The 7th Annual Social Enterprise Symposium

Friday, February 27th, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland


9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Registration Open
10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Morning Keynote
11:05 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. Breakout Session 1
12:10 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Break / Networking Lunch
1:20 p.m. - 2:35 p.m. Breakout Session 2
2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Do Good Showcase
3:20 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Afternoon Buzz
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Networking Reception

MORNING KEYNOTE: TOM’S SHOES (10 a.m.– 11 a.m.) 

Join Shira Shafir, Director of Social Innovation and Impact at TOMS and hear first-hand how this social enterprise is creating a positive social and environmental impact around the world. TOMS was established in 2006 and has grown to be a household brand and recognized industry leader - with a track record of giving 35 million pairs of shoes in over 60 countries to children in need, creating local jobs by producing shoes in countries where they give, and having restored the sight of over 250,000 individuals since 2011 with the launch of TOMS Eyewear. Dr.Shafir will share her experience of being a ‘changemaker’ within a successful for-profit business, and specific insights as to her role at TOMS, which is focused on innovation and external, cross-functional partnerships.

BREAKOUT SESSION 1: PANEL DISCUSSIONS (11:05 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.) 

“Investing in Women: Fostering Female Social Entrepreneurs” 

Today, more than 200 million women are entrepreneurs worldwide. Women-owned enterprises are steadily growing, strengthening household incomes and growing national economies. However, women make up only about 1/3 of entrepreneurs, and continue to face social constraints and barriers that limit contributions. This session will explore the social, investment, and possibly yet unidentified barriers that limit the contributions from would-be-female-entrepreneurs. Attendees will come away from this session with an understanding of how we can better inspire, incubate and propel more female entrepreneurs to contribute their innovations to social entrepreneurship.

Speakers Include:

  • Erin Andrew, Assistant Administrator, Small Business Administration's Office of Women's Business Ownership
  • Michelle May, Founder & CEO, Shenami
  • Amy Millman, President, Springboard Enterprises
  • Joyce Russell, Vice Dean, Robert H. Smith School of Business
  • MODERATOR: Christine Beckman, Associate Professor, Robert H. Smith School of Business / Academic Director, Center for Social Value Creation

“Science for Social Impact: A UMD Showcase” 

From Entomology to Engineering, the sciences at UMD help drive innovation, sustainability, and social impact - on campus and beyond. Join us for this engaging session showcasing University of Maryland research that’s changing the world and driving economic and environmental sustainability. Gain first-hand insights and hear lessons learned from our very own Terps helping to build a better world.

Speakers include: 

  • Dr. Stephanie Lansing, Assistant Professor - Department of Environmental Science & Technology, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Ryan Fisher &  Taylor Myers, Co-founders, MF Fire Benefit LLC
  • Karen Rennich, Project Manager, Bee Informed Partnership
  • MODERATOR: Rachelle Sampson, Professor, Robert H. Smith School of Business

“Tackling Hard Problems: Social Entrepreneurs & International Development” 

Social entrepreneurship and innovation have emerged in the last 20 years as means of addressing societies faced with serious issues of poverty, discrimination, repression, and violence. People in these conditions are desperate for assistance, but help is often inhibited by corruption, lack of will, failing governments, and infrastructure and resource deficiencies.  Social entrepreneurs and innovators can be adept in navigating such hurdles, help fill the gaps where needed, and offer responsive, adaptive solutions. Yet such activities amid volatile environments are risky, and can be undertaken in naive, imperious, and inappropriate ways. Against this backdrop, this session has two primary aims: first, to foster awareness of what is entailed in implementing viable initiatives in settings with major development and security challenges and second, to provide tangible guidance for aspiring social entrepreneurs who aim to pursue their own ideas in the international development realm.

Speakers include:

  • Teju Ravilochan, CEO and Co-Founder, The Unreasonable Institute
  • Mickey Bergman, Executive Director, Global Alliances Program, The Aspen Institute
  • Thomas Debass, Deputy Special Representative for Global Partnerships, Secretary's Office of Global Partnerships
  • MODERATOR: Dr. David Backer, Assistant Director - Center for International Development & Conflict Management, University of Maryland, Park

BREAK / NETWORKING LUNCHEON (12:10 p.m.– 1:15 p.m.) 

Stretch your legs, grab a bite to eat in the food court! The Food Truck features delicious local and sustainable products and a menu that changes biweekly.  Professional guests, speakers, VIPs, AshokaU attendees, and other and paid guests are invited to mix and mingle at the Networking Luncheon in the Colony Ballroom.

GREEN CHOICES TOUR (12:10 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.)

Office of SustainabilityJoin the Assistant Director of Facilities for the Stamp Student Union for a "Green Choices" Tour. From green roofs to sustainable carpets, hydration stations to the chef's garden, the Stamp is committed to the pursuit of sustainability and reducing its overall footprint. The tour starts at Testudo in the main lobby of stamp, and will wrap up near the UMD Food Coop where you can grab an ethically sourced meal that respects our community, animals, and planet.

BREAKOUT SESSION 2: MINI WORKSHOPS (1:20 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.) 

“Artist & Innovator: Harnessing the Arts & Humanities for Social Change”

Using the College of Arts and Humanities signature programs, Social Innovation Scholars and Foxworth Creative Enterprise Initiative, this session will demonstrate how the humanities can be used to identify and employ strategies to foster effective change, and how art can be used to strategize creatively.  The session will also highlight University of Maryland students who are using the arts and humanities to foster change, and will be followed by a physically active exercise to channel the creative process design by movement.

Workshop led by Sheri Parks, Associate Dean - College of Arts & Humanities, University of Maryland, College Park 

Experiential Education & Skillanthropy: An Exploratory Workshop with Grameen Foundation” 

This session will highlight an innovative experiential education model that was piloted this January in partnership with the Grameen Foundation and their initiative Bankers without Borders. Bankers without Borders is pioneering a “skillanthropy” movement to mobilize, engage and leverage the talent and skills of the private sector to help support both its own missions of other poverty-focused social enterprises. This January University of Maryland and the Grameen Foundation teamed up to design an innovative pilot study abroad program in which University of Maryland Students in the School of Public Policy engaged in on the ground consulting projects to provide their expertise to New Delhi NGOs. Speakers will discuss the Bankers without Borders model as well as the potential for many new innovative study abroad experiences for UMD students because of this partnership. 

Speakers will include: 

  • Shannon Maynard, Chief Talent and Knowledge Officer, Bankers without Borders, Grameen Foundation
  • Sabrina Quaraishi, Senior Program Manager, Bankers without Borders, Grameen Foundation
  • MODERATOR: Arley Donovan, Program Coordinator, Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership

“Unleashing Your Inner Innovator – Using Design Thinking to Solve Social Problems” 

Everyone has an ‘inner innovator.’  This session will help attendees get in tune with theirs, and get acquainted with Design Thinking as a tool that can help drive innovative solutions to social and environmental problems.  Participants will be guided step-by-step through a design challenge, making their way through all steps of the design process including:  interviewing, brainstorming, prototyping and testing ideas.  The session will conclude with a debrief that draws out key takeaways as well as showcases some of the designs.  

Workshop led by the UMD Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship:

  • Atin Mittra, Founder & Executive Director, MADE / Innovation Specialist, Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Meenu Singh, Innovation Specialist, Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

DO GOOD SHOWCASE (2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.)

Students competing in the Do Good Challenge Ventures Track will showcase their ideas at the 2015 Social Enterprise Symposium. Stop by, wander around, and check out what these aspiring social entrepreneurs have to offer! Listen to a pitch, challenge them, ask questions, and when you're ready, use your "Do Good Dollars" (distributed via program booklets) to "invest" in the Venture you find most promising. Each "Do Good Dollar" is matched 1-for-1 with real dollars, sponsored by the Do Good Challenge.

MAINSTAGE: AFTERNOON “BUZZ” (3:20 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

The Afternoon “Buzz” is a series of exciting, back-to-back solo presentations by thought leaders on our main stage.  Speakers will cover topics ranging from choosing a career path that’s about more than money to advancing corporate sustainability. There will even be a spoken word performance! At the close of this session we’ll announce the winners of the Do Good Showcase, who will automatically advance to the Do Good Challenge Semifinals. Confirmed speakers of the Afternoon Buzz include: 

  • Mrim Boutla, Co-Founder, More than Money Careers
  • Fagan Harris, Co-Founder & CEO, Baltimore Corps
  • Tony Keith, Spoken Word Poet
  • Teju Ravilochan, CEO and Co-Founder, The Unreasonable Institute
  • Albe Zakes, Global Vice President - Communications, Terra Cycle


Join us for our closing dessert reception with facilitated (and fun!) networking where you can mix and mingle with impact-oriented students and professionals from across UMD and beyond.