Social enterprise’s premier, national convening: Summit ’19 in Chicago, IL 

Social Enterprise Alliance empowers social enterprises with the tools and resources they need to succeed, and works to foster a social enterprise ecosystem in which they can thrive. Since our founding, we have convened the robust social enterprise field – practitioners, enthusiasts, experts, funders and more – at the Summit.


This September, we gathered in the heart of downtown Chicago for three days of networking, exploring best practices and partaking in candid discussion on the future of the social enterprise.


Attendees learned actionable tactics for taking their social enterprises to the next level in four key areas: Capital, Impact, Marketing and Marketplaces. Summit ’19 featured voices from SAP, Shopify, Bank of America, REDF, RSF Social Finance, Project I Am (founded by 12-year-old entrepreneur Jahkil Jackson) and The Rustandy Center for Social Innovation to name a few. CLICK HERE to read the recap of our time together.


Among the myriad of workshops and celebrations, we also had the chance to tour local social enterprises in the North, West and South Sides of Chicago. View photos of the tours and other Summit ’19 events, here. 

Jailan Adly
Jailan Adly


Carla Javits


Maria Kim

President & CEO, Cara

Sonya Passi
Sonya Passi

Founder & CEO, FreeFrom

Kerry Sullivan

President, Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Rahama Wright
Rahama Wright

CEO, Shea Yeleen Health and Beauty

Discover trends, strategies and best practices for growing your social enterprise.

Meet social enterprise leaders, supporters and enthusiasts from across the U.S.

Hear from innovators and share your dreams about how to change the world.

With deep appreciation for our sponsors who made Summit ’19 possible:

Bank of America
Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation
American Medical Association
Stand Together
BMO Harris Bank
The Law Offices of Marc J. Lane
Northern Trust
RSF Social Finance
Social Innovatus
CiTTA Partnership
DePaul University
Ecotone Analytics
Open Door Advisors