Social Enterprise Alliance’s Summit ’19

September 9th, 10th & 11th, 2019 in Chicago, IL


Summit is the ultimate national gathering for social enterprises in the United States. Every once in a while it’s necessary to hit pause on the day-to-day operations, come together and find new inspiration and direction for our work. That’s what makes our bi-annual Summit so essential, it’s a place to reconnect and re-energize.

Summit has been a fixture in the sector since Social Enterprise Alliance first opened its doors in 1998. What started as just an annual conference became an intimate membership community with capacity-building programs, awareness initiatives and access to business resources year-round.


This September, we’ll gather in Chicago for Summit ’19.

Chicago is the perfect backdrop for Summit this year; it was recently named one of the country’s best cities to visit and is known for its art, food and architecture. Aside from its cultural allure, it is a hub for social enterprise, home to the celebrated procurement initiative that incentivizes government purchasing of social enterprise products as well as leading social enterprises such as Cara | Cleanslate, New Moms | Bright Endeavors, CAUSEGEAR, RefuSHE, South Side Prints and dozens more!


Need accommodations? Summit ’19 takes place at the stunning Radisson Blu hotel, and we’ve got a special rate on lodging for Summit participants. Book your room using code SEASUM for the SEA discount.

Want to know more about past Summits? Check out this recap of Summit ’17 on our blog. You can find photos of the event, footage of our opening plenary and a link to our SEA podcast series, featuring an interview with Steph Speirs of Solstice, live recorded at Summit ‘17!


We look forward to seeing you in Chicago in September!

“The biggest benefit of Summit ’17 was being with other staff of social enterprises and having a rare opportunity to learn, talk and think beyond the day to day. I really liked the data and diversity sessions, as well as those on scaling and entering new/mainstream markets. Great content, thanks for a great event!”

Host Committee Chairs

Maria Kim

President & CEO, Cara

Marc Lane

The Law Offices of Marc J. Lane

Belinda Li

Founder & CEO, CiTTA Partnership