2016 Collaborative

Speakers & Sessions

An experience unlike any other


Inspirational and informative insights from thought leaders on the front lines of social entrepreneurship and innovation.

Panel Discussions

Curated debates and conversations with individuals on high performance teams across various cause sectors that are making things happen.

Product Showcases

Live demonstrations and creative displays of the most interesting innovations in the social sector, including the Classy Awards Finalists.

...And much more!

Lounge areas for media and speakers, and cafes for scheduled or impromptu meet ups.


Day 1 | Tuesday, June 14

What Does Social Innovation Look Like Today?

Caleb Harper
Principal Investigator, Director of the Open Agriculture (OpenAG) Initiative, MIT Media Lab

Caleb Harper leads a diverse group of engineers, architects and scientists in the exploration and development of future food systems. Caleb’s research focuses in the areas of control environment design...

Sonal Shah
Executive Director, Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University

Sonal Shah is Professor of Practice and the founding Executive Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University. The Center is designed to be cross disciplinary focusing on...

Moderated by Classy Co-Founders

Scot Chisholm
CEO, Classy.org
& Pat Walsh
Chief Impact Officer & Co-Founder, Classy.org

Panel Discussions

Day 1 | Tuesday, June 14

Social Impact By Design

Designing with the beneficiary in mind - showcasing how design thinking can lead to more effective solutions.

Jocelyn Wyatt
Co-Lead & Executive Director, IDEO.org
Zubaida Bai
Founder & CEO, ayzh Inc
Dr. Joe Zinter
Assistant Director, Yale Center for
Engineering Innovation and Design (CEID) and Advisor Khushi Baby
Tim Prestero
Founder & CEO, Design That Matters

Refugee Populations: People and Ideas on the Move

How can social innovation meet the unique challenges of people on the move and leverage their considerable potential for positive change?

Lesley Bourns
Humanitarian Affairs Officer, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Lina Sergie Attar
Co-Founder & CEO, Karam Foundation
Corinne Gray
Innovation Engagement Officer, UNHCR Innovation
Ali Al Jundi
Project Officer, Syria, Oxfam America

New Trends in Educational Excellence

How specialized curriculum, customized learning experiences, and increased accessibility measures are advancing education.

Leah Gilliam
VP of Strategy, Innovation and Education,
Girls Who Code
Jason Taylor
Vice President, Programs,
Project Lead The Way
Leila Toplic
Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer, LRNG
Eric Schwarz
Co-Founder & CEO, College for Social Innovation

World Humanitarian Summit - What's Next?

A timely conversation around the takeaways from the first ever World Humanitarian Summit.

Andrea Tamburini
CEO, Action Against Hunger
Raymond Offenheiser
President & CEO, Oxfam America

Blurring the Lines: How the Exchange of Expertise across Sectors Drives Impact

Come learn how leading funders and intermediaries are working with portfolio organizations to accelerate the exchange of strategic, technical and operational expertise.

Jen Field
Social Impact Director, GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group)
Martha Brantley
Director of Business Development, Clinton Development Initiative
Tom Fry
Managing Director, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Peter Kim
Manager, The Bridgespan Group


Day 2 | Wednesday, June 15

The Future of Funding

Dr. Cheryl Dorsey
President, Echoing Green

Cheryl L. Dorsey is the president of Echoing Green, a global organization unleashing next-generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems. Prior to leading this social impact organization, Cheryl was a social entrepreneur herself...

Debra Schwartz
Managing Director, Impact Investments, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Debra joined MacArthur in 1995 and currently oversees a $300 million investment portfolio dedicated to maximizing impact. Her team of banking and finance professionals deploy these assets and provide expertise to further strategic philanthropic priorities across the...

Tracy Palandjian
Co-Founder & CEO, Social Finance

Tracy Palandjian is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Social Finance, a nonprofit organization which is leading the development of Pay for Success projects and Social Impact Bonds, an innovative public private partnership. Previously, she...

Suzanne DiBianca
EVP Corporate Relations & Chief Philanthropy Officer, Salesforce

Suzanne DiBianca is the Executive Vice President of Corporate Relations and Chief Philanthropy Officer of Salesforce. In this role, Suzanne leads Salesforce’s stakeholder strategy—including all corporate giving, community relations and sustainability efforts...

Moderated by

Shivani Garg Patel
Co-Founder, Samahope and Principal, Skoll Foundation

Shivani Garg Patel is a Principal at the Skoll Foundation, where she identifies and advises high-performing social entrepreneurial organizations. Shivani is a former Microsoft product manager...

Panel Discussions

Day 2 | Wednesday, June 15

Why Some Stories Make Headlines and Others Fall Flat

Exposure can expand your impact. How entrepreneurs and nonprofit professionals can attract coverage and buzz.

Erica Williams Simon
Editor, Upworthy
Eric Nee
Managing Editor, Stanford Social Innovation Review and Host, Social Innovation Conversations podcast channel
Randall Lane
Editor, Forbes Magazine
Erin Hall
Director of Marketing & Communications, Classy.org

Proven Leadership Strategies to Tackle Social Problems

Passion, transformational leadership and collaboration - exploring various strategies to mobilize social organizations.

Jay Ferro
CIO, American Cancer Society
Michele Sullivan
President, The Caterpillar Foundation
Jeff Shuck
CEO & Co-Leader, Plenty
Jennifer Mulholland
Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Leader, Plenty
Shannon Hartley
Chief Marketing Officer, Shatterproof

How Boston Built a Global Epicenter for Social Entrepreneurship

Learn how Boston fostered a community of social problem solvers to become the world’s leading innovation hub.

Geoff Mamlet
President, Impact Hub Boston
Dr. Kerry Healey
President, Babson College
Sarah Gallop
Co-Director, Office of Government and Community Relations, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
David Brown
Vice President of Innovation Leadership, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
Margaret Hall
National Executive Director & Co-Founder, Greenlight Fund

From Transparency to Impact: Culture, Standards, and the Transformative Potential of Data

Explore the potential and positive impact when organizations embrace a culture of openness and higher standards of data.

Jacob Harold
President & CEO, GuideStar
Kevin Bolduc
Vice President, Assessment and Advisory Services, The Center for Effective Philanthropy

Technology Powering Wildlife and Environmental Conservation

A look at the technology advancing sustainable practices and conserving our oceans and wildlife.

Brad Ack
Senior Vice President, World Wildlife Fund
Varun Vira
Travis Fabian
Vice President of Solution Engineering and Innovation, Salesforce.org
Morgan Clendaniel
Editor, Co-Exist, Fast Company

Innovating Healthcare Solutions

Showcasing the technologies and strategies that are increasing the quality and accessibility of healthcare.

Brad Tytel
Advisor to the Director, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Mark Arnoldy
CEO, Possible
Dr. Leslie Mancuso
President & CEO, Jhpeigo

Recovery and Resiliency: Building Effective Urban Response Programs

Designing agile and effective response systems to build more resilient communities.

Jake Wood
Co-Founder & President, Team Rubicon
Andrew Billo
Humanitarian Affairs Officer, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Shalini Vajjhala
Founder & CEO, re:focus Partners
Richard Serino
Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Harvard School of Public Health, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative

Turn Your Mission into a Movement

Find out how a mustache raised $700 million for men’s health, and discover the keys to turning your mission into a movement.

Rod Arnold
Founder, Frontier
Adam Garone
Co-Founder, Movember

Product Showcases

On the stage and in The Lab—here are a few of the inspiring innovations you’ll get to explore.

charity: water

Promoting data visibility and accountability through remote sensor technology

Presented by

Christoph Gorder
Chief Global Water Officer, charity: water
Air Shepherd

Ending Illegal Poaching in Africa


Using Rats to Detect Tuberculosis

ARISE Impact

Enabling self learning for differently-abled

Field Ready








Sexual Health Innovations


The Scripps Research Institute

Ending Heroin Addiction for Millions