Join us for our third annual celebration of social innovation and entrepreneurship in Wisconsin, featuring talks, panels, networking and more for students, social entrepreneurs and the community.
· Green Bay Packers CEO Mark Murphy
· Philanthropists John and Tashia Morgridge
· Richard Davidson, neuroscientist, and founder of the Center for Healthy Minds
Tickets are just $30 and FREE for students.
· Tickets include parking, lunch and a networking reception.
· Limited travel stipends available for groups of 3+ students traveling to Green Bay.
Hosted by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
11 a.m. - Noon: Registration
Well-being is a skill: Science demonstrates how we can make the world kinder, wiser and more compassionate
This talk will consider scientific evidence that suggests that we can change our brains by transforming our minds and cultivate habits of mind that will improve well-being. These include happiness, resilience, compassion and emotional balance. Each of these characteristics is instantiated in brain circuits that exhibit plasticity and thus can be shaped and modified by experience and training. Mental training to cultivate well-being has profound implications for social entrepreneurs, changemakers and anyone wishing to make an impact in the world.
Welcoming change: Stories from Ashoka Fellows on the frontlines of change
Hear from leading social entrepreneurs whose system-changing innovations solve deep-rooted problems in Wisconsin and beyond. These Ashoka Fellows have worked tirelessly to build a better world and will share wisdom and lessons learned from their own journey. Learn from them how to look at problems differently, and instead see solutions and opportunities to create change.
2 - 2:15 p.m.: Break and transition to breakouts
2:15 - 3:15 p.m.: Concurrent breakouts
Investing with impact
Learn from investment leaders in the Midwest about how their organizations are seeking a positive impact on society without compromising financial returns. From the recent launch of the American Family Institute to the expansion of Impact Engine’s venture fund, there is a growing community that believes intentional investing can help scale social impact. Learn about how the funds were started, how social entrepreneurs can work more effectively with impact investors, and what the future of impact investing in the Midwest looks like.
Moderator: Adam Schrager
The power of your story: Harnessing narrative to enhance your impact
Holly Walter Kerby (chemist, PI, award-winning playwright and educator, founder and director of Fusion Science Theater, Community College Faculty of the Year) of Story Form Science will share insights on how to craft a compelling narrative along with social entrepreneurs Winnie Karanja (Maydm) and Aaron Olson (Novomoto) who will tell their stories and discuss their storytelling journeys.
Your social innovation journey starts here
Are you interested in having a career with purpose but not sure what that means or where to look? Hear from changemakers who have taken different paths to create impact – everything from working at a nonprofit, to starting a social enterprise, and even finding opportunities within the corporate sector to innovate for good. Understand different ways to develop your own skills and experiences to maximize impact. This candid conversation will be moderated by students from St. Norbert’s College.
Panel:Michelle Devine GieseTia MurrayRachel Armstrong
3:15 - 4 p.m.: Refreshments, reception and Force for Positive Change awards ceremony
5 p.m.: Event concludes
Optional pre-conference bus tour of social enterprise in the Fox Valley: Experience social innovation in Green Bay and the Fox Valley. For the first time as part of the Force for Positive Change, we will be offering an exclusive tour of social innovation organizations and the opportunity for participants to learn from the leadership at each of these organizations.
The bus will leave from Titletown Tech at 9 a.m. and will return by 10:30. The tour includes stops at: