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We are all making a difference. Together we can make a greater difference. Bringing together global and national leaders in education, workforce, community, business, and social impact, these summits resonate with us long after they’ve passed and inspire us to change the world for the better.

Washington Nonprofit Conference
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Disrupt Conference

When: Feb 22-24, 2017

Where: Washington DC

Join us and hundreds of fundraising and marketing professionals at the Washington Nonprofit Conference, a two-day event where you will exchange innovative marketing and fundraising ideas, generate insightful solutions and think creatively to help you make the relationship with your donors even stronger.

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South by Southwest Conference
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South by Southwest Conference

When: March 10-19, 2017

Where: Austin, TX

South by Southwest Conferences & Festivals are an amazing inspiration for new creative content. It fosters creative and professional growth, bringing together original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Conference panel discussions present a forum for best practices, inspiration, business showcases,. Global networking opportunities are everywhere.

SXSW is a truly an experience that can’t be found at any other conference. Google, Ford, and the New York Times are just a few of the innovative businesses that attend. The wide variety of people and organizations ensures this isn’t the usual echo-chamber. The activity of moving between sessions, going to invite-only parties, intently following tweets, and building new connections ensures social growth; digitally and personally. The opportunity to connect with talented individuals is limitless here. The wide variety of speakers, thoughts, and topics of interest will leave your brain supercharged.

Best for marketers, content producers, programmers, and digital creatives looking to be on the cutting edge of technological change.

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Non Profit Technology Conference
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NTEN – Nonprofit Technology Network Conference

When: March 23-25, 2017

Where: Washington DC

Provides over 100 educational sessions, an exhibit hall highlighting the latest nonprofit products and services, and networking events each day. NTEN brings together over 2,000 nonprofit pros to drive innovation with collaboration, ideation, and sharing to advance social impact. Allows attendees to explore new technologies, discover best practices, and learn how social impact issues are being solved.

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NAWB Forum 2017

When: March 25-28, 2017

Where: Washington DC

The National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) Forum is the premier event where workforce development professionals and leaders in business, government, labor, and education gather to gain insights into the current state of our nation’s workforce system and consider the goals and policy framework affecting the future of human capital development.

Who should attend?

The Forum is for:

  • Workforce Development Leaders, Professionals, and Board Members
  • Industry and Trade Association Representatives
  • Labor Representatives
  • Economic Development Leaders
  • Education System Leaders
  • Local Government Officials
  • National Organizational Partners
  • Community Organizers and Partners

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Continuing the Conversation:
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) National Convenings

1 Agenda. 3 Locations. 6 Tracks.

When & Where:

  • April 18–20, 2017: Dallas, TX
  • May 8–10, 2017: San Diego, CA
  • May 23–25, 2017: Washington, DC

In the spring of 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor, in collaboration with its Education and Health and Human Services partners, will host three national convenings. These convenings will continue to support WIOA implementation, building upon the regulations and guidance, virtual training, and resources already available to the system.

These 2017 WIOA National Convenings will have one agenda and nearly identical content and will be held at different regional locations on the West Coast, East Coast, and in the Midwest.  You may attend whichever location or date that is most convenient for you and still be certain you have not missed important program information.

Each location can accommodate up to 400 key state and local system professionals who will attend pre-conferences, plenaries, and workshops delivered by subject matter experts in six different WIOA-related tracks:

  • Financial and Grants Management
  • Business Engagement
  • One-Stop Operations
  • Integrated Services
  • Performance Accountability
  • Strategic Governance

Although the convenings are open to who wish to attend, the content would be most beneficial for state and local leadership and those involved in day-today workforce development operations.

Attendees at these 2017 national convenings will walk away with a thorough understanding that:

  • The regulations are the framework for the progress and change that we can make as a system.
  • Program integration is not only a critical component of WIOA but a best practice for serving our customers.
  • Designing and delivering services for those customers—job seekers and businesses alike—should be the foundation for accountability.

There is no cost to attend the convenings, but online registration is required. Travel expenses are not covered.

To register to attend the 2017 WIOA National Convening in Washington, DC and for more information, please visit and stay tuned to this event page for more details. Updates, including a detailed agenda, will follow in the coming weeks.

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Date: June 5-6, 2017

Location: Washington DC


We believe the world wants to do more for good. But not everyone stands up and takes the first step. That’s why MCON exists.

MCON gathers leaders, activists and social entrepreneurs to understand today’s social movements and how to turn interest in an issue into action.

The MCON experience is devoted to the new ways organizations and companies need to operate, the culture they represent, the transparency they need to compete and the innovation that is taking place for social issues.

MCON explores the unprecedented enthusiasm for making the world a better place and how any individual, no matter where you work or live, can take advantage of this excitement to spark a movement and create change.

 MCON brings together those who desire something more from their work and talent. They come to MCON because the event inspires and creates an atmosphere of a connected group of people who share a common belief that we can do more for good. They leave inspired and ready to use what they have experienced as they build, experiment and convene on their own for good.

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Collaborative & Classy Awards
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The Collaborative & Classy Awards

Date: June 13-15, 2017

Location: Boston, MA

The Collaborative is a biennial, three-day event last held in 2016 that brings together top social impact leaders to showcases innovative solutions to global challenges. The experience features thought-provoking panels, curated debates, and access to the most exciting innovations happening today. The event climaxes with presentation of the Classy Awards, a ceremony recognizing excellence in social innovation. Tin 2016, more than 3,600 programs in 115 countries were evaluated for the Awards.

Provides access to many different cause sectors and a fresh perspectives on social impact.

Best for nonprofit and foundation professionals, international, Public Benefit companies, and job seekers interested in careers in social impact.

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Innovate + Educate Close It Summit
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The CloseIt Summit

When: September 25-27, 2017

Where: Chicago, IL

The Close It Summit turns conversations into action. It creates a unique environment where business and education leaders, workforce and youth development innovators, social impact organizations and policy experts convene to explore, identify and create new solutions and pathways.

The Close It Summit program will contain sessions that are practical, action-oriented and focus on concrete, transferable guidance that will inform the shift to competency-based education, training, hiring, policymaking, and funding strategies. An effective session will result in participants walking away with increased knowledge and a plan for how to effectively use this knowledge to improve skills and abilities in a way that leads to innovation and improvement.

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Global Women in STEM Conference
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Global Women in STEM Conference

Date: October 4 & 5, 2017

Location: Silicon Valley

Some of the world’s most influential female business leaders from Science, Technology, and Engineering and Math (STEM) fields have joined forces with the Meera Kaul Foundation (MKF) to bring the third instalment of the Women in STEM (WiSTEM) Conference to Dubai. The Global Women in STEM Conference & Awards will be held on October 4th & 5th in Silicon Valley featuring a comprehensive two-day agenda of four Industry-led tracks, from Energy and Investing to Internet of Things and Sharing Economy; a Start-up Pitch battle of exciting business ideas; Career and Start-up Fair showcasing fresh talent and fresh ideas; Speed Mentoring; and the exclusive Women in STEM Awards. Read the Press Release and Learn More.

Agents of Change Summit 2017
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Agents of Change Summit

Date: February 12-13, 2018

Location: San Diego, CA

In 2016, the Agents of Change Summit united public health, technology and behavior change professionals at a conference experience like no other. Over 300 participants heard experts from Google, Facebook, Tumblr, Rescue, CDC, FDA, Ad Council and dozens of other public health and technology organizations about how to increase their impact. In 2018, the Agents of Change Summit returns to San Diego with new technologies, insights and research to help you change health behaviors in your community.

#AOCS18 will equip professionals with evidence-based strategies proven to cause change and the technological tools to effectively drive health behaviors. Every attendee will participate in an environment of innovation intended to bring change agents together to learn and collaborate towards more effective behavior change practices.

The summit attracts over 350 change agents and provides over 30 sessions, plus more than 10 science and technology keynotes. The summit is targeted for public health, social entrepreneurs, and technology leaders.

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Impact Conference
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Impact Conference

When: March 1-3, 2018

Where: Dayton, OH

The largest national gathering of student leaders, administrators, faculty, and nonprofit staff committed to engaging students in service, activism, politics, advocacy, and other socially responsible work. This event continues and builds on the legacy of the COOL National Conference and the Idealist Campus Conference, spanning an incredible 32+ year history.

To learn more about the IMPACT Conference, you can review our FAQpast workshopsconference schedule, and registration page.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our Conference Coordinators, Mare and Jed.


The following are other great social impact must-attend conferences that have not yet announced their 2017 dates.

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The Women’s March on Washington

Last Held: January 21, 2017

Where: Washington DC

We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us – immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault – and our communities are hurting and scared. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.

In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.


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Global entrepreneurship Week
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Global Entrepreneurship Week

Last Held: Nov 2016

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth, and expand human welfare.


  • 160+ countries
  • 25 million participants
  • 25,000+ entrepreneurial activities
  • Stay connected #GEW2016

During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions around the world inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors, and even investors.

Created in 2008, Global Entrepreneurship Week has expanded to more than 160 countries.

Each year it empowers roughly 25 million people through more than 25,000 activities, and is supported by dozens of world leaders and a network of 10,000 partner organizations.

Global Entrepreneurship Week is powered by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Social Good Tech Week
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Social Good Tech Week


Features innovative technology companies and stories of social good organizations and startups using technology to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.

Social Good Tech Week provides the opportunity to connect with thousands of people and learn how technology can create and scale social change.  The social and networking events allow you to connect to thousands of change leaders. The conference is best for technology and marketing professionals.

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The Corps Network Annual Conference

Last Held: Feb 12-15, 2017

Where: Washington DC

The Corps Network National Conference is an annual gathering of national, state, and local leaders in the fields of youth development, community service, and the environment. Attendees include approximately 200 Directors and senior staff from Service and Conservation Corps across the country; officials from federal agencies; representatives from philanthropic foundations; and friends and supporters of the Corps movement.

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South By South Lawn Festival
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South By Southlawn Summit

In October 2016, the White House convened creators, innovators, and organizers for an evening of music, film, and great ideas. It was a call to arms for every American to roll up their sleeves and make a positive mark on our country — and a celebration of the great work so many of us have already accomplished.

If you know somebody creating change in your community? You were invited you to nominate yourself or somebody you know to attend.

It’s unclear if the event will be continued by the next administration, but it was innovative, fun, and impactful. Keep an eye out if it happens again!