Elevating Impact Summit: Changing the World is Everyone's Business
FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2014 at the GERDING THEATER in downtown Portland, Oregon
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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.
2014 Keynote Speaker
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.