Virtual Events

EdTech: One Pandemic Year Later

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 || 1:00pm–2:00pm ET / 10:00am–11:00am PT

Last March, there was a rapid and broad response to provide remote learning options in a matter of days through school districts and third-party providers across the globe. After a year of relying on EdTech, many education leaders are reflecting on the past 12 months as they shape the future of education in our communities. Building off of the success of our EdTech webinar last April, Social Innovation Summit will convene experts to share the lessons learned in a challenging year, provide insights on the tools they have implemented, and discuss how to improve student outcomes in the years ahead.

Featured Speakers:
  • Miriam Brady, Senior Program Manager, Digital Inclusion – Microsoft
  • Traci Scott, Vice President, Workforce Development Division – National Urban League
  • Scott Shaw, CEO & President – Lincoln Tech
  • George Moore, Chief Technology Officer – Cengage
  • Lidia Medina, Investor – Vamos Ventures
  • Nati Rodriguez, Program Director, Annenberg Learner – Annenberg Foundation
  • Mel Ochoa, Chief Operating Officer – Landmark Ventures

Advancing Women of Color in Tech

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 || 1:00pm–2:00pm ET / 10:00am–11:30am PT

While steps have been taken to develop career pathways for women in the tech sector, there is still a great need for solutions that specifically support Black, Latina and Native American women. Join us as Dalila Wilson-Scott (Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast Corporation & President, Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation), Dwana Franklin-Davis (Chief Executive Officer of Reboot Representation), and Becky Ferguson (Vice President of Global Philanthropy at Salesforce) share their unique perspectives on how the industry can work together collectively to make meaningful progress on closing the diversity gap in tech.

Featured Speakers: 
  • Dalila-Wilson Scott, EVP & Chief Diversity Officer – Comcast Corporation; President – Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation
  • Becky Ferguson, Vice President, Global Philanthropy – Salesforce
  • Dwana Franklin-Davis, Chief Executive Officer – Reboot Representation

Exploring Philanthropy’s Role in a Democratic Society

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 || 1:00pm–2:00pm ET / 10:00am–11:30am PT

In partnership with Fidelity Charitable, this virtual event welcomed an audience of philanthropists, foundation leaders, corporate executives, and innovators for an informative discussion on enhancing the democratic process, especially as the 2020 presidential election approaches. The goal of the event is to learn about issues facing our democracy and gain an understanding of the diverse ecosystem of initiatives, organizing groups, nonpartisan programs, and others working to address them. It will explore some of the innovative approaches both individual and institutional funders are taking to ensure a healthy, well-functioning democracy.

Featured Speakers: 
  • Pamela Norley, President – Fidelity Charitable
  • Melody Barnes, Former Director of Domestic Policy Council; Co-Director for Policy & Public Affairs – UVA Democracy Initiative
  • Steven Olikara, Founder & CEO – Millennial Action Project
  • Joe Goldman, President – Democracy Fund

Normalizing Black Wealth and Black Unicorns

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 || 2:00pm–3:00pm ET / 11:00am–12:00pm PT

In partnership with UBS, this fast-paced, expert-led program explored opportunities and challenges around creating inclusive communities in the face of injustice and racism. The headlines are familiar and challenges seem intractable: venture capital invests less than 1% in Black founders. Black entrepreneurs regularly encounter racism and bias from investors. And the numbers are even more dire for Black women, despite being among the fastest-growing and most dynamic founders of our time. Solutions in the form of accelerators, fundraising workshops, coding academies offer some relief and progress. After the summer of Black Lives Matter, the world galvanized around a call for racial justice and systemic change. How can the world of venture step up to meet this moment? Join SIS, UBS, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mentor Spaces, Black founders, venture capitalists, and journalists for a strategy session on the new game plan and how to flip the narrative for Black Founders.

Featured Speakers: 
  • Mark Wilkins, Managing Director – UBS
  • Baron Davis, Two-Time NBA All-Star, Investor & Founder – Baron Davis Enterprises
  • Henry Hipps, Deputy Director – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Chris Motley, Founder & CEO – Mentor Spaces
  • Kori Hale, Chief Executive Officer– CultureBanx
  • Monique Idlett-Mosley, Founder & Managing Partner – Reign Ventures

UNGA Kick-Off: Future of Work Networking

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 || 11:00am–12:00pm ET / 8:00am–9:00am PT

We kicked off UNGA week with a fun 1:1 Video-Networking Session that brought together leaders from across the Social Innovation Summit ecosystem to start meaningful conversations, make new friends, and ultimately build impactful partnerships. Following brief opening remarks and a Fireside Chat with Lyft and Mastercard, attendees networked with peers who are also thinking about gaps in today’s education-to-employment pipelines and approaches to strengthening the workforce of tomorrow....

Featured Speakers: 
  • Oliver Browne, Head of Future of Work – Lyft
  • Parag Mehta, Executive Director & Senior Vice President – Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth
  • Mel Ochoa, Chief Operating Officer – Landmark Ventures

Covid Slide: Helping Schools Combat Major Learning Loss

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 | 12:00–1:00pm ET / 9:00am–10:00am PT
In Partnership With Discovery Education

Despite teachers’ best efforts, schools and homes nationwide are struggling to navigate distance learning, and the projected impact on student progress is monumental. The disruption could put students up to a full year behind, a learning loss unlike anything our education system has ever known. Along with our co-host Discovery Education and Verizon, Social Innovation Summit invites you to our upcoming webinar discussing the learning loss occurring, and the opportunity for companies to support schools in building long-term, substantive solutions.

Featured speakers will include Discovery Education’s leading expert on academic research, Verizon’s Innovative Learning team, and more top education stakeholders who are working to mitigate the threat of massive learning loss resulting from COVID-19.

Virtual Workshop: Workforce & Economic Resilience

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 | 2:00–3:00pm ET / 11:00am–12:00pm PT
With Support from New Profit, Global Business Coalition for Education, Mastercard Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, and NPower

With approximately 30 million unemployment claims so far in the United States alone, how do we aggressively reduce a towering jobless rate when society gets back to “normal” in the coming months? To discuss our path forward and identify solutions, Social Innovation Summit invites you to join our upcoming virtual salon Workforce & Economic Resilience, featuring a fast-paced, expert-led program with critical insights from corporate executives and Future of Work leaders:

  • Dr. Angela Jackson, Partner – New Profit
  • Seema Kumar, Vice President, Innovation, Global Health & Policy Communications – Johnson & Johnson
  • Jamira Burley, Head, Youth Engagement & Skills – Global Business Coalition for Education
  • Tricia Williams, Interim Head of Research – Mastercard Foundation
  • Bertina Ceccarelli, Chief Executive Officer – NPower
  • Abby Frost, Director, This Way Ahead – Gap
  • Ryan Craig, Managing Partner – University Ventures
  • Moderator: Mel Ochoa, Chief Operating Officer – Landmark Ventures 

Virtual Salon: Mobilizing Action in the Time of COVID-19

Thursday, April 16, 2020 | 2:00–3:00pm ET / 11:00am–12:00pm PT

This Virtual Salon will welcome a curated audience of Fortune 500 executives, foundation heads, philanthropists and corporate responsibility leaders for a fast-paced, expert-led program highlighting how companies, funders and non-profits are mobilizing around the current crisis, emphasizing the regional perspectives of leading Bay Area institutions. Join us as we explore how societal challenges around equity and sustainability have been amplified by the COVID-19 crisis, and how global leaders can apply local approaches for adjusting, reacting, and modifying their philanthropic and CSR programs to address both the pressing needs of today and the ongoing needs of tomorrow.

Virtual Webinar: Education Technology for At-Home Learners

Thursday, April 9, 2020 | 2:00–3:00pm ET / 11:00am–12:00pm PT
With Support from New Profit

As millions of children stay home, education technology platforms are being relied upon now more than ever. The rapid and broad response to provide distance learning options in a matter of days through school districts and third-party providers has been impressive. Join us to connect with experts on early lessons gleaned from such a widescale and massive reliance upon edtech. We will hear from practitioners at the system and local levels who will touch upon their response approaches, equity/inclusion considerations, and overall aim to ensure well-rounded, engaging instruction from STEM to music and more.

Featured Speakers:
  • Shalinee Sharma, Chief Executive Officer – Zearn
  • Dr. Daniel Greenstein, Chancellor – Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education
  • Henry Donahue, Executive Director, Save the Music Foundation – ViacomCBS
  • Michael Haggen, Chief Academic Officer – Scholastic Education
  • Moderator: Mel Ochoa, Chief Operating Officer – Landmark Ventures

Virtual Roundtable: Corporate Responsibility in Times of Crisis

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 | 12:00–1:00pm ET / 9:00–10:00am PT

Given the urgent needs of today, Social Innovation Summit is convening a special invitation-only, virtual “roundtable discussion” on Corporate Responsibility in Times of Crisis. The goal of this private event is to convene a leading group of corporations and funders to discuss the current landscape. The conversation will provide an informal (off-the-record) opportunity to discuss the role of corporations during times of crisis, highlight any best practices around programs and efforts, and explore how we can take action and partner together for impact.