PSE, on its own and in collaboration with SOM Student Clubs and alumni, sponsors conferences and other events.
Social Impact Lab is a weekly forum that offers a unique, inspiring opportunity for students to engage and learn from each other and from a select group of external speakers. SI Lab explores challenging questions and thought-provoking issues that get at the heart of what it takes to make positive social and environmental change. Students, as well as leading alumni and other practitioners in the social sector, guide each week's exploration of compelling questions they’ve faced in their work and their aspirations for the future. Speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds, including social enterprise, education, economic development, consulting, design, and other mission-focused fields.
Lectures and Panels
Judy Samuelson, Aspen Institute
Sandy Urie, CEO of Cambridge Associates
Hilary Pennington, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Liz Berry Gips, Education in Africa
Andrea Levere, Corporate for Enterprise Development
Other Distinguished Speakers
Andrea Philips, Goldman Sachs
Georgia Keohane, New America
Robert Fabricant, Dalberg’s Design Impact Group
Vijay Sharma, GlaxoSmithKline
David Klein, Common Bond
David Auerbach, Sanergy
Michael Taormina, CommonBond
Andrew Kassoy, B-Lab
Brian Trelstad, Acumen Fund
Laura Callahan, Mckinsey & Company; David Hunter, Hunter Consulting LLC
Barret Prinz, Onc Acre Fund
South Asian Business Forum Presents Indian Social Entrepreneurs
Yale World Fellows
Harish Hande, Founder & CEO-SELCO
Margot Brandenburg, Associate Director- Rockefeller Foundation
The SOM Net Impact Club provides education, events and career guidance for SOM students pursuing careers in non-profit management, public management and socially responsible business. The Club also functions as an umbrella organization, coordinating activities relating to social enterprise and socially responsible careers with faculty, staff, and other clubs on campus. Other related social enterprise related clubs include: Economic Development, Environment, Healthcare, SOM Outreach, Arts and Culture, Board Service, Community Service, The Internship Fund, Food for Thought and others.
Organized by the Economic Development Club, this annual conference works to bring together eminent scholars, action agents and key opinion leaders to work on solutions for pressing economic development issues. This year, the Symposium brought to campus influential leaders in the field including Josh Wright, SOM ‘98, the Executive Director of ideas42, and Andrea Levere, SOM ‘83, the President of Corporation for Enterprise Development. Topics included holistic development, economic and societal inclusion, and developing a financial market place that addresses the needs for all Americans.
Founded in 2005, this annual conference, co-sponsored with the Net Impact Club, brings to SOM leaders from the world of philanthropic grant-making and investing. In it’s sixth year at Edward P. Evans Hall, the 15th annual Philanthropy Conference in 2020, “A Vision for the Future,” featured speakers including Emilie M. Antonetti of the Brooks Brothers Golden Fleece Foundation, Ellis Carr of Capital Impact Partners, and Courtney Howard Hodapp of JPMorgan Chase & Co.