Elevating Impact 2019



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


Social Innovation Inspired by Patterns explores how we reveal patterns, break them, and shape them.

Attendees enjoy talks on the main stage, a pitch fest for local social entrepreneurs, exhibits and activities on the mezzanine levels, and breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon reception in the Armory’s main lobby.

The event is produced by PSU’s Impact Entrepreneurs program in The School of Business. PSU is a designated Ashoka U Changemaker Campus, and is recognized internationally for its social innovation and entrepreneurship programs.



About Elevating Impact: launched in 2013, 5 Pitch Fest finalists, 500 attendees, 1 Impact Award winner, 20 speakers, 10 community organizations exhibiting


"I found the pitch contest inspiring over and over again because each organization that presented was in it for worthy causes with deep potential, making them intrinsically, locally, and globally rewarding. I felt elevated. Even more, I met people and organizations at the Summit who are now playing important roles in the evolution of my fledgling business — my social enterprise bank, multiple departments at PSU, a co-working space, and more." – Erin Fish, CEO, Wanderwell



Keynote speaker Fagan Harris


Fagan Harris is the President and CEO of Baltimore Corps, an organization that enlists talented people in public service and social entrepreneurship in Baltimore City. For his work in social entrepreneurship, Harris was recognized, among others, as a Visionary by Baltimore Magazine (2018), in the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s ‘40 Under 40’ (2016), and in Forbes Magazine’s ‘30 Under 30’ (2015). Harris also has received numerous awards, including fellowships from Ashoka, Echoing Green, and The Aspen Institute.


Keynote speaker Stephen Friend

Dr. Friend is the Chairman of the Board and past President of Sage Bionetworks, a nonprofit organization that provides the tools and environment to conduct dynamic, large-scale collaborative biomedical research. He is an authority in the field of cancer biology and a pioneer in the field of the genetics of gene expression, integrating system biology approaches to complex diseases.

Dr. Friend is currently designing a virtual institute to explore fundamental issues around how to make individual symptom predictions and how to return agency to individuals so they might navigate their own paths between health and disease.  Dr. Friend was named an Ashoka Fellow for his work at Sage Bionetworks.


Our Venue: The Armory

The Alchemy is Back!

Explore the creative practice behind social innovation. Experience the places where ideas are born, and consider how to nurture a vital culture in your community, organization, or movement, thanks to a collaboration with the team at Fiction, and Emcee Corey Pressman.


Save the date for March 15, and contact us to learn about group pricing, sponsorships, and other opportunities for the Elevating Impact Summit 2019. Interested in volunteering in return for a free ticket? Please fill out our online volunteer application form