Irish Impact Schedule – It all starts Wednesday, October 2nd!

The Official Schedule for #IrishImpact13

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The Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship (Gigot) at the Mendoza College of Business and the Fellow Irish Social Hub (FISH) at Innovation Park at Notre Dame are committed to the advancement of socially responsible forms of business and to engage and promote new and creative ways of using business as a tool to solve pressing social issues.  In keeping with this commitment, Gigot and FISH, with the generous support of the Zielsdorf Family, are facilitating the second annual Irish Impact Social Entrepreneurship Conference on Wednesday, October 2 through Friday, October 4, 2013.   Social entrepreneurs are developing new pathways for the most vulnerable and/or disenfranchised to access markets, resources, and services, whether in the public health arena, education, or economic development.  This conference seeks to unite social innovators who are developing new enterprise models with likeminded students who are searching for concrete examples and avenues to address societal needs.  Additionally, we want to facilitate opportunities among social entrepreneurs and potential funding organizations, including corporate and non-profit foundations, private equity and social venture capitalists, and individuals.

Special Note:  If you are part of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship, Modules 1 (Intro) and 2 (Opportunity Recognition) will be presented on Wednesday and Friday afternoons.  Module 3 – Legal Issues – will be presented on Friday morning.  These modules will be highlighted on the conference schedule in blue.  All of the modules are open to anyone attending the conference as well as the Notre Dame community.

Also, while Thursday has more of a practitioner focus, Conference participants and the ND community – faculty, staff/administration, and students alike – are welcome to attend any of the sessions throughout the day, and particularly David Bornstein’s talk.  On Friday, the topics will be more student-focused; again, Conference participants and the larger ND community are welcome to attend the sessions throughout the day.

Wednesday, October 2

3:00– 3:30 p.m. Hesburgh Ctr – Intl Peace Studies – Great Hall

Welcome and Registration – Conference Attendees and Pitch Competition

3:30– 5:30 p.m. Hesburgh Ctr – Intl Peace Studies – Auditorium

Zielsdorf Family Pitch Competition

A panel of expert judges has been assembled to hear live funding pitches from a select group of seasoned social entrepreneurs.  Our practitioners will attempt to convey specific needs as they seek to tackle a broad array of global challenges.   Judges will evaluate each presentation based upon magnitude of social impact and probability of success.  We can think of no better way to kick off the Irish Impact Social Entrepreneurship Conference.  If you want a glimpse into the world of social venture finance, join us to see who will be jumpstarting their mission with Irish Impact!  Open to all Irish Impact Conference attendees and Notre Dame Community.

3:30– 6:30 p.m. Mendoza Room 133

Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship Module/Workshop

Module 1 (of eight) in the USASBE Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship.  This session is ideally suited for faculty who are considering teaching a new course in Social Entrepreneurship; those  who wish to improve a current course with state-of-the-art curriculum enhancements; or anyone attending the conference who is not quite sure what social entrepreneurship is all about!  Faculty teaching this course come from Rohrer College of Business at Rowan University, the University of North Texas and the Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM).

6:00– 6:30 p.m. Innovation Park 1st Floor

Welcome and Registration – Conference Attendees

6:00– 6:30 p.m. Innovation Park 1st Floor

Innovation Park Tours

6:30– 9:00 p.m. Innovation Park Greenhouse

Opening Reception and Zielsdorf Family Awards 

Invitation Only reception for conference registrants and special guests to include social entrepreneurs attending the conference, students, colleagues from Gigot, Mendoza and the University.  The Zielsdorf Family Pitch Prize and Irish Impact Award(s) will be awarded at this time.

Thursday, October 3 Practitioner-Centric Program

All conference attendees welcome; students welcome to attend sessions as classes allow

7:00– 9:00 a.m. Guest Hotels

Continental Breakfast available at practitioner and guest hotels

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Stayer Center Commons B

Plenary Session I:

A Social Entrepreneur’s Narrative – Making it Happen (the Good, the Bad, and Ugly)!

Fireside chat with Shivani Siroya on social entrepreneurial best practices, business modeling, and funding your model.  Shivani is the founder and CEO of InVenture, which facilitates financial access by providing simple mobile accounting and credit scoring tools for offline and unbanked individuals.  InVenture’s work has been recognized by USAID, TED, Economist Vodafone, Bloomberg, and Forbes.  Shivani is a 2013 TED Fellow, 2011 Echoing Green Fellow and 2011 Unreasonable Institute Fellow.  She also is a blogger for the Huffington Post, and on the board of the LA Chapter of Young Women Social Entrepreneurs.  Shivani holds a MPH from Columbia University and a BA from Wesleyan University.

10:00– 10:15 a.m. Stayer Center Commons B

Hospitality Break


10:15– 11:30 a.m. Stayer Center Rooms 210 / 213 Funding Strategy Workshop I:  Deep Dive – Crowdfunding

This workshop will shatter the myths about crowdfunding and show that the “build it and they will donate” expectations are doomed for disappointment. However, there is a way to strategically leverage online tools to raise money and the workshop will step participants through the process so that when they leave, they will be able to create a reasonable online fundraising plan.  Presented by Dan Morrison, Chief Do-Gooder at Imagine Social Good, a consulting firm focused on making sure social innovators achieve the change they want to see in the world through sound business models and cost-effective digital marketing. Dan is the founder of Citizen Effect, a digital crowdfunding platform that allowed anyone to mobilize their friends and family to complete a small but critical project for a community in need.  Dan will be joined by Clarence Wardell, founder of tinyGive, which changes the conversation around philanthropy and online cause-related activity by providing a place where social capital matters just as much as the amount you give. Clarence earned a PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he conducted research on the role of transparency in charitable giving.

Funding Strategy Workshop II:  Panel

Facilitated by Andy McKenna, a director with the Chicago-based IrishAngels and chair of this investing organization’s Social Enterprise Sector Committee, the panel will be of interest to practitioners and students alike who are trying to maximize their funding strategy, and will include an eclectic group of funding gurus representing angel investing, social enterprises, and accelerators, namely Michaela Murray Nolan, President of KidsCorp, a non-profit that had to pivot from traditional philanthropy to earned revenue models; David Murphy, former CEO of Better World Books and current Associate Dean for Entrepreneurship in the Colleges of Science and Engineering at Notre Dame; Paula Cardenau, co-founder and director of Njambre, the first Impact Innovation Enterprises Builder and Accelerator in the Southern Cone, and social enterprise advisor to Ashoka.

11:30– 12:45 p.m. Mendoza Atrium


1:00– 2:00 p.m. Stayer Center Commons B

Plenary Session II:  Social Impact in the For Impact Organization

Tom Suddes founded the Suddes Group in 1983 and has raised over $1Billion for organizations around the world, run more than 400 successful campaigns, and transformed more than 5000 organizations through their unique consulting approach.  Clients range from colleges and universities to start-ups to Ashoka Fellows, and who describe their approach as refreshing, non-traditional and entrepreneurial, resulting in return on investment that can be communicated into lives saved, lives changed and lives impacted.

2:00– 3:15 p.m. Stayer Center Rooms 210 / 213

Social Impact Workshop I:  Deep Dive – Scaling Up for Social Impact

Paula Cardenau will lead this workshop, taking practitioners and students through the many market-based approaches and social enterprise case studies she has been witness to as an integrator and regional director for Ashoka, and now co-founder and director of her own social enterprise accelerator in Latin America.  Paula will address hybrid models and the innovations emerging from this new paradigm, including business model design, team, and governance; value chains designed to serve social and environmental impact; the importance of co-creation with communities the social business intends to serve; and the general challenges and opportunities for social enterprises.

Social Impact Workshop II – Panel

Brendan Maher, founder and director of Fellow Irish Social Hub (FISH), will moderate this panel of impact investors, investees, and academicians.  How do you show social impact at the same time that you are managing Return on Investment (ROI)?  Can you truly do both?  Panelists will include Alexandra LaForge of Investors’ Circle, which represents a network of over 200 angel investors, professional venture capitalists, foundations, family offices and others who are using private capital to promote the transition to a sustainable economy; Dr. Mary Beckman, Associate Director at Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns and noted authority on “maximizing the impact of community-based research”; Sean McGee, co-founder of Cause Impact which helps organizations identify, evaluate, and optimize their social impact for over a decade; and Robin Koskinen of Intellishare, a social enterprise dedicated to helping teachers, parents and school administrators improve learning outcomes.

3:15– 5:15 p.m. Mendoza Atrium

Social Enterprise Tours

Conference registrants will visit one of two social enterprise organizations:  Better World Books or Hannah & Friends/Green Bridge Growers.  Better World Books, a home-grown for-profit social venture founded by three Notre Dame alums, promotes and facilitates literacy efforts around the world.  Hannah & Friends offers residential opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities, as well as recreational programs for children and adults with special needs.  Green Bridge Growers, winners of the Greatest Social Impact prize in the Gigot Center’s annual business plan competition, is a start-up social enterprise which provides jobs and hope for young people with autism, as well as fresh, wholesome food for commercial sale.  Their first aquaponics prototype and training program is housed at Hannah & Friends Farm.  Buses will be provided.  Please meet in the Mendoza Atrium.  Seating is limited, and we expect both tours will be seated to capacity. For those who prefer a tour of campus and/or are not able to participate in one of the social enterprise tours, a guided tour of the campus will be available, which will leave at the same time and same meeting location.   

5:30– 6:45 p.m. Mendoza Jordan Auditorium

Keynote Address with David Bornstein

“Getting Smarter About Change: Social Entrepreneurship’s Age of Enlightenment”

David Bornstein is a journalist and author who focuses on social innovation. He co-authors the “Fixes” column in The New York Times Opinionator section, which explores and analyzes potential solutions to major social problems. He is the co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network, which supports journalists who report on constructive responses to social problems. His books include How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank, and Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know. He is currently completing a book on social innovation in the U.S. and Canada. He lives in New York.

Conference attendees may enjoy dinner on their own at any of the local restaurants at Eddy Street Commons or in Downtown South Bend.  A list of popular locations is provided in your welcome packet.  

Friday, October 4 Student-Centric Program

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Mendoza Atrium


Hot breakfast to help students get out of bed!

All students and conference attendees may attend sessions below and/or legal sessions

9:00 – 10:15 a.m. Mendoza Giovanini Commons

Opportunity Fair

Very simply, think of a “science fair” environment for social entrepreneurs to pitch a new venture idea and obtain valuable feedback; further discuss and share their social enterprise organization with interested students, faculty and staff, other practitioners, alumni, funding organization representatives and other special guests; network with a pool of potential investors and influential members of the Notre Dame community; and, importantly, recruit volunteers, interns and/or full-time employees to your social enterprise organization!  Who should attend?  EVERYONE – practitioners, students, faculty, staff, community members, funders and alumni!  Coffee and continental breakfast available for anyone who didn’t make it out of bed in time for breakfast!!!

8:30 – 12:00 noon Mendoza Room 133

Legal Issues Session I – Traditional For-Profit & Non-Profit/Tax-Exempt Entities

Legal Issues Session II – New/Emerging Entity Types for Hybrid Ventures

Legal Issues Session III – Legal Aspects of Funding Social Ventures

Module 3 (of eight total) in the USASBE Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship.  This workshop is designed for those who are attending the conference and who have registered for the Certificate program through USASBE.  However, due to the nature of this content and the overall interest by practitioners, students and other registrants, we are opening this module up for anyone interested in attending these sessions.  Certificate registrants must attend all three parts to complete the certificate.

Session I will be delivered from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.  Session II will be delivered from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. and Session III will be delivered from 11:00 to 12:00 p.m.

Workshop presenters include the esteemed team of John Tyler, General Counsel of the Kauffman Foundation, a Notre Dame alum (both undergrad and law school) and a nationally-known authority on emerging forms of business for social ventures and related legal issues; Anthony Luppino, professor of Urban Affairs at the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) School of Law, director of the Graduate Tax Law Program, and teaching fellow for the UMKC Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and Lloyd Mayer, associate dean and professor of law at Notre Dame Law School, and in addition to his teaching in the Law School, lectures at the Mendoza College of Business on legal issues facing nonprofit organizations.  Professor Mayer’s areas of research interest and expertise include advocacy by nonprofit organizations, the growing intersection of election law and tax law with respect to lobbying and other political activity, and the role of nonprofits both domestically and internationally.

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Stayer Center Commons B

Plenary Session III:  The Social Entrepreneur – Lone Hero(s)?

Featuring Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year and Ashoka Fellow Greg Van Kirk and co-founder George “Bucky” Glickley of Community Enterprise Solutions and Social Entrepreneur Corps.  Their work in Guatemala, Ecuador, Nicaragua, the DR, Peru and South Africa with their innovative MicroConsignment Model has been recognized by Ashoka, The New York Times, Forbes, CNN Money, Clinton Global Initiative and Siemens Foundation, to name just a few.  How does an enterprise, which started as a wood-burning stove project in Guatemala, go to scale in Latin America and Africa, while sustaining and maintaining integrity at the local level?  For these two founders, “to get people out of poverty, it’s not just about creating jobs nor is it just about providing education, but it’s about providing access to resources.”  Winner of the inaugural Irish Impact Community Partnership Award in 2012, Community Enterprise Solutions works tirelessly with students across the country through university partnerships and its signature internship and flexible volunteering programs, Social Entrepreneur Corps.  Whether interested in learning about start-ups, scaling, sustainable partnerships, or international and economic development, this is a not-to-be missed session with two highly regarded and recognized social entrepreneurs.

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Stayer Center Commons B

Panel Discussion:  The Social Entrepreneur – Lone Hero(s)?

A continuation of the plenary session, Dan Morrison, Chief Do-Gooder at Imagine Social Good, will moderate this panel of social entrepreneurs Chris Yura, founder and CEO of SustainU, an apparel company that is changing the way clothes are made; Shawn Humphrey, professor at the University of Mary Washington founder of Two Dollar Challenge, La Ceiba Microfinance, Month of Microfinance, and Poverty Action Conference; Paula Cardenau, co-founder and director of Njambra, the first Impact Innovation Enterpriser Builder and Accelerator in the Southern Cone; and Adam Osielski, co-founder of Energy Central, which is solving the problem of costly, unreliable energy in Haiti.  These formidable and experienced panelists will provide insights into their personal journeys as social entrepreneurs and is a must for any students/budding social entrepreneurs.  Sure to provide plenty of inspiration!

12:30– 1:30 p.m. Mendoza Atrium/Courtyard

Taste of Michiana Luncheon

Participants will sample treats from food entrepreneurs located in South Bend, Granger and Mishawaka, Ind.  Most of these entrepreneurs have worked with Gigot’s Microventure Consulting course.  Enjoy such delectables as Chicago-style hot dogs, Mexican burritos, barbecue, healthy salads and sandwiches, homemade Mexican ice cream bars and petit fours from Indulgence Café, Thyme of Grace Restaurant, Wakadog, Taste of Mexico, The Rib Shack, and La Rosita Paleteria.

1:30– 2:30 p.m. Mendoza Jordan Auditorium

Plenary Session IV:  Corporate America’s Social “Intrapreneur”

Want to learn more about the challenges and opportunities associated with social entrepreneurship in the corporate sector?  Stephen Keppel is an economist, writer, and producer with a focus on the Americas and a passion for Innovation and empowerments.  He is currently Director of Empowerment Initiatives at Univision News overseeing the expansion and development of Univision’s social campaigns, including launching a $20 million health initiative and implementing/executing a $500,000 Ford Foundation grant to enhance Univision’s reporting on immigration, financial inclusion, education and LGBT issues. He also is overseeing the creation of pro-social initiatives for Univision’s new English-language network with ABC — Fusion.  Stephen is a Notre Dame alum (business) and hold a Master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University.  He writes and speaks about economics, the Americas and entrepreneurship and his work has been featured on Univision, NPR, the BBC, The Economist, Poder Magazine and the Huffington Post.

1:30– 4:30 p.m. Mendoza Room 133

Opportunity Recognition Module/Workshop

Module 2 (of eight total) in the USASBE Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship, which is ideally suited for faculty who are considering teaching a new course in Social Entrepreneurship; others who wish to improve a current course with state-of-the-art curriculum enhancements; or anyone desiring to learn more about opportunity recognition in the social enterprise landscape.  Terri Barreiro, director of the D. McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship at St. John’s University, will lead this workshop.

2:30– 2:45 p.m. Mendoza Atrium

Hospitality Break

Refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon in MBA Wing.

2:45– 4:00 p.m. Mendoza Jordan Auditorium

Panel Discussion:  Corporate Social Entrepreneurship:  The New Frontier 

Moderated by Frank Belatti, adjunct faculty in the Social Entrepreneurship Program at the Mendoza College of Business’ Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship and managing partner with Equicorp Partners in Atlanta, this panel will feature Gaylene Anderson, senior licensing officer for Cleveland Clinic Innovations; Sam Awad, senior managing director with Accenture and an Accenture Foundation board member; Jim Reimer, a recently retired vice president of Cargill Salt, who is contributing the first years of his retirement to Notre Dame’s Haiti Program; and Jimmy Bettcher, strategic analyst and project manager in corporate responsibility at Cummins, Inc.

4:00– 6:00 p.m. Brothers @ Eddy Street Commons

Post-Conference Happy Hour

Join us to celebrate the end of another successful conference at Brothers Bar & Grill at Eddy Street Commons.  For menu and pricing, see  Cash Bar.

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