THE SPEAKERS

The 19th Annual Social Enterprise Conference (SECON), presented by
students at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School, will bring together top leaders, practitioners and students on February 10-11, 2018 to engage in dialogue, debate, and expression around Social Enterprise. Our mission is to educate participants about Social Enterprise’s potential in solving the world’s most pressing problems and to inspire meaningful discussion around the key challenges within the field. This year, SECON seeks to address the following: Mission vs Profit: what’s the balance?

Matthew Forti is the U.S. Managing Director of One Acre Fund, which supplies tools and financing for over 580,000 African smallholder farmers to eradicate chronic hunger in their families. Matt played an instrumental role in One Acre Fund’s founding, helping raise the seed capital to launch the organization and becoming first Board Chair. He is now Vice Chair of the governing board and, as U.S. Managing Director, helps coordinate the organization’s global operations. Prior to joining One Acre Fund’s staff, Matt was a Manager and Co-head of the Performance Measurement Practice at the Bridgespan Group.

Matt Forti

OPENING KEYNOTE - Managing Director, One Acre Fund
Kathleen Kelly Janus is a social entrepreneur, author and lecturer at Stanford University. As an expert on philanthropy, millennial engagement and scaling early stage organizations, her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Tech Crunch and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is the co-founder of Spark, the largest network of millennial donors in the world. Based in the heart of the Silicon Valley, her forthcoming book, Social Startup Success, features best practices for early stage nonprofit organizations based on a five-year research project.

Kathleen Janus

Co-Founder, Spark
Parag Mehta is Vice President for Strategic Engagement at the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth. In that capacity, he is responsible for building and organizing a global community of leaders on the front lines of inclusive growth. He develops and directs an overarching engagement strategy and oversees activation plans in support of programs, partnerships, research and thought leadership initiatives. Parag also works with Mastercard’s communications and marketing teams to advance the Center’s leadership position as the private sector voice on inclusive growth.

Parag Mehta

VP, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth
Hanne Dalmut is the Director of Social Impact, leveraging Concordia’s programming, research and network to enable public-private partnerships that combat global challenges and achieve positive social impact. As Director, Hanne is in charge of identifying new campaigns and determining their strategic direction, and aligning campaigns with Concordia’s programming and research. She also manages the P3 Impact Award, an annual award to recognize and honor best practices of public-private partnerships (P3s) that are improving communities and the world in the most impactful ways.

Hanne Dalmut

Director of Social Impact, Concordia
Deborah Frieze is founding partner of the Boston Impact Initiative, an impact investing fund focused on economic justice. The fund takes an integrated capital approach, combining investing, lending and giving to build a resilient and inclusive local economy. Deborah is co-author of Walk Out Walk On, an award-winning book that profiles pioneering leaders who walked out of organizations failing to contribute to the common good—and walked on to build resilient communities. She is also founder of the Old Oak Dojo, an urban learning center in Boston, MA.

Deborah Frieze

Founding Partner, Boston Impact Initiative
Bethany Heinrich is the Global Head of Mogul Studios & Vice President of Content and Community at the worldwide women’s platform Mogul, where she oversees more than 5,000 international Influencers, as well as the content posted by millions of users from across the world. In addition to Mogul, her writing has appeared in TIME and Forbes. As an entrepreneur and advocate for women, she founded the fashion-oriented cancer charity, Fabulous and Fighting to donate new apparel to female cancer patients. An award-winning film producer, she worked on the acclaimed humanitarian documentary CHILD 31.

Bethany Heinrich

Global Head and VP, Mogul Studios
Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, is a business executive and best-selling author. She co-founded FullSky Partners, an advisory firm focusing on double-bottom line ventures in new media, technology and healthcare services. She also advises companies as a Venture Partner at Piedmont Partners Group Ventures. Previously, WuDunn has been vice president in the investment management division at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and a commercial loan officer at Bankers Trust. She also is one of a small handful who have worked at The New York Times both as an executive and journalist.

Sheryl WuDunn

CLOSING KEYNOTE - Co-Founder, FullSky Partners
Fran Seegull is the Executive Director of the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance. The Alliance seeks to increase awareness of impact investing in the U.S., foster deployment of and demand for impact capital across asset classes globally, and partner with stakeholders, including government, to build the impact investing ecosystem. Seegull was the Chief Investment Officer at ImpactAssets where she headed investment management for The Giving Fund—an impact investing donor advised fund. She also oversaw product development and managed the Global Sustainable Agriculture and Microfinance Plus Notes.

Fran Seegull

Executive Director, U.S. Impact Investing Alliance
Nancy E. Pfund is Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Partners, a venture capital firm whose goal is to combine top-tier financial returns with meaningful social, economic and environmental returns. Ms. Pfund writes and speaks frequently on the field of impact investing. Ms. Pfund currently sponsors or sits on the board of directors of several companies including; Farmers Business Network, The Muse, Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Off-Grid Electric, Primus Power, and, prior to their public offerings, Tesla Motors and Pandora Media.

Nancy Pfund

Founder & Managing Partner, DBL Partners
Tal is a Program Innovation Lead with Accenture Development Partnerships, the social impact arm of Accenture, a global management consulting firm. He has 12+ years’ experience in monitoring & evaluation, change management, organizational strategy, and program execution in both the public and private sectors. At Accenture Development Partnerships, Tal’s efforts are deeply rooted in the development sector. He has led projects with NGOs, multilateral institutions, and foundations in more than a dozen countries to alleviate poverty, address nutrition challenges, promote financial inclusion and create sustainable livelihoods. He is passionate about bringing together diverse stakeholders to affect meaningful change through cross-sector collaboration. Tal currently serves as the Global Finance & Performance Management Lead at Accenture Development Partnerships. He holds a BBA from The George Washington University.

Tal Viskin

Program Innovation Lead, Accenture
In her sixth year with the Social Innovation Forum (SIF), Anna has worked across all aspects of SIF’s work including program management, development and communications, strategic partnerships, and infrastructure and sustainability. Currently, Anna manages SIF’s community engagement strategy. A graduate of Boston College’s Carroll School of Management (CSOM) Honors Program, Anna is passionate about applying business tools to the social sector to increase effectiveness and impact and about incorporating sustainable social responsibility into mainstream corporate practices.

Anna Trieschmann

Associate Director, Social Innovation Forum
Dr. Jeanette Landin is an Assistant Professor of Business and Accounting at Landmark College. Dr. Landin has worked with empowering youth with various learning differences as the director of the High School Summer Program and as the faculty adviser for the college’s Phi Beta Lambda Chapter. In addition to co-authoring McGraw-Hill’s Payroll Accounting 2018, Dr. Landin currently serves as the Chair of the IMA’s international Committee for Academic Relations. She is a peer reviewer for textbooks, scholarly journals, dissertations, and academic conferences. She is a happily married mother of two active teenagers.

Jeanette Landin

Associate Professor, Landmark College
Arturo is the CEO of Clara Foods, a food-biotech company developing performance protein products including the world's first animal-free egg white. Clara leverages advanced fermentation to brew proteins that are cleaner, greener, and kinder. Prior to founding Clara Foods, Arturo held internships working under Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Credit Suisse. Arturo concentrated in Government while at Harvard and lived in Lowell House.

Arturo Elizondo

CEO, Clara Foods
Tami is the chief strategist at TBL Alpha Advisory. A pioneer and thought leader on impact investing and taking social concepts to scale, Tami is currently helping the UN launch its first VC fund. A Harvard-trained strategist and former Bain consultant, her clients range from entrepreneurs to investors, corporations to intergovernmental organization. She also advises family offices on evolving their investment strategies. A sought after speaker on accelerating impact, she regularly addresses high profile audiences globally. Additionally, Tami advises a handful of standout startups each year, including last year’s $1mil Hult Prize winner.

Tami Kesselman

Chief Strategist, TBL Alpha Advisory
Patrick Diamond is the Officer for Solve’s Health community. He nurtures relationships with cross-sector leaders to identify and support tech-driven solutions to health challenges. Before joining Solve, Patrick worked at a community health center in Baltimore building partnerships and raising funds to support critical health care services for people experiencing homelessness. The health center experienced substantial change wrought by Medicaid expansion, value-based care, and transformation to patient centered medical home.

Patrick Diamond

Officer, Solve
John is the Chairman of the Board of Shared-X, an agriculture impact company. John was previously a Senior Partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where he co-founded the firm's $1 billion Green Growth Fund. Prior to Kleiner Perkins, John was Managing Director and Head of Technology Investment Banking for the Western United States at Salomon Smith Barney. He also served on the Investment Committees for Salomon’s venture capital/private equity direct investment fund, as well as CitiGroup’s venture capital fund-offunds.

John Denniston

Chairman of the Board, Shared-X
Isaac D. Castillo is the Director of Outcomes, Assessment, and Learning at Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP). Prior to coming to VPP, Isaac served as the Deputy Director for the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI) and as a Senior Research Scientist at Child Trends where he worked with nonprofits throughout the United States on the development and modification of performance management systems and evaluation designs. In addition, Isaac was also the Director of Learning and Evaluation for the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) where he led the organization’s evaluation and performance management work.

Isaac Castillo

Director, Venture Philanthropy Partners
Thato Lestomo is a Founding Member of Young 1ove - an NGO committed to scaling up evidence-based health and education programs in East and Southern Africa using a by youth for youth model. Young 1ove's youth-to-youth model ensures that when they translate evidence into action, their programs work in practice, not just in theory. Young 1ove has been recognized by the New York Times, Forbes and partnered with MTV, UNICEF, the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Youth. To date, Thato has led delivery of programs to over 100,000 youth across Southern Africa and amplified their voices at the highest level, including with the former President of Botswana, Honorable Festus Mogae. Before Young 1ove, Thato worked with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Ministry of Education, and Stepping Stones International. Thato is a committed youth advocate, and is relentlessly focused on improving young peoples lives at scale.

Thato Letsomo

Founding Member, Young 1ove
Bruce Friedrich is executive director of The Good Food Institute (GFI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes innovative alternatives to industrially produced animal products. Bruce has penned opinion pieces for USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. Bruce is a popular speaker on college campuses and has presented repeatedly at most of the nation's top universities, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, and MIT. Bruce co-authored two books, contributed chapters to six books, and authored seven law review articles.

Bruce Friedrich

Executive Director, Good Food Institute
Andreas Vailakis, partner at Strategic Good. Andreas works with social enterprises around the world, primarily supporting training programs and measuring impact (M&E). He’s passionate about spreading knowledge and understanding of social enterprise all over the world, integrating design thinking into organizations, and mindfulness in the workplace. He currently serves as the lead consultant to Kate Spade & Company’s on purpose social enterprise initiative in Rwanda as a Life Skills Empowerment Program Manager and M&E specialist. He founded Beyond Volunteering, a for-profit social enterprise.

Andreas Vailakis

Partner, Strategic Good
Mike is Senior Director of Strategy and Impact at Root Capital, where he oversees social & environmental due diligence and impact evaluation, and has also led long-term and annual strategic planning and organizational development. His article ``Toward the Efficient Impact Frontier`` was featured in the Winter 2017 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. He previously consulted for Monitor Company and conducted research for Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter. Mike holds an M.B.A. with Distinction and an M.P.A.-I.D. from Harvard University and a B.A. from Yale University.

Mike McCreless

Senior Director, Root Capital
Cristina is a Senior Associate at Root Capital, where she coordinates operations for all third-party lending. Cristina is responsible for helping cultivate and execute partnerships that mobilize additional capital for agricultural SMEs in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Prior to joining Root, Cristina spent three years in financial services consulting with EY Advisory and one year as a financial services regulator. Cristina holds a BA in Economics and International Relations from Boston University and is an avid outdoorswoman.

Cristina Bleicher

Senior Associate, Root Capital
Erin is the Co-Founder and CEO of wearwell, a social enterprise revolutionizing the fashion and apparel industry so that it works more for workers' rights and the environment. Prior to wearwell, Erin served on the senior leadership team of Devex, a global development media company, where she built partnerships and generated revenue from multinational corporations, donor agencies, foundations, NGOs, and social enterprises. She loves using her marketing, communications, and sales experience to motivate people to take collective action toward living their values. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary and a Master’s in Social Enterprise from American University School of International Service.

Erin Houston

Co-Founder and CEO, Wearwell
Heather Newell is the Director of Education & Development at The Women’s Bakery, Inc. Heather is responsible for all educational programming related to TWB, inclusive of curriculum and resource development. Heather’s career in international education and development began in 2010, upon assisting the launch of a start-up school outside of Accra, Ghana, namely in co-designing pedagogy and instruction. Heather joined the U.S. Peace Corps in 2011 (Rwanda) as an Education Specialist. Since then, Heather has consulted with Urwego, a microfinancing bank in Rwanda.

Heather Newell

Director, The Women's Bakery Inc.

February 10

9:00 am -7:00 pm
Harvard Business School
100 Western Ave. Boston, MA 02163

February 11

9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138