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

Zvi Band, CEO and Founder, Contactually, Co-Founder, Made in DC

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

Jordan Catalana, Co-Founder & COO, Amateur Person Apparel

Tammy Cho, Co-Founder and CPO, Encore Alert

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

Jennifer Farrell, CEO and Founder, CriticaLink

Hiranya Fernando, Career Coach and Founder, Careerly

Ian Fisk, Executive Director, Mentor Capital Network

Steve Gershman, Senior Consultant, Arcadia Healthcare Solutions; Board Member, Compass Partners

Kesi Gibson, CEO and Founder, Kyu Melange

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

Sabel Harris, Senior Marketing Manager, Contactually

William Huster, CTO, Aspire

Dan Kuenzi, Co-Founder, Local Roots Farm

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

Amy Lazarus, Founder and CEO, Inclusion Ventures LLC

Hosan Lee, CEO and Co-Founder, TableTribes

James Li, Co-Founder and CEO, Encore Alert

Diego Mariscal, CEO, 2Gether-International

Rob Mathis, Branding and Corporate Reputation Specialist, McKinsey & Company

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

Neil Shah, CEO and Co-Founder, Aspire; Co-Founder, Compass Partners

Andy Shallal, Owner, Busboys and Poets and Eatonville

Travis Smith, Member, Compass National Council

Rich Tafel, President, The Public Squared

Eduardo Villavicencio, CEO, EdVisionIT

Clarence Wardell, Presidential Innovation Fellow, U.S. Department of Energy, 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

Dean Zacharias, Founder, Proper Kid Problems


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

Saturday, april 11th

Our programming will start promptly at 9:00 am.  Please arrive at Lohrfink Auditorium in Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, Rafik B. Hariri Building, between 8:30 and 8:45 am for registration, coffee, and a light breakfast.  If you will be arriving late please aim to come to Lohrfink Auditorium prior to 9:45 am.

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

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

9:15 am - 9:45 am: Dennis Whittle, Who Cares What YOU Do?

10:00 am - 11:15 pm:

  • Special Salon - Amanda Cole (REISS 264)
  • Fork Hunger: The Campus Kitchens Project - Laura Belazis and Matt Schnarr (MAGUIRE 101)
  • How to Make Something Out of Nothing - Patrick Dowd (MAGUIRE 102)
  • Challenges & Opportunities in International Social Entrepreneurship - Jennifer Farrell (MAGUIRE 103)
  • The Power of People - Emily Hagel (MAGUIRE 104)
  • Hangout Room (REISS 264)

11:15 pm - 12:30 pm: 

  • From Passion to Product: Planning & Manufacturing Physical Products for the Marketplace - Caryn Cramer (MAGUIRE 101)
  • Impact Investing & Inner Knowing! - Jenna Nicholas (MAGUIRE 102)
  • Brand New. Brand You. - Rob Mathias (MAGUIRE 103)
  • 10 Strategies for Successful Schmoozing - Gouri Mirpuri (MAGUIRE 104)
  • Ultimate Community Building Workshop - Travis Smith (HEALY 106)
  • Hangout Room (REISS 264)

12:30 pm - 2:00pm: Community Lunch (Sellinger Lounge)

2:00pm - 3:15pm: 

  • 10 Things Students & Recent Graduates Should Do to Land a Dream Job - Hiranya Fernando (WHITE-GRAVENOR 206)
  • Women & Minorities in Entrepreneurship Panel - Vanessa Beary, Kesi Gibson, Amy Lazarus, Diego Mariscal, Gouri Mirpuri, and Clarence Wardell (MAGUIRE 102)
  • Product in a Process: Planning, Designing, and Building Modern Tech Products For Service-Focused Start-ups - William Huster & Neil Shah (WHITE-GRAVENOR 201B)
  • Hangout Room (REISS 264)

3:15pm - 4:00 pm: Fellows Pitch Competition 

  • Last Names A-E - Amanda Cole & Kesi Gibson (WHITE-GRAVENOR 206)
  • Last Names F-L - Tom Raffa & Rich Tafel (WHITE-GRAVENOR 201B)
  • Last Names M-R - Neil Shah & Arthur Woods (REISS 262)
  • Last Names S-Z: David Brown & Steve Gershman (REISS 264)
  • Hangout Room (REISS 502)

4:30 pm - 5:45 pm: Panel: Creating and Developing Partnerships facilitated by Scott Beale with Vanessa Beary, Michael Curtin, and Andy Shallal

5:45 pm - 6:15 pm: Announcement of Kenneth Cole Grant & Pitch Competition winners

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

7:30 pm onward: Dinner, social activities, visit the cherry blossoms during their peak bloom

Sunday, april 12th

8:30 am - 9:00 am: Breakfast

9:00 am - 10:15 am: 

  • YES & Telling Your Story with Your Audience - Ian Fisk (ICC 106)
  • Don't Be a Jerk & Other Basic Rules For Life - Hosan Lee (ICC 104)
  • Three Action Steps To Do Today - Zvi Band (ICC 105)
  • National Council Meeting - Travis Smith (ICC 116)
  • Regional Council Meeting - Regional Directors (ICC 118)
  • Small Group Panel: Women & Minorities in Entrepreneurship - Gouri Mirpuri, Vanessa Beary, Kesi Gibson, Amy Lazarus, Diego Mariscal, Clarence Wardell (ICC 102)
  • Hangout Room (ICC 120)

10:15 am - 11:30 pm:

  • Shift P@TT3RNS  - Brain Hacks to Unleash the Social Entrepreneur Within - Ed Villavicencio (ICC 102) 
  • Creating Impact: People Design Over Design - Jeremy Pingul (ICC 104)
  • Hustle & Grind: Joining the New Marketing Era - Sabel Harris (ICC 105)
  • Vaccine or Virus: Injecting Silicon Valley Into Washington - Geoff Orazem (ICC 106)
  • Future Mentors Orientation - Travis Smith (ICC 116)
  • Current Mentors Workshop - Cindy Gao & Gloria Yu (ICC 119)
  • Business Development & Design Office Hours - James Li, Tammy Cho, Jordan Catalana, and Dean Zacharias (ICC 107)
  • Hangout Room (ICC 120)

11:30 pm - 12:30 pm: Large Group Panels

  • Intrapreneurship Panel - John Means, Amanda Cole, Megan Schumann, Clarence Wardell (McShain Lounge, McCarty)
  • Venture Funding Panel - Zvi Band, Rakesh Apte, Dan Kuenzi, Kalsoom Lakhani, Nasir Qadree, and Neil Shah (Social Room - Healy Family Student Center)

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm: Lunch On Your Own

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Living the Compass Experience

  • For Fellows: Compass & Beyond  (McShain Lounge McCarthy)
  • For Mentors, Council Members, Compass Alumni: A Big Thank You (Social Room Healy Family Student Center)

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