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Welcome to the Finger Lakes Social Entrepreneurship Institute sched.org webpage.  Here you can learn more about the schedule and presenters.  You can also buy tickets directly from this site.  Scroll down to view the entire schedule and click on the "Tickets" tab when you are ready to register. 

Keep reading for an overview of the event, what comes with your ticket, where to stay if you are visiting Ithaca, and other useful information.

We are very excited about this year’s line-up! Take a look and create an individualized schedule. We color-coded the sessions to help in your decision-making. Track I sessions are for people just starting out on their social entrepreneurship journey. Track II is for folks with a bit more experience. The Systems Thinking sessions focus on practices that support our efforts to transform the economy so that it works for everyone. And, of course, we have set aside time to get out of our heads and back into our bodies; check out the yoga and improv exercises under the "movement" heading. 

Our keynote speaker on Friday evening is Matthew Stinchcomb, VP at Etsy.com (one of a very small number of publicly traded b-corps) and Founder/Executive Director of the Good Work Institute in the Hudson Valley.  His talk is entitled "Less Bad Isn’t Good Enough: Doing the Good Work to Build a Regenerative Future" and will take place November 10, 5:30pm in the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University. It is free and open to the public.

Esteban Kelly, the Executive Director of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives will be giving a plenary presentation on Saturday morning at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) entitled "Creating Economies that Work for Everyone," as well as a workshop on the Worker Cooperative model.  On Saturday afternoon, Megan Odenthal, a practitioner in community based systems thinking from the Social Systems Design Lab is offering a plenary as well as a workshop on how to use systems tools to unlock community transformation. In the evening, we will be joined by a group of youth entrepreneurs who will be sharing what inspires them as well as key lessons and challenges. 

In addition, the schedule includes workshops on skills vital to for-profit and nonprofit social entrepreneurship. Register now by clicking on "Tickets" below!  Early Bird registration ends October 15.

Cost
  • Full Registration Fee: $200
  • 10% Early Bird Discount if you register before midnight on October 15. The promotional code is : EarlyBird
  • Student Registration Fee: $100. The promotional code for students is : Student
  • Registration closes midnight of November 3th.


Scholarships

  • Full and partial scholarships are available by application. Click here to apply.


Included in the price of the Institute are:

Friday’s opening plenary and reception, all the workshops and yoga breaks on Saturday with breakfast, lunch and dinner, and one-on-one coaching, a half-day workshop or a field trip on Sunday with breakfast and lunch.

Accomodations

Your ticket does not include accomodations. We have reserved a block of rooms at the Hampton Inn in Ithaca at a reduced rate of $169 a night. When you make your reservation, mention "FSLEI 2017" to get this group rate. This block rate ends October 10.  You can learn about other lodging options, places to eat, and the beautiful sites of this area at www.visitithaca.com. Ithaca truly is gorges!

Featured Models and Tools:

  • Worker-Owned Cooperatives: Worker cooperatives are business entities that are owned and controlled by their members, the people who work in them. All cooperatives operate in accordance with the Cooperative Principles and Values. The two central characteristics of worker cooperatives are: (1) worker-members invest in and own the business together, and it distributes surplus to them and (2) decision-making is democratic, adhering to the general principle of one member-one vote.

  • Community Based Systems Dynamics: Community based system dynamics can help people frame problems, visualize the system, identify potential leverage points, develop skills for communicating system insights, analyze policies, and ultimately design more effective and sustainable solutions. ​​

  • Theory of Change: The theory of change model focuses on the social change you intend to achieve. This model maps out the activities that will help you reach your impact goals, the ways to measure success, and how to strengthen what is working and reconsider what isn’t.

The Institute includes panels and workshops where you will:

  • Apply and evaluate leading models pivotal to the success of social ventures.

  • Know and incorporate elements of creating a collaborative, inclusive economy into their social ventures or areas of work.

  • Integrate the insights and know-how of experienced social entrepreneurs, peers and consultants.

  • Develop relationships that continue beyond the Institute with a diverse group of social entrepreneurs and people in key supporting sectors such as education, business, finance, policy, and community organizing.

Refund Policy

  • Requests for refunds made on or before October 15 will receive a full refund.
  • Requests for refunds made between October 16 and October 27 will receive a 50% refund.
  • Requests for refunds made after October 27 will not be given.

 

Co-sponsors:

This event would not be possible without the generous support of our co-sponsors: Entrepreneurship at Cornell, the Engaged Leadership Program at Cornell’s Office of Engagement Initiatives and the Park Foundation.

 

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Friday, November 10
 

5:00pm

Registration
Registraiton will take place in the Africana Center's lobby. You will recieve your name tag and a packet. 

Friday November 10, 2017 5:00pm - 5:15pm
Africana Studies and Research Center 310 Triphammer Rd, Ithaca, NY

5:15pm

Welcome!
Speakers
avatar for Eskedar Getahun

Eskedar Getahun

State Extension Specialist for Organizational Development, Cornell Cooperative Extension
Eskedar is a recent graduate of the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University. Prior to coming to Cornell, Eskedar was a project manager in the nonprofit sector. She worked in an Operations and Finance Manager role at Urban Upbound, a community development organization p... Read More →
avatar for Anke Wessels

Anke Wessels

Executive Director, CTA
Anke Wessels is the Executive Director of the Center for Transformative Action (CTA), an independent education-based 501(c)3 affiliated with Cornell University, that provides fiscal sponsorship for social entrepreneurs with innovative non-profit ventures. Our services allow these change makers to focus on their social mission while we provide a well-established back office infrastructure with business services and mentorship that most start up nonprofits are unable to afford. We also offer educational programs--courses, conferences, and workshops--to help a diverse group of new or experienced social entrepreneurs develop the skills necessary to establish effective social ventures and to learn the leadership practices associated with Transformative Action. | | Anke is a lecturer in the Dyson School and teaches an award winning undergraduate course on Social Entrepreneurship (AEM 3380). She also organizes the Finger Lakes Social Entrepreneurship Institute, and is the lead contact for... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 5:15pm - 5:30pm
Africana Studies and Research Center 310 Triphammer Rd, Ithaca, NY

5:30pm

Less Bad isn't Good Enough: Doing the Good Work to Build a Regenerative Future

Matt Stinchcomb is the Executive Director of Good Work Institute. Previously, he was the VP, Values and Impact at Etsy.com. In that role he oversaw the stewardship of the company’s mission to reimagine commerce in ways that build a more fulfilling and lasting world, and worked to give all employees the means and the desire to maximize the benefit their work had on people and the planet.

In 2013, he was named a GOOD Magazine ‘Figure of Progress’. The next year he was named as one of the Purpose Economy 100. in 2016, he became a BALLE Local Economy Fellow.  Matt also serves on the board of directors for the Schumacher Center for New Economics (Chair) and Naropa University. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and lives in Rhinebeck, NY with his wife, Benedikta, and their sons, Francis and Lewie.



Speakers
avatar for Matthew Stinchcomb

Matthew Stinchcomb

Executive Director, Good Work Institute
Matt Stinchcomb is the Executive Director of Good Work Institute. Previously, he was the VP, Values and Impact at Etsy.com. In that role he oversaw the stewardship of the company’s mission to reimagine commerce in ways that build a more fulfilling and lasting world, and worked to give all employees the means and the desire to maximize the benefit their work had on people and the planet. In 2013, he was named a GOOD Magazine... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Africana Studies and Research Center 310 Triphammer Rd, Ithaca, NY

6:30pm

Improv Mixer
Setting you up for conference success! This will be an activity to build connection among participants and will be a warm up to the Sunday improv session!


Speakers
avatar for Erica Marx

Erica Marx

Leadership Coach, Erica Marx Coaching
Erica Marx (M.S.) is a leadership coach and communication skills trainer who works with people and organizations on a mission to make a difference in the world. She is a certified professional coach through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), a NYS certified conflict mediator, and a certified applied improv facilitator through the... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 6:30pm - 6:45pm
Africana Studies and Research Center 310 Triphammer Rd, Ithaca, NY

6:45pm

Reception
Please stay to talk with fellow participants over some light food and drink!

Friday November 10, 2017 6:45pm - 7:30pm
Africana Studies and Research Center 310 Triphammer Rd, Ithaca, NY
 
Saturday, November 11
 

7:45am

Registration and Breakfast
Today we are meeting at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) at 301 W. Court Street!

If you weren't at last night's talk, you can register this morning and pick up your name tag and conference packet. The Continental Breakfast, catered by GreenStar Cooperative Market, incudes options for vegans and people who have gluten free diets, along with plenty of coffee and tea! All of the re-usable dishes and utensils are provided by Dish Truck, a great new pollution prevention effort in Ithaca.

Saturday November 11, 2017 7:45am - 8:00am
Greater Ithaca Activities Center 301 W. Court St, Ithaca, NY

8:00am

Welcome Back
Speakers
avatar for Anke Wessels

Anke Wessels

Executive Director, CTA
Anke Wessels is the Executive Director of the Center for Transformative Action (CTA), an independent education-based 501(c)3 affiliated with Cornell University, that provides fiscal sponsorship for social entrepreneurs with innovative non-profit ventures. Our services allow these change makers to focus on their social mission while we provide a well-established back office infrastructure with business services and mentorship that most start up nonprofits are unable to afford. We also offer educational programs--courses, conferences, and workshops--to help a diverse group of new or experienced social entrepreneurs develop the skills necessary to establish effective social ventures and to learn the leadership practices associated with Transformative Action. | | Anke is a lecturer in the Dyson School and teaches an award winning undergraduate course on Social Entrepreneurship (AEM 3380). She also organizes the Finger Lakes Social Entrepreneurship Institute, and is the lead contact for... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 8:00am - 8:10am
GIAC Gym

8:15am

Preparing the Day: Guided Body & Mind Expansion
Speakers
avatar for Rachel VerValin

Rachel VerValin

Founder, Heart Thread Yoga
Rachel VerValin is an Ithaca area yoga teacher that prides herself on creating deeper connections with her students, and teaching from the heart. She has taught many (absolute) beginners in both yoga and meditation - Rachel seeks to create a nurturing environment where students c... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 8:15am - 8:30am
GIAC Gym

8:30am

Creating Economies that Work for Everyone
If we truly want to build a new, more democratic, sustainable, and just economy how can we ensure that it is inclusive to all? Situating power, normalizing self-determination, and finding balance between humility and brave leadership requires us to stretch way beyond theories in books, best practices in organizations, and trust in our communities. We need all of that, but we also need to engage our imagination and expand our thinking of what is possible. Esteban Kelly invites learners, doers, and dreamers to bridge the pragmatic with the speculative. His plenary presentation offers guidance for how we may begin to shape our economic future toward building "a world where many worlds fit."

Speakers
avatar for Esteban Kelly

Esteban Kelly

Executive Director, US Federation of Worker Cooperatives
Esteban Kelly is the Co-Executive Director for the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, and is an important leader and creative force in solidarity economy and co-op movements. He has served on numerous boards including the USFWC, the US Solidarity Economy Network, the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA-CLUSA), and the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF). He is a co-founder and current board President of the cross-sector Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA), and recently worked at the New Economy Coalition as Development Director and then Staff Director. Esteban is a mayoral appointee to the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council, following eight years as a worker-owner at Mariposa Food Co-op institutionalizing its staff collective and expanding food access in West Philly.Formally introduced to cooperatives through student housing co-ops, in Berkeley California, Esteban soon began organizing co-ops across Canada and the US with the North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO). Esteban was inducted into... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
GIAC Gym

9:45am

Identifying and strengthening your entrepreneurial traits
After years of studying high functioning entrepreneurs worldwide Gallup identified 10 talents that define the best and drive business success. In this session you will identify and work with your most obvious entrepreneurial talent(s), learn at which startup stage you are particularly well suited, and discover at what stage you would benefit from working with others.

Speakers
avatar for Tracey Brant, ACC

Tracey Brant, ACC

Associate Director, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
Tracey has worked in the entrepreneurial landscape for 9 years and developed the Kessler Fellows Program - a cornerstone entrepreneurial Program in Cornell Engineering. She is a certified life coach through the International Coach Federation and the GALLUP organization. At Co... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 9:45am - 11:00am
Room 220 Art Room GIAC

9:45am

Learn about State and Federal Business Certifications
Lamont Mitchell will expalin the requirements and logistics for Federal and State Business Certifications such as the Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise Certification, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Certification, and the 8(A) Business Development Program. 

This session will feature 20 minutes of presentation, then there will be an opportunity for clinic style, one-on-one consultation with Lamont about your certification needs and questions. The length of the consultations will depend on the number of people who register for the session. 

Speakers
avatar for Lamont Mitchell

Lamont Mitchell

Director of Minority Affairs/MWBE Compliance Offices, City of Syracuse
Syracuse University BA in Legal Studies | 3 years experience as MWBE Specialist | 3 years experience as the Director of Minority Affairs


Saturday November 11, 2017 9:45am - 11:00am
Room 210 Classroom GIAC

9:45am

Thinking Outside the Boss: Worker Co-ops and Democratic Workplaces
Though worker co-ops in the US date back 150 years, the model of worker-owned and democratically controlled businesses remains relatively unknown. Only recently are worker co-ops, worker ownership, and workplace democracy gaining momentum– especially among immigrants and in communities of color. Cooperatives anchor community wealth, and stabilize local economies. Local governments and community development groups are increasingly choosing worker co-ops as a solution to business succession to address record-breaking retirement rates among Baby Boomers. This session introduces the worker co-op model and demystifies how workplace democracy combines markets, business planning, and productivity with principled values and participation that centers people and communities.

Speakers
avatar for Esteban Kelly

Esteban Kelly

Executive Director, US Federation of Worker Cooperatives
Esteban Kelly is the Co-Executive Director for the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, and is an important leader and creative force in solidarity economy and co-op movements. He has served on numerous boards including the USFWC, the US Solidarity Economy Network, the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA-CLUSA), and the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF). He is a co-founder and current board President of the cross-sector Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA), and recently worked at the New Economy Coalition as Development Director and then Staff Director. Esteban is a mayoral appointee to the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council, following eight years as a worker-owner at Mariposa Food Co-op institutionalizing its staff collective and expanding food access in West Philly.Formally introduced to cooperatives through student housing co-ops, in Berkeley California, Esteban soon began organizing co-ops across Canada and the US with the North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO). Esteban was inducted into... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 9:45am - 11:00am
GIAC Gym

9:45am

A Living Guide to Launching Your Enterprise
Have the perfect idea, but don't know how to get started? Have a plan, and some thoughts but don't know whether you're on track?  Come to this exciting workshop where we will explore how to best imagine your idea, so that you, your supporters, your loved ones, and your fans will always know exactly where you are, and whether your vision remains in sync with your reality.

Speakers
avatar for Eldred Harris

Eldred Harris

Founder and Director, eLab
Eldred likes to joke that he’s on the 12th of his 9 lives. He holds a B.A. in English and African American studies from Binghamton University, a certificate in Policy Analysis from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs in Albany, and his Law Degree from Cornell University. To date he has practiced law, managed business development for Nielsen Media, and raised millions of dollars in student and program support as a fundraiser for both Howard University and Cornell... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 9:45am - 11:00am
Room 203 Teen Lounge GIAC

9:45am

Advanced Pricing & Sourcing that is in alignment with your values
Speakers
avatar for Jan Rhodes Norman

Jan Rhodes Norman

Social Entrepreneur
Jan describes herself as a "serial entrepreneur", after starting and/or co-owning 14 businesses in Ithaca, in the last 37 years . Having co-founded Local First Ithaca, she is a tireless supporter of local, independently owned businesses. In 2014, she was awarded the Alternatives... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 9:45am - 11:00am
Room 124 Conference Room GIAC

11:15am

A Living Guide to Deepening Your Enterprise

Have some traction in your venture, but feel like your concept's already being swallowed up by business demands and concerns? Want to grow and expand but don't have the confidence yet? Come to this exciting workshop where we will explore how to best imagine your idea, so that you, your supporters, your loved ones, and your fans will always know exactly where you are, and whether your vision remains in sync with your reality.



Speakers
avatar for Eldred Harris

Eldred Harris

Founder and Director, eLab
Eldred likes to joke that he’s on the 12th of his 9 lives. He holds a B.A. in English and African American studies from Binghamton University, a certificate in Policy Analysis from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs in Albany, and his Law Degree from Cornell University. To date he has practiced law, managed business development for Nielsen Media, and raised millions of dollars in student and program support as a fundraiser for both Howard University and Cornell... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Room 203 Teen Lounge GIAC

11:15am

Leveraging GiveGab for Online Fundraising and Volunteer Management
Learn how to utilize all of the features available to your nonprofit on the GiveGab platform and best practices to maximize your fundraising and stewardship impact, which plan would best fit your nonprofit and how to create a sustainable culture for online giving with your constituents.

Speakers
avatar for Kyle Cundy

Kyle Cundy

Nonprofit Engagement Specialist, GiveGab
Kyle has been with GiveGab for a year and a half and works with nonprofits every day to make sure they are getting the most out of the platform and maximizing their fundraising potential. Kyle is a coach for Girls on the Run and volunteers regularly at Southern Tier Food Bank, ha... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Room 217 GIAC

11:15am

Breaking the Cycle of Bias in Venture Capital

Traditionally a very small percentage of venture capital has gone towards funding women and other underrepresented groups in the technology and entrepreneurship space. Chloe Capital is working to transform the industry by focusing on the intersection of diversity, technology and impact. Learn more about their journey and the movement to bring more voices to the table in the technology industry.


Speakers
avatar for Elisa Miller-Out

Elisa Miller-Out

Managing Partner, Chloe Capital
Elisa Miller-Out, Managing Partner at Chloe Capital: Chloe Capital is an early stage angel investment fund located in Upstate New York. Chloe Capital's goal is to advance founders with diverse teams who are building innovative, thriving companies and game-changing technologies for the good of our community... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Room 220 Art Room GIAC

11:15am

Changing Lives Together: Entrepreneur Embraces Special Work Force

Blick Center is a non-profit organization that works with the Founder of Peaceful Fruits, Evan Delahanty, who recently appeared on ABC's Shark Tank. Come to hear how Blick and Peaceful Fruits are changing lives.

 


Speakers
avatar for Darlene Adams

Darlene Adams

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, Blick Center
Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant working with developmental disabilities and mental health clients at Blick Center in Akron Ohio.


Saturday November 11, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Room 124 Conference Room GIAC

11:15am

Nonprofit Grant Development
Grantwriting for Systems Change: Community members, leaders and funders are increasingly understanding that impact does not happen in a straight line. The complex problems facing our communities today are embedded in a web of intractable issues, unpredictable events and fragmented relationships.  As a result, philanthropy cannot solely focus on one issue or set of grantees and achieve long-term change. Increasingly, grantmakers are working to influence dynamic systems. In this workshop, we will explore current approaches and identify effective ways of writing grant proposals that influence systems change.

Speakers
avatar for Janet Cotraccia

Janet Cotraccia

Program Officer, Community Foundation of Tompkins County
Janet Cotraccia has been assessing, designing and implementing grant cycles and catalyzing community members around social investment for twenty years.  She has taught grant writing at Binghamton University and has worked as a consultant, providing data collection and analysis f... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Room 210 Classroom GIAC

12:30pm

Relax, Renew, Refresh
Speakers
avatar for Rachel VerValin

Rachel VerValin

Founder, Heart Thread Yoga
Rachel VerValin is an Ithaca area yoga teacher that prides herself on creating deeper connections with her students, and teaching from the heart. She has taught many (absolute) beginners in both yoga and meditation - Rachel seeks to create a nurturing environment where students c... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Pee Wee Room GIAC, 1st floor

12:45pm

Lunch
The lunch, catered by GreenStar Cooperative Market, incudes yummy options for vegans, vegetarians, people who have gluten free diets or nut allergies, as well as people with no dietary restrictions! All of the re-usable dishes and utensils are provided by Dish Truck, a great new pollution prevention effort in Ithaca.

Saturday November 11, 2017 12:45pm - 2:00pm
GIAC Gym

1:00pm

Using System Tools to Unlock Community Transformation

In this presentation, speaker Megan Odenthal will share stories that illuminate how the use of system maps and models can lead to social transformation. She shares how, when built collaboratively with community members invested in the work, these tools can help facilitate the creation of a new language and vision for change. 


Speakers
avatar for Megan Odenthal

Megan Odenthal

Megan Odenthal, MSW, is an experienced facilitator, process designer and teacher in community-led programs and research. Megan has a BA in Anthropology and a Masters degree in Social Work from the #1 ranked Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, where she studied Int... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
GIAC Gym

2:15pm

Collective Impact & Collaboration: What does it take?
This session will provide an overview of “collective impact”. -What it is. -Why it is a promising organizing tool -Challenges in using it successfully -How we are using it locally. Collective Impact is a systems change approach that began spreading with an article by John Kania and Mark Kramer (from FSG) in the Winter 2011 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Collective Impact is the commitment of a group of actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a complex social problem. Collective Impact is best employed for problems that are complex and systemic rather than technical in nature. Collective Impact initiatives are currently being employed to address a wide variety of issues around the world, including education, healthcare, homelessness, the environment, and community development.

Speakers
avatar for Kirby Edmonds

Kirby Edmonds

Managing Partner, Dorothy Cotton Institute
Kirby Edmonds is a long time resident of Ithaca and a principle in the local human relations training and consulting firm Training For Change Associates, specializing in diversity, cultural competency, conflict management and team building. He is one of the designers of the Multicultural Resource... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Room 210 Classroom GIAC

2:15pm

Equity-Based Leadership in Practice

This presentation shares a case-study about grassroots organizers and their journey to create systemic change by creating a horizontal learning community framework, shifting power dynamics, and centering the voices and leadership of formerly incarcerated individuals. Learn about challenges and opportunities that are important to sustain this work and how you can practice an equity-based leadership that challenges inequitable and oppressive cultures and systems inside and outside the workplace and/or institutions. 



Speakers
avatar for Phoebe Brown

Phoebe Brown

Community Educator, Multicultural Resource Center
Phoebe Brown, Founder & Facilitator, “Women’s Healing: Mind, Body & Spirit"; Community Educator, Multicultural Resource Center; and NLI Graduate. A highly skilled community activist, advocate, and multicultural bridge builder, Phoebe brings her passion for community-building to everything she does and everyone she meets. She moved to Ithaca 24 years ago from Harlem, NY, where she grew up in a community of neighbors who supported each other through... Read More →
avatar for Fabina Colon

Fabina Colon

Director, Multicultural Resource Center
Fabina B.Colon is the Director of the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC), a small non-profit organization working on cultural and systemic change through organizing in Tompkins County. Fabina is a native of Peru. She moved to Tompkins County along with her family at the age of 9. She is passionate about multicultural education, sustaining indigenous knowledge and values, and employing arts and culture as vehicles for community-building and social change. In addition to her work with MRC, she founded Tompkins... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Room 124 Conference Room GIAC

2:15pm

Theory of Change

Measuring impact in mission-driven organizations is an important, but often challenging process. In this workshop, we will discuss a few of the key steps you can take to set your organization up for measurement success via the Theory of Change Model! The discussion will include an example of a theory of change model (what you can do BEFORE it  is time to measure) and will involve participants drafting their own theory of change models to share with the group.


Speakers
avatar for Eskedar Getahun

Eskedar Getahun

State Extension Specialist for Organizational Development, Cornell Cooperative Extension
Eskedar is a recent graduate of the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University. Prior to coming to Cornell, Eskedar was a project manager in the nonprofit sector. She worked in an Operations and Finance Manager role at Urban Upbound, a community development organization p... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Room 220 Art Room GIAC

2:15pm

Practicing Your Pitch
Speakers
avatar for Shravan Srinivasa

Shravan Srinivasa

Cornell Big Red Microenterprise
BR Microenterprise is a student-run organization at Cornell’s Johnson School that provides business coaching for self-employed individuals in and around Ithaca. MBA students work one-on-one with local entrepreneurs to help them develop and work towards their business goals... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Room 203 Teen Lounge GIAC

3:45pm

An Introduction to Community Based System Dynamics

This workshop will provide participants with an introductory hands-on experience with systems mapping so they can see how the creation of such maps unfolds. The workshop will also touch on some of the deeper theoretical frameworks that form the foundation for this approach, including management of power dynamics, the use of self in the process, and the importance of empowering participants. 


Speakers
avatar for Megan Odenthal

Megan Odenthal

Megan Odenthal, MSW, is an experienced facilitator, process designer and teacher in community-led programs and research. Megan has a BA in Anthropology and a Masters degree in Social Work from the #1 ranked Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, where she studied Int... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Room 124 Conference Room GIAC

3:45pm

Imagining a Social Enterprise Hub
How can we build a just entrepreneurial ecosystem in Tompkins County? We are inviting FLSEI participants to be part of a discussion on what it would look like to have a just entrepreneurial ecosystem in Tompkins County. Why don’t we already have this in place? Who needs to be involved in building and supporting such a system? What kinds of social entrepreneurial models might work in Tompkins County, why, and how? To stimulate thinking about the possibilities in our community, we will briefly present social enterprise models from across the US that support those with significant barriers to mainstream employment and/or enterprises that tackle social issues. The goal of this workshop is to have participants identify ideas and concerns which, after further collaborative development, could ultimately be used to obtain monies for multiple stakeholders across the County who would be involved in this initiative. Is there a just entrepreneurial ecosystem in Tompkins County or where you live now? Why/Why not? 

Speakers
avatar for Chris Kai-Jones

Chris Kai-Jones

Student and Community Coordinator, Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County
Chris Kai-Jones is the CCETC Student and Community Coordinator and is currently completing his NYS licensure as a social worker.  As Co-Director of the Food Entrepreneurship Program Chris’ interest in social enterprise, as a way to address community challenges, continues to grow. ... Read More →
avatar for Lara Parrilla Kaltman

Lara Parrilla Kaltman

Nutrition Team Leader, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County
Lara Parrilla Kaltman is the Nutrition & Community Development Issue Leader with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (CCETC). Lara studied Nutritional Sciences at Cornell, received a master’s degree in Public Health at New York University and is a Registered Dietitian. In addition to managing... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Room 220 Art Room GIAC

3:45pm

Pitch Clinic: Practicing Your Pitch!
A good pitch sparks interest and quickly tells potential clients and partners who you are and what you do. In this work shop, you’ll practice your pitch one-on-one with business students, get feedback, and refine your pitch.

Speakers
avatar for Shravan Srinivasa

Shravan Srinivasa

Cornell Big Red Microenterprise
BR Microenterprise is a student-run organization at Cornell’s Johnson School that provides business coaching for self-employed individuals in and around Ithaca. MBA students work one-on-one with local entrepreneurs to help them develop and work towards their business goals... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Room 203 Teen Lounge GIAC

3:45pm

Managing Change in Your Social Enterprise

Is your social enterprise effective? How do you know? Do you feel like you’re constantly putting out fires? Do you struggle with your current processes? Do you have a framework in place to address challenges and bottlenecks that arise? Drawing on principles from project management, change management, and continuous improvement, this workshop highlights techniques to create and maintain efficient systems to help you become less reactive, more proactive, and amplify the impact of your social enterprise.

 

"Between the idea and the reality, between the motion and the act, falls the shadow"

-T.S. Eliot 


Speakers
avatar for Kelly White

Kelly White

CEO, Illume Projects, LLC
Kelly White, PMP has 20 years of experience in project management and operations, leading cross-functional teams in publishing, e-learning, online medical communication, software, health care, and nonprofit environments. She is the co-founder and principal consultant at Illume Projects LLC, a certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE) from New York State. Illume Projects specializes in helping busy nonprofit executives and small business owners save time and work more effectively. |   | As a certified Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt from Binghamton University, Kelly is committed to bringing teams, processes, and technology together to achieve positive results, continuous process improvement and meaningful, fun work. | Kelly is a former examiner for Partners in Performance Excellence, the state-based Baldrige Performance Excellence Program umbrella organization for New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Kelly has a special interest in health care and is privileged to serve on the board of the Ithaca Free Clinic (operated by the Ithaca Health Alliance) and further its mission to facilitate access to health care for all with a focus on the needs of the uninsured. | Kelly is a past director of programs and current director of membership for the PMI Rochester – Ithaca branch. She is a member of the Leadership Tompkins class of 2015 and of the inaugural class of the Rev Ithaca Passenger to Pilot program for women entrepreneurs. Learn more at... Read More →



Saturday November 11, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Room 217 GIAC

5:15pm

Evening Yoga
Speakers
avatar for Rachel VerValin

Rachel VerValin

Founder, Heart Thread Yoga
Rachel VerValin is an Ithaca area yoga teacher that prides herself on creating deeper connections with her students, and teaching from the heart. She has taught many (absolute) beginners in both yoga and meditation - Rachel seeks to create a nurturing environment where students c... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 5:15pm - 5:45pm
Pee Wee Room GIAC, 1st floor

5:30pm

Dinner
The dinner, catered by GreenStar Cooperative Market, incudes yummy options for vegans, vegetarians, people who have gluten free diets or nut allergies, as well as people with no dietary restrictions! All of the re-usable dishes and utensils are provided by Dish Truck, a great new pollution prevention effort in Ithaca.

Saturday November 11, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm
GIAC Gym

6:00pm

Teen Entrepreneurs Panel
This panel will feature local teens talking about their entrepreneurial endeavors. What motivates and inspires them? What are they learning about themselves and others? Where do they need support? 

LaBrae Issac
Tytianna Kendall

Tidaysha Black, Mariah Acker, Kiyanna George (pictured below with Rahmel Mack, Moderator)
Business - Bitty Box Screen Printing
Bitty Box is a GIAC micro-entrepreneurship Program. In the Bitty Box Program teens learn screen printing, design and marketing while earning money. 


Moderators
avatar for Rahmel Mack

Rahmel Mack

Teen Program Leader, Greater Ithaca Activities Center
Rahmel Mack is the leader of the Teen Program at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center where he is helping teens learn how to run a screen-printing business called Bitty Box. Bitty Box prints shirts for different events and organizations, such as sports teams or summer camps. They... Read More →

Speakers
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LaBrae Isaac

My name is LaBrae Isaac, I was born December 31,1999. I lived in Philadelphia from the time I was born until 2015, which is when I moved to Ithaca and started attending New Roots Charter School. In my junior year at New Roots, I started getting more involved in community work. Th... Read More →
avatar for Tytianna Kendall

Tytianna Kendall

My name is Tytianna Kendall and I am from New York City. I moved to Ithaca in 2015. I went to New Roots for my sophomore, junior and senior years. As the years went by for me in New Roots I started engaging in community events. It started with a business named Congo Square run by... Read More →



Saturday November 11, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
GIAC Gym
 
Sunday, November 12
 

8:30am

Breakfast
The continnetal breakfast catered by GreenStar Cooperative Market, incudes yummy options for vegans, vegetarians, people who have gluten free diets or nut allergies, as well as people with no dietary restrictions! All of the re-usable dishes and utensils are provided by Dish Truck, a great new pollution prevention effort in Ithaca.

Sunday November 12, 2017 8:30am - 9:00am
GIAC Gym

9:00am

Field Trip to Coltivare & CommonSpot
Coltivare
Serving locally sourced and seasonal food and drink, Coltivare brings to life the cuisine of the Finger Lakes. It is more than just a restaurant! Coltivare partners with local institutions, including the TC3 Farm, which provides fresh produce and the TC3 Farm to Bistro program, which provides students an opportunity to work at the restaurant and to take culinary and wine classes on site.

Learn more about these innovative partnerships during a tour and Q&A with Jason Sidle, Director of Operations!

https://coltivareithaca.com/

 

The CommonSpot

The CommonSpot is a shared office space on the Ithaca Commons built for entrepreneurs, freelancers, small businesses, and nonprofits.  Rather than work in isolation at home or in small offices, these CommonSpot members build community and reduce overhead by sharing access to high speed Internet, office equipment, desks, and a variety of comfortable rooms for meetings or small events.  

 

Learn more about this dynamic coworking space during a tour and Q&A with Bob Rossi, founder and owner!

 

commonspot.org


 

Sunday November 12, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Coltivare 235 S Cayuga St, Ithaca, NY 14850

9:00am

Play It Forward: Crafting Your Next Steps

You’ve been through workshops ranging from the smallest details to the systems perspective. How are you going to apply this in your community? What new perspective is emerging for you? How can you take what you've experienced here and put it into action?

Let's play about it! Join this interactive workshop for a series of games and activities derived from improv theater to explore the themes of the institute and determine and your next steps.

You will:

  • Reconnect with your intentions

  • Explore themes of power, status, and possibilities

  • Learn new tools for accessing clarity and power

  • Clarify and commit to your next action steps


You came here for a reason. Now let's make the most out of this experience for you, for your community, and for the world.


Speakers
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Erica Marx

Leadership Coach, Erica Marx Coaching
Erica Marx (M.S.) is a leadership coach and communication skills trainer who works with people and organizations on a mission to make a difference in the world. She is a certified professional coach through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), a NYS certified conflict mediator, and a certified applied improv facilitator through the... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
Room 124 Conference Room GIAC

12:15pm

Lunch
The lunch, catered by GreenStar Cooperative Market, incudes yummy options for vegans, vegetarians, people who have gluten free diets or nut allergies, as well as people with no dietary restrictions! All of the re-usable dishes and utensils are provided by Dish Truck, a great new pollution prevention effort in Ithaca.

Sunday November 12, 2017 12:15pm - 12:45pm
GIAC Gym

12:45pm

Thank you and Reflection
Join us after lunch in an opportunity to reflect on what we, as a learning commuity, have experienced over the weekend. Offer your thoughts, insights, and suggestions.  

Sunday November 12, 2017 12:45pm - 1:15pm
GIAC Gym

1:15pm

Individualized Coaching and Mentorship
This time is set aside for you to meet one-on-one with a coach to get advice on your project, your venture, or on how to engage in systems-level social change. 

Coaches are:

Michelle Berry: Michelle is a high-energy, humorous and engaging, collaborative speaker, hiking leader and trainer with a unique ability to help enable you to transform your teams today, rather than just providing the information you probably already know about stress and wellness. Michelle has taught meditation and other stress reduction techniques for leading Ivy-League universities and for companies such as Gannett Newspapers and IBM (of the Fortune 500) to global business leaders and famous athletes and leading non-profits,  such as the United Way, among others.

Kirby Edmonds: Kirby Edmonds is a long time resident of Ithaca and a principle in the local human relations training and consulting firm Training For Change Associates, specializing in diversity, cultural competency, conflict management and team building. Kirby has been working to put equity at the center of local economic development and public and institutional policy throughout the community.

Eldred Harris: Eldred is the founding Director of eLab, the Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Business Development Lab which provides intensive, high-touch, business coaching to entrepreneurs whose ideas build more robust, diverse, and resilient local economies.
With a focus on engaging as many underrepresented, non-traditional, and young entrepreneurs as possible, eLab assists clients with idea visioning; identifying productive partners and resources; and - as critically – adjusting to the risks/rewards associated with entrepreneurship.

Erica Marx: Erica Marx (M.S.) is a leadership coach and communication skills trainer who works with people and organizations on a mission to make a difference in the world. She is a certified professional coach through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), a NYS certified conflict mediator, and a certified applied improv facilitator through the International Applied Improvisation Network.  Erica has over 15 years experience as a mediator, workshop leader and instructor with businesses, organizations, and university students. 

Xanthe Matychak: Xanthe Matychak is a designer, educator, and business and technology mentor. She is the Assistant Director of the Hardware Accelerator at Rev Ithaca where she helps inventors develop prototypes and viable business models. She is an inventor herself having worked with local companies to acquire funding for their work, including a phase one SBIR. Xanthe has taught in the Communications and the MBA programs at Ithaca College, the Center for Entrepreneurship at Wells College, and the Innovation Center, Business School, and School of Design at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). At present, she runs the Make Better Stuff Lab in Ithaca College’s Department of Environmental Studies. Xanthe has shared her work at SxSW Interactive, World Makerfaire, The White House OSTP, MIT Fab Foundation, and the SABIC Innovation Program in Riyadh. She holds an MFA in Industrial Design from RIT.

Michael Mazza: Michael's business experience ranges from California start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, providing a healthy perspective of companies big and small. He is the co-founder of a youth entrepreneurship program, YEM, designed to help local youth discover their power to create. He is also the co-founder of the Ithaca Reggae Fest, dedicated to the protection of Cayuga Lake. Michael’s passion for life and people and his business experience give him the insight to contribute powerfully in the world of digital marketing. He specializes in marketing strategy, content creation, and social media. Michael enjoys helping businesses discover how to upgrade the conversation.

Jan Rhodes Norman: Jan describes herself as a "serial entrepreneur", after starting and/or co-owning 14 businesses in Ithaca, in the last 37 years . Having co-founded Local First Ithaca, she is a tireless supporter of local, independently owned businesses. In 2014, she was awarded the Alternatives Federal Credit Union Jeff Furman Award for Social Responsibility in Business and The Best of Ithaca Award for Advocate for Local Business.

Beverly Wallenstein: Bevi is the founder of Girls Mean Business, an organization where girls can learn about business in a fun environment; hear from successful female entrepreneurs and connect with other like-minded young women.


Sunday November 12, 2017 1:15pm - 2:30pm
TBA