Smith College 2008 

Social Entrepreneurship Conference 

February 23, 2008   9AM - 5PM


Please provide your name, school, class year and major when making reservations.


Conference Home

Speakers and Biographies

 Seth Green

 Kim Gattle

 Elizabeth Ngonzi

Bina Valsangkar


 Lindsey Pollak

 Marissa Davis

 Justin Simeone

 Abigail- Leigh Collazo

Illac Angelo Diaz

Smith College Social Entrepreneurship Conference

Saturday February 23, 2008

Seelye Hall Room 201    

 Registration Begins at 8:30 AM

9:30 AM Introduction and Welcome

Morning Panel of Nationally Recognized Social Entrepreneurs

9:45 Seth Green, Founder of Americans for Informed Democracy (AID)

    How Seth identified a problem and embodied change successfully through Americans for Informed Democracy.

10:15 Kim Gattle,  Director of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University
    Addressing and impacting social causes: Skills young people should perfect to make a real impact, joys of the field, joining the nonprofit sector, and valued leadership qualities in social enterprise.

10:45 Liz Ngonzi, Founder and President of Amazing Taste, LLC (An organization that promotes social responsibility within the hospitality sector) 

     Why Liz began Amazing Taste, the impact she has made bridging the corporate world with social responsibility, and what it takes to become part of this growing movement.

11:15 Bina Valsangkar, Founder of The Quito Project

    The joys and challenges of international humanitarian work. Experiences working with local communities to create sustainable improvements in health, education and well-being.




Luncheon Key-Note

12:30 Lindsey Pollak, Author of Getting from College to Career 

    7 Absolute Musts for a Career in Social Innovation

Followed by a Q & A


Afternoon Panel of Student Leaders and Social Activists

1:45 Marisa Davis, Founder of a Library in New Orleans

Swarthmore College, ‘08 

2:15 Justin Simeone, Chairperson of the Board of Students Helping Honduras

Mary Washington College, ‘08 

2:45 Abigail Collazo, Director of Advancement for Youth Action International  

Mt. Holyoke College '06 


Nationally Recognized Closing Speaker

3:30 Illac Angelo Diaz, Reynolds Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government 

MyShelter Foundation: Executive Director

Pier One Seafarer’s Center: President 

Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World for Social Enterprise

Award Recipient2006 MIT $100,000 Business Plan Competition

Grand Prize Winner Ashoka Low-Cost Housing Global Competition Finalist (2006)

 Book Signing and Networking Reception

5:00 PM Seelye 201