Social Impact Summit

Event Date

Monday, October 16, 2017 (All day)


SUMC (Student Union)

The 2017 Social Impact Summit will include morning speakers, afternoon panels and roundtables, and an evening pitch competition open to UA students and the public. 


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The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship's Social Impact Summit brings to together individuals, nonprofits, and corporations to discover ways to maximize social impact and drive innovation strategies. Through a series of workshops, panels, and roundtable discussions, attendees explore trends, changes and future innovations necessary to drive social innovation – locally, regionally, nationally and globally. In the evening, a social impact competition will allow the public as well as students to compete for awards. 

The Social Impact Summit is a signature event that is part of the TENWEST FestivalYou'll need a TENWEST pass to attend the Social Impact Summit, and the pass will give you access to many other events throughout the weeklong festival.


8:00 AM  Registration/Coffee & Networking

Begin your day at the Social Impact Summit by stopping by the event registration table. Pick up your TENWEST Festival pass, and enjoy a pastry and cup of coffee to kick off your day! The registration table will be open all day.

Tom Bracy9:00 AM  Keynote: Collaboration & Collective Social Impact

Doing good may no longer be good enough. Nonprofits and social ventures face increased competition, while donors question how efficiently their funds are being used. Tom Bracy from Conn-Selmer, Inc. a division of Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc., will talk about how organizations are collaborating to increase impact and to drive new innovative solutions. He will share examples from around the country of how organizations are coming together to create market and product innovations for youth in arts and music education in cities such as New Orleans and Chicago.

Heather Hiscox

10:15 AM  Innovation Workshop: Using Lean Innovation to Solve Local and Global Problems

Join us for an interactive workshop to see how social impact organizations around the country are pursuing new ideas using Lean Innovation methodology. Attendees will discuss problems being faced in the Southern Arizona community while using the Lean Innovation principles of Empathy, Experiments, and Evidence. Find out how you can help your organization vet opportunities, stay relevant, and increase its impact.Be inspired by how forward-thinking organizations are reviving their entrepreneurial spirit to move faster, act bolder, and drive deeper impact. The session will be led by Heather Hiscox who is the co-founder and co-director of Nonprofit & Social Impact Programs at Moves the Needle where they educate organizations to create social change while eliminating waste.

12:00 PM-1:00 PM  Lunch Break


1:00 PM-5:00 PM Interactive workshops, panels, and roundtable discussions

Choose from over 20 panels and roundtables in five categories (see below). Panelists will discuss efforts to increase innovation among veterans, women, and youth, as well as entrepreneurial development in Africa, Latin America, and Native American Nations. Roundtables will explore innovation in the arts, healthcare, sustainability, cultural organizations, and more.

Driving Organizational Capacity

Cross-Sector Partnerships & Collaboration in Southern Arizona

Sabino Room, Student Union Memorial Center

1:00 PM Monday, October 16

There is a high-level of expectation for collaboration among organizations working on social impact. Funders are seeking it, and limited resources necessitate it. Organizations can achieve more by working together, but partnerships must be built with intent and specific outcomes. Join us to hear from Southern Arizona nonprofit leaders who have successfully built cross-sector partnerships. They will share their own experiences, discuss when collaboration makes sense, and share best practices for building impactful partnerships.

Jim Jindrick, Entrepreneur in Residence, McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Arizona

Session features:
Tom Collins, Finance Director & Community Ministries Director, GAP Ministries
Liz Pocock, COO, Startup Tucson
Todd Rockoff, President and CEO, Tucson Jewish Community Center
John Schacter, Director and Founder, CommunityShare

Brand Building for the Social Sector

Sabino Room, Student Union Memorial Center

2:00 PM Monday, October 16

Nonprofits primarily use brands as a fundraising tool, but a growing number of nonprofits and social enterprises are using their brands as instruments of influence to create greater social impact. Brands can be integral to connecting internal identity and values to program strategies and partnerships, and a well-aligned brand will build cohesion and trust that leads to a reputation that can be leveraged for capacity-building and impact. Building your brand can help you drive engagement, increase awareness of your mission, and accelerate overall impact. In this session, we will explore how your brand can be a catalyst. Presentation features Jennie Grabel, director of community impact at Social Venture Partners (SVP) Tucson, and Leslie Perls, owner and creative director of LP&G Marketing. Session brought to you by Social Venture Partners (SVP) Tucson and LP&G Marketing


The Empowered Workplace

Sabino Room, Student Union Memorial Center

3:00 PM Monday, October 16

Organizations have recognized employee engagement is essential for corporate social responsibility, and for becoming good stewards in both local community and global partnerships. How do you create a workplace environment that goes beyond volunteerism to fosters empowered leadership? How can your organization provide opportunities for individuals to be disruptors for good and make a positive impact on the greater community? Join this panel of Southern Arizona influencers that are successfully supporting employees to make an impact. Session brought to you by Mrs. Green's World.

Kelly King, Chief Operations Officer and Executive Producer at Mrs. Green's World

Rita Dorsey Boutwell, Director of Training and Development at Hotel Congress
Emily Rockey, Director of Sales and Marketing at Tank's - Managed by the FairFax Companies
James Castetter, Customer Relations Manager at Chapman Honda


What Makes Great Boards Great?

Sabino Room, Student Union Memorial Center

4:00 PM Monday, October 16

Social enterprises are complex organizations that balance financial responsibilities, social impact and operational considerations, all while managing the competing interests of multiple stakeholder groups. So, what role does the board play in this complex mix? A board can be a “necessary evil” that takes up management’s time and energy without discernible benefit, or the board can be one of the organization’s greatest assets, helping to position the organization for long-term success and sustainability. How do you create a board to drive impact for your organization? In this session, we will discuss the structural, cultural and operational characteristics of a great governing board. Presentation features Patricia Andrade, managing partner at Andrade/Walker Consulting, LLC, and Hank Walker, partner at Andrade/Walker Consulting, LLC. Session brought to you by Social Venture Partners (SVP) Tucson and Andrade Walker Consulting, LLC.


Driving Entrepreneurial Growth

Arizona’s Active-Duty and Veteran Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Kachina Lounge, Student Union Memorial Center

1:00 PM Monday, October 16

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly one in 10 small businesses nationwide are veteran-owned. These 2.4 million small businesses generate more than $1 trillion and employ nearly 6 million Americans. What resources are available in Arizona for veterans and active-duty members to become entrepreneurs? Panelists will discuss existing programs for training, mentorship, financing, boot camps and incubators. Join military, public and private sector leaders to see how Southern Arizona can benefit from a strong military entrepreneurship community and what critical gaps exist in our ecosystem.

Daniel Janes, Investor and Serial Entrepreneur at Arch Partners

Major General Ted Maxwell, President - Southern Arizona Leadership Council
Command Sergeant Major Patrick Powers, Senior Enlisted Leader, Arizona National Guard
Craig Johnson, Lead Lender Relations Specialist, Arizona District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration

Why Women’s Entrepreneurship Matters for Southern Arizona Growth

Kachina Lounge, Student Union Memorial Center

2:00 PM Monday, October 16

Economists and academics all agree that women entrepreneurs are a critical force for growing a region’s economy. According to the U.S. Census, women-owned businesses account for over one-third of all businesses. More training programs, accelerators, and boot camps are being established across the country, but hurdles still remain such as the gender gap in venture capital. Panelists will highlight how Southern Arizona is growing programs to support women in entrepreneurial development, and how the region needs to address barriers for women in business.
Moderated by: Angela Gunder, Associate Director of Digital Learning and Instructional Design for Office of Digital Learning at The University of Arizona

Session features:
Samantha Bankston Bares, NSF I-Corps Site Coordinator, Tech Launch Arizona, University of Arizona
Joe Broschak, Associate Professor of Management and Organizations, University of Arizona
K Krasnow Waterman, Entrepreneur in Residence, McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Arizona


Building a Vibrant Arts Community in Southern Arizona

Kachina Lounge, Student Union Memorial Center

3:00 PM Monday, October 16

Musicians, performers, visual artists, writers and creatives have long been an integral part of the Southern Arizona community, but what do aspiring artists need to start up and thrive? The panel will discuss the arts ecosystem and innovation needed for our community. Panelists will share their vision for growing arts education as well as how to address the need for makerspaces, creative galleries and performance facilities. The speakers will share their goals for cross-promotion and funding resources. This session will kick-off a series of roundtables during TENWEST where artists and advocates can directly collaborate on projects to draw attention to Southern Arizona.

Julie Lauterbach-Colby, Deputy Director, Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona

Debi Chess Mabie, Executive Director, Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona
Evan Mendelson, Consultant, Even Mendelson Consulting
Marc Pinate, Producing Director, Borderlands Theater
Dillon Walker, Principal, Hydrant


Creating a Generation of Young Entrepreneurs in Southern Arizona

Kachina Lounge, Student Union Memorial Center

4:00 PM Monday, October 16

The youth population around the globe is the largest in history; youth are one-quarter of the world’s working population, but also make up half of the world’s unemployed. How is Southern Arizona currently encouraging and supporting high school youth to be entrepreneurial and where are the biggest needs? Panelists will talk about current efforts in the region to provide youth with educational and hands-on experience in entrepreneurial development.

Session features:
Stephanie Bermudez, Program Manager, Young Entrepreneurs Academy
Mikey Bezies, Student, Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School and Founder of GiftGreen
Cole Lanning, Student, Tucson High School and Founder of Natio
Diana Charbonnau, Co-Program Manager, Young Entrepreneurs Academy


Driving Global Impact & Innovation

Connecting Local and Global Communities for Social Entrepreneurship

Santa Rita Room, Student Union Memorial Center

1:00 PM Monday, October 16

As communities look at building entrepreneurial education and ecosystems, emphasis needs to be made on creating local opportunities while simultaneously building global networks. How does a community strike the right balance? What are specific issues for supporting social innovation? Presenters are faculty from the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship who have experience teaching and working in Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Panel features:
Dr. Carlos Alsua, Academic Director, McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Arizona
Mark Peterson, Lecturer, McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Arizona
Poncho Chavez, Director, Eller Economic Development, McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Arizona

Exploring Funding Innovations for Healthcare Capacity Development: The Nexus of Social Entrepreneurship & Healthcare Development in East Africa

Santa Rita Room, Student Union Memorial Center

2:00 PM Monday, October 16

Social Entrepreneurship is a growing concept within Uganda’s economic and social strategic narrative and new infrastructure development initiatives. Ugandan universities are developing training and educational programs in Entrepreneurship, while private sector entrepreneurs are expanding their networks and creating businesses with sustainable and socially impactful financial models. Concurrently, Uganda is developing healthcare and public health capacities with workforce training, infrastructure development, and service provisions being designated as Emergency and Surgical Care priorities. Academic and private sector stakeholders in Uganda will explore innovative ideas for collaboration between social entrepreneurs and those working toward sustainable models for capacity development of Emergency Care and Public Health programming in Uganda.

Matthew Mars, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Agricultural Leadership and Innovation, The University of Arizona

James Bulenzibuto: Public Relations Officer & Head of International Relations Office, Kyambogo University
Emmanuel Bukenya, MBA - Serial Entrepreneur in Uganda’s Energy Sector; MC/MPA Candidate, Harvard’s Kennedy School
Bradley Dreifuss, MD FACEP: Assistant Professor, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson & Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health; Director of Partnership & Innovation, Global Emergency Care
Joseph Kalanzi, MBChB, MS: Volunteer Lecturer, Makerere University; Coordinator of Emergency Care Systems Assessment, Ministry of Health - Uganda
Stephen Kasumba, Ph.D.:  Senior Lecturer and Dean of School of Management and Entrepreneurship, Kyambogo University, Uganda
Aminata Kilungo, Ph.D: Lecturer, Health Promotion Sciences Department, University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

Growing the Innovation Capacity of Latin American Young Entrepreneurs

Santa Rita Room, Student Union Memorial Center

3:00 PM Monday, October 16

The Latin American region has become a leading incubator for new businesses led by young entrepreneurs. According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, it is now the second most enterprising region in the world. The World Bank has pointed out that most of the firms are small in size and are interested in opportunities to grow and innovate.  Countries and stakeholders are now looking at universities to instill innovative capacities into young entrepreneurs by providing more in training, education, and incubator programs. This session will explore how universities in countries like Columbia and Mexico are employing new models of education and training to provide young entrepreneurs within Latin America with the capabilities necessary to drive global ventures. Discussion will explore how U.S. and Latin American communities can collaborate to advance stakeholder-driven innovation.

Remy Arteaga, Director, McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship, The University of Arizona

Justin Dutram, Director of Business Development, Tech Parks Arizona
Mauricio Izquierdo: International Projects Director, UNIMINUTO, Colombia
Miguel Gonzalez: Director Project Platform, UNIMINUTO, Colombia

Global Roundtable Discussion on Best Practices for Entrepreneurship

Santa Rita Room, Student Union Memorial Center

4:00 PM Monday, October 16

During this roundtable discussion, participants from the earlier panels on entrepreneurship in Latin America, Africa and Native American Nations will join University of Arizona faculty to discuss global entrepreneurial development trends and how local entrepreneurs can leverage a global network of innovation leaders.

Matthew Mars, Ph.D: Assistant Professor, Agricultural Leadership and Innovation, The University of Arizona
Jenny Lee, Ph.D: Professor at the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona


Driving Sustainability

Connecting the Big Green Dots for a Sustainable Community

Tucson Room, Student Union Memorial Center

1:00 PM Monday, October 16

"A rising tide lifts all boats.” Establishing a healthy, robust, sustainable community benefits not only those locally, but creates a positive impact regionally and nationally. Communities are looking beyond a silo approach to recognize how social, public and economic systems can be addressed to support positive environmental outcomes. A key factor in the creation of such a community is the partnership of local agencies, working together for the betterment of all. Join this panel of thought leaders and learn how integrative approaches to sustainability lifts us all. Session brought to you by Mrs. Green's World.

Kelly King, Chief Operations Officer and Executive Producer at Mrs. Green's World

Tara Bruce, Assistant Manager - Retail and Wellness Outreach, Tucson Medical Center
Justin Orkney, Program Manager of Renewable Energy at Tucson Electric Power
Michael Peel, Southern Arizona Director at Local First Arizona
Joe Watson, Self-Employed Writer-Researcher

Building Entrepreneurial Opportunities Through Native American Nation Food Culture

Tucson Room, Student Union Memorial Center

3:00 PM Monday, October 16

Native American Nations have beautiful traditions and culture around food. However, Nations are dealing with food insecurity and health issues, such as diabetes caused from non-Native food sources. Join this panel to learn how Native American Nations are starting to refocus on agriculture and food systems as a source of entrepreneurial development and cultural renewal.

Tristan Reader, Assistant Professor of Practice, American Indian Studies/McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Arizona
Terrol Johnson, President and CEO of Tohono O'odham Community Action (TOCA)

Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Impact

Tucson Room, Student Union Memorial Center

4:00 PM Monday, October 16

Consumers are demanding that business plays a bigger role in the community and in solving the social changes facing our world. Traditional corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs around philanthropy and volunteerism alone are no longer enough for corporations. Join us as Mike Miles, Senior Director for Datacenter Community Impact and General Engineering Manager for Microsoft share how their company is actively working on social impact in Southern Arizona. Miles will share how Microsoft is evolving their approach to CSR and how it has become a part of their core strategy.

Driving Next Generation Growth

Convergent Research: Pathways to Collaboration & Scalable Innovation

Kiva Room, Student Union Memorial Center

1:00 PM Monday, October 16

An emerging science system, “Convergent research” cuts through disciplinary boundaries and stimulates research innovation to address and solve scientific and societal challenges.

Traditionally distinct science fields, coupled with deeply integrated science knowledge networks, requires qualitative and quantitative data-driven strategy implementation within universities and connected research partners. The Convergence science model effectively merges diverse science fields by identifying critically appropriate research networks among scientists, thereby allowing scientists to drive pioneering solutions for otherwise unsolvable problems. This panel will discuss new technology and transdisciplinary initiatives taking place between the University of Arizona and international collaborators that will drive a new culture of research innovation -- leading an ecosystem of convergent and collaborative solutions to pressing societal problems.

Randy Burd, Professor and Associate Vice President, Global Research Alliances, University of Arizona
Jeremy Frumkin, Executive Director, Research Technologies, University of Arizona

Ash Scheder Black, Data Scientist, Office of Global Initiatives, University of Arizona
Blake Joyce, Science Informatician, CyVerse, BIO5 Institute, University of Arizona
Stephen Kobourov, Professor of Computer Science, University of Arizona
Jennifer Nichols, Assistant Librarian, Digital Innovation/Stewardship, University of Arizona
Mark Nichter, Arizona Regents' Professor and Professor of Anthropology, Public Health, Family Medicine, University of Arizona
Aminata Kilungo, Lecturer, Health Promotion Sciences Department, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona

Innovation in Education & Youth Development Programs

Kiva Room, Student Union Memorial Center

2:00 PM Monday, October 16

Every community talks about their desire to see youth become successful in school and life, but how does that become a reality? In 2015, the United Way spearheaded the Cradle to Career Partnership to create cross-sector collaboration for improving educational and life outcomes for young people in Pima County. Join this session to hear from panelists how the Cradle to Career initiatives are working, and key needs that have to be addressed for this collaboration to grow into a success.

Janet Smith, Quality Assurance Coordinator, Office of Digital Learning and UA Online

Amanda Kucich, Senior Director of Cradle to Career Partnership, United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona
Betty Stauffer, Executive Director, Literacy Connects
Collette Brown, Manager Strategic Community Development, Freeport-McMoRan


Innovation in STEM Programs

Kiva Room, Student Union Memorial Center

3:00 PM Monday, October 16

Cross-sector leaders in Southern Arizona are collaborating to create innovative programs and technologies to support advances for teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Panelists will discuss cutting-edge STEM initiatives, and share their recommendations for how Southern Arizona can become a national leader in STEM education.

Michael Mandel, Lecturer, Business Comminocations and Associate Director, Eller Social Innovation, University of Arizona

Session features:
Kathleen Bethel, CEO of SARSEF
Liz Baker, Deputy Director of SARSEF
Martha Ostheimer, Assistant Director, of the UA STEM Learning Canter and the Director of Business Development for Teachers in Industry

Innovation in Education Technology

Kiva Room, Student Union Memorial Center

4:00 PM Monday, October 16

The world finds itself amidst the greatest communication and technology shift in history; youth are frequently the early adopters and most active users of communication and online technologies. How is education fulfilling the transformative potential of the digital revolution? Join us as our panelists share examples of how they are creating new innovations and leveraging technologies to drive learning and education.

Annie Kurtin, Associate Director, Student Engagement, University of Aizona

Katy Holt, Instructional Technologist, Academic Initiatives & Student Success, University of Arizona
Christopher Johnson, Ph.D., Program Director/Assistant Professor, Educational Technology, University of Arizona South
Ryan Straight, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Educational Technology


 5:00 PM-6:00 PM Dinner Break


5:45 PM-6:30 PM Doors Open/Networking

Before watching six great social impact finalists compete for $30,000 in prizes, network with leaders from the Southern Arizona community. Enjoy complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at one of the best cause networking events you’ll attend this year. Also, plan to stick around after the pitch competition to congratulate all of the presenters!

6:30 PM-9:00 PM Social Impact Pitch Competition

The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship is proud to present the Social Impact Pitch Competition on Oct. 16, 2017, with $30,000 in awards. The Social Impact Pitch Competition is open to individuals, nonprofits, and social ventures that are starting new programs or services to solve needs in local communities or around the globe.

UPDATE: Social Impact Pitch Competition Finalists Announced
Meet the Finalists

While the judges deliberate, Tucson-based nonprofit SARSEF (, will be presenting their pitch. They were recently named a finalist for the prestigious Drucker Prize ( The Drucker Prize recognizes organizations that best exemplifies Peter Drucker’s definition of innovation: “change the creates a new dimension of performance.” SARSEF was also a participant in SVP Tucson’s 2015 Fast Pitch.

 Once the judges have announced the winners of the prizes, audience members are invited to congratulate the presenters over drinks and desserts.

 The master of ceremonies for the evening is Rick Yngve from the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship. Judges for the pitch competition include Mike Miles from Microsoft, Tony Penn of United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, Scott Nance of ImpactAssets, and Peggy Hutchison of The Primavera Foundation.

Looking for more great speakers? Join us for IdeaFunding on Tuesday, October 17 as speakers discuss capital for social and public causes. Morning sessions organized by the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship start at 8:30 AM.


The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship's 2017 Social Impact Summit was made possible by the following generous sponsors and partners.  

Sponsored by: 

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Co-Sponsored by:

United Way LogoUA Research, Discovery and Innovation logo Haury Program logo  

With additional support from: 

Social Venture Partners LogoMoves the Needle logoConn-Selmer logo

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