april 11 - 12, 2015 / georgetown university




Shift Series brings together 200+ students and alumni from leading national universities, social and tech entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and corporate executives for a multi-disciplinary discussion around how we can prepare the next generation of socially conscious leaders. This year we have over 30 inspiring local, national, and international leaders present to offer their wisdom and advice in primarily small group sessions. 

All Compass fellows will have the opportunity to be part of a pitch contest and receive feedback on their ventures from their peers as well as industry leaders serving as judges.  All Shift Series participants will receive a free resource guide from Dorie Clark, and winners of the pitch competition will receive advance copies of her upcoming book Stand Out.  We will have special programming targeted towards obtaining venture funding, intrapreneurship, women and minorities in leadership, and social impact.  Additionally, the conference will be infused with social activities where you can get to know other student and alumni leaders from around the country.

For additional conference information, including speaker bios and session locations, please download the free app EventJoy and search for Shift Series.


Inspiring leaders

Which of our speakers was a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique?  Who sang back up for Aretha Franklin?  Which global leader worked as a newspaper delivery boy, dishwasher, and maintenance assistant scraping paint off wooden bleachers during college?

Take a look at our speaker bios on EventJoy to learn more about these incredible individuals who look forward to getting to know YOU at Shift Series!

Rakesh Apte, Senior Investment Manager, The Eleos Foundation

Scott Beale, Founder and CEO, Atlas Corps

Vanessa Beary, Senior Advisor on Youth Entrepreneurship, U.S. Department of State, Founder, Powerful Girls Now and Entrepreneurial Lab

Laura Belazis, Associate Director of Training and Evaluation, The Campus Kitchens Project

David Brown, Co-President and Co-Owner, Grand Pacific Resorts

Dorie Clark, Harvard Business Review/Forbes Contributor, author of Reinventing You and the upcoming Stand Out

Amanda Cole, Social Impact Strategist, Kenneth Cole Productions, Strategic Media Coordinator, Nexus Global Youth Summit

Caryn Cramer, Designer, Caryn Cramer LLC

Michael Curtin, Chief Executive Officer, DC Central Kitchen

Patrick Dowd, CEO and Founder, Millennial Trains Project

Hiranya Fernando, Career Coach and Founder, Careerly

Kesi Gibson, CEO and Founder, Kyu Melange

Emily Hagel, Director, Kitchen Operations, Miriam's Kitchen

Jia Jiang, Author of 100 Days of Rejection, Speaker, Entrepreneur

Dan Kuenzi, Co-Founder, Local Roots Farm

Kalsoom Lakhani, Founder and CEO, Invest to Innovate (i2i)

Amy Lazarus, Founder and CEO, Inclusion Ventures LLC

Diego Mariscal, CEO, 2Gether-International

John Means, Partner, McKinsey & Company

Gouri Mirpuri, Founder, Connected for Good, Co-Founder, Impact HUB Singapore, Co-Founder, The Learning Farm

Jenna Nicholas, Founder, Phoenix Global Impact

Greg Orazem, Founder and CEO, Eastern Foundry

Jeremy Pingul, Social Entrepreneur, Connect One Threads

Nasir Qadree, Senior Associate, Village Capital

Tom Raffa, President and CEO, RAFFA, P.C.

Matt Schnarr, Expansion and Partnerships Manager, The Campus Kitchens Project

Megan Schumann, Researcher and Senior Consultant, Monitor Institute; Social Innovation Fellow at StartingBloc

Andy Shallal, Owner, Busboys and Poets and Eatonville

Rich Tafel, President, The Public Squared

Clarence Wardell, Presidential Innovation Fellow, Commercialization and Data Initiative, U.S. Department of Energy, Research Affiliate, Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, Co-Founder, tinyGive

Dennis Whittle, Director and Co-Founder, Feedback Labs, Co-Founder and former CEO, GlobalGiving

Arthur Woods, Co-Founder and COO, Imperative, Co-Founder, Compass Partners


Additional schedule information, including session leaders, titles, and locations, is available on eventjoy.

Saturday, april 11th

8:30 am - 9:00 am: Check-in, coffee, and light breakfast

9:00 am - 9:15 am: Welcome from Rebecca and the Shift Series Leadership Team

9:15 am - 9:45 am: Dennis Whittle, "How do you know that you are making a social impact?"

10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Small Group Sessions 

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm: Lunch, opportunity to meet Compass community leaders

2:00 pm - 4:15 pm: Large Group Sessions, All Fellows Pitch Competition 

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm: Panel on Partnership Building facilitated by Scott Beale, with Vanessa Beary, Michael Curtin, and Andy Shallal

5:45 pm - 6:15 pm: announcement of Kenneth Cole Grant winners

6:15 pm - 7:00 pm: Dorie Clark, "Making the Most Out of Your 'Me'"

7:00 pm onward: dinner, social activities, visit the cherry blossoms during their peak bloom

Sunday, april 12th

9:00 am - 11:00 am: Small Group Sessions, including breakfast

11:30am - 12:30 pm: Panel on Venture Funding and Support, Panel on Intrapreneurship

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm: Lunch on your own in Georgetown

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: All fellows closing session

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: All Compass community leaders closing session (for all non-fellows)


Kenneth Cole Grants

We are thrilled to announce four $2,500 grants for Compass community members, provided through the generous support of Kenneth Cole Productions!

Kenneth Cole grants will be awarded to Compass ventures that highlight the power of conscious consumption.  Kenneth Cole is living proof that buying shoes and clothing can mean more than equipping oneself with the latest fashion trends. What you stand in says a lot about what you stand for. With the advent of companies like Warby Parker, TOMS Shoes, LSTN, and beyond, engaging consumers to make a positive social impact is becoming an increasingly important pillar of social innovation. Ventures embracing this idea are eligible for this grant. 

Grant applications are due by 11:59 pm on Monday, March 30th to Cindy Gao.  Compass fellows and alumni must attend Shift Series to apply for these grants.  There will also be a special gathering with Amanda Cole of Kenneth Cole Productions at Shift Series for all grant applicants.


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Any questions?


Contact Rebecca Ballard

Executive Director,  Compass Partners