What to expect of the virtual conference?
The format of the online conference will be adapted from the traditional structure of the Annual Social Entrepreneurship Conference. That means that we will present and discuss dozens of accepted papers in parallel sessions. All presenters of a paper will be discussants of another paper in the same session. Participants will have access to all uploaded material prior to the conference. Keynote panels will open and close the conference.
An innovation this year: We will welcome proposals for panel sessions during the conference.
A panel session consists of a conversation between 3 to 5 panelists with different perspectives to exchange views on a relevant and current topic, often with one of the panelists serving as facilitator of the discussion and session chair. Audience members can be involved in the discussion as well. A panel session should not be a collection of individual paper presentations.
Past Keynote Speakers
Over the past 16 years, we have been fortunate to have the foremost thought leaders, scholars, and social entrepreneurs present their latest work and initiatives.
In past years, some of our keynotes within our academic conference—which has taken place at University of Southern California, New York University, and Northeastern University, among others—have included Julie Battilana, William Baumol, Marya Besharov, Gordon Bloom, Paul Bloom, Oana Branzei, Debbi Brock, Tina Dacin, Silvia Dorado, Alnoor Ebrahim, Mary Ann Glynn, Helen Haugh, Kai Hockerts, Geoffrey Kistruck, Jim Koch, Norris Krueger, Matthew Lee, Paul Light, Tom Lumpkin, Johanna Mair, Jeffery McMullen, Kumar Nair, Alex Nicholls, Anne-Claire Pache, Ana Maria Peredo, Philip Phan, Jeffrey Robinson, Filipe Santos, Christian Seelos, Durreen Shahnaz, Dean Shepherd, Ute Stephan, Paul Tracey, David Townsend, Jeffrey York, and Tyler Wry.
Within our practitioner conference, Nobel laureates Paul Romer, Michael Spence, and Muhammad Yunus, as well as Scott Barrie, David Bornstein, Margot Brandenburg, Laura Callanan, Susan Davis, Greg Dees, Cheryl Dorsey, Bill Drayton, Jed Emerson, Darell Hammond, Scott Harrison, Andrew Kassoy, Mark Kramer, Tris Lumley, Debra Natelshon, Jacqueline Novogratz, Sara Olsen, Linda Rottenberg, Jason Saul, Billy Shore, Richard Steele, Tom Szaky, Brian Trelstad, Michael Weinstein, and Georgette Wong, among others, have been with us over the years.
In addition, a number of established social entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship scholars will be present at the conference, including associate editors at Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, and Small Business Economics.