susan Glosby, VP of Opearations for Fit4Mom, one of the fastest-growing franchises in the nation; and Debbie Tyler, a Senior Advisor at Capefirst Funding LLC where she coaches executives to lead sustainable growth and shareholder value for their companies.
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Strategic Product Innovation
6:30-8:00 PM | +June 11, 2014 | General Assembly
Many technology companies have a product management team responsible for translating market needs into products. This group typically develops product roadmaps of new features and enhancements, working closely with engineering. The challenge is these teams often operate tactically as extensions of engineering rather than strategically conceiving, developing, and delivering products that grow out of overarching business unit and corporate strategies. This disconnect between business and product strategy often leads to suboptimal products, missed opportunities, misused investment dollars, and suboptimal financial performance. This class presents a framework for developing market-led product strategies that grow revenue, profits, and a sustainable competitive advantage.
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The GIVE: A StartingBloc Mixer for Morning People
7:30-9:30 AM | June 16, 2014 | Busboys and Poets
Stop by Busboys & Poets on your way to work and learn how being a giver is not only fulfilling, but also one of the surest paths to success.  Based on new research by Wharton’s youngest full-professor, Adam Grant, this is event is hosted by StartingBloc, a national Fellowship organization for social innovators working hard across sectors to build a better world.
We are bringing a driven group of people together for a morning of sharing resources, finding allies, and drinking delicious coffee.  Bring the challenges you’re currently working on, a pen and paper, and any new friend you think is a good fit for the StartingBloc community. There’ll be time to visit with old friends, to make some new ones, and to meet Cesar, the new CEO of StartingBloc.
We will have complementary coffee and tea on hand for a morning pick-me-up. And feel free to order some food and scoot up a chair to share ideas over breakfast too!
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Forge Your Own Path: A StartingBloc Mixer (and FIFA World Cup Opener Party)
6:30-9:00 PM | June 16, 2014 | PunchRock
If you couldn’t make it to the morning mixer (or even if you did), come spend an evening with the StartingBloc community and Cesar (the new CEO of StartingBloc) in a conversation about taking risks and “the road less traveled.”  Also, we will most definitely be watching and cheering the US Men’s Soccer Team on their opening World Cup game against Ghana.
We’re bringing a group of awesome people together for an evening to connect, learn about risk, find allies, drink wine, share some sandwiches, and watch some great soccer.
This is event is hosted by StartingBloc, a national Fellowship organization for social innovators working hard across sectors to build a better world.
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Not Non-Profit: Alternative Models for Social Ventures
11:30 AM | June 17, 2014 | Evermay
Join successful social entrepreneurs Jane Mosbacher MorrisLauren Marra, and Daniella Foster as they discuss their perspectives and decisions to stray from traditional business models to establish their organizations.
Jane will talk about her business, TO THE MARKET, a for-profit social enterprise.
Lauren will talk about Arabella Advisors, and its classification as a Benefit Corporation (or B-corp).
Daniella will provide a policy perspective on these different models.
They will focus on the following points:

  • Why they chose their respective business models (as opposed to a more traditional non-profit)
  • Why this model works for them
  • Benefits and challenges of operating under these models

Alex Simon (Compass) rounds out the speaker panel as he facilitates the discussion, providing definitions and explanations of these new frontiers in business.
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DC Net Impact Presents: An Evening at Honest Tea
6:00-7:30 PM | June 18, 2014 | Honest Tea HQ
Please join Net Impact and the William James Foundation for an evening with Honest Tea. Led by Seth Goldman, “TeaEO” of Honest Tea, you will have the opportunity to hear from the Honest Tea leadership, sample Honest Tea’s newest drinks, and mingle with fellow Net Impact members and staff of the William James Foundation. Tea and refreshments will be provided.
This event is a great opportunity to get an in-depth, behind the scenes view of one of the most exciting and innovative companies around. In an effort to ensure that attendees are able to have a full experience, we will be structuring the event like our speed networking events. After initial mingling and introductions, we will have senior staff from Honest Tea, Net Impact, and the William James Foundation stationed around the room to facilitate introductions and conversations between smaller groups of attendees. This will allow our guests the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals and students, hear several different perspectives on Honest Tea, engage with Net Impact leadership about the upcoming conference (or any topic of your choosing), and learn more about the exciting ideas coming out of the William James Foundation.
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DC+ Acumen #SocEntDC Happy Hour
6:00-8:00 PM | June 18, 2014 | Local 16
DC+ Acumen is happy to host this month’s happy hour.
Join us to hear Siiri Morley, Executive Director of Prosperity Catalyst, as she discusses the great work they’re doing to support women in distressed regions of the world thrive as skilled entrepreneurs and leaders. In 2012, Siiri was recognized as 1 of 60 notable women in Fast Company’s “League of Extraordinary Women” and was profiled as an “Agent of Change” by PBS Newshour in 2013.
Drink, collaborate, network.
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RESULTS International Conference
June 21-24 | DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
The RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund 2014 International Conference kicks off on June 21st through the 24th here in Washington, DC, and this year, we’re offering participants the opportunity to go deep into particular focus areas – leadership, media skills, a lobby day and advocacy training. The RESULTS International Conference equips participants with the skills you need to advocate effectively in the fight against poverty & encourages to dialogue with leaders in the space.
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“The Samaritans” Screening
6:00 PM | June 26, 2014 | Impact Hub DC
Join AfricanDevJobs for the screening of “The Samaritans” – a mockumentary about a fictional NGO in Kenya called Aid for Aid. This event will explore the culture and nature of aid work in Africa, particularly in the offices of NGOs. Following the viewing, a panel discussion will be held with leading voices and activists in development. Learn moreabout series. Join us for laughs and a dynamic conversation on the aid industry.
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Nonprofit 2.0 Unconference 
8:30AM-4:30PM | June 26, 2014 | SEIU
NonProfit 2.0 is more than just a conference on the next generation web. It’s a next generation conference in format that focuses on disrupting social change. Ever attend a conference for a keynote, and find the rest of the content to be wanting? NonProfit 2.0 delivers the best of both worlds — offering great keynote sessions led by Craig Newmark of craigslist and craigconnects and Majora Carter, one of the biggest activists and disruptors in urban revitalization, — but in an unconference way with no PowerPoint. Instead Nonprofit 2.0 will focus on open questions and dialogue for fantastic conversations. Craig, who disrupted the classfied business with craigslist and is now focusing on philanthropy to support nonprofits and causes, will discuss his non-traditional business philosophy of “doing well by doing good,” and his belief in the advantage of “bottom-up” grassroots action. Majora will discuss her journey, message, and vision to revitalize communities that are often ignored and how nonprofits can use similar strategies around their advocacy issues. Then from midmorning forward, NonProfit 2.0 shifts into a full-on Unconference.
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Changing the Face of Philanthropy Summit
June 27-28, 2014
This is the only two-day intensive of its kind bringing together young black professionals ages 25- 40 to strengthen giving behaviors, and develop strategic action plans for civic leadership and involvement. Through targeted workshops, compelling keynote speakers and meaningful dialogue, attendees will leave with measureable plans for effective community engagement.
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Scaling Impact in Inclusive Market Systems
September 22-25, 2014 | Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel
The SEEP Network’s 2014 Annual Conference will serve as a platform to promote learning and exchange around proven and emerging approaches, strategies, and models for reaching substantial numbers of poor and vulnerable populations on a sustainable basis. The conference will explore scalable solutions that involve inclusive business models, private sector partnerships, technology applications, and new investment and financing models. The conference will organize learning around overarching questions
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Scaling Impact 5th Annual Conference
June 18-19 | New York City, NY
Mapping Funder Networks in Your Field of Interest. Exploring Diverse Strategies for Investing in Scale. Securing Financial Sustainability for Nonprofits at Scale and more!
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Asia Microfinance Forum 2014
August 4-8, 2014 | Shanghai, China
The Asia Microfinance Forum (AMF) provides and promotes inclusive and sustainable financial services in Asia. Members of the Banking With The Poor Network have identified a range of priority challenges and opportunities for achieving greater financial inclusion in Asia, and AMF will provide a platform to seek solutions to these challenges and support organizations to better take advantage of opportunities by stimulating fresh thinking and building the capacity of stakeholders and institutions. Areas for the various plenary, panel, and workshop sessions being explored include:
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17th Microcredit Summit
September 8-10, 2014 | Mexico
The Microcredit Summit Campaign is organizing the 17th Microcredit Summit in Mexico featuring the theme ‘Generation Next: Innovations in Microfinance.’ This summit will provide an opportunity for microfinance stakeholders to promote best practices and to engage in a thoughtful discussion around the challenges and opportunities associated with the growth and transformation of the sector. It will address these challenges and opportunities by tackling questions.
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Sustainable Brands New Metric
September 24-26 | MIT School of Management
Measure impact in new meaningful ways. Quantify value beyond existing measurement standards. Expand the way business interprets costs and benefits. Three days of critical thinking that will transform our economy.
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2014 Net Impact Conference
November 6-8, 2014 | Minneapolis, MN
We’re excited to invite you to join us in Minneapolis this fall for the 2014 Net Impact Conference! This year, we’ll be breaking boundaries – leaving limits behind, forging unexpected alliances, and exploring creative solutions – to transform the world. With 2,500 attendees, 350+ speakers and 100 sessions, not to mention the famous Net Impact Expo and other networking opportunities, the Net Impact Conference is the place to rub elbows with impact leaders, dig deep into the most pressing sustainability issues, and take measurable steps to advance your impact career.
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Social Good Tech Summit
November 6-9, 2014 | San Francisco, CA
Because the World of Social Good Deserves the Most Innovative Technologies. Join us for a three-day Summit bringing together the most innovative technologies and the world of social good. We’ll be featuring the coolest technology companies and highlight stories of social good organizations and startups using technology to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems. 
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Design Expo ‘14
June 9-13, 2014
Together with Business Fights Poverty, iDE is presenting The Design Expo 2014, a one week, online celebration of innovative product, service and business model designs that transform poor peoples’ lives. This exciting online event is taking place between 9-13 June 2014 via the Business Fights Poverty website.
The Expo includes a rich and interactive mix of activities: Google Hangout interviews with topic pioneers, online live-chat clinics, sharing best-practice learning, an online exhibition zone for products, extensive networking opportunities and much more. Join the Design Expo, spread the word and invite your friends!
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How to Drive Innovation with Customer Journey Mapping
1:00 PM EST | +June 11, 2014
Across private, public and not-for-profit organizations, opportunities for growth are lost because we misjudge what customers want. Developing a deeper understanding of our customer is an easy way to increase the success of your innovation projects. Customer experience mapping visually represents the customer’s experience as they interact with your organization, in order to identify key parts of the journey that define their experience and influence the outcome. It provides a compelling description of unmet needs and helps you identify opportunities for improvement and innovation.
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Insights on How to Scale Women’s Empowerment Globally
2:00-3:00 PM | June 12, 2014
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has taken a strong interest in addressing this entrepreneurial and economic gaps faced by women around the world. In Spring 2014, the Foundation produced From Millions to Billions: Scaling Up Women’s Empowerment Globally, a report that researched women-owned businesses in Mexico. It summarizes the characteristics of women-business owners and how larger international businesses can play a role in increasing the number of potential women entrepreneurs and increase their capacity.
Join the U.S. Chamber Foundation and our partner, Value for Women, for our upcoming webinar that presents new research findings on some of the key issues about women’s economic empowerment in Mexico. You’ll learn about the status of women workers and business owners in Mexico, and what current and potential new programs are working to increase their capacity.
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Making Mission Matter
2:00-3:00 PM EST | June 18, 2014
Mission creep is a pervasive and extremely debilitating problem that afflicts all too many nonprofit organizations. According to presenters Kim Starkey Jonker and William F. Meehan III, it is the number-one reason why nonprofits fail to achieve the impact for beneficiaries that they desire. Yet mission creep is easily preventable and easily curable. By attacking it head-on, nonprofit leaders can not only prevent suboptimal performance, but also open the way to taking on outsized challenges.
Learn how to take your organization to a higher level by joining Jonker and Meehan—along with guest presenter Sakena Yacoobi—for a discussion of organizational mission. In this webinar, Jonker and Meehan will expand on their recent article “Mission Matters Most”(from their series at SSIR Online, “The Fundamentals of Nonprofit Management”) and on their earlier Stanford Social Innovation Review article “Curbing Mission Creep.” Jonker and Meehan will discuss the countless external and internal pressures that cause mission creep, and they will present tools for counteracting these pressures. Recognizing that mission statements are one of the most useful (but most underused) tools available to any nonprofit, Jonker and Meehan will also outline seven characteristics of an effective mission statement. In addition, they will discuss ways to build a mission-focused organizational culture. Webinar registrants will have the opportunity to ask Jonker, Meehan, and Yacoobi questions during the last 20 minutes of the webinar, which will be moderated by Michael Slind, senior editor of SSIR.
This complimentary webinar is for anyone in the social sector—nonprofit management and staff, board members, funders, anyone who seeks to create, support, and grow an organization that can align its mission with its efforts to increase impact for beneficiaries.
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Lean for Social Change
June 23-August 17, 2014
+Acumen was created to give people a meaningful way to “add Acumen” to their lives. Each course pulls from the leadership training that Acumen Fellows experience. The courses are free and open to anyone but you must sign up as a team (min: 2 people, max: 6 people).
Lean for Social Change draws on the latest thinking in Silicon Valley on how to build companies that maximize customer value while minimizing wasted effort and makes it relevant for social innovators. The lean approach relies on validated learning, experimentation, and iterative product releases to shorten product development cycles, measure progress, and gain valuable customer feedback. In an environment where the majority of startups fail, lean principles aim to give startups a better chance of success by helping entrepreneurs learn more quickly what works and discard what doesn’t. These principles aren’t just for high tech startups but tools for life for any innovator, especially those determined to solve the world’s toughest social problems.
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Until next time, go out and change the world!

Social Enterprise Program
School of International Service (SIS)
American University

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