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Elevating Impact Summit: Lifelong Changemakers


From garages to corporate offices, pragmatic, creative people are designing new solutions to pressing social and environmental issues and creating value for their companies, communities, and society at large. From pitches by the region’s emerging social entrepreneurs to speeches from the country’s thought leaders on social innovation, the Elevating Impact Summit celebrates these new approaches to generating social and environmental impact across business, social, public, and academic sectors.

"The Elevating Impact Summit [...] electrified the sustainable business community last June."--Sustainable Business Oregon.

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Elevating Impact celebrates lifelong innovators, bold and boundless. They are resilient and authentic. The changes they make in their communities ripple around the world. From bright young innovators to experienced champions, they identify problems and have the creative confidence to act. They astonish and inspire us. Here are few of these changemakers: 

Keynote Speakers

Marc Freedman
Co-founder and CEO of

Marc Freedman is leading a movement to engage millions of baby boomers in encore careers by combining personal meaning, continued income, and social impact... (more)
Dr. Victoria Hale
Founder of Medicines 360

Dr. Hale is a pharmaceutical scientist, and global health social entrepreneur. Her passion is the development of important new medicines for all of humanity, with the specific goal to reduce health inequities... (more)

Kat Taylor 
Founder of One PacificCoast Bank

Kat serves as CEO of One PacificCoast Bank, a Community Development Financial Institution whose mission is to bring beneficial banking to low-income communities in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner... (more) 

Impact Funding 

A selection of funders discuss tried and true, as well as cutting edge approaches to investing in social innovation.

Carolynn Duncan (moderator) Founder and General Partner of NW Social Venture Fund and Founder and CEO of TenX

Tom Sperry 
Managing Director of Rogue Venture Partners
Molly Lindquist
Founder & CEO of Consano
Melissa Durham, Director of Strategic Projects at the Oregon Community Foundation

Encore Careers 

Millions of people around the world are re-inventing themselves and a new stage of work. They are listening for a calling in the second half of life, crafting encore careers that build on their lifetime of experience to create work with meaning.

Erin K. Flynn (Moderator)
Associate Vice President of Research & Strategic Partnerships, Portland State University
Heather McHugh Founder and President of Caregifted Marc Freedman
Co-founder and CEO of

Stories of Resilience

Authentic voices of change reveal stories of creativity, ingenuity, and empathy on the road to creating real impact.

Katrina Scotto Di Carlo (Maven)
Co-Founder of Supportland & Portland Made
Pam Campos-     Palma
Trustee, Portland State University
Deena Pierott
CEO of Mosaic Blueprint

Communities in Transition 

In the face of rapid change, communities around the world show us that there are ways to evolve, grow, and transform through resilience, drive, and creativity.

Jennifer H. Allen (Moderator)
Director of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State University
Dwayne Johnson, President of TechStart Education Foundation Steve Lee
Service Designer at Ziba

Elevating Impact Master of Ceremonies

Angela Jackson
Director of Portland State Business Accelerator; Founder of Portland Seed Fund

Over the last 12 years, Angela has placed 60 angel investments and advised startups spanning everything from mobile to consumer products to clean tech. She now maintains multiple leadership roles in the flourishing Portland startup ecosystem... (more

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Update: Applications are now open for the 2014 Pitch Fest!

The annual Impact Entrepreneurs Pitch Fest returns this year as a part of the Elevating Impact Summit. If you are a passionate innovator with an early-stage social venture, apply to pitch your concept to an audience of 400+ and a panel of experts and impact investors. Winners receive cash and in-kind prizes. Make the Pitch Fest a stage for your vision. Apply now through May 1.