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Elevating Impact 2018

Speakers, performers, and interactive experiences to celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation for positive social, environmental, and economic impact.

The Elevating Impact Summit brings together hundreds of people from interdisciplinary backgrounds and diverse industries to learn about and celebrate social innovation.

In 2018, the Summit will explore the lens of thinking in opposites--how surprising approaches and unlikely partnerships lead to unforeseen breakthroughs.

Join us in the Gerding Theater at the historic Portland Armory on February 9th 2018 for a full-day, immersive experience.

Featured Speakers

keynote Ridhi D'Cruz
Ridhi D'Cruz is an intercontinental sociocultural anthropologist who leads initiatiatives in diversity, equity, houseless advocacy, and inclusive placemaking. 
Ridhi's thoughtful leadership sparks innovation and drives creative projects at City Repair and with The City of Portland, and fuels initiatives like the Kenton Women's Village and the Veteran's Village, as well as design and instruction at Witch Hazel. 

Keynote Mauricio Lim Miller

Mauricio Lim Miller is a leading social entrepreneur who addresses systemic barriers that challenge families' ability to leverage their assets, strengths, and capacities, and combats poverty by letting families themselves be the change agents.

Mauricio's recognition by the MacArthur Foundation, Ashoka, Encore, and his appointment by President Obama to the White House Council for Commmunity Solutions all recognize his quest to find out how families really overcome poverty. 

Speakers and agenda information will be announced over the coming weeks. Stay tuned here or sign up to receive email updates. 

Elevating Impact Pitch Fest 

Apply now to be one of the five social entrepreneurs that pitches their idea in front of a panel of impact investors, experts, and an audience of 450 supporters for the chance to walk away with $1500 and a package of in-kind resources. Deadline for application is December 1, 2017. Apply Now!


Apply to volunteer at the Elevating Impact Summit on February 9th 2018

February 9TH, 2018
Portland Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave
8 AM - 5 PM