Christine E. Lynn University Center

Business for Good

Mar. 25, 10 a.m.

Profitable solutions to the world’s greatest challenges

Take part in Lynn University's first-ever social impact forum, and preview the Christine E. Lynn University Center’s third floor collaborative workspaces.

The event will feature:

  • Over 30 panelists on impact investing, educating for impact and business for good
  • Breakout sessions by Venture Café Miami
  • Performance by Emmy-nominated singer and songwriter Alexander Star

Keynote speaker

Paul Rice, keynote speaker for Fair Trade USA.
Paul Rice

Fair Trade USA

Paul Rice, keynote speaker for Fair Trade USA.
Paul Rice

Paul Rice is Founder and CEO of Fair Trade USA, the internationally-acclaimed social enterprise and leading certifier of Fair Trade products in North America. He launched the award-winning nonprofit organization in 1998 after spending 11 years organizing farmers in the highlands of Nicaragua.

Rice has been honored by Ashoka and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and received Fast Company Magazine’s Social Capitalist of the Year award four times, Ethisphere’s 100 Most Influential in Business Ethics, Entrepreneur’s Entrepreneur of the Year and the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. The Texas-native holds an Economics and Political Science degree from Yale University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, where he is now an Executive Fellow.

Event highlights

Event schedule

10 a.m. Registration

Location: First floor, Christine E. Lynn University Center

11 a.m. Keynote speaker

Paul Rice, President and CEO of Fair Trade USA

Paul Rice is Founder and CEO of Fair Trade USA, the internationally-acclaimed social enterprise and leading certifier of Fair Trade products in North America. He launched the award-winning nonprofit organization in 1998 after spending 11 years organizing farmers in the highlands of Nicaragua. Paul returned to the United States to obtain his MBA from Berkeley Haas with the dream of bringing Fair Trade to consumers, businesses and farmers worldwide.

Paul has been honored for his pioneering work by Ashoka, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, Fast Company Magazine’s Social Capitalist of the Year award (four-time winner), Ethisphere’s 100 Most Influential in Business Ethics, Entrepreneur magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year (2012 Finalist) and the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. The Texas-native holds an Economics and Political Science degree from Yale University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, where he is now an Executive Fellow. Paul has spoken at the World Economic Forum, Clinton Global Initiative, Skoll World Forum, TEDx and numerous universities and conferences around the world.

12 p.m. Lunch presentation

Presentation by Ron and Marty Cordes, co-founders, Cordes Foundation

Ron Cordes has enjoyed a 30+ year career in the investment industry. He was a co-founder and CEO of AssetMark, a leading U.S. managed account platform with $30+ billion of AUM, co-authored “The Art of Investing” published by McGraw Hill, and was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Since co-founding the Cordes Foundation in 2006 with his wife, Marty, Ron has focused on impact investing and social entrepreneurship and currently serves on the boards of MicroVest, ImpactAssets, Fair Trade USA and the Social Impact Lab at Lynn University. His work in this area has been profiled in an array of publications including the New York Times, Barron’s, FastCompany, Forbes and FORTUNE.

Marty Cordes is Co-Founder of the Cordes Foundation, which she created with her husband, Ron, in 2006. She directs the Foundation’s philanthropic and gender-lens investing work advancing economic opportunities for women. In addition, Marty serves on the board of Nest, an organization building a new handworker economy that connects global craftspeople, brands, and consumers in a circular value chain. Previously, Marty enjoyed a career in the banking industry and served in several volunteer leadership capacities with social service organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her former board roles include Freedom from Hunger, Grameen PrimaCare and Ripple Effect Images.

1:15 p.m. Impact investing

Impact investing in South Florida
Moderated by Jeff Perlman, CDS International Holdings Executive Vice President

  • Kristin Fafard, CFA, Community Capital Management Chief Investment Strategist
  • Lauren Harper, Social Venture Partners Miami Founding Director

Financing your social impact idea
Moderated by Steve Fox, Think Impact CEO

  • William Burckart, The Investment Integration Project (TIIP) Co-Founder and President
  • Jim Sempere, Gnu Foundation Founder and Board Chairman
  • Theresa Gusman, FSA, First Affirmative Financial Network Chief Investment Officer

Investing in business as a force for good
Moderated by Eric Stephenson, Align Impact Director of Client Services, and Stephanie Cordes, Vice Chair of the Cordes Foundation

  • Julia Wilkinson, imvest CEO and Finance for Good Board Chair
  • Tom D’Eri, Rising Tide Car Wash Co-Founder and COO
2:15 p.m. Educating for impact

Bold vision and strategic partnerships
Moderated by Rebecca Fishman Lipsey, Radical Partners Founder & CEO

  • Kevin M. Ross, Lynn University President
  • Eric Glustrom, CEO and Founder Watson Institute

Creating opportunities in global education
Moderated by Kuda Biza, Amani Hope Foundation Founder & Board Member

  • Katharina Breme, International Business Performance Founder & Managing Director
  • Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, Afghan Institute of Learning Founder and CEO
  • Steve Fox, Think Impact CEO

Building a social impact ecosystem at Lynn University
Moderated by Dr. Katrina Carter-Tellison, Lynn University Academic Dean

  • Dr. Gregg Cox, Lynn University Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Dr. Antonella Regueiro, Lynn University Assistant Professor
  • Jerry Hildebrand, Lynn University Social Impact Lab Director
  • Dr. Kristen Migliano, Lynn University Associate Professor
3:15 p.m. Business for good

Building the entrepreneurial ecosystem
Moderated by Alia Mahmoud, Radical Partners Director of Leadership Development

  • Matt Haggman, former Knight Foundation Program Director and journalist

The power at the intersection of tech and social entrepreneurship
Moderated by Melissa Medina, eMerge Americas President

  • Chris Boniforti, Lynn University Chief Strategy and Technology Officer
  • Felecia Hatcher, Tribe Cowork and Urban Innovation Lab, Code Fever, and Black Tech Week Co-Founder and author
  • Camilo Padron, business leader and social entrepreneur

Environmental entrepreneurship
Moderator Jennifer Kenning, Align Impact CEO and Co-Founder

  • Blayne Ross, Shore Lock CEO
  • Mark Bauhaus, Just Business Partner
4 p.m. Lynn University collaborative workspaces tour

Location: Third floor, Christine E. Lynn University Center

The third floor of the Christine E. Lynn University Center is home to Lynn's Social Impact Lab and Watson Institute at Lynn University—two university offices that support experiential learning and social impact education. In fall 2019, Lynn will open the space to the community as a co-working space for organizations and individuals generating positive impact.

Join Lynn's Chief Strategy and Technology Officer Chris Boniforti to learn more about this initiative. Then, connect with Social Impact Lab Director Jerry Hildebrand and Watson Institute CEO and Founder Eric Glustrom to see how their preparing the next generation of changemakers.

5 p.m. Breakout sessions by Venture Café Miami

Organized and led by Executive Director Leigh-Ann Buchanan

7 p.m. Performance by Emmy-nominated singer and songwriter Alexander Star

Alexander Star is an Emmy-nominated songwriter and entertainer based in South Florida. He co-founded the #ThisIsMyEra movement, empowering people to act now in order to make a make a positive difference in the world. He also co-hosts the podcast #ThisIsMyEra with Lynn alumnus Kuda Biza.

The #ThisIsMyEra concert tour energizes people around the world to set goals and achieve dreams, using music with positive messages as the catalyst. The tour has impacted over 50 venues in the U.S., the UK, Canada, France, Morocco and Rwanda and at the United Nations headquarters.

Star is also responsible for penning anthems and theme songs for major brands and even governments.

Listen to Star's music on Spotify, iTunes and other streaming platforms, and follow him on social media: @MrAlexanderStar.

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