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

Aimée Eubanks Davis
Founder & CEO
Ali Velshi
Chief Correspondent & Host, ‘Velshi’
Amanda Smith
Native American Business Association
Ami Copeland
Senior Director & Washington, D.C. Public Affairs Lead
Andrew Kaplan
Vice President, Culinary Operations
Rachael Ray/Watch Entertainment
Ann Canela
Director of Corporate Giving
Niagara Bottling
Ashley Rajaratnam
Director, Strategic Growth, Social Impact
Best Buy
Ayele Shakur
Redstone Family Foundation
Barb Short
Senior Director Corporate Social Responsibility Engagement
Beth Spurgeon
ESG Director, Purpose & Inclusion
Brooke Hanson
Senior Director, ESG & Social Impact
Agilon Health
Dr. Chelsea Clinton
Vice Chair
The Clinton Foundation
Claire Babineaux-Fontenot
Chief Executive Officer
Feeding America
Colton Underwood
American TV Personality
The Colton Underwood Legacy Foundation
Dale Strange
President & Chief Operating Officer
Blackbaud & EVERFI
Daryl Brewster
Chief Executive Officer
Denielle Sachs
Senior Director & Global Head
APCO Impact
Diego Mariscal
CEO & Chief Disabled Officer
Dion Dawson
Founder & Chief Dreamer
Dion’s Chicago Dream
Edith Yokley
Chicago Sinfonietta
Eric Ripert
Chef, Author & Television Personality
Erica Bauer
Director of Community Relations
Chicago Bulls
Francie Schnipke-Richards
Vice President, Social Impact
The Allstate Foundation
Franziska Ehrhardt
Managing Director
Berlin Business Office USA
Fred Tan
Head, Global Social Impact
HPE Foundation
Gary Oppenheimer
Founder & Executive Director
Greg Cunningham
Senior Executive Vice President, Global Chief Diversity Officer
U.S. Bank
Gretchen Carlson
Lift Our Voices
Hakim Bell
Hana Haile-Mariam
Managing Director, Partnerships
The Robin Hood Foundation
Heather Foster
Head of Federal & International Policy
Janet Szlyk
President & CEO
The Chicago Lighthouse
Jennifer Lawson
President & CEO
Keep America Beautiful
Joshua Arce
President & CEO
Partnership with Native Americans
Julie Gehrki
Vice President, Philanthropy
Julie Roginsky
Lift Our Voices
Katherine Colsher
Girls Who Invest
Katya Echazarreta
Founder, Electrical Engineer & Citizen Astronaut
Kelly Leonard
VP, Creative Strategy, Innovation & Business Development
Second City
Lakshmi Iyer
Managing Director
Lara Littlefield
Executive Director of Partnerships & Programs
Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
Lauren Coape-Arnold
Global Head of Citizenship
Apollo Opportunity Foundation
Maria Kim
President & CEO
Marvin Carr
Director, Center for Racial Equity
Melissa Conrad
Social Impact Manager & Head of Employee Engagement
Zillow Group
Michele Lee
Board Member of Chicago Transit Authority, Senior Public Affairs Manager, Accessibility
Nicole Johnson
Director of Global Social Impact, Diversity & Employee Engagement
Cadence Design Systems
Nikole Hannah-Jones
Domestic Correspondent
The New York Times Magazine
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
National President
Inter-Tribal Council of AT&T Employees
Reba Dominski
Senior EVP, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer & President
U.S. Bank Foundation
Regina Miller
Executive Director
Array Alliance
Ritesh Patel
Senior Partner, Global Digital Health
FINN Partners
Ronald McDonald
McDonald Mascot
Sean Knierim
Partner, Co-Founder
Shaka Senghor
Shaka Senghor Inc
Sidney Espinosa
Head of Social Impact
Staci Alexander
Vice President, Thought Leadership
Sukhendra Rompally
Founder & CEO
Sunil Rajpurohit
Chief Investment & Product Officer
U.S. Bank
Thomas Jonas
CEO & Co-Founder
Nature's Fynd
Tiffanie Boyd
Senior Vice President & Chief People Officer
McDonald's USA
Valerie Jarrett
Chief Executive Officer
Obama Foundation

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