Social Innovation
Summit 2024

 June 4-5, 2024 | Chicago


The Social Innovation Summit program elevates, inspires, and mobilizes cross-sector action spanning the corporate, philanthropic, investment, policy, cultural, civil society, and innovation landscape. Our diverse mix of Speakers help frame the conversation.

Please see below for the latest list of 2024 speakers, and check back for updates as they are announced!

2024 Speakers

Abraham Leno
Executive Director
Eastern Congo Initiative
Adrienne Scherenzel
Vice President of Community Engagement
Chicago Bulls
Aimée Eubanks Davis
Founder & CEO
Al Roker
Host & Weatherman, NBC's Today Show & CEO
Al Roker Entertainment
Alex Amouyel
President & CEO
Newman's Own Foundation
Alexis McGill Johnson
President & CEO
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Ali Velshi
Chief Correspondent & Host, 'Velshi'
Amanda Lenaghan
Director, Social Impact
Amanda Smith
Native American Business Association
Ami Copeland
Senior Director & Public Affairs Lead
Amy Terpeluk
Global Purpose & Social Impact Lead
FINN Partners
Andraéa Lavant
Disability Advocate, Inclusion Specialist; Founder & President
LaVant Consulting
Andrew Kaplan
Vice President, Culinary Operations
Rachael Ray
Ann Canela
Director of Corporate Giving
Niagara Bottling
Anne Wintroub
Head of the Centre for Social Impact
Ariel Raz
Head of Learning Collaborations
Arne Duncan
Former U.S. Secretary of Education ; Managing Partner
Emerson Collective
Ashlee Davis
Global Head of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Ayele Shakur
Redstone Family Foundation
Barb Short
Senior Director, CSR
Beth Spurgeon
ESG Director, Purpose & Inclusion
Beth Swanson
Chief Executive Officer
A Better Chicago
Brenda Langstraat Bui
President & CEO
Chicago Public Libraries Foundation
Brandon Wolf
National Press Secretary
Human Rights Campaign
Brooke Hanson
Head of Sustainability & Impact
Agilon Health
Caleb Gardner
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Celena McCord
Director of Generosity
Jasco Giving Hope Foundation
Charisse Dean
Managing Director, US Social Sustainability & Advisory Technology Media & Telcom
Dr. Chelsea Clinton
Vice Chair
The Clinton Foundation
Claire Babineaux-Fontenot
Chief Executive Officer
Feeding America
Claire Graves
The Webby Awards
Claudia Carravetta
President, AbbVie Foundation; Vice President, Corporate Responsibility & Global Philanthropy
Colton Underwood
American TV Personality, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur & New York Times Best Selling Author
Colton Underwood Legacy Foundation
Curt Ellis
Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Dale Strange
President & COO
Blackbaud Corporate Impact
Danny Wirtz
Chairman & CEO
Chicago Blackhawks
Daryl Brewster
Chief Executive Officer
Debbie Wishart
Vice President, Enterprise
T-Mobile US, Inc.
Dena Trujillo
Chief Executive Officer
Crisis Text Line
Denielle Sachs
Senior Director & Global Head of APCO Impact
APCO Impact
DeNora Getachew
Chief Executive Officer
Diego Mariscal
Founder, CEO & Chief Disabled Officer
Dion Dawson
Founder & Chief Dreamer
Dion’s Chicago Dream
Donielle Lee
Senior Communications Officer
Walton Family Foundation
Dwight N. Hopkins
Managing Partner
D2 Venture
Edith Yokley
Chicago Sinfonietta
Eric Reid Jr
NFL Legend, Entrepreneur, Activist
Eric Ripert
Chef, Author & Television Personality; Co-owner
Le Bernardin
Erica Bauer
Director of Community Relations
Chicago Bulls
Euria Min
Director, Lipman Family Prize & Fellows Program, McNulty Leadership Program
The Wharton School
Felecia Webb
Chief Strategy Officer, Philanthropy & Partnerships
Partnership on AI
Franziska Ehrhardt
Managing Director
Berlin Business Office USA
Fred Tan
Head of Global Social Impact
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Gerald Chertavian
Founder & Senior Advisor
Year Up
Greg Cunningham
Senior Executive Vice President, Global Chief Diversity Officer
U.S. Bank
Gretchen Carlson
Former CBS & Fox News Journalist & Co-Founder
Lift Our Voices
DJ Prince Hakim
Hana Haile-Mariam
Managing Director, Partnerships
The Robin Hood Foundation
Heather Foster
Senior Director, Federal & International Public Policy
Heather Ignatius
Chief of External Affairs
Hilary Noon
Head of Strategy & Go-to-Market for the Nonprofit Business
Jason Palmer
Co-Founder, CEO
Javin Smith
Volunteer Engagement Director
Mary’s Place
Governor JB Pritzker
43rd Governor of Illinois
Jennifer Lawson
President & CEO
Keep America Beautiful
Jennifer Lotito
President & COO
Jessica Salinas
Chief Investment Officer
New Media Ventures
Jill Baldock
Partnerships Manager, Strategic Growth
Best Buy Co., Inc.
Jillane Rochin
Senior Director
Gagen MacDonald
Joel Pollick
Founder & CEO
Percent Pledge
Joshua Arce
President & CEO
Partnership with Native Americans
Judith Spitz
Founder & Executive Director
Break Through Tech
Julie Cordua
Chief Executive Officer
Julie Gehrki
Vice President, Philanthropy
Julie Roginsky
Television personality & Co-Founder
Lift Our Voices
Julie Scelfo
Mothers Against Media Addiction (MAMA)
Kaleb Sy
Economics & Political Science Student; Advisory Council Member
National Youth Leadership Council
Kara May
Founding Principal
Arts in Motion Creative Arts School
Kate Nack
Vice President, The Allstate Foundation & Social Impact
Katherine Colsher
Chief Executive Officer
Girls Who Invest
Kathy Pickus
Vice President, Sustainability & Global Impact
Tyson Foods
Kathleen Boyle Dalen
Founder & Principal
KBD Consulting
Katya Echazarreta
Citizen Astronaut, Electrical Engineer; Board Member
Space for Humanity
Kayla Jeter
Runner, Strength & Wellness Coach, lululemon Ambassador
Kelly Leonard
VP, Creative Strategy, Innovation & Business Development
The Second City
Ken Biberaj
Host of Coffee with Ken
Kendall Hurns
Creative Entrepreneur & Founder
The Arte Haus, Robotic Minds Concepts
Karen Weigert
Director, Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise & Responsibility
Loyola University
Kevin Martinez
Vice President, Corporate Citizenship
Kwaku Aning
Retro Futurism Consulting
Lakshmi Iyer
Managing Director
Lane Jost
Managing Director, Head of ESG Advisory
Edelman Smithfield
Lara Littlefield
Executive Director of Partnerships & Programs
Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
Laura Demarse
Vice President, Future of Work
Charles Koch Foundation
Lauren Coape-Arnold
Global Head of Citizenship
Apollo Opportunity Foundation
Lauren Lake
VP of Education Partnerships
Lauren Stovall
Global Head of Nonprofit Programs
Lina Walker
Senior Vice President of Global Thought Leadership
Lisa Schumacher
Director, Education Strategies & Workforce Policy
Lynette Bell
Truist Foundation
Maha Jweied
Chief Executive Officer
Responsible Business Initiative for Justice
Maria Kim
President & CEO
Maura Pally
Executive Director
Blackstone Charitable Foundation
Marvin Carr
Director, Strategic Initiatives, Corporate Giving
Maya Thompson
Project Leader, Socially Transformative Business
Boston Consulting Group
Meenu Singh
Faculty Member
Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design
Melissa Conrad
Social Impact Manager
Zillow Group
Michael Counter
VP Branded Entertainment & Strategic Partnerships
Al Roker Entertainment
Michele Lee
Public Affairs, Accessibility at Cruise; Member of the Board
Chicago Transit Authority
Nadia Khamis
Senior Director of Corporate Engagement
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Nancy Weintraub
Chief Advancement Officer
Easterseals Southern California
Naomi Davis
Founder & CEO
Blacks in Green
Natalie Diamond
Vice President
Hello Alice
Natalie Moore
Chicago Sun-Times
Natika Washington
Founder & CEO
Tomorrow Owned By You
Nia Mathis
VP & Chief ESG Engagement Officer
Nicole Johnson
Director of Global Social Impact, Diversity & Employee Engagement
Cadence Design Systems
Nikole Hannah-Jones
Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist; Domestic Correspondent
The New York Times Magazine
Norman Fleming
Chief Information Technology Officer
Chicago Public Schools
Patti Constantakis
Director, Economic Opportunity
Paul Rice
Founder & CEO
Fair Trade USA
Paurvi Bhatt
President & Chief Impact Officer
Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers (RCI)
Pooja Shaw
Senior Advisor for Technology & Delivery
The White House
Rachel Salinas
President of the Inter-Tribal Council of Employees
Reba Dominski
Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Social Responsibility Officer & President, U.S. Bank Foundation
U.S. Bank
Regina Miller
Executive Director
Array Alliance
Reginald Humphrey
HR Director, DEI Center of Excellence
General Motors
Scott Curran
Founder & CEO
Beyond Advisors
Sean Knierim
Partner, Co-Founder
Shahrzad Yavari
Wireless Reach Lead for Asia-Pacific
Shaka Senghor
New York Times Best-Selling Author, Award-winning Speaker & Coach
Shannon Dulin
Senior Director, Community Impact
Dr. Shelley Francis
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
EV Noire
Sid Espinosa
Head of Social Impact
Stephanie Bell
Chief Programs & Insights Officer
Partnership on AI
Stephanie Kaplan Lewis
Co-Founder & CEO
Her Campus Media
Steven Collens
Chief Executive Officer
Sukhendra Rompally
Founder & CEO
Sunil Rajpurohit
Chief Investment & Product Officer
U.S. Bancorp Impact Finance
Susan Jin Davis
Social Impact Officer
Al Roker Entertainment
Thomas Jonas
CEO & Co-Founder
Nature's Fynd
Tiffanie Boyd
Senior Vice President & Chief People Officer
McDonald's USA
Tiffany Drake
Executive Director
Girls Opportunity Alliance
Tracy McFerrin
Founder & Principal
Credo Philanthropy Advisors
Tyler Blackburn
Senior Associate Director, Equity & Justice
Valerie Jarrett
Chief Executive Officer
Obama Foundation
Valerie Lefler
Founder & CEO
Valarie Wafer
Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Council Chair
Rotary International
Vijay Ravindran
Chief Executive Officer
Walter Diaz
Associate Director, Socially Transformative Business
Boston Consulting Group
Wandy Hernandez
Founder & Past Board Chair
National Association of Community Health Workers
William Brown
Life Coach
Chicago CRED
William “Billy” Moore
Site Manager
West Side
Dr. Yousef Alhammadi
Executive Director, Knowledge & Impact
Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority (ECA)

Speaker Inquiries

Social Innovation Summit year-round events feature blockbuster speakers and industry thought leaders in a variety of formats, including main-stage keynotes and panel discussions, interactive breakouts, roundtable discussions, experiences, and VIP social events.

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Meet Our Speakers

The Social Innovation Summit program elevates, inspires, and mobilizes cross-sector action spanning the corporate, philanthropic, investment, policy, cultural, civil society, and innovation landscape. Our diverse mix of Speakers help frame the conversation.

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Nomination FAQ

Throughout the year, the SIS Programming team curates the most compelling content, elevating top industry thought leaders and luminaries, CSR, ESG, & DEI executives, social impact practitioners, cultural icons, and other special guests to fill our speaking roles.

We invite you to review the following FAQs ahead of submitting an application:

Speaker Guidelines

Who can I nominate?

We welcome all types of nominations, whether a colleague, client, or yourself. You may nominate a particular individual, or even a group of individuals for an entire proposed session. Regardless of the nature of your nomination, please be sure to clarify your relationship to the proposed speaker in your application.

Who are you looking for?

Everyone! Our speakers range from the most influential and well-known business leaders and cultural icons, to the undiscovered kid-scientist who will one day change the world. The only key parameter is that we are looking for individuals who are mission-driven and passionate about social impact.

Are speakers compensated?

While we are unable to offer speaker honorariums, we are from time to time able to assist with travel and accommodation for speakers in demonstrated need.

Nomination Process

How do I suggest a speaker?

Please use our Nomination Form and provide the speaker’s essential details: bio/background, content focus, and links to website profiles, news articles, or past engagements. This information goes directly to our programming review team, who will follow up with each applicant.

Is there an application deadline?

We accept nominations on an ongoing basis, even through May 2024. Of course, the earlier the better, as our speaking roles are limited.

When can I expect to hear back?

Our programming committee reviews nominations on a rolling basis, and we will get back to you as soon as possible to provide updates on your application status within 2-4 weeks. If we are unable to make an immediate decision, the decision may be deferred, but we will always keep you apprised of the status of your application.

Can I become a speaker via SIS partnership?

Yes and No. While many of our SIS partners also contribute thought-leadership as a speaker, our Partnerships team does have a set of parameters to validate and ensure the content and messaging is relevant, mission-oriented, and authentic for our audience. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a partner in addition to a speaking role, please just let us know inside your speaker application.

Additional Questions?

We want to hear from you!

For any additional questions, or to follow-up on an existing application, don’t hesitate to reach out to a member of our SIS Programming Team, who will be happy to assist:

Guly Maimaiti

Social Innovation Summit | Programming Team