Social Innovation Week

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Collaboration across sectors today creates a better tomorrow

UCLA Anderson's Social Innovation Week is an annual conference that brings together thought leaders and founders of mission-driven businesses across a variety of industries to explore solutions to our world’s biggest challenges, share best practices and inspire social change. This weeklong event aims to spark ideas and catalyze partnerships that can disrupt the way businesses make a positive social, environmental and economic impact in the world.

The week will feature design workshops, panels, documentary film screenings, networking mixers and keynote presentations on various topics of impact.



April 18 – 21, 2016

Schedule and events subject to change. Please check back for updates.

Monday, April 18th 2016 – Health, Food Tech and Wellness
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Baking Social Mission into Your Brand Korn Convocation Hall

A lively discussion between thought leaders who are changing the world through food.

Amy Yip (’12), Global Communications & Community Engagement Manager, Google Food
Ethan Brown, CEO and Co-Founder, Beyond Meat
Claire Schmidt, Head of Giving, Thrive Market

Moderator: Hal Hershfield, Assistant Profressor of Marketing, UCLA Anderson
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Keynote Address Korn Convocation Hall

Ben Goldhirsh, Ben Goldhirsh, Co-Founder and Chairman of GOOD and Chairman of The Goldhirsh Foundation.

Max Schorr, Co-Founder and Community Director of GOOD

7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception D Atrium
8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Evening Mixer: Fetzer Wine Event A-301

Fetzer Wine will share its vision of being a mission-driven winery through an evening mixer.

Tuesday, April 19th 2016 – Media
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch Discussion: Law and Order SVU – Impact through Entertainment C-315

A conversation focused on how an extremely popular TV series can not only provide entertainment, can also have a strong social impact by bringing important issues to light.

Sandra de Castro Buffington, Founding Director, Global Media Center for Social Impact

7:00 p.m. Evening Movie Screening: He Named Me Malala B-301

He Named Me Malala is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.

Participant Media

Wednesday, April 20th 2016 – Technology
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch Panel: The Future of L.A.: Making a More Sustainable, Resilient City C-301

A lunchtime panel examines Los Angeles in the coming decades, and what private industry, civic leaders and philanthropies are doing to ensure LA is developed in a resilient, forward-thinking manner.

Richard France, Senior Associate, ELP Advisors
Drew Shula, Founder & Principal, The Verdical Group
Nurit Katz (’08), Chief Sustainability Officer, UCLA
Jonathan Parfrey, Executive Director, Climate Resolve

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Conscious Travel: A Screening of 2.5% - The Osa Peninsula & Conversation with the Filmmakers D-307

An evening screening of 2.5% – The Osa Peninsula Documentary delves into tourism development and conservation efforts in Costa Rica. The screening will be followed by a conversation with the filmmakers, a pair of social entrepreneurs who founded Lokal Travel, a company devoted to promoting socially-conscious travel by building itineraries that incorporate and engage local communities in those nations.

Dave Koken, Chief Exploration Officer, Lokal Travel
Eytan Elterman, Chief Impact Officer, Lokal Travel
Marco Bollinger, Chief Storyteller, Lokal Travel

Thursday, April 21st 2016
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch Speaker: Technology in Education: Focus on Coding C-315
  A lunchtime chat centered on the challenges and importance of teaching coding to today’s youth.

Oscar Menjivar, Founder and CEO, UrbanTXT
4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Anderson Afternoon Showcase: Social Impact through Technology North Lawn

A showcase of companies and products that are creating social impact through innovative technology.

UrbanTxt Omaze
TellOnMe CauseDate

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