10:30-11:30 a.m. —
Daniel Skaff, WG'87, President, Co-CEO and Vice Chairman of Beneficial State Bank
3:35-4:35 p.m. —
Dr. Freada Kapor Klein, Partner, Kapor Center for Social Impact
Welcome — 9:00-9:25 a.m.
Opening remarks and welcome from conference co-chairs Kayvon Pourmirzaie, WG'17 and Tim Hou, WG'17, and Wharton Social impact Initiative managing director Sherryl Kuhlman, WG'01
Women-Led Startups — 9:25-10:25 a.m.
Christine Moseley, Full Harvest Founder + CEO, is a passionate serial social entrepreneur. She is solving the food waste problem at the farm level through the first institutional B2B platform connecting large farms to food companies to sell surplus and imperfect produce.
Komal Ahmad is the founder and CEO of Copia, a for-profit company working to eradicate hunger and reduce food waste by using technology to redirect surplus food from businesses and events to feed those in need. Komal has led Copia in recovering over 830,000 pounds of food and is on her way to feeding 1 million people by the end of the year -- all with food that would have otherwise been wasted. Komal was recently awarded the Nelson Mandela Humanitarian Award, the University of California's “30 Under 30” Global Food Changemaker and Social Entrepreneur of the Year, and Toyota's Mother of Invention.
Keely Stevenson is an entrepreneur and an investor. She is CEO and Co-founder of Weal Life, a digital health company focused on leveraging mobile technology to make it easier for people to care for each other during times of health crisis, aging or chronic illness. Keely has lectured around the world on topics such as impact investing, women's leadership, aging, big data and healthcare. Keely was awarded the honor of being a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum.
Eliza Pesuit is the founding Executive Director of Global Glimpse, a social venture that works to unite young people from disparate socioeconomic backgrounds through travel. Under her leadership the organization has grown more then 10-fold and served over 4,600 students across 70 public high schools. She is a featured entrepreneur with the Edwin Gould Foundation and a recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service.
Lindsay Beck is the Co-Founder & Co-CEO of NPX where she is leading the charge to transform the way the impact is financed in the nonprofit sector with her Co-Founder & Co-CEO Catarina Schwab. Before NPX, Lindsay earned her MBA at Wharton, where she explored the disconnect between funding and impact in the nonprofit sector, which inspired Lindsay to develop the Impact Security — the foundation of NPX. Before Wharton, Lindsay founded Fertile Hope, a nonprofit organization that addressed the reproductive needs of young adult cancer patients in the U.S. Lindsay earned a BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder in International Affairs & Economics.
Moderator: May Samali is Director at Tumml, a startup hub for urban technology. She was previously an attorney at an international law firm and Deputy CEO at the world's largest social impact consultancy. May earned her Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Funding Models for Maximizing Impact — 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Elaine Chou serves as Chief of Staff for Omidyar Network, where she supports the partnership in managing and driving strategic projects. Elaine received her MBA from Wharton, where she was co-president of the Wharton Social Venture Fund.
Caitlyn Fox serves as Chief of Staff of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, where she helped launch CZI and supports strategy across CZI’s initiatives. Caitlyn previously worked at the Rockefeller Foundation and as a consultant for Redstone Strategy Group and Katzenbach Partners.
Michael MacHarg serves as Senior Director of the Social Ventures team at the global humanitarian agency, Mercy Corps. Michael leverages his experience launching early stage enterprises to help Mercy Corps identify, invest in, and accelerate impact-oriented, for-profit businesses.
Ben Mangan is Executive Director and Faculty at the BerkeleyHaas Center for Social Sector Leadership.Ben was co-founder and CEO of EARN, which is using technology to help workers in 46 US states save and invest. Ben is also a Senior Fellow at the Aspen Institute.
Moderator: Amara Enyia JD, PhD is a public policy expert on city and state policy as well as international affairs/foreign policy with expertise in Central Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Dr. Enyia has worked in municipal government, the private sector and the non-profit sector. As a highly sought-after public policy consultant, Dr. Enyia provides strategic advising, commentary and analysis on issues of economic development, systems change, education policy, and political analysis.
Lunch — 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Education & Workforce Development at Scale — 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Sinclair Wu is a Co-Founder of SquadGoals, Board Member of the Social Enterprise Alliance, and an Account Director for Taproot Foundation. An education social entrepreneur, former Googler, and aspiring game show contestant, he appreciates the following quotes: "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” “Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.”
CeCe Cheng is Director of Strategic Partnerships at Andela, the premier technical leadership program on the African continent that connects companies to the top 1% of tech talent. Before Andela, CeCe was a venture capitalist at First Round Capital. CeCe received her B.A. from Princeton University.
Julia Gitis is a Product Manager at Edmodo, a venture-backed social learning network that connects over 70 million teachers, students, and parents. She holds a BA from UC Berkeley, a Masters in Education from Harvard, and an MBA from MIT Sloan
Eli Kennedy is the Chief Executive Officer of the Level Playing Field Institute, a nonprofit focused on helping students from STEM communities enter and succeed in STEM majors and careers. Eli also serves on the board of directors for Pacific Charter School Development and Capital Impact Partners. Prior to LPFI, Eli served as the Senior Vice President at Redbird Advanced Learning. He held previous positions as President and CEO for Pacific Charter School Development (PCSD) and as Director at the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. Eli has a Bachelors in Business Administration from Howard University and an MBA from The Wharton School.
Moderator: Saied Amiry leads marketing & strategy for LinkedIn's Higher Education business. Prior to LinkedIn, he was the VP, Marketing for Apollo Education Group. Earlier in his career, Saied held a variety of marketing & business development roles at leading internet start-ups. Saied has a BA from UCLA and an MBA from The Wharton School.
IMPACT INVESTING — 2:35-3:35 P.M.
Kathleen Berroth brings a diverse background in traditional and impact finance to her role as a director at Omidyar Network, where she helps evaluate and select new investment opportunities across geographies and initiatives, manage the firm’s investment portfolio, and drive investment portfolio learnings for greatest impact. Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Kathleen was an investment officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she oversaw investments across multiple Foundation priorities ranging from biotech to education technology. Kathleen previously worked as the acting financial controller of a Ghana-based startup as part of the Acumen Global Fellows Program. She was also a founding board member of Roots of Health, a Philippines-based nonprofit providing holistic women’s health education and clinical services. Kathleen received an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and a B.A. in Japanese studies from Wellesley College.
Nelson González is Co-Founder of Declara, a venture-backed Silicon Valley collaboration platform used around the world by leading enterprises to deepen learning and innovation. Nelson also currently works with global enterprises on innovation strategy, impact investing, and Agile development methods. He is leading U.S. expansion of leAD the sports accelerator fund of the Adidas founding family. He led a multi-state Innovation Lab Network to redesign U.S. public education as Chief Strategy Officer of the Stupski Foundation and was Director of the Royal Institution World Science Assembly, which led breakthroughs in global pandemic preparedness. He graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College, did his doctoral work at the London School of Economics, and has been a Fellow at Columbia, NYU, and Leuven.
Jon Jones is Chief Investment Officer and Social Impact GM at GSVlabs. He raises, manages and deploys the GSVlabs Investment Fund. He also sets the Impact strategy both within the GSVlabs community and externally for the broader ecosystem. Prior to joining GSVlabs, Jon was the founding CEO of Vendri and Markoza. He spent 12 years leading sales, marketing, and customer success teams at high growth technology companies including Level 3 Communications, where he managed a $100 Million BU focused on global network and business intelligence solutions. Jon received his BA in Economics and Statistics from the University of California, Davis, and his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Victoria Fram is the Managing Director at VilCap Investments, LLC, which is Village Capital’s affiliated for-profit investment fund. Most recently, she worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on the Program Related Investments team, analyzing investment opportunities in the fields of global health and global development. Prior to that, she was an Investment Associate at Metropolitan, a global private equity real estate fund-of-funds. Previously as an Insight Fellow, she designed and implemented projects focused on international development and conflict resolution in China, the Netherlands, and East Africa. As a graduate fellow and research assistant, she has contributed to projects in innovative social finance with Acumen Fund, Investors’ Circle, and RSF Social Finance. Victoria received an MBA and a Certificate in Public Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a BA in International Relations with a minor in Mandarin from Stanford University.
Pitch Competition — 4:35-5:30 p.m.
Dost Education: Increasing parent engagement in children's early education and cognitive development in low-income / middle-income families in India, a country where giant educational inequities exist.
Inficold: Low cost energy storage for off grid and on grid refrigeration
Pure Harvest: Solving the GCC region’s water scarcity problems by introducing sustainable hydroponic farming techniques and makes premium fresh produce accessible to lower income consumers.
Rex Animal Health: Antibiotic resistance and stewardship; sustainable agriculture
Tagsi: Offering a safe, secure, trustworthy ride service built to solve the mobility challenge for our most beloved riders, the kids and the seniors.
TrustCircle: Reducing preventable ER visits and re-admissions
Reema Shah, Partner, Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund
Jon Jones, Chief Investment Officer, Social Impact GM, GSV Labs
Ashley Bittner, Principal, Owl Ventures, LP
Kayvon Pourmirzaie, Patent Attorney | Entrepreneur, Young Basile, PC | Nasseo
Angel Saad, Venture Partner, Oak Investment Partners
Evening Reception — 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Please join us for a closing reception, drinks, and networking.