Elevating Impact 2018 Agenda

All sessions take place between the lobby, mezzanine, and main stage at The Portland Armory.
Find out more about each speaker here


7:30 - 8:30  Registration & Oatmeal Breakfast   
8:30 - 8:45 Program Kickoff  Welcome by Emcee Angela Jackson, Impact Entrepreneurs co-founder Carolyn McKnight, and Portland State University Interim Provost Margaret Everett
8:45 - 9:00 The Alchemy of Wasted Time

Vice President of Adaptive Strategies at Fiction, Corey Pressman presents The Alchemy of Wasted Time, a framework for creative discovery that is woven throughout the Summit agenda and experience.

9:00 - 9:45 

ELEVATING IMPACT PITCH FEST

Five early-stage social entrepreneurs pitch their idea in front of a panel of impact investors, experts, and an audience of 500 supporters for the chance to walk away with $1500 and a package of in-kind resources.

9:45 - 10:15 Coffee & Tea Break Refreshments provided by local social enterprises and small businesses 
10:15 - 11:00 Fireside Chat: Impact Invention Carol Dahl, Executive Director of The Lemelson Foundation and John Warner, Founder of the Warner Babcock Institute discuss how Green Chemistry became a catalyst for social and environmental change, and how a personal experience led to the tipping of an industry.
11:00 - 11:15 Impact Invention Award

Presented by The Lemelson Foundation, the Impact Invention award recognizes an innovative local individual or team who has demonstrated social and environmental impact through their invention-related initiative.

11:15 - 11:45 Featured Speaker: Ridhi D' Cruz

Ridhi D' Cruz, Co-Director of City Repair, will explore dischord and discoveries from her work on initiatives like The Kenton Women's Village, where she facilitates placemaking, nurtures ingenuity, and finds connection in seemingly unlikely places.

11:45 - 1:00  Lunch Break 

Lunch served, facilitated discussion tables, changemaker exhibits, and interactive activities

1:00 - 1:05 Creative Performance

Music by the international award winning Portland State Chamber Choir 

1:05 - 1:50 Discussion: Thinking Opposites for Health Innovation 

An exploration of creative approaches to health outside traditional facilities, from changing assumptions about young adults with autism to lowering the barriers to renting a home.

Gwen Conner, Providence Health and Services (Moderator)
Brendon Basset, Metropolitan Family Services
Justine Haigh, Fidgetech
Tyrone Poole, OneApp Oregon

1:50 - 2:35 Discussion: Thinking in Opposites for Collaborative Governance 

A critical conversation about community-centered policy and planning, where designers, organizers, and public service leaders are activating neighborhoods and networks to make the policies that shape Portland.

Walter Robinson, Campaign for Multnomah County Candidate Charles McGee (Moderator)
Joy Alise Davis, Design + Culture Lab // PAALF
Mary Li, Multnomah County Ideas Lab
Jeana Woolley, JM Woolley Associates // BICEP

2:35 - 3:00

Afternoon Break Chocolate & kombucha to fuel the afternoon 
3:00 - 3:10   Creative Performance 

A performance by the The Jefferson Dancers, the world-class dance ensemble from Jefferson High School.

3:10 - 3:30 Featured Speaker: Mauricio Lim Miller 

Mauricio Lim Miller, Founder of Family Independence Initiative, will discuss systemic barriers that challenge families' ability to leverage their assets, strengths, and capacities, and how an approach he discovered uniquely addresses those barriers. 

3:30 - 3:35

Closing Remarks Presented by Portland State University School of Business Dean Cliff Allen and Impact Entrepreneurs Program Director Jacen Greene 
3:35 - 4:30 Reception + Pitch Fest Celebration 

Local craft wine, beer, and non-alcoholic drinks, light appetizers +

Announcement of the Pitch Fest Winner by Beneficial State Bank and Fully