Speakers & Sessions Announced for SOCENT Summit


We’re excited to announce the panelists that will be speaking at the Social Entrepreneurship Summit (SOCENT)!  This event gives your business tools and inspiration to operate with social responsibility in mind.  The Summit will be held from 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 4th at Because Event Space in Phoenix.  Tickets to the Summit are $60 per person. Lunch will be provided by Amici Catering.  Tickets and more information can be found online.

Opening keynote speaker Paul Saginaw, Co-Founder of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, will share how this 35 year old deli continues to grow while retaining stellar customer service and providing opportunity for all. Closing keynote speaker Raveen Arora, Owner of The Dhaba, will talk about how he leads by placing people and purpose before profits, culture and stakeholders before strategy and shareholders.


The Diversifying Your Supply Chain panel discussion will focus on how you can diversify your supply chain by seeking out goods and service providers with people of color owned businesses, social enterprises and locally owned businesses.
Moderator: Kimber Lanning, Executive Director of Local First Arizona
Edgar Olivo, Fuerza Local Business Accelerator Program Director
Darlene Newsom, CEO at UMOM New Day Centers
Wendy Taylor, Operations Manager at Pacific Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council
Sarah Hope, Founder & CEO at Vertical Identity Background Screening


A presentation on Building the Business Case for Environmental Sustainability will be led by Ricardo Cristantes from Wholesum Harvest.  You’ll learn how this growing operation incorporates sustainability into its operations, how they get buy-in from stakeholder, the effect it is having on the bottom line and engaging employees.


The Inclusion In Your Workforce panel discussion will focus on how businesses are seeking out a diverse workforce including people from under-represented communities and those that need a second chance.
Moderator: Nicole Koch, Co-owner of Technicians for Sustainability
Clark DesSoye, Marketing Director at Arizona Correctional Industries
Stephanie Vasquez, Owner at Fair Trade Café
Angela Hughey, Co-founder & President at ONE Community
Daniel Oppenden, President & CEO at Southwest Autism Resource & Research Center


A presentation on Strategies to Improve Your Environmental Footprint will focus on how your business can go about improving its environmental footprint, and how forming a Green Team can give purpose to your employees.   Presenter:  Gina Murphy-Darling, aka Mrs. Green and Founder of Mrs. Green’s World.


A workshop on Creating a Values Driven Culture will explore how to unite the heart of the company, the values/mission/purpose with performance by finding ways to infuse the company values throughout the organization. Doing this will attract and retain the right people who are actively engaged in propelling your mission forward. Participants will leave with foundational tools to use to create a values driven, high performing team.
Presenters: Jennifer Burwell, Director of Culture-focused Leadership Programs at MAC6 and Kyle McIntosh, President & Creative Excitant at MAC6


The Employee Engagement panel discussion will focus on how business owners are attracting talent and engaging their employees.  You’ll hear from Arizona entrepreneurs who empowering their teams and coming up with unique benefits for their staffs.
Moderator: Rick McCartney, President & CEO of InMedia
Lauren Bailey, CEO & Co-Founder at Upward Projects
Liz Mason, CEO at High Rock Accounting
Ashley Bronsky, Chief Operating Officer at Orchard Medical
Brian Mohr, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Y Scouts


The Advocacy Discussion will share methods for effective advocacy at the neighborhood, city, and state level. Businesses have an outsized voice in the political realm, so it's important to our local communities that businesses leverage their voice to make our world a better place.  Presenters:  Sean Sweat, President of the Urban Phoenix Project & Sam Richard, Partner at Creosote Partners


The Marketing workshop will help you tell your company’s story about the good it is doing for the community, for your employees and for the planet.   Presenter: Frank Salls, Founder at hearthook



Thanks to our amazing sponsors who are making this event possible!


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