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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.
More info, visit:http://bit.ly/1oRGIb2
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.
More info, visit: http://bit.ly/1jiMHlj
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!
More info, visit: http://bit.ly/UrGUEL
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.
More info, visit: http://bit.ly/1ilE7lP
Not Non-Profit: Alternative Models for Social Ventures
11:30 AM | June 17, 2014 | Evermay
Join successful social entrepreneurs Jane Mosbacher Morris, Lauren 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
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.
More info, visit: http://bit.ly/1kgalTd
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.
More info, visit: http://bit.ly/1pCtmRb
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.
More info, visit: http://bit.ly/1glXfEU
“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.
More info, visit: http://bit.ly/1ob3Q8n
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.
More info, visit: http://bit.ly/1j2Vd74
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.
More info, visit: http://bit.ly/1nZgjek
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
More info, visit: http://bit.ly/1oUARpp
NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL EVENTS
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!
More info, visit: http://bit.ly/1h7bFW1
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:
More info, visit: http://bit.ly/1iCvsKW
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.
More info, visit: http://bit.ly/1i9v0qV
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.
More info, visit: http://bit.ly/1lRedcV
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.
More info, visit:http://bit.ly/1glUZNH
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.
More info, visit: http://bit.ly/1lnCSFe
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!
More info, visit: http://bit.ly/1hs2vSf
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.
More info, visit: http://bit.ly/Swj60F
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.
More info, visit: http://uscham.com/1nLtfW4
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.
More info, visit: http://bit.ly/1ow4Xv8
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.
More info, visit:http://bit.ly/1lNKKho
Until next time, go out and change the world!
Social Enterprise Program
School of International Service (SIS)