On behalf of the SECON 2017 planning team, we are thrilled to welcome you to the 18th iteration of one of Harvard’s largest student-run conferences on campus, which has been recognized as a leading forum for dialogue, debate, and networking around social enterprise. This year we seek to address the big questions and central tensions in the field under the theme of “What’s the Bottom Line?”. From some social enterprise’s own triple-bottom line — aspiring to financial, social, and environmental returns — to getting to the core of the social enterprise space’s most complex issues, we hope these two days will bring together like-minded students, academics, and professionals to participate in an engaging and interactive conference.
At this conference, you will find tracks based on interdisciplinary questions and opportunities: Startup Society, Unleashing Human Potential, Reimagining Capitalism, and Disruptive Potential. Unanswered Questions. Our programming combines panels and keynotes with interactive solution sessions, debates, networking, skills-based training, and “office hours” with social enterprise experts in order to deeply engage you and help learning stick.
We also hope to reflect on the moment of social and political turmoil that is the backdrop for this year’s conference. We believe social enterprise has an important role to play in supporting civic engagement and providing services to vulnerable populations and that this makes the conversations this year more important and urgent than ever.
Thank you for joining us,
Jen Smith and Reilly Kiernan
For 2017, we are excited to have speakers from Acumen, USAID, Facebook, Bridgespan Group, Deloitte, Pfizer, Microsoft, Ford Foundation, and more.
In previous years attendees have heard from accomplished speakers, participated in problem solving labs with actual social enterprises from across the globe, and engaged in intimate discussion with participants from diverse backgrounds but similar goals. Industry leaders such as Ashoka founder Bill Drayton; social innovation journalist and columnist David Bornstein and City Year and Be The Change, Inc. Founder Alan Khazei have been keynote speakers in past SECON conferences.
The SECON planning team is currently in the midst of inviting speakers and finalizing logistics. We will be updating our website, and sharing information with attendees as more information becomes available.
In previous years attendees have heard from industry leaders such as Ashoka founder Bill Drayton, social innovation journalist and columnist David Bornstein, and City Year and Be The Change, Inc. Founder Alan Khazei.
Yes. If you are a member of the press we would be happy to give you a press pass for this year’s conference. Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about press passes.
Currently, we do not have plans to offer single day tickets. It is possible that as the schedule is finalized and logistical constraints arise, we will offer a small number of single day tickets; however, those tickets are contingent on the scheduling and logistical needs that may arise later in the spring.
Yes, we do offer group discounts! Groups of 5 or more friends or teammates can purchase a “Group Discount” ticket for 10% off. Larger group discounts are also available for professionals from any organization that is sponsoring the Social Enterprise Conference. Please email email@example.com to learn more about sponsoring.
SECON is an outstanding opportunity for anybody – both graduate and undergraduate students from all universities and professionals from all fields are welcomed. We primarily cater to people who are interested in Social Enterprise or people who are already working in Social Enterprise. However, if you are new to the field, we would definitely like for you to join us at this year’s conference to explore all the facets of social enterprise.
Yes! SECON is committed to bringing together the best and most committed social entrepreneurs, regardless of financial situation. Therefore, we offer a limited amount of financial aid to those with a genuine need. To apply, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Financial aid application.” The email should include a brief description of your financial circumstances, and an explanation of why you would like to attend SECON. In addition to financial aid, volunteer opportunities are also available.
We are currently in the midst of determining our needs for speakers, based on attendee interests. However, e-mail us at email@example.com so that we can put you in touch with our programming leads who can follow up with you if any opportunities become available.
Absolutely! Volunteers dedicate a few hours to helping with the conference, in exchange for a 50% ticket discount. If you would like to volunteer, please fill out the following form.
Attendees traveling from out of town typically arrive on Friday evening, and leave Sunday evening. There are a large number of hotels around campus and within the Boston/Cambridge area, but a few that are frequently used by guests are: