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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.

SRI Conference
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The SRI Conference

Date: November 1-3, 2017

Location: San Diego, CA

The SRI Conference – on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing serves thought leaders, investors, and investment professionals in the ESG, Shareowner Advocacy, and Impact Investing space. Together, we are catalyzing the shift to a more socially equitable and environmentally sustainable economy. Now in our 28th year, The SRI Conference offers a robust agenda covering innovative financial products, emerging topics, and compelling industry issues as well as legendary networking opportunities.

Global entrepreneurship Week
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Global Entrepreneurship Week

When: November 13-19, 2017

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.


  • 170 countries
  • 10 million participants
  • 35,000 entrepreneurial activities
  • Stay connected #GEW2017

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.

Each year it empowers roughly 10 million people through more than 35,000 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.

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The Corps Network Annual Conference

When: Feb 11-14, 2018

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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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.

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South by Southwest Conference

When: March 9-18, 2018

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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Global Ethics Summit

When: March 14-15, 2018

Where: New York City, NY

Be Inspired

The Global Ethics Summit is the premier annual event connecting the most respected and diverse class of company leaders who come together to inspire company integrity and responsible business performance. CEOs, board members, CLOs, corporate secretaries, chief compliance officers, leading industry executives, global thought leaders and others participate in the Summit to network, collaborate, exchange ideas, share best practices and fuel companies with actionable solutions to minimize risk and enhance company performance worldwide.

Join the conversation  and leave inspired, with uncompromising approaches that will enhance compliance, governance, and integrity at your organization.

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Global Women in STEM Conference
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Global Women in STEM Conference

When: March 19-20, 2018

Where: Atlanta, GA

The Global Women in STEM Leadership Summit is the only 2-day summit dedicated to giving women in scientific and technological fields from all career paths access to powerful tools, strategies and connections to advance their careers and their lives. Learn More.

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NAWB Forum 2018

When: March 24-27, 2018

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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NTEN – Nonprofit Technology Network Conference

When: April 11-12, 2018

Where: New Orleans, LA

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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Social Innovation Summit

When: June 4-6, 2018

Where: San Francisco, CA

The Social Innovation Summit is an annual event taking place in Silicon Valley which represents a global convening of black swans and wayward thinkers. Where most bring together luminaries to explore the next big idea, we bring together those hungry not just to talk about the next big thing, but to build it.

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Collaborative & Classy Awards
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The Collaborative & Classy Awards

When: June 12-14, 2018

Where: Boston, MA

The Collaborative is a three-day experience that connects all levels of the social sector to share breakthrough solutions to the world’s toughest problems, culminating with a celebration of the Classy Award Winners.

This was one of the most impactful events I’ve attended. I found tremendous inspiration in exchanging ideas with some of the best socially responsible and passionate leaders in the world!” – JAY FERRO, American Cancer Society

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: Shift Happens

When: October 15-18, 2018

Where: Brooklyn, NY

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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The following are other great social impact must-attend conferences that have not yet announced their next event date(s).

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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Last Held: 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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Can’t Make it to MCON?
Register for the Free Livestream!

This year, MCON is bringing together more social good leaders than ever before. More than 35 speakers will take the stage for sessions that focus on three key themes: Social Justice, Identity and Planet. This year’s lineup features “GIRLS” and “Get Out” star Allison Williams, Chef Spike Mendelsohn and President and Voto Latino CEO/President Maria Teresa Kumar.
Thanks to Achieve, those who cannot attend in person can still watch all speaker and panel sessions live, for FREE.
Register now now to secure your Livestream spot!
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Last Held: June 11-14, 2017

Location: Dordrecht, The Netherlands

Join us at Da Vinci College’s Sustainability Factory where the stage is set to share ideas and practices on how to teach in an entrepreneurial environment!

The event is hosted by the Trans-Atlantic Technology and Training Alliance (TA3). TA3 is an international learning network advancing community and technical colleges, sharing innovation and sustainable development, for the global economy. TA3 is managed by Corporation for a Skilled Workforce as the U.S. secretariat and EUC Syd in Denmark, the European secretariat.

  • Sunday, June 11th – Kick off reception and cultural tour of Dordrecht
  • Monday, June 12th – Symposium organized to turn innovative principles into practices held at the Sustainability Factory – a field lab for SMART Industry
  • Tuesday, June 13th – Industry tours of Aeronautics/aerospace and shipbuilding industries as key drivers of the regional economy
  • Wednesday, June 14th – TA3 Business Meeting and closing luncheon

The physical environment of learning spaces is not limited to college buildings. Work-based learning partnerships in changing work environments are also part of the spectrum.

The issues facing business leadership on how to stimulate a sustainable innovative environment will also have a huge impact on education and learning spaces in the future. People need to adapt constantly to changes in their professional environment and invest in learning and upskilling so that they may become entrepreneurs of their own future.

Central themes to be explored include:

  • The Transformation of learning spaces
  • The Work and Learning Arc – multiple jobs, new technology
  • Leadership of scalable learning
  • Stimulating Growth and Innovation – flexibility, retention and collaboration
  • Credentialing and upskilling
  • Recognizing informal learning, specific tools being used to measure competency

Whether you are a community college, four year institution, employer, policymaker, non-profit or government agency, this is a unique opportunity to learn from and network with your international peers.

Register today through Eventbrite and visit the TA3 website for instructions on how to follow the discussion on twitter, download the conference app, view the event video and download PowerPoint presentations from the speakers.

Best for higher education, employers, policymakers, non-profits, government agencies, and international organizations interested in workforce development and social entrepreneurship.

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Crafting new learning environments: Be an entrepreneur of your own future”

Exchange of opinions and experiences

Key themes to be explored in an innovation experience throughout the conference, starting on the Monday.

  • Session A: The transformation of learning spaces
  • Session B: Leadership of scalable learning
  • Session C: Credentialing and upskilling

Exchange of views and experiences to be facilitated during break-out sessions, workshops and panel discussions. Hospitality to include tea- and coffee breaks, refreshment breaks, closure receptions and a conference dinner.

On Sunday afternoon, 11 June, TA3 members may participate in a cultural programme in the city of Dordrecht, including a welcome reception and a museum visit to Hof van Nederland that was opened by the King and Queen of The Netherlands during their visit to Dordrecht on the King’s birthday. Non-members wishing to participate in the Sunday event should indicate this through the Eventbrite site.

Monday, 12 June Venue: Sustainability Factory, winner of smart industry award, now a field lab for smart industry.

After the opening ceremony and main keynote speaker, participants may opt for one of the three key themes, or a combination thereof. Theme lines consist of a keynote speech, two breakout sessions / workshops, plenary wrap-up and company visits during the industry tour on Tuesday.

Speakers include:

Ruud Veltenaar, Charismatic impact investor, TEDx speaker, trendwatcher and inspirator about cultivating tomorrow’s great ideas and transformational leadership.

Ab van der Touw, Captain of industry, CEO Siemens Netherlands, in collaboration with Jeremy Rifkin, one of the initiators of the Roadmap Next Economy

Egbert-Jan Sol, Director of Innovation responsible for the Nanotech, Instrumentation & Materials part of the HTSM innovation area at TNO. TNO is the 4000 people large Dutch contract Research & Technology Organization of the Netherlands.

Transformation of learning spaces

  • Multiple careers during lifetime
  • Increase of self-employment
  • New technologies (3D and 4D printing, robotics, additive manufacturing, free-form production, sustainable energy and smart technologies)
  • ICT impact on reshaping professions and jobs of all kinds.

The issue facing business leadership of how to stimulate a sustainable innovative environment will also have a huge impact on the content of education and on learning spaces and environments both in education and in business. People need to adapt constantly to changes in their professional environment and invest in learning and upskilling so that they may become the entrepreneurs of their own future.

The physical environment of learning spaces does not limit itself to college buildings. Work-based learning partnerships in changing work environments are also part of the spectrum. Learning does not only take place at school or college, but also in the working environment and in informal settings.

Leadership of scalable learning

  • Leaders need to ignite the “passion of the explorer” in their work force
  • Keep the best people stimulated to generate innovative ideas
  • Long-term planning horizons to be replaced by “zoom out and zoom in” strategies?
  • How can anyone really learn in an environment that is highly risk averse, standardises all activity and tightly specifies every step that must be taken?
  • What would institutions look like if their core rationale were scalable learning?
  • What if the reason we’ll come together in institutions in the future is that we’ll learn faster as participants in these institutions than we ever could on our own?

In years to come there will still be large companies, but they may be driven by a different rationale: scalable learning. Is the pursuit of scalable efficiency conducive to scalable learning? What would the physical work environment look like if the focus were on accelerating learning, performance improvement and worker experience?

Credentialing and upskilling

  • Establishing qualifications of licensed professionals or organizations
  • Credentialing of competencies acquired outside college (during the “arc of lifetime learning”)
  • “Rewarding” people’s exertions to keep up with social and economic developments.
  • Validation of non-formal and informal learning recognizing the full range of an individual’s knowledge, skills and competences, regardless whether acquired within or outside formal education systems.
  • Validation (identified, documented, assessed, and/or certified) of learning experiences
  • Investing in pro-active upskilling and life-long development will help build a durable career base.

Tuesday, 13 June

Tour of industry

  • Visits to be related to the key themes of the first conference day, may include airbase (JSF), shipbuilding yard (mega yachts), innovation centre, metrology and flow metering plant, welding company etc.
  • Plenary closure at Sustainability Factory for TA3 members and non-members

Wednesday, 14 June

TA3 member business meeting and final adjournment, including farewell luncheon.

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NERETA Job Creation Summit

Last Held: June 14-15, 2017

Location: Scranton, PA

Create Innovation Ecosystems

Your team will learn how to develop a Talent Pipeline for the Tech Industry and support entrepreneur and business growth

The purpose of the Summit and eight-month post-conference course (one webinar per month) is to assist local higher education, workforce development and economic development professionals to align their strategies to improve local workforce capabilities in both technology and business ownership skills and boost a competitive advantage for your region.

We are asking regions to attend the Summit as TEAMS (minimum of four people -see registration information) to actively learn how to develop an ecosystem of support for entrepreneurs and business growth their region.  You may attend the Summit as an individual, but you will be more effective in your region if you attend the Summit with your region’s team to learn the methodology of “collaborative strategic planning and alignment.”

Support beyond the conference – the post-conference course:

After the conference, NERETA, along with our expert colleagues from around the country, will be providing an eight session course to continue to support your efforts in developing your alignment strategies.  This course is FREE to full conference attendees!

This conference and the follow-up course are specifically centered on the methodologies that are used in developing industry partnerships, sector strategies and cluster initiatives.

Academic underpinning:

The processes and course are based heavily on the work of The Global Practitioners Network of Competitiveness, Clusters and Innovation (which is based on the work of Michael Porter of Harvard Business School).

Day 1 afternoon strategy session – “Developing a Talent Pipeline for the Tech Industry” – be led by Dr, Eric Hansen of Economic Transformations Group (ETG)  (he was one of the people who helped Silicon Valley with its clustering initiative!).

Day 2 afternoon strategy session – “Supporting Entrepreneurs and Business Growth” – be led by Maria Meyers from Sourcelink.

This truly will be an opportunity to learn, grow, align strategies…and develop a plan of action for your region that will make a difference!

Best for Northeast Region Leaders in Workforce & Economic Development,  Higher Education, and Business.

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GSG Impact Summit

Last Held: July 10-11, 2017

Location: Chicago, Il

The Global Social Impact Investors Group (GSG) Impact Summit brings together over 500 leaders and practitioners from the GSG’s global network, including representatives from National Advisory Boards in its 13 member countries, the EU and associate organizations. We also welcome attendees from a wide range of non-member countries where groups are coming together to advance the impact agenda.

Over the course of the event we will discuss the current state of the sector globally, and work together to identify priorities, key action areas and milestones to take impact investment to tipping point by 2020. In particular, we will assess how the GSG and its members can be most impactful in leading the sector’s development across countries, regions and globally.

We very much hope that you will be able to join us for what promises to be an important and stimulating summit. Collectively, we can improve lives and the planet by making impact count.

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College Acceleration Summit

Last Held: August 8, 2017

Where: Online

The College Acceleration Summit features 20+ education experts sharing insights, strategies, and tactics to give attendees a clear plan to advance their career. Attendees will get over 10 hours of insights, a chance to win one of three $500 scholarships.

Join for a free virtual conference and learn how to take the next step in your career towards the life you dream of!

Recommended for high school students, job seekers, educators, workforce development professionals, career counselors, career center leaders, and those looking to achieve their career potential.

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The Many Futures of Work: Possibilities and Perils

Last Held: October 5 & 6, 2017

Location: Chicago, IL

The Many Futures of Work: Possibilities and Perils is an exploration of the loss of middle income jobs, what this means for low income workers, and the changing nature of how we work.

It’s not your typical conference where guests sit quietly and watch an endless line of speakers and mind-numbing panels. Instead, it’s a series of working sessions informed by subject matter experts designed to crowdsource our collective knowledge and create real solutions that grow the middle, promote innovation, and tear-down barriers to economic security.

This conference is about taking action and taking control. It is about approachable policies, practices, and strategies. Our aim is to brighten many pathways to the future by providing a venue for enlightened thinking by businesses, unions, governments, foundations, workforce and education institutions, and grassroots and community organizations. The ideas from this conference will inform conversations and decisions at all levels and places.

Who Should Attend: practitioners, policy makers, business and union leaders, grassroots activists, and researchers who are committed to diving deeply into the issues impacting work and the global workforce.

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