Corporate social responsibility is the future of business in Arizona.

From printing companies that are employee owned, to restaurants that are striving toward zero waste, to bookstores that advocate for issues they believe in and law firms that have local purchasing commitment, there are countless ways that local businesses are solving problems in our state and are setting good examples for other business owners. The SOCENT (Social Entrepreneurship) Summit will be a day to hear directly from Arizona entrepreneurs about how and why they decided to create change.


Presented by Local First Arizona & SUSTAINWE


  • Tuesday, September 20th, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Pizza People Pub, 1326 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
  • $15 per ticket includes one drink.
  • Free to attendees of the SOCENT Summit, cash bar.

What better way to celebrate a day of hearing from inspiring entrepreneurs than with Happy Hour at Phoenix's Pizza People Pub! Mingle with attendees of the SOCENT Summit and hear from Vincent Stanley, Director of Philosophy at Patagonia, who will be speaking about the iconic clothing company's mission to build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis. This is a great event to get to know Arizona businesses who are doing amazing things for the community. Click to buy tickets

Why attend?

As consumers seek out companies whose impact is transparent and aligned with their beliefs, there is much to be gained by your business incorporating elements of social responsibility into your business. It’s a way to increase credibility and trust in your brand, create an engaged workforce and attract employees, generate press, attract investors and funders and stand out as a role model in the community. Social responsibility is something that every business can incorporate, and small steps can make a big impact. Join us at SOCENT Summit to learn how.

Who should attend?

Business Owners & Staff: Businesses of all industries, large and small will find the content relevant. Whether your business has been incorporating elements of social responsibility for years, or it is just beginning to think about ways to operate with people, planet and profit in mind, you will leave the Summit with new ideas and inspirations from fellow entrepreneurs. Owners, HR professionals, managers and key staff of your business are encouraged to attend.

Investors: Investing in socially responsible companies that produce value for stakeholders have the potential to result in strong financial returns. Meet Arizona companies that are doing great things in the state.

Economic Development professionals, City employees and elected officials: What does a community of socially responsible business owners look like for your city or town? Learn from our panelists how their businesses create a strong, positive presence in the regions they operate in.

Nonprofits: Social responsibility is not just for for-profit companies! Nonprofits exist to solve problems in our communities and can further their impact by implementing new ideas into their operations and telling their stories.


Panel discussions focusing on:

Operations & Employee Engagement: Learn how businesses incorporate social practices into the operations in their business and how it can serve as a way to engage your employees.

Supply Chain Impact: Hear from businesses that are seeking out local suppliers, minority and women owned business, and that are doing business with companies that are ethical, good stewards.

Advocacy: Hear from business owners who are advocating for their industries, and how you can have your voice heard on issues that are important to you.

Environmental Sustainability: Better understanding your company’s impact on the environment helps you prepare for the future and improving your environmental footprint can get you recognition. Learn from Arizona businesses who are leading the charge and how it is impacting their operations.

Marketing: How do you share your good will with the world and how can you avoid making it sound self-centered? Learn how fellow business owners tell their story, and why it’s important to let your customers know what you are doing to better your community.

Keynote Speakers

Vincent Stanley

Vincent Stanley, co-author with Yvon Chouinard of The Responsible Company, has been with Patagonia on and off since its beginning in 1973, for many of those years in key executive roles as head of sales or marketing. More informally, he is Patagonia’s long-time chief storyteller. Vincent helped develop the Footprint Chronicles, the company’s interactive website that outlines the social and environmental impact of its products; the Common Threads Partnership; and Patagonia Books. He currently serves as the company’s Director, Patagonia Philosophy, is a visiting fellow at the Yale School of Management, and a visiting executive at INSEAD in Fontainebleau. He is also a poet whose work has appeared in Best American Poetry. He and his wife, the writer Nora Gallagher, live in Santa Barbara.

Adam Goodman

Adam Goodman, president and CEO of Goodmans Interior Structures, is the third generation to lead the family business. Adam has used his leadership roles to help Goodmans adapt to changing markets and anticipate opportunities for growth. Under his leadership, Goodmans has developed many innovative programs to give back to the community, won numerous impact awards, became a certified B Corporation and was named to the Game Changers 500 list as one of the top 500 companies in the world using business as a force for social change.


The Operations Panel will focus on how businesses are incorporating social practices into their business and how it can serve as a way to engage your employees and the community.

  • Carolyn Sechler with Sechler CPA
  • Raveen Arora with The Dhaba
  • Chandler Yelton with O’Neil Printing
  • Amanda Dziuk with Nextiva
  • Brian Mohr with Y Scouts, Moderator

The Environmental Sustainability Panel will focus on businesses that are leading the charge in reducing their impact by incorporating sustainable practices into their business.

  • Eric Glomski with Page Springs Cellars
  • MaryBeth Scanlon with Pizza People Pub
  • Amber Kleefeld with The Loft Cinema
  • Robin Reed with Occam Sustainability Partners, Moderator

The Supply Chain Impact Panel will focus on businesses that are analyzing their purchases of goods and services , and the impact it has on the community.

  • C’pher Gresham with Swillings Coffee
  • Shanna Ellis with the Centers for Habilitation
  • Sentari Minor with Social Venture Partners, Moderator
  • Carlos Velasco with Velasco Consulting

The Advocacy Panel will focus on business owners who are advocating for their industries, and how you can have your voice heard on issues that are important to you.

  • Kevin Koch with Technicians for Sustainability
  • Stephanie Vasquez with Fair Trade Coffee
  • Heidi Jannega with WebPT
  • Lance Muzslay with Sole Sports
  • Angela Hughey with One Community, Moderator

The Marketing Panel will focus on business owners who are excelling at telling their story about the good things they are doing, and why it’s important to let your customers know what you are doing to better your community.

  • Matthew Clyde with Ideas Collide/Danzeisen Dairy
  • Alok Appadurai with Fed by Threads
  • Ricardo Crisantes with Wholesum Harvest
  • Rick McCartney with InMedia, Moderator


Clarendon Hotel

  • $99 plus tax for either 9/20 or 9/21 when you use code "SOCENT"
  • Reserve online or call 602.252.7363


Thanks to our amazing sponsors!