The theme of Social Capital 2018 is Participate—It's going to take all of us owning and taking action together to create enduring change.


Social Capital 2018 is a content-rich, invitation-only conference bringing together senior leaders from nonprofits, corporations and foundations for a candid exchange on growing sustainable impact. Extraordinary speakers who are co-creating today’s most innovative solutions will share their insights on what is new and next in strategic philanthropy—from cause marketing to multifaceted partnerships and employee and consumer engagement.

With participation limited to a select group of organizations of similar scale and scope, Social Capital 2018 provides an opportunity for like-minded peers to network and to gain more insight into the most relevant topics in the industry from the proven leaders.



Tuesday, February 27
Social Capital Community Reception
5:00 - 7:00 PM

Wednesday, February 28
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM


Social Capital Insights
The top 10 tenets of Participate that will be the greatest drivers of enduring change.
Paula Berezin, Co-Founder & CEO, Social Capital

CEO Conversation
Lessons from the global movement connecting diverse people with and without disabilities to participate in a unified community of acceptance and inclusion.
Mary Davis, CEO, Special Olympics International
Paula Berezin, Social Capital

Partner Forum
Revelations from category leaders on harnessing their business models and engaging consumers, employees and shareholders to participate in achieving sustainable impact.
Mike Goss, General Manager, Social Innovation, Toyota Motor North America and President, Toyota USA Foundation
Kabir Kumar, Senior Director, Community, Walmart Foundation
Additional panelists to be announced

Partner Conversation
From restoring historic monuments to supporting Main Street, learn how these preservation partners drive mass consumer participation to create lasting change.
Timothy J. McClimon, Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, American Express and President, American Express Foundation
Stephanie Meeks, President & CEO, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Cause Keynote
Insights from scientist turned CEO on re-inventing ourselves, our organizations and partnership models—to save the world (literally).
M. Sanjayan, CEO, Conservation International, Emmy-nominated news contributor

Storymaking Insights
An inside look at creating memorable, shareable and PR-able content that simplifies complex problems, elevates the narrative and engages the masses.
Joe Wade, British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award-Winner, and CEO and Co-Founder, Don't Panic London

Partner Conversation
An inside look at creating memorable, shareable and PR-able content that simplifies complex problems, elevates the narrative and engages the masses.
Colleen Chapman, VP Global Social Impact and Public Policy, Starbucks
Nancy Curby, Senior Vice President, Corporate Partnerships & Operations, Feeding America

Partner Keynote
Entrepreneurial insights on revolutionizing the way businesses, causes and governments address urgency and scale.
Jean Oelwang, President and Trustee, Virgin Unite

Media Partner Forum
Moving beyond sponsored messages and PSA’s to participating in the conversation with coveted majority-minority and Millennial audiences.
Nneka Norville, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, BET Networks
Aria Finger, CEO and Chief Old Person,

Social Capital Community Leader Insights
An exchange among top industry leaders sharing their predictions on what it means to Participate in 2018 and beyond.
Lauren Bright, Deputy General Counsel and Director, Washington DC Office, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Asha Curran, Chief Innovation Officer and Director of the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact, 92nd Street Y
Additional panelists to be announced

Wednesday, February 28

Cocktail Hour
4:30 – 5:30 PM

Social Capital Hero Award & Networking Dinner
5:30 – 8:00 PM

Thursday, March 1
Masters Session for Nonprofit Practitioners
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM


Social Capital Truths
The top 10 truths of Participate—what will be required to execute and achieve enduring change.
Paula Berezin, Co-Founder & CEO, Social Capital
Holley Darden, Chief Strategist, Social Capital

CEO Masters
Global leaders share how they enlist their stakeholders across all geographies, disciplines, partners and cultures to participate together in scaling mission success.
Caryl Stern, President & CEO, UNICEF USA
Additional panelists to be announced

Development Masters
Best-of-breed fundraisers reveal new ways of translating mission impact, stewarding donors and leveraging assets, channels and partners.
Andy Wilson, Chief Development Officer, Feeding America
Kelli Seely, Chief Development Officer, Special Olympics International
Cynthia McKee, Senior Vice President, Development, Conservation International

Marketing Masters
Best-in-class marketers share insights on translating relevance, building communities and generating revenue.
Irma Shrivastava, Senior Vice President, Strategic Marketing & Alliances, American Cancer Society
Greta Palmer, Senior Director, Marketing & Communications, Best Friends Animal Society
Katie Bisbee, Chief Marketing Officer & EVP Partnerships,
Meighan Girgus, Chief Marketing & Programs Officer, American Heart Association

Master Storytellers
Interactive storytelling exchange on increasing participation through compelling stories with improv icon, Second City, and story maker and disruptor, Don’t Panic.
Joe Wade, British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award-Winner, and CEO and Co-Founder, Don’t Panic London
Andy Eninger, Playwright, Actor, Consumer Insights Program Designer, The Second City Works
Colleen Murray Peyton, Actress, Writer, Facilitator, The Second City Works

Leadership Keynote
From secretary to CEO, Carly Fiorina shares her central philosophy:
Everyone has more potential than they realize. And everyone, no matter their circumstances, has the potential to lead.
Carly Fiorina, former CEO, Hewlett-Packard and Founder, Unlocking Potential

CEO Conversation on Talent
Investing in talent, culture and leadership at every level is mission critical. Insights on empowering people to collaborate, find solutions, make decisions and preserve culture.
Vicki Escarra, Founder and Principal, Vicki Escarra LLC; former CEO, Feeding America and Opportunity International

Impact Masters
Why and how four leading CEOs in youth development came together to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders.
Jim Clark, President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Jennifer Sirangelo, President & CEO, National 4-H Council
Judy Vredenburgh, President & CEO, Girls, Inc.
  Kevin Washington, President & CEO, YMCA of the USA

*The conference schedule reflects current speaker commitments and all efforts are made to maintain the schedule as published. However, if any extenuating circumstances require speaker changes, the schedule will be updated as soon as possible.


Registration for Social Capital 2018 is open.

Invited practitioners may register by clicking the link below.

To request an invitation, please contact Carey Hollensteiner at or 301-325-9311.