The Social Innovation Think Tank will bring together 15 interdisciplinary global thought leaders in a discussion about social innovation and its potential to generate sustainable and scalable solutions for social and environmental problems around the world.
Hosted in the Austin Music Hall (venue for the Social Innovation Awards) the morning of the final awards ceremony, this in-person event will be open to a live audience including global media present to cover the evening awards show. Using Dell technology, the Social Innovation Think Tank will engage participants in a simultaneous in-person and online livestream discussion about the power of social innovation. Participants from around the world can pose questions and respond to the expert conversation. Think Tank Sponsor Twitter Handles: @DellSocialInnov + @Dell4Good
Join the livestream below and participate on Twitter with the official hashtag: #DSIC13
THINK TANK PANEL
Suzi Sosa (MODERATOR) Executive Director of Dell Social Innovation Challenge (@Suzi_Sosa)
Suzi leads the Dell Social Innovation Challenge and is responsible for stewardship of the vision and strategy of the program. She also leads strategic partnership development for the DSIC Advisory Boards, Regional Champions, and international sponsors. Suzi first joined the DSIC as a Final Judge in 2008 and served in that position for three years before joining full-time in October 2010 to lead the program. In January 2011, Dell announced a five-year, $5 million gift to support significant global expansion and transformation of the initiative beyond a simple venture plan competition. With over ten years of experience in social entrepreneurship in both the for-profit and non-profit worlds, Suzi has a particular interest in innovation, design thinking, and organizational models of social enterprise. She is a Contributing Editor in social entrepreneurship for Inc. magazine.
Jeff Chapin works as a designer for IDEO, a human centered design and innovation consultancy. In the U.S., Jeff mostly focuses on health, environment and government-related work. Internationally, he works in rural and urban development, mostly in the water, sanitation and health sectors. He’s currently developing a curriculum for UNICEF to teach sanitation marketing globally and is working with the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation to launch a mass-market sanitation program in Kenya and East Africa. Jeff holds an MS in Product Design from Stanford University and a BSE in Civil Engineering and Geological Engineering from Princeton University.
Morgan Binswanger, Executive Vice President of Government Relations and External Affairs at Livestrong Foundation (@LIVESTRONG)
Morgan Binswanger joined the Foundation as Chief of Staff in June 2008. His responsibilities include managing the Foundation’s vision and purpose, creating mileposts and symbols to rally support behind the vision and making the vision sharable by everyone. He also defines, develops and implements a leadership development program for the management team and serves as a bridge on business and politically related activities relative to the Foundation’s growth and position within the world of philanthropy. Before joining the Foundation, Morgan served as Interim COO for Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles and as Director of Habitat’s Jimmy Carter Work Project. Prior to that, he was the COO for the Entertainment Industry Foundation and Co-Director of the Creative Artists Agency Foundation for seven years. He has served as a consultant for Rock the Vote, the Broad Foundation, and America’s Promise. He has served at the United States Department of Education as Chief of Staff in Elementary and Secondary Education.
Joy Stoddard, Development & Outreach Director of Whole Planet Foundation (@WholePlanet)
Joy joined Whole Foods Market in 2000 and Whole Planet Foundation in its first year during 2006. She develops strategic partnerships, fundraises for microcredit, oversees a volunteer program, and connects Whole Foods Market shoppers, suppliers and team members to Whole Planet Foundation. Having visited microlending projects in Bangladesh, Brazil, Costa Rica, East Timor, Guatemala, Kenya, Morocco, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Peru, Senegal and the United States, she is inspired to share the transformative power of entrepreneurship. Previously, Joy coordinated training programs at the International Monetary Fund for six years. She spent an undergraduate year in France and has traveled in 47 U.S. States and 30 countries. She has a B.A. from Washington and Lee University and speaks French and Spanish. When home, Joy loves to spend time with her partner Scott and nieces Isabel and Lily, gardening, cooking, running and enjoying all the great music Austin offers.
Ivan Duque, Division Chief of Interamerican Development Bank (IDB) (@idumaes)
Since January 2012, Ivan has acted as the Culture, Creativity and Solidarity Affairs Division Chief for the Interamerican Development Bank. Ivan has previously served as a Special Advisor to Colombia´s former President Alvaro Uribe Vélez, Senior Advisor to the UN Department of Political Affairs, Senior Counselor for Colombia and Peru at the IDB, Advisor to the Colombian Minister of Finance, Private Consultant, and University Lecturer in Public Administration, Strategy and Constitutional Theory. Ivan holds a JD from Universidad Sergio Arboleda in Colombia, an Master in Policy Management from Georgetown University, a Master in International Legal Studies from American University, and various Executive Degrees from Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government. He is the Author of Maquiavelo in Colomba and Monetary Sins.
Diana is Essmart’s India-based co-founder and COO. She oversees operations, plans for expansion, and works on fundraising in India. Having recently graduated with her Master’s degree in international development from MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Diana has been studying social impact technology dissemination for the past three years as her thesis research. She took the leap from theory to practice by co-founding Essmart with her business partner, Jackie Stenson.
Marina’s work in social entrepreneurship dates back over a decade. She started at Stanford University, leading the Future Social Innovators’ Network, the Social Entrepreneurs’ Challenge, and co-founding the university’s first minor in social innovation. Since then, Marina co-founded and leads Ashoka U, working with campuses to embed social innovation as an educational focus and core value of the university culture. Marina’s work has been featured on Social Edge, change.org, in the Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times. Marina was named in the Forbes 30 under 30 for Social Entrepreneurship, recognizing her work with Ashoka U.
Lauren is the COO of the Pipeline Fellowship, an angel investing bootcamp for women philanthropists that launched in NYC in January 2011. Prior to the Pipeline Fellowship, Lauren worked in the nonprofit and public sectors in economic development, environmental issues, and women’s empowerment. Lauren has a B.A. in English Literature and Environmental Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.P.A. in Economic Development and Comparative & International Affairs from Indiana University’s School for Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). She is also a proud School for International Training (SIT) alumna.
Seth Cohen, Director of Network Initiatives at Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation (@SethACohen33)
Seth Cohen is the Director of Network Initiatives at the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, part of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network, a global network of philanthropic initiatives focused on igniting the passion and unleashing the power in young people to create change. Based in Atlanta, Seth leads the Foundation’s global efforts to leverage philanthropy, network theory and technology to identify, connect and support networks of young Jewish adults and enable them to create values-based experiences and communities for themselves and their peers.
Ingrid is an entrepreneur, investor and media personality, with a mission of “Empowering a Billion Women by 2020” (EBW2020) leveraging business, policy, and media. She is the Entrepreneur-in-Residence (“EIR”) for Dell Inc. and the Creator/Curator of the $100M Dell Innovators Credit Fund (DICF) to power entrepreneurs worldwide. Leader of the Dell Founders Club and the Dell Center for Entrepreneurs, Ingrid oversees the program that provides access for Dell’s 10M small business customers. Her resources and expertise helps entrepreneurs worldwide build and grow their companies. She is a member of The UN Foundation Global Entrepreneurship Council.
R. Todd Johnson, Partner, Global Head, Renewable Energy and Sustainability at Jones Day (@rtjohnson)
Lawyer, counselor, advisor and mentor for small and large businesses alike, R. Todd Johnson founded Jones Day’s Northern California presence in 2000 by opening its Silicon Valley office, and during nearly 25 years at Jones Day has worked with renewable energy companies, energy efficiency companies, clients focused on sustainability, internet companies (particularly in the cause marketing and social media space) and “for-benefit” corporations. He serves (or has served) as regular outside counsel to many companies, including Embrace Technologies, GoodGuide, Network for Good and SunPower Corporation, and has advised and/or worked with groups seeking to have an impact on the planet and its people, including Ashoka, EcoTrust and The San Diego Zoo. In addition, Todd actively serves (or has served) as pro bono counsel for organizations tackling some of the world’s hardest problems in some of the world’s hardest places, and founded and co-chaired California’s Working Group for New Corporate Forms that drafted California’s Flexible Purpose Corporation where his work was informed by his experiences lecturing and working with teams during all ten years at Stanford University’s fabled course titled “Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability.” He has traveled extensively throughout the developing world, including eight trips to Ethiopia in the past seven years, where he and his family support a number of organizations, including the first private university in the country.
MP Mueller started East Austin ad agency Door Number 3 19 years ago and they have helped a host of private, institutional and non-profit entities brand and grow. MP is on the boards of I Live Here, I Give Here and Foster Angels of Central Texas. She is a blogger for the New York Times (Branded) and a regular contributor to the Austin Business Journal.
Leetha Filderman is a skilled strategist intrigued by the power of collaboration as a tool for solving big global challenges. She serves as the President of PopTech and is a principle architect of PopTech’s Fellows programs and collaborative initiatives.