September 9 - Social Enterprise Tours

September 9 - Opening Plenary & Reception

September 10 - Summit Sessions

  • 9:00 am - 12:30 pm | Breakout Sessions


      Radisson Blu

  • 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm | Lunch

      Chicago Booth professor Linda E. Ginzel will provide a crash course in leadership development built around the contents of her recently released book, Choosing Leadership. In this session—as in the workbook—Ginzel’s exercises will help you reflect and define what leadership means to you as social entrepreneur balancing the demands of a mission-driven startup. You will leave this session inspired to carve out your own path to effectively lead (and with a signed copy of Ginzel’s book).

      Sponsored by

      University of Chicago Booth School of Business | Gleacher Center

  • 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm | Breakout Sessions
    • Debt is Not a Four-Letter WordCapital Track

      Taking on smart debt can fuel a social enterprise’s growth. However, the current lending landscape is challenging for social enterprises to navigate and succeed in, especially when working with traditional lenders. Recognizing this challenge, REDF recently launched an Impact Lending Program to better serve employment social enterprises and demonstrate a model for how flexible loan terms combined with technical assistance can improve borrower performance. As new lending models emerge, social enterprise leaders should be ready to take advantage of this new source of capital. This session will feature representatives from several lending institutions who will share practical advice for social enterprise leaders interested in securing a loan. They will also cover the steps that social enterprises should be taking today to ensure they are prepared to secure a loan in the future.

  • 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm | Plenary: Chicago Changemakers at an Inflection Point

      In this session, social impact attorney Marc Lane facilitates a strategic conversation among three prominent social entrepreneurs whose organizations are at a turning point. Representing a variety of industries, each of these featured leaders will share how they are pivoting their mission-driven ventures to achieve success. Featured panelists include Dr. Byron T. Brazier of BSD Industries & Eight Anchors Distribution, two workforce development social enterprises that seek to reinvest profits into Chicago's Woodlawn community; Donna Gaines of Tabernacle Senior Citizens’ Project, a housing model addressing loneliness, isolation and food insecurity in aging communities; and Dan Swinney of Re/Cast, a nonprofit increasing business leadership opportunities for minority and women employees.

      Radisson Blu

  • 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm | Summit Evening Activities

      Experience Chicago with your fellow Summit attendees!


September 11 - Summit Sessions