Elevating Impact Summit: Lifelong Changemakers
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The event will take place at the Gerding Theater in Downtown Portland
From garages to corporate offices, you will find pragmatic, creative people designing new solutions to pressing social and environmental issues and creating value for their companies, communities, and society at large. These social entrepreneurs are finding new ways to make a difference while changing how business is done.
The Elevating Impact Summit, brought to you by Impact Entrepreneurs at Portland State University, exposes attendees to powerful entrepreneurial approaches to creating change locally and globally, and celebrates social entrepreneurship and social innovation across a diverse set of stakeholders. Attendees will carry new knowledge, connections, and energy into the broader social business ecosystem as they interact with individuals and groups who are unleashing the power of business for social impact.
The inaugural 2013 Elevating Impact Summit attracted more than 330 entrepreneurs and founders, business and nonprofit professionals, students, academics, government officials and investors for a day of inspiring lectures, panels, presentations and awards. From pitches by the region’s emerging social entrepreneurs to speeches from the country’s thought leaders on social innovation, the Elevating Impact Summit is an event celebrating and sharing 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.
Marc Freedman, Co-founder and CEO, Encore.org
Marc Freedman is leading a movement to engage millions of baby boomers in encore careers by combining personal meaning, continued income, and social impact. Freedman is the founder and CEO of Encore.org, an organization investing in people over 60 who are changing the world, and the Purpose Prize, which is a set of $100,000 awards to celebrate and advance their work. He also created Experience Corps, one of the largest nonprofits in the US engaging people over 55, and is the author of several books on encore careers and volunteering.
Freedman has received numerous accolades for his work as a social entrepreneur. In 2003 he was elected as an Ashoka Fellow for his innovative idea that engaging millions of baby boomers in encore careers could produce a “windfall of human talent to solve society’s greatest problems." In 2007, 2008 and 2009, Fast Company magazine named Freedman one of the nation’s leading social entrepreneurs, and in 2010 The Nonprofit Times named him one of the 50 most powerful and influential individuals in the nonprofit sector. That year he also received the prestigious Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship.
Dr. Victoria Hale, Founder, 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. Dr. Hale is Founder & Chair Emeritus of One World Health, the first nonprofit pharmaceutical company in the US. Dr. Hale established her expertise in all stages of biopharmaceutical drug development at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and at Genentech.
She earned her PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from University of California San Francisco, where she presently maintains an Adjunct Associate Professorship in Biopharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Hale was recently elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academies (2007) and she is also a MacArthur Fellow. She received the President’s Award of Distinction from the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. She is internationally recognized as a senior social entrepreneur by the Skoll Foundation, Schwab Foundation, and Ashoka. The Economist named Hale the recipient of its Social and Economic Innovation Award (2005).
Kat Taylor, Founder and CEO, One PacificCoast Bank
Kat Taylor’s life has been dedicated to serving social justice and environmental health. Kat is active in a variety of social business, public benefit and philanthropic ventures in the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently, she 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. One PacificCoast Bank is the result of a merger between OneCalifornia Bank, which Kat and her husband, Tom Steyer, founded in Oakland, CA, and ShoreBank Pacific, with offices in Oregon and Washington. The bank’s revolutionary ownership design means that its profits be invested in the communities it serves.
Kat is also a Founding Director of TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation (TKREF) dedicated to sustainable food production through ranching, tours, research, and school lunch and garden programs. TKREF owns the social business LeftCoast GrassFed, which raises cattle in ways good for people and planet. Kat serves and has served on many non-profit boards including the Harvard Board of Overseers, Good Samaritan Family Resource Center, Insight Prison Project, KQED, Co-Chair of “Building the New CuriOdyssey Campaign”, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She graduated from Harvard College and earned a JD/MBA from Stanford.
Master of Ceremonies
Angela Jackson, Director, Portland State Business Accelerator; Founder, Managing Director, Portland Seed Fund
Over the last 12 years, Angela's placed 60 angel investments and advised startups spanning everything from mobile to consumer products to clean tech.
Angela proudly maintains multiple leadership roles in the flourishing Portland startup ecosystem.
In addition to being Managing Director of Portland Seed Fund, she's also co-president of the Portland Chapter of the Keiretsu Forum (the world’s largest angel network), and Director of Portland State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship, which has housed more than 30 emerging tech companies to date.
An entrepreneur herself, early in her career, Angela launched, secured funding, and managed several ventures including a clean water educational nonprofit. She can also regale you with tales from the three years she sailed around the world professionally as a tall ships sailor.
Katrina Scotto di Carlo is co-founder of both Supportland and Portland Made. She has dedicated herself to co-creating collaborative ecosystems that grow into a foundation for community resiliency. Alongside her work in the local economies space, Katrina has been a featured storyteller on Live Wire! Radio and Backfence PDX.
Rane Johnson-Stempson (Storyteller), Education & Scholarly Communications Principal Research Director, Microsoft Research Connections
Rane Johnson-Stempson engages with academics worldwide to identify high-impact areas for research investigations. She is working on projects that use technology to transform how we learn about history and how we eradicate human trafficking.
Johnson also serves as Microsoft Research’s lead for growing, attracting, and retaining women in research, science, and engineering. She actively works with NCWIT, Anita Borg, CRA-W, and researchers to grow the pipeline of women in research and STEM fields. She is passionate about education and technology, with 16 years of experience in the field. Johnson is a graduate of Bucknell University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.A. in Economics/Finance, and of George Fox University with an Executive MBA in Transformational Leadership.
Pitch Fest & Impact Funding
Carolynn Duncan (Moderator), Founder and General Partner of NW Social Venture Fundand Founder and CEO of TenX.
Carolynn Duncan is the Founding Partner of the Northwest Social Venture Fund, an impact fund that focuses on reducing suffering in the world through maximizing social & financial returns, by investing in scalable social businesses. Carolynn is also the CEO and Marathon Program Facilitator for TenX, an education company which runs and licenses financial literacy programs for high performance entrepreneurs & business leaders throughout the U.S., with program offices in the Northwest and Bay Area.
Molly Lindquist (Judge), Founder & CEO, Consano
Molly, a mom and breast cancer survivor, founded Consano after her cancer diagnosis in 2011 at the age of 32. Molly graduated from Stanford University with a degree in economics and went on to work as an investment banking analyst in the consumer group at Robertson Stephens. It was there that her love of Excel was born. After her stint in banking, Molly transitioned into the corporate world, travelling the globe sourcing products for World Market and then doing company planning for the Banana Republic brand of Gap Inc.
After the birth of her first child in 2006, Molly took on the most difficult job she’s ever had as a stay-at-home mom, and learned that there was no Excel model that could map out the whims of a small child. The complexity and joy of work only grew in 2008 when her second daughter joined the family. Molly has been excited to dust off her Excel skills and leverage her previous work experience as well as her experience as a patient to launch Consano
Brenda VanKanegan (Judge), vice president and CFO of Oregon Community Foundation
Brenda VanKanegan is The Oregon Community Foundation’s Chief Financial Officer and has been with the Foundation since 1988. She is responsible for overall financial management of the Foundation’s activities, including administration of the investment program, accounting and financial reporting.
Ms. VanKanegan is a CPA (inactive) and has worked as an auditor of many nonprofit organizations. She serves on the Accounting Practices Committee of the Fiscal and Administrators Officers Group of the Council on Foundations. She has presented at national and local conferences and meetings on topics ranging from fiscal administration to endowment investing.
Erin K. Flynn (Moderator), Associate Vice President, Research & Strategic Partnerships, Portland State University
Erin Flynn is an entrepreneurial leader with deep expertise and practical experience in urban and regional innovation. She builds bridges between government, the private sector and higher education to move complex, urban agendas forward. Over the course of her career she has excelled as a national consultant, a city government leader and a higher education executive.
Prior to joining PSU in 2011, Erin served as Economic Development Director at the Portland Development Commission (2007-2011), the economic development and urban renewal agency for the City of Portland. Before moving to Portland, she spent a decade as a national policy and strategy consultant based in Boston. Her clients included national foundations, chambers of commerce, regional planning organizations and local and state governments. Erin received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BA with honors in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Heather McHugh, Founder and President, Caregifted
Heather McHugh won a 2009 MacArthur genius grant for poetry (and has published more than 10 volumes of poetry, essays and translation, most recently Upgraded to Serious, from Copper Canyon Press). Her teaching career spans decades at the University of Washington, and before that stints at UC Berkeley, U of Iowa Writers' Workshop, Syracuse U., Warren Wilson College and elsewhere--
In 2011 she began to design CAREGIFTED, a nonprofit that gives getaways (and celebratory recognition) to long-term caregivers of the severely-disabled.
Communities in Transition
Jennifer's research focuses on sustainable economic development, economic clusters that support sustainable development, collaborative approaches to reducing use of toxics,and rural-urban connections. She has previously worked at the World Bank, Ecotrust, and the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department.
Jennifer currently serves on the boards of the Oregon Forest Resources Institute and Illahee and has previously served on the boards of Shorebank Pacific, Portland Energy Conservation Inc., the Portland Sustainability Institute, and the Food Alliance. Jennifer holds a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University, a Master of Environmental Management from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University.
Dwayne Johnson, President, TechStart Education Foundation
Dwayne Johnson is a successful serial entrepreneur and investor with deep experience in management, information technology, professional services and finance. He is Managing Partner of Globe Three Ventures, a strategy, business process and management consultancy working with clients to identify partners, develop strategic relationships and secure funding for their high growth potential/impact businesses. He is President of IDEAL Portland, a nonprofit focused on increasing the number of innovation entrepreneurs from underrepresented minority populations.
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