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History of the Conference

History of the Conference

This year marks our 14th annual Social Enterprise Conference at Harvard.

The conference is jointly produced by the students of Harvard Business School (HBS) and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS). Since its inception, our conference has been entirely student run. The student team responsible for producing the event has grown with the size of the conference, and this year includes 3 Co-Chairs, 27 Directors, more than 45 Panel and Workshop Managers, and over 70 volunteers.

In past years we have brought more than 100 speakers to Harvard for this event, including Dr. Judith Rodin (President, Rockefeller Foundation), David Blood (Co-founder and Senior Partner, Generation Investment Management), Vanessa Kirsch (Founder and Managing Director, New Profit, Inc.), Willy Foote (Founder & CEO, Root Capital), Robert S. Harrison (CEO, Clinton Global Initiative), Cheryl Dorsey (President, Echoing Green), Linda Rottenberg (Co-Founder and CEO, Endeavor), William Drayton (CEO, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public) and Sonal Shah (Head of the White House Domestic Policy Council’s Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation).

We are committed to delivering content that is cutting edge and reflects a diversity of perspectives on Social Enterprise. Our team is hard at work to bring together an incredible slate of speakers for our 4 keynote addresses, 32 panels, and 10 workshops in 2013.

We are also delighted to bring young social entrepreneurs from around the world to our conference to compete for $15,000 in cash and in-kind prizes in our Pitch for Change contest.

Finally, our Social Enterprise Career Fair promises to connect attendees with leading social enterprise employers, including New Profit, TechnoServe, Wellspring Consulting, Social Finance, and many others.

In 2009 we were named by Forbes.com as one of the “Top 12 most influential and exclusive executive gatherings”, an honor we shared with the World Economic Forum at Davos, TED, and the Clinton Global Initiative. We were the only student-run event to make the list, and believe this demonstrates the commitment of students at HBS and HKS to making a difference in the world.

We are excited to bring you the 2013 Social Enterprise Conference and to continue the tradition of conversation, learning and inspiration.