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Hear directly from people who have launched their own companies!

Whether you plan to enter one of the four main competitions or you simply want to learn more about entrepreneurship, attend our Founder's Workshops to gain direct, credible insights and advice from entrepreneurs who have built both large and small businesses and social enterprises.

Hear from experienced industry experts during mini-lectures, focused panels, and Q&A sessions. Take advantage of the opportunity to network and connect with the experts following their presentations.

Save the Date: "Innovate & Impact with Social Entrepreneurship"

Friday, October 4th from 8:30am - 3:00pm at 574 Boston Avenue

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  • 8:30am - 9:00am: Breakfast & Networking
  • 9:00am - 10:30am: Kevin Thurm (CEO of the Clinton Foundation) - Discussion and Q&A led by Alan Solomont (Dean of Tisch College)
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm: Social Impact Panel - Secrets of Success from Social Impact Entrepreneurs
    • Engage, ask questions and get answers to all your questions on entrepreneurship. A team of experienced social entrepreneurs will answer every possible question you have about creating impact through social entrepreneurship. What does it take to successfully raise early stage funding? What are the "Rules of the Road"? How can I get connected? Bring all of your questions!
    • Panelists include: Karen Bressler (Board Chair of Community Savings & TEC Lecturer), Nancy Lippe (Director of The Umbrella Arts & Environment, TEC Lecturer & Senior Fellow at Tisch College), and Julianne Zimmerman (Managing Investor at Reinventure Capital & TEC Lecturer)
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch & Meet with the Experts!
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm: Peter Sacco (CEO at Adelante Shoes & Past $100k New Ventures Competition Social Impact Track Winner)
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm: Keynote by Lisa Tanzer (President of Life is Good) 

Keynote Speakers include:

Lisa Tanzer

Lisa Tanzer, President of Life is Good, has over 25 years of consumer brand experience. Prior to becoming president, Lisa served as the company’s Head of Marketing after spending over 20 years on the board of directors of the Life is Good Kids Foundation. She’s held executive positions in the entertainment, ecommerce, and education sectors. Earlier in her career, Lisa held marketing and strategy roles at Hasbro, Staples, The Gillette Company, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. She received her BA from Tufts University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Lisa Tanzer

Kevin Thurm

Kevin Thurm is the chief executive officer of the Clinton Foundation. He previously served as a senior counselor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where he worked with Secretary Sylvia Burwell and HHS senior leadership on a number of cross-cutting strategic initiatives, including continuing implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Prior to that role, Kevin held various leadership positions at Citigroup, including chief compliance officer and deputy general counsel. Before joining Citigroup, Thurm served as the deputy secretary and chief of staff for the Department of Health and Human Services under Secretary Donna E. Shalala. He received a bachelor's from Tufts University in 1983; a bachelor's/master's from Oxford University in 1986, where he was a Rhodes Scholar; and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1989.

Kevin Thurm

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