Social Innovation Conferences and Events

Rustandy EventsThe Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation holds events globally, equipping members of our community with insights into how the sector operates and helping them increase their odds of solving complex problems. Featured speakers have included Nobel laureates, elected officials, corporate and nonprofit leaders, and social entrepreneurs.

Rustandy Center events are designed for nonprofit and business leaders; social entrepreneurs; Booth students, faculty, and alumni; board members; and impact investors—anyone committed to making the world more equitable and sustainable.

OnBoard

On Board Conference

One of our largest annual events is the On Board conference on nonprofit board service, which is held in Chicago, Hong Kong, New York, and San Francisco.

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Events Update

Please note that, due to COVID-19 and in accordance with Booth’s events policy, all events will be hosted virtually until further notice. Visit UChicago’s website for more information, or email any questions to the Rustandy Center.

We hope that these resources will support you in your work to create meaningful impact here in Chicago and around the world.

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2021 John Edwardson, '72, Social New Venture Challenge Finals

Tuesday, June 01 10:00 AM
Virtual - Zoom

Join us virtually for the 11th annual John Edwardson, '72, Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC). The SNVC has helped to jump-start more than 100 startups that have gone on to raise more than $35 million. This year's program will culminate with a virtual event on Tuesday, June 1, with finalist teams presenting to a panel of distinguished judges and competing for at least $150,000 in cash prizes.

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Innovating for Social Equity: The Intersection of Religion and Business

Tuesday, May 18 5:00 PM
Virtual - Zoom

Cohosted with the University of Chicago Divinity School 

In the broader conversation about diversity in business, where does religion fit in? Join us for the next session of the Innovating for Social Equity series. David Nirenberg, dean of the Divinity School and Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Distinguished Service Professor, will be joined by prominent business leaders whose strategies take religious diversity into account. They’ll examine the progress that business has made toward a more spiritually accommodating landscape, and the measures that should be taken to ensure that people from all faith backgrounds are reflected in our economy. 

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Marketing for Good: How Global Brands Approach Sustainability

Tuesday, May 18 5:00 AM
Virtual - Zoom

Cohosted with the Kilts Center for Marketing

The Kilts Center for Marketing, in partnership with the Rustandy Center, presents the third event in the Marketing for Good series. This event will focus on how global brands approach environmental and social sustainability with Virginie Helias, chief sustainability officer, Procter & Gamble, and Rafael Oliveira, '04, president, international, Kraft Heinz. Marketing for Good examines how marketers and general managers can use their talents to catalyze positive change.

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On Board 2021: Day 4 - Creating a Better Future

Friday, May 21 11:30 AM
Virtual - Zoom

On Board is going virtual.

At this third day of the multi-day conference, we will examine how to move forward. From a global pandemic to a racial justice reckoning, this year has presented new calls for organizations to reimagine the possibilities of their work. How can nonprofits and their board members propel their work forward to create a better future?

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On Board 2021: Nonprofit Networking Fair

Thursday, May 20 5:00 PM
Virtual - Zoom

On Board is going virtual.

Are you a nonprofit looking for qualified board members or a business professional looking for nonprofit board service opportunities? Join us for the Nonprofit Networking Fair, which makes it easy for nonprofits and potential board members to connect. Are you a nonprofit interested in exhibiting? Learn more here. 

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Office Hours: Sustainability Executive in Residence, Daphne Mazarakis '99

Wednesday, May 12 12:00 PM
Virtual - Zoom

Mazarakis, '99, is available to mentor Booth students interested in entrepreneurship, food, and sustainability. Mazarakis currently serves as strategic advisor to Grow Forward, a Venture Studio specializing in indoor food production, and as board member, investor, and acting marketing director to LocalCoho, an early-stage land-based operation growing sustainably raised coho salmon.

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Office Hours: Sustainability Executive in Residence, Daphne Mazarakis '99

Wednesday, May 19 12:00 PM
Virtual - Zoom

Mazarakis, '99, is available to mentor Booth students interested in entrepreneurship, food, and sustainability. Mazarakis currently serves as strategic advisor to Grow Forward, a Venture Studio specializing in indoor food production, and as board member, investor, and acting marketing director to LocalCoho, an early-stage land-based operation growing sustainably raised coho salmon.

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Office Hours: Sustainability Executive in Residence, Daphne Mazarakis '99

Tuesday, May 25 12:00 PM
Virtual - Zoom

Mazarakis, '99, is available to mentor Booth students interested in entrepreneurship, food, and sustainability. Mazarakis currently serves as strategic advisor to Grow Forward, a Venture Studio specializing in indoor food production, and as board member, investor, and acting marketing director to LocalCoho, an early-stage land-based operation growing sustainably raised coho salmon.

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Office Hours: Social Entrepreneurship Executive in Residence, Dave Ellis

Thursday, May 20 3:00 PM
Virtual - Zoom

Interested in social entrepreneurship? Ellis, cofounder of Flow Equity and its flagship enterprise EthioChicken, is available to meet with students who want to explore how to develop and scale a social enterprise.

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Office Hours: Nonprofit Engagement Executive in Residence, Dorri McWhorter

Thursday, May 27 3:00 PM
Virtual - Zoom

McWhorter, CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, is available to speak with students about nonprofit management, board service, community engagement, nonprofit careers, impact investing modeling, and more.  

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Office Hours: Impact Investor in Residence, Priya Parrish '09

Friday, May 14 10:00 AM
Virtual - Zoom

Parrish, '09, managing partner at Impact Engine and adjunct assistant professor of strategy at Chicago Booth, is available to mentor and provide an industry perspective on careers in impact investing.

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Office Hours: Impact Investor in Residence, Priya Parrish '09

Friday, May 21 12:00 PM
Virtual - Zoom

Parrish, '09, managing partner at Impact Engine and adjunct assistant professor of strategy at Chicago Booth, is available to mentor and provide an industry perspective on careers in impact investing.

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Office Hours: Civic Engagement Executive in Residence, Sonny Garg, AB '89, MBA '00

Wednesday, May 12 1:00 PM
Virtual - Zoom

Garg, AB '89, MBA '00, phunhousian in chief at DNS Capital , brings diverse experience as a senior executive and board member across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors and is available to speak with students about the intersection of professional pursuits and personal passions.  

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On Board Hong Kong: Day 1

Monday, June 14 7:30 PM
Virtual - Zoom

On Board is going virtual. 

How can nonprofits and their boards learn from this past year to propel their work forward? Join The Hong Kong Jockey Club Programme on Social Innovation and Chicago Booth's Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation for the virtual On Board conference on nonprofit board service. Through a series of free, informative, and interactive online sessions, you’ll reflect on this past year while honing nonprofit board governance and leadership skills to help you drive forward change and build a better future.

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On Board Hong Kong: Day 2

Wednesday, June 16 7:30 PM
Virtual - Zoom

On Board is going virtual. 

How can nonprofits and their boards learn from this past year to propel their work forward? Join The Hong Kong Jockey Club Programme on Social Innovation and Chicago Booth's Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation for the virtual On Board conference on nonprofit board service. Through a series of free, informative, and interactive online sessions, you’ll reflect on this past year while honing nonprofit board governance and leadership skills to help you drive forward change and build a better future.

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Social Impact Leadership Series: How Strengthening Communities Can Solve the World’s Pressing Problems

Tuesday, May 25 7:30 AM
Virtual - Zoom

Hosted by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Programme on Social Innovation

What's the key to addressing pressing, global challenges, according to Chicago Booth Professor Raghuram Rajan? Place decision-making power back with local communities. On May 25, Professor Rajan will discuss his research during a virtual event with The Hong Kong Jockey Club Programme on Social Innovation. In his book, Third Pillar: How Markets and the State Leave Communities Behind, Rajan argues that many of today's challenges reflect changes in technology that create an imbalance in the three pillars that hold up society: government, the markets, and the community.

 
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Tarrson Social Venture Fellowship Application

Friday, June 18 5:00 PM
Online Application

Applications for the 2021-2022 Tarrson Social Venture Fellowship are now open. The fellowship provides funding and advising to graduating students or recent alumni of the University of Chicago while they raise philanthropic or venture capital for their social enterprise. To be eligible for the fellowship, applicants must be committed to working full time for their startups, which should be focused on social or environmental impact.

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