Thank you for a great conference! Over 800 of you attended over 50 events, making #SECON2017 the largest student-run conference at Harvard. See you next year.


Welcome to #SECON2017

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


Our Mission: To inspire participants to engage in truthful dialogue about the past and to dare to embrace the challenges of the future.


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.

See 2017 Speakers

March 25

9:00 am -10:30 am
Memorial Hall, Harvard University
45 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138

11:15 am - 7:00 pm
Harvard Kennedy School
79 JFK Street, Cambridge MA 02138

March 26

9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Harvard Business School
100 Western Ave. Boston, MA 02163