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 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
Justina Nixon-Saintil, Director of Education, Verizon
Kabir Kumar, Senior Director, Community, Walmart Foundation

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 on overcoming hidden barriers to solve complex problems in a world of constant change. Recognized by the U.S. State Department as a Trafficking in Persons “Hero” – the highest honor given by the U.S. Government for anti-slavery leadership, Haugen provides revelations on how to unlock and scale solutions.
Gary Haugen, CEO & Founder, International Justice Mission

Storymaking Insights
Insights from Second City improv gurus on listening to your audience, creating empathy and turning complex messaging into stories.
Andy Eninger, Playwright, Actor, Consumer Insights Program Designer, The Second City Works

Partner Conversation
From partnering around food, funds and folks to leading the co-creation of a solution to capture more wasted food, hear about the innovative possibilities of partnership.
Colleen Chapman, Vice President, Global Social Impact, Starbucks
Nancy Curby, Senior Vice President, Corporate Partnerships & Operations, Feeding America

Behavior Change Forum
Moving beyond sponsored messages and PSA’s to participating in the conversation with critical issues and coveted audiences.
Eric Asche, CMO, Truth Initiative
Nneka Norville, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, BET Networks
Amit Paley, CEO and Executive Director, The Trevor Project
Meredith Ferguson, Managing Director of TMI Strategy,
Facilitated by Hayley Berlent, Founder and CEO, The Additive Agency

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

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
Alice Shobe, Director of Community Engagement, Amazon
David Steel, Executive Vice President, Global Communications, Samsung Electronics

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 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
Gayle Smith, President & CEO, ONE

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.
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
Irma Goyal Shrivastava, Senior Vice President, Strategic Marketing & Alliances, American Cancer Society

Storytelling Masters
Interactive storytelling exchange on increasing participation through compelling stories, with improv icon The Second City Works.
Andy Eninger, Playwright, Actor, Consumer Insights Program Designer, The Second City Works
Tamara Nolte, Senior Facilitator, The Second City Works

Partner Keynote
Insights on building trust and meaningful partnerships that transform the way businesses, causes and governments participate in sustainable solutions together.
Jean Oelwang, President and Trustee, Virgin Unite

Talent Masters
Leading up, down and all around for maximum effectiveness. A conversation on growing leaders and empowering people to collaborate, find solutions, make decisions and preserve culture.
Cindy Hallberlin, Chief Operating Officer, Easter Seals, Serving DC | MD | VA
Holly Harris-Reid, Director of Human Resources, Best Friends Animal Society
Amanda Lepof, Executive Director of Corporate Programs, American Red Cross
Elizabeth Ward, Vice President of Communications, Land Trust Alliance 

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.



Social Capital 2018 is sold out and online registration is closed. Please contact Carey Hollensteiner at with questions.