Enjoying SOCAP? Check out Leadership for a Better World – Sept. 25th

Posted by on September 3, 2009 in Entrepreneurship, Featured, Videos

Social Capital Markets 2009 (aka SOCCAP)  has been a tremendous success this year.  Between captivating speakers, innovative approaches, and new organizations dedicated to social good, the conference has become a ‘must attend’ for those in the social enterprise arena.  Continuing this trend of gathering business leaders for good is Leadership for a Better World: Creating Social Value through Innovation, held at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.


The one-day forum is organized by the Center for Social Value Creation and the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.

The forum will feature a series of high profile thought leaders on the role of business in society and fostering social change through models of innovation. A diverse, cross-sector audience of business leaders, academics, nonprofit executives and policy makers will be attending to join in the discussion, share new perspectives and broaden their networks.

The conference marks the official launch of the Smith School’s Center for Social Value Creation, which has the mission of developing leaders with a deep sense of individual responsibility and the knowledge to use business as a vehicle for social change.
Thus far, the conference lineup includes the following speakers:

  • Seth Goldman, President & TeaEO, Honest Tea
  • Shannon Hebert, Vice President of Entertainment, National Geographic Global Media
  • Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Author, SuperCorp: How Vanguard Companies Create Innovation, Profits, Growth and Social Good, Ernest L. Arbuckle Professorship at Harvard Business School
  • Richard Kiy, President & CEO, International Community Foundation
  • Paul Light, Author, The Search for Social Entrepreneurship, Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
  • Thomas Schelling, Distinguished University Professor, Emeritus (Department of Economics and School of Public Policy), University of Maryland, and Nobel laureate
  • Charles Stuart, President, Stuart Television Productions, Producer and Filmmaker of The New Heroes on PBS
  • Alan Webber, Founder, Fast Company magazine, Author, Rules of Thumb: 52 Truths for Winning at Business Without Losing Yourself
  • And a special panel of Smith faculty, featuring Ritu Agarwal, Rachelle Sampson and Oliver Schlake

Today’s complex social and environmental issues require organizations of all shapes and sizes to look outside their boundaries and collaborate with one another to create solutions. The Leadership for a Better World forum is about this collaboration.

Registration is $125 for professionals before September 4th, at which point it will be $175.  The student rate is $75.

If you are unable to attend, follow their Twitter account @CreatingValue and the #betterworld09 hashtag to keep up with the excitement.


Naiomi is passionate about business for good and social entrepreneurship. As co-founder of SocialEarth, she hopes to help create an information platform enabling those doing good to share their stories with those those seeking to help and are interested in moving our world forward.

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