S.E.E.D. Symposium

Social Enterprise & Economic Development

To Profit People & Planet

Reimagining Business for People, Profit & Planet

Reimagining Business for Positive Impact


Friday, November 30, 2018

Sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs & Bridges to Business (B2B)


Friday, November 30, 2018

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Lunch Included. ~ Reception to follow.



Soka University of America

Founders Hall

1 University Drive

Aliso Viejo, Ca 92656

$25 Community

Free to SUA students, faculty & staff

A forum for business leaders, entrepreneurs, educators and students to inspire awareness, and promote discussion about how social entrepreneurship, conscious business, non-profits, and public-private-educational partnerships create healthier economic ecosystems.

The New Bottom Line: Business Models for Social Impact

Neetal Parekh

Neetal Parekh, CEO of Innov8social

Attorney, and author of 51 Questions on Social Entrepreneurship.

Re-Inventing the Non Profit & Social Sector 

Melissa Beck

Melissa Beck, President, Anonymous Philanthropy

Formerly CEO Big Brothers Big Sisters & 2018 OC Social Entrepreneur of the Year by E&Y

Activist to Entrepreneur: Rise of the Socially Responsible Business

Mike Hannigan

Mike Hannigan, President and Co-Founder

Give Something Back, A Certified B Corp


Lunch Keynote

Entrepreneurship: Why Risk It All for a Dream?

Gail Becker

Gail Becker, Founder, CEO Caulipower

Samples of the new best-selling pizza at lunch.


1:30 – 2:30


Educators + Activists + Entrepreneurs = Innovation

Affordable Housing & Homelessness Solutions

With husband & wife team Rick and  Nancy Holliday,

Founders, Factory O_S

Private firm collaborating with the UC Berkeley Terner Center for Housing Innovation, labor unions, cities, and activists to create innovative and affordable workforce and homeless housing solutions.

Moderator Options:

Tomas Crowder? Expert in Sustainable Housing/Developing Countries

Deike Peters, Ed Feasel, or PBRC Post Doc in Urban Planning

2:30 – 2:45 PM

Break – Networking – Friend making

3:00 – 4:00 PM

In Conversation…


Stepping Into Sustainability: Best Blueprints for Business

Jamie Nack

Sustainability Advisor & President, Three Squares Inc.


Faith Taylor

Professor, Corporate Social Responsibility

Feliciano School of Business, Montclair State University

& Former Chief Sustainability Officer & Senior VP of CSR

Wyndham Worldwide


Kimbrely Matsoukas of Vans

Senior Manager, Sustainability and Social Responsibility

Vans a Division of VF Outdoor

4 – 5:00

In Conversation…


Stand Together:

How the Koch Network Aims to Revolutionize Social Impact

A Local Strategic Partnership

Mark Loranger, CEO

Chrysalis: Changing Lives through Jobs

Using Social Enterprise to Put People to Work



How Stand Together (5013C), a a venture-philanthropy impact fund, engages investors and identifies social enterprises.

5:00 – 6:00 pm

Networking – Appetizers & Mocktails