One Broadway, 5th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142
December 12th, 2019
3:00 – 8:30 PM
ABOUT THIS EVENT
Social + Impact Connect 2019
Save the date for Venture Cafe’s Social + Impact Connect mini-conference, “Sustainability”, taking place on December 12, 2019. Social + Impact Connect recognize and celebrate innovators and companies looking to solve big problems as ‘social impact’ or ‘impact enterprises’. This special ‘conference night’ event seeks to bring together the brightest minds who are building, funding and innovating to Solving the world’s toughest problems in the Greater Boston area. Come prepared to not only hear the best ideas and see the latest technologies but also to participate in building social and impact innovation.
If you are interested in sponsoring Social + Impact Connect please contact Ruth Saunders at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOCIAL + IMPSCT CONNECT IN
AGENDA AT A GLANCE
3:00 – 8:30 PM NETWORKING
3:00 – 5:00 PM OFFICE HOURS
4:00 – 5:00 PM ASK ME ANYTHING (STORYTELLING FOR SOCIAL IMPACT)
5:15 – 6:15 PM PANEL: PROFIT OR IMPACT, DO YOU REALLY HAVE TO CHOOSE?
5:30 – 7:30 PM STARTUP HOLIDAY FARMER’S MARKET
6:30 – 7:15 PM WORKSHOP: SUSTAINABLE HABITS FROM THE START
6:30 – 7:30 PM THE MISSING “M” IN STEM (with EdVestors)
OFFICE HOURS (3:00 - 5:00 PM)
Venture Cafe Foundation runs weekly office hours with our advisers every Thursday at Venture Café Cambridge. Please visit our site here for full roster advisers on this day.
Appointments can be made on a first come, first served basis. Any cancellations will require 48-hour notification in order to accommodate entrepreneurs who have been placed on a wait-list. No-shows are frowned upon in the VenCaf community and we reserve the right to disallow future appointments for repeat offenders.
ASK ME ANYTHING (STORYTELLING FOR SOCIAL IMPACT) (4:00 - 5:00 PM)
This special ‘Ask Me Anything’ group mentoring session will allow entrepreneurs to spend 1 hour with Chuck Goldstone.
Sometimes just chatting with others is the springboard for ideas, insight, problem-solving tools, new directions–whether getting advice from experts or learning from startups just like you. Join Chuck Goldstone, strategist and mentor to hundreds and hundreds of startups, who will field questions, provide mentor guidance, facilitate discussion, urge you to share ideas and encouragement. This roundtable of kindred spirits will be an engaging hour of ideas, creative vision, serendipity, group therapy, cheerleading, and a forum to learn and share.
Limited space is available for this session. Please add your name to this session list below:
Chuck Goldstone, Strategies and Stories
It’s about the story. Startups often falter, not because their technologies aren’t good, but because the stories they tell about them aren’t. We’ll chat about both content and intent: Stepping back to find the right message for each audience (be it investor or market), making it clear and engaging, making it memorable (differentiating it from others competing for attention), and moving audiences to action. Bring your decks, your goals, your challenges, and an open mind about finding and articulating a compelling story. You’ll chat with Chuck Goldstone, who for more than two decades has helped hundreds of companies, from startups through global giants in the US and abroad, craft persuasive stories and find their voice.
PANEL: PROFIT OR IMPACT, DO YOU REALLY HAVE TO CHOOSE? (5:15 - 6:15 PM)
ROUND ROBIN (5:15 PM – 6:15 PM)
Profit or Impact: Do You Really Have to Choose?
In this session, an entrepreneur, a corporate innovator, a government agency, and a nonprofit organization will share their stories of making impact. While for a nonprofit the choice between profitability and impactfulness is clear, maintaining balance between being profitable and impactful is a challenge entrepreneurs face when launching social impact ventures. The speakers will share their expertise in running successful programs and ventures that have positive influence on individuals, communities, nation, and the world.
Moderator: Aliana Pineiro, Boston Impact Initiative
Aliana Pineiro is currently the Impact Director at Boston Impact Initiative. Most recently, Aliana worked as a researcher at the Global Impact Investing Network publishing practitioner-oriented research for impact investors around the world. Previously, she was an impact evaluator for organizations operating in Latin America, including three years as the director of evaluation at RUNA, a social enterprise in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Originally from Boston, she began her career in asset management at ClearBridge Advisors in New York.
Galen Karlan-Mason, GreenChoice
Galen is the Founder and CEO of GreenChoice, a Boston-based startup building America’s most trusted food data and insights platform. Galen grew up close to food and nature in rural southern Vermont. Inspired by his parents who are both purpose-driven educators, he has always believed that our individual choices can collectively create profound societal and environmental impact. While a student at Brandeis University, Galen took time off from school to live in Lima, Peru where he co-founded a non-profit focused on youth empowerment through soccer. This was Galen’s first taste of entrepreneurship and an experience that taught him a hard truth – even great ideas with meaningful impact live and die by their funding. It was this understanding that pushed Galen back to school to get his MBA at Brandeis International Business School. There, Galen decided to make it his mission to scale social and environmental impact using for-profit business. GreenChoice was born from these values, with the mission of empowering consumers to make informed food choices that foster a healthy, just, and sustainable world.
Daniel Vidaña, Roxbury Innovation Center
Dan is the Director at Venture Café Foundation’s District Hall Boston and Acting Director of Roxbury Innovation Center. Dan brings a true passion for engaging diverse entrepreneurial communities, with over 25 years of experience merging leadership, creativity and business insight with solid non-profit, start-up, consulting and corporate experience. Dan has held senior executive operations roles for market leaders such as Apple Inc., Universal Electronics, VeriFone and e-commerce marketplace ProvideCommerce. Dan holds a B.A. in Spanish from Santa Clara University, with a concentration in International Business and Latin American Studies. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, the movies and baseball games.
Justin Kang, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Justin Kang is the Vice President of Economic Growth for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce where he oversees strategic initiatives focused on talent attraction and retention, industry growth and racial equity in the private sector. In addition, he is the Executive Director of City Awake – a program of the Boston Chamber – which serves as the regional platform to empower and mobilize the next generation of talent. He has been named as a “Top 25 Emerging Leader of Color” and “Top 100 Most Influential Leader of Color” by Get Konnected!
Justina Gallegos, EO Ventures
Justina Gallegos joined EO Ventures as a partner in 2019 and spent the past decade at the intersection of technology and policy implementation, with experience spanning the public and private sectors. She previously served in the Obama Administration, first in the White House and later as executive advisor in the Treasury Department, where her work focused on fintech, cybersecurity, and financial reform. She has experience leading product and biz development teams at startups in healthcare, insurance, and fintech, and is passionate about UX.
HOLIDAY STARTUP FARMER'S MARKET (5:30 - 7:30 PM)
Startup Holiday Farmer’s Market (5:30 – 7:30 PM)
“Eat well, Drink well & Do well”
Shop our staff picks for great gifts brought to you by local Greater Boston area startups that have demoed, pitched or presented at Venture Café during 2019. Visit www.venturecafecambridge.org/giftguide2019/ to give unique gifts and support local businesses!
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SOCIAL IMPACT DEMOS (5:30 - 7:30 PM)
SOCIAL IMPACT DEMOS (5:30 – 7:30 PM)
Venture Cafe demos are a great way to gain exposure through our online and offline channels. During our Social & Impact Connect event, Venture Café will give a selection of the area’s start-ups, inventors and researchers an opportunity to showcase their work to the Boston community!
PANEL: THE MISSING M IN STEM (6:30 - 7:30 PM)
STEM PANEL TALK (6:30 – 7:30 PM)
The Missing M in STEM: Ensuring Math Proficiency for the Tech Sector Pipeline
Marinell Rousmaniere, CEO, EdVestors
Marinell Rousmaniere brings over 20 years of experience in youth development and education to her role as President & CEO at EdVestors. During her ten-year tenure, she helped to launch EdVestors’ strategic initiatives, including Zeroing in on Math and Career Pathways. Previously, Marinell served as Executive Director of MYTOWN, and worked as a senior staff member for former Mayor Menino. A graduate of Connecticut College and Boston University, Marinell holds an MBA in public and nonprofit management.
Julia Bott, Principal, Ellis Mendel School
Julia Bott is in her eighteenth year in the Boston Public Schools and is deeply committed to inclusive, urban education. As principal of the Ellis Mendell School in Roxbury for the past 10 years, she facilitated the Mendell’s transformation to a fully inclusive elementary school, supporting a collaborative, professional learning community of teachers focused on academic excellence for ALL learners and a strong, positive school climate that respects student differences. Julia, a life-long learner, is a two-time graduate of Boston College.
Justin Reich, Assistant Professor & Director at MIT Teaching Systems Lab
Justin Reich is an educational researcher interested in the future of learning in a networked world. He is an Assistant Professor in the Comparative Media Studies/Writing department at MIT, a faculty associate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, and the director of the MIT Teaching Systems Lab. The Teaching Systems Lab designs, implements, and researches the future of teacher learning. His writings have appeared in Science, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, the Washington Post, and the Christian Science Monitor.
WORKSHOP: SUSTAINABLE HABITS FROM THE START (6:30 - 7:15 PM)
Sustainable organizations are effective in engaging with stakeholders and employees. Becoming sustainable involves a conscious and continuing effort. This session will cover the fundamentals for creating sustainable practices into your business and making them habits that will grow your business.
Maggie Rarieya, Creating Solutions Responsibly
Maggie brings a diversity of experiences, living and working in Africa, Europe & North America, driving innovation capability building, developing brand strategy, and initiating and rolling out companywide brand sustainability platforms. The organizations she worked for include Glaxo SmithKline, GE Healthcare, Diageo, SABMiller, and Anheuser Busch-InBev. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Sustainability at Harvard.
Ellis Mendell School
MIT Teaching Systems Lab
CEO and Chief Story Catalyst
Boston Impact Initiative
Founder & CEO
Roxbury Innovation Center
Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Masters in Sustainability, Harvard University
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