Kick off three days of SXGood with our 3rd Annual Innovators+SocialGood summit, a panel-packed place for social innovators and impact entrepreneurs to engage in rigorous discussion, hear stories, and meet like-minded visionaries in the social good space. With our #Action2015 theme, we’ll be focused around the question of how to build an ecosystem for impact in your community.

Don’t forget to stick around for our Arts+SocialGood afterparty, also in City Hall, from 6pm-11pm where we’ll have a spoken word panel and live entertainment.

Innovators+Social Good is made possible by Mashable, the UN Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Tune in to our live stream all day Sunday, March 15.

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Badgeholders get priority for the Innovators+SocialGood events, but RSVPing puts you on the short list for first entry when there is availability.

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Panels & Schedule

Panel 1: Sandbox Stories, Creating a Space for Social Good

Council Chambers | 930AM – 10:30AM

Overview: This discussion will cover what are the steps that need to be taken to launch a space like this in your city? How do you create a structure and validate the market?

Sponsored by (Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce)

Moderated by Natalie Cofield CEO of GABCC
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Natalie Cofield
CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce


Chelsea McCullough
 Executive Director at Texas for Economic Progress

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Courtney Klein
Co-Founder & CEO of SEED SPOT        


Marien Goodell
Founding Board Member of Burning Man Project

James Stice

James Stice
President of Kalu Yala 

Panel 2: How to Make it Rain: Impact Investors Tell All

Council Chambers | 11:00AM – 12:00PM

Overview:This panel will talk about how impact investors, social entrepreneurs, and traditional investment vehicles can collaborate to help create a strong impact eco-system.


Hazami Barmada
Principal Barmada Consulting


Ann DeRosa
Chief Impact Strategist at Chilton Capital


Sean Moore
Portfolio Manager at Acumen Fund


Steve Guengerich
Managing Director at BroadBrush Ventures, LLC

Panel 3: Innovation through Impact Filmmaking

Council Chambers | 12:30PM – 1:30PM

Overview:Now with filmmaking, international communities are connected to causes that drive impact. As a result, local movements have become global and have reached audiences that they would not have otherwise. What are the measurable differences from these films? How has change been driven? Furthermore, how can entrepreneurs and change makers employ these tools to highlight the difference they want to make in the world?


Lila Igram
Founder at ConnectHer


Christie Marchese
Founder and Executive Director of Picture Motion


Elizabeth Avellan
Vice President / Producer
Troublemaker Studios


Deepa Donde
Writer, Producer and President of Red Elephant Films


Smriti Keshari

Panel 4: GAHCC Presents 1st Annual Startup Superstars Fast Pitch Competition & Austin+SocialGood Fast Pitch Update

Council Chambers | 2:00PM – 3:00PM

This session will host the first ever Startup Superstar’s Fast Pitch Competition consisting of the winners of Austin’s Title I High Schools. Six teams will compete for a grand prize of college scholarships for their team. Each team will have created a business plan and working model. They will pitch this idea to a panel of judges and the audience in attendance. Each team will have 5 minutes to present. The judges will select a winner and there will also be an audience award.

The second half of the session we will welcome back our winner of the ATX+SocialGood Second Annual Fast Pitch competition that occurred in the October during Austin Startup Week. They will showcase their progress and give us an update on where they are headed for the remainder of the year. Following their presentation, you will also hear from this years first place runner up.

Sponsored by GAHCC


Brad Bogus
President, SpeakSocial


Val Velasquez
Chair, GAHCC


Nelly Garcia
Co-Founder, Rocheli Patisserie

Panel 5: Creating pathways into the world of social impact

Council Chambers | 3:30PM – 4:30PM

This panel brings together experts who support young people to create positive social change in their entrepreneurial or corporate journeys as well as provide examples of how social movements can develop organically and become sustainable. We invite you to connect with these experts and other like-minded peers as you create your own pathway to social impact.


Abby Jung
Co-Founder at Synergy Social Ventures

Janet Hale

Janet Hale
Sr. Lecturer at Texas State University

Kelly Ballard

Kelly Ballard
Executive Director at The Bazaarvoice Foundation


Yalçın Pembecioglu
Executive Director at Bigumigu

Panel 6: #Winning: Creating Cubic Wins Across Communities

Council Chambers | 5:00PM – 6:00PM

When investment happens it creates ripples of impact in the community. We must find responsible ways to incorporate the community’s value and get their buy in for long-term success. This means that schools, local government, non-profits have to also have an opportunity to share in the windfall. Where do we start? We are exploring the concept of the “cubic win”, where startup, investor, and community partners win. This panel will discuss exactly how to go about creating these wins.


Aaron Britt
Senior Editor at IDEO


Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom
Chief Impact Officer at Singularity University


Nishe Modoyan
Connector at Plus Social Good


Susan Can
Senior Director of Corporate Equity & Partnerships at Johnson & Johnson Global Corporate Affairs

ARTS+SocialGood Party

Performances, inspiration & networking

In association with: Action2015

Sunday, March 15, 2015
6:30pm – 10 pm

Austin City Hall Atrium, 301 W. 2nd Street Austin, Texas 78701

Join activists, young philanthropists, and the business & arts communities for an interactive evening at the nexus of art, activism, innovation & social impact. Performances & conversations, highlight key local and global issues including #BlackLivesMatter, gender equality, ending poverty and youth empowerment, promoting solution-based thinking and social good.



Event is free to the general public (no badge required)

RSVP required by Friday, March 13, 2015

Organized by:
Austin+SocialGood and Barmada Consulting

In partnership with:
CORE Media Strategies, Doing Development, & I.O. Infinite Opportunities

Sponsored by:
United Nations Foundation

Drinks Sponsored by Deep Eddy Vodka

Arts+SocialGood is the official after-party of Innovators+SocialGood

MUSIC+SocialGood: The Transformative Power of Words

Prince EA, Content Creator & Activist
Yashi Brown, Poet, & Advocate
Pablo Dylan, Artist

FILM+SocialGood: Changing the World Through Story Telling

Sarah-Jane Murray, EMMY-nominated film-maker, story design expert & passionate abolitionist
Joani Livingston, EMMY winning film-maker

ART+SocialGood: Illustrating Social Consciousness

Sam Killermann, Social Justice Comedian
Brooke Axtell, Spoken Word Poet & Advocate
Saul Paul, A Musician with a Message

Live Mural Painting:
Celebrating social impact through collaborative artistic exchange