To Be Held Oct. 24-26 in Silicon Valley
Submitted by: Net Impact
Posted: Jul 16, 2013 – 08:00 AM EST
SAN FRANCISCO, Jul. 16 /CSRwire/ - Registration for the 2013 Net Impact Conference, to be held Oct. 24-26 in California’s Silicon Valley, opens today at netimpact.org/conference. Hosted by Net Impact, a global nonprofit inspiring a new generation to work for a sustainable future, this year’s conference is expected to be the largest yet, convening nearly 3,000 thinkers and doers to exchange ideas, build relationships, and develop solutions to the world’s greatest challenges.
“This year’s conference theme, Change Starts Here, embodies the belief that it takes just one idea, one risk, one person to change everything,” says Net Impact CEO Liz Maw. The Net Impact Conference, now in its twenty-first year, is well known as the leading forum for students and professionals who want to use their career to tackle the world’s toughest social and environmental problems.
Diverse programming delivers variety and depth of impact
With more than 100 sessions across 11 interest-specific tracks, this year’s conference is designed to allow attendees to dive deep into specific topics or sample a cross-section of issues and industries to better understand how an impact career can drive transformational change. Keynotes include intimate conversations with groundbreaking innovators such as Denise Morrison, President and CEO of Campbell Soup Company, and Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO of U.S. Fund for UNICEF, discussing how “Change Starts with Leadership.” Additional keynotes include “Change Starts with a Network,” in which Nancy Lublin, CEO and Chief Old Person of DoSomething.org, Brent Schulkin, Founder of Carrotmob, Premal Shah, Co-founder and President of Kiva, and Sally Osberg, President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation (moderator), will focus on how to leverage technology for good. Reprising the popular TED Talk-inspired speed keynote format, the closing keynote, “Change Starts with an Idea,” features Shazi Visram, Founder and CEO of Happy Family, Chip Conley, Founder of Joie de Vivre Hotels, and Blake Mycoskie, Founder and Chief Shoe Giver at TOMS.
This year’s program introduces two new tracks – Tech for Good and Sustainable Food – to the always popular core tracks that include Career & Professional Development, Community Development, Corporate Impact, Energy & Clean Tech, Entrepreneurship & Social Enterprise, Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Investing, International Development, and Nonprofit & Public Sector Innovation. Selected sessions include Driving Sustainability into Core Business Strategy; From Zero to Impact: Crowdfunding for Your Cause; Cultivating Community Health through Urban Food Systems; and What Impact Employers Want: Secrets of Hiring Managers.
Hands-on workshops such as Local Impact: Silicon Valley, in which participants collectively provide live consulting to local organizations, and a series of brand new intensive training sessions, including CSR Metrics Boot Camp and Life Cycle Assessment Boot Camp, allow participants to roll up their sleeves and arm themselves with practical tools for their impact arsenal.
Beyond talking heads: an interactive experience that sparks relationships and new ideas
The Net Impact Conference is well known for connecting changemakers from diverse industries and job functions to spur innovative thinking and new business models, and this year’s schedule is aimed to extend this tradition even further. Back by popular demand are topical no-host dinners, live competitions, networking salons, and happy hours that foster relationship building beyond the convention center walls.
And in stark contrast to the typical conference exhibition hall, the all-day Net Impact Expo provides attendees with the opportunity to connect meaningfully with nearly 100 innovative organizations, discovering how they are tackling today’s most pressing environmental and social problems.
“Being able to converse with thousands of like-minded MBAs and professionals is an incredible environment for creativity,” says Tom Petrini, a past attendee whose entrepreneurial venture was born at the Net Impact Conference. “I can honestly say the Net Impact Conference changed my life.”
Attendees can register for the 2013 Net Impact Conference at: netimpact.org/conference.
About Net Impact
Net Impact is the leading nonprofit that inspires a new generation to work within and beyond business for a sustainable future. We empower student and professional leaders to act locally through our vibrant chapter network and connect globally online and through our flagship conference. By 2020, we will mobilize a million new leaders to use their careers to drive positive change in the workplace and the world.
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