Attention Bay Area Alumni: free tickets to the Social Innovation Summit (November 17-18 in Redwood City)

social innovation summitWesleyan alumna and Patricelli Center board co-chair Lara Galinsky ’96 wrote to ENGAGE with this offer, asking us to share it with fellow grads in the Bay Area. Lara says that she has attended in the past and found this conference useful. And even better, we see Sid Espinosa ’94 on the confirmed speakers list for this year!

If you attend the Summit (or any other conferences for that matter), we’d love to hear about your experience. Drop us a line at

Dear Friends,

I am an ambassador for the upcoming Social Innovation Summit 2015 hosted in Silicon Valley on November 17-18th and am delighted to extend this complimentary invitation to join as my guest.

Social Innovation Summit is the premier, invitation-only conference for the world’s most potent leaders, thinkers and practitioners to discuss and debate the new social innovation trends across key sectors, including STEM & Education, Women & Girls, Tech for Good, Healthcare, Sustainability & Environment, Economic Development, Diversity & Inclusion, and Workforce Readiness. This year’s theme – “Driving Impact Through Partnership” – features a provocative lineup of global speakers balanced with an elite audience of 1,000+ top corporate executives, global philanthropists, technologists, grant makers, innovators and social entrepreneurs.

I’d like to cordially invite you to register as my guest at with VIP Code: LaraVIP

Warmest Wishes,

Lara Galinsky ’96 






Social Innovation Summit 2015

Sofitel San Francisco Bay

233 Twin Dolphin Drive

Redwood City, CA 94065



VIP Code:  LaraVIP



Tuesday, November 17th  

1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Main Event Program

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Networking Reception

Wednesday, November 18th   

9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Main Event Program

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Networking Reception

Agenda: Full Agenda Here









·         Alexis Bonnell, Director, Office of Engagement & Communications, Global Development Lab – USAID

·         Alisa Cordesius, Manager, Social Innovation & Design – Indiegogo

·         Amy Kavanaugh, Foundation Chairman & Chief Public Affairs Officer – Taco Bell        

·         Ananta Ripa Ajmera, Founder – Whole Yoga & Ayurveda

·         Ann Woo, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility – Samsung

·         Anne V, Supermodel, Actress, Philanthropist

·         Bill Chandler, SVP, Global Corporate Affairs – Gap

·         Blair Taylor, Chief Community Officer – Starbucks

·         Bryan Breckenridge, Executive Director –

·         Carilu Dietrich, Vice President, Corporate Marketing – Atlassian

·         Caroline Barlerin, Head of Community Outreach & Planning – Twitter

·         Chandini Portteus, President & Chief Executive Officer – LIVESTRONG Foundation

·         Chris Skopec, Senior Director, Emergency Response & Preparedness – International Medical Corps

·         Clemantine Wamariya, Human Rights Advocate & Social Entrepreneur

·         Daniel Lee, Executive Director, Levi Strauss Foundation – Levi Strauss

·         Daryl Brewster, Chief Executive Officer – CECP

·         Dean Kamen, Entrepreneur & Inventor; Founder – DEKA Research & Development Corporation

·         Elizabeth Lipscomb, Vice President, Education Partnerships & Social Responsibility – Discovery

·         Emmett Carson, Chief Executive Officer – Silicon Valley Community Foundation

·         Gideon Amichay, Founder, Chief Creative Officer – No, No, No, No, No, Yes

·         Greg McKeown, Author, “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less”; Chief Executive Officer – THIS, Inc

·         Issam Dairanieh, Managing Director, Ventures – BP

·         Jim Hickman, Chief Executive Officer – Better Health East Bay

·         John Abele, Co-Founder & Director – Boston Scientific

·         Kristen Titus, Founding Director, NYC Tech Talent Pipeline – City of New York

·         Kristin Campbell Reed, Director, Corporate & Employee Giving – Genentech

·         Les Riedl, Chief Executive Officer – GlobeOne

·         Leslie Ziegler, Co-Founder  – Bitty Foods

·         Lynn Taliento, Partner & Co-Founder, Social Sector Practice – McKinsey & Company

·         Manuel Chinea, Chief Operating Officer – Popular Community Bank

·         Maria Arias, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion – Comcast    

·         Maria Thomas, Chief Consumer Officer & Chief Marketing Officer – SmartThings Former CEO – Etsy

·         Maurizio Vecchione, Senior Vice President, Global Good and Research – Intellectual Ventures

·         Melissa Waggener Zorkin, Chief Executive Officer – Waggener Edstrom

·         Nick Cannon, Actor, Comedian, TV & Radio Host, Musician, Writer, Director, Producer and Philanthropist

·         Priya Bery, Chief of Staff – TOMS

·         Renee Kaplan, Chief Strategy Officer – The Skoll Foundation

·         Rhonda Mims, Managing Director, Corporate Social Responsibility – Paul Hastings LLP

·         Rob Holzer, Founder & Chief Executive Officer – Matter Unlimited

·         Sal Khan, Founder & Chief Executive Officer – Khan Academy

·         Shannon Schuyler, Principal, Corporate Responsibility Leader – PwC

·         Sid Espinosa, Former Mayor – Palo Alto; Director of Corporate Citizenship – Microsoft

·         Stephen Friend, Open-Science Advocate; President – Sage Bionetworks

·         Suzanne DiBianca, President – Salesforce Foundation

·         Tim Morehouse, Olympic Silver Medalist, Team USA Fencing

·         Tyler Norris, Vice President, Total Health Partnerships – Kaiser Permanente

·         Wm. Jahmal Miller, Deputy Director, Office of Health Equity – California Department of Public Health

·         Yael Lehmann, Executive Director – The Food Trust

·         Yvonne Thomas, Director, Corporate Citizenship – Microsoft

·         Zenia Tata, Executive Director, Global Development & International Expansion – XPRIZE








Confirmed attendees include an elite, invitation-only gathering of top Fortune 500 corporate executives, venture capitalists, government leaders, heads of CSR, foundation presidents, changemakers and social entrepreneurs with firms such as Adobe, AIG, AOL, American Eagle Outfitters, Apple, AT&T, Bank of America, Blackbaud, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Boston Scientific, BP, CBS, CDW, CECP, Charles Schwab, Cisco, Clinton Global Initiative, Comcast, Cycle for Survival, DirecTV, Discovery,, EA, eBay, EMC, Facebook, Flextronics, Forbes, Gap, GE, Genentech, General Motors Foundation, Giving Back Fund, Google, GlobeOne, The Guardian, Havas, Hilton, HP, Huffington Post, Intel, Jamba Juice, JPMorgan Chase, JetBlue, Kairos Society, Kaiser Permanente, Khan Academy, Liquidnet, Levi Strauss, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Mohr Davidow Ventures, NBA, NBCUniversal, NetHope, Oakley, Oracle, Paul Hastings, PayPal, PBS, Pencils of Promise, PwC, Qualcomm Foundation, Salesforce, Samsung, San Francisco 49ers, SanDisk, SAP, Shell, Sony, Stanford University, Sutter Health, Telefonica Ventures, Twitter, UBS, UC Berkeley, United Nations, US Dept. of State, US Navy, Verizon, Visa, Waggener Edstrom, Walmart, Walt Disney, Western Union, World Bank, Yahoo!, Year Up, Yum Brands, and more.