Social Innovation Summit Gathers Leading Decision-Makers to Catalyze Dynamic Partnerships That Maximize Social Impact

Speaker Highlights include executives from: Box, Uber, Pinterest, Splunk, eBay, AOL, Electronic Arts, PwC,, The White House, Kauffman Foundation
Nov 4, 2016 10:30 AM ET

Redwood City, Calif., November 4, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Social Innovation Summit, an invitation-only gathering of social impact leaders and world-changers, has announced a roster of powerful voices that will anchor two days of collaborative discourse to shape a more positive future. Signature speakers include Arian Foster, former NFL football player and spokesperson for underserved communities; Aaron Levie, Co-Founder & CEO of Box; Robert Swan, Polar Explorer & Environmental Leader; Julia Ormond, actor and humanitarian against human trafficking; Adam Foss, Juvenile Justice Reformer; and Douglas Merritt, President & CEO of Splunk.

The summit, hosted November 14-16 in Silicon Valley, convenes 1,000+ Fortune 500 executives, investors, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and nonprofit leaders to discuss some of world’s biggest problems and the solutions needed to address them.

Recognizing the importance of bringing unique and diverse voices together, organizer Landmark Ventures alongside partners PwC, Kauffman Foundation and Microsoft will drive powerful dialog around technology-driven entrepreneurship, the power of purposeful partnerships and society’s role in global citizenship. Other organizations and session topics include:

  • Prestigious CEO “Fireside Chats” on the main stage: Douglas Merritt, CEO – Splunk; Dale Dougherty, CEO Maker Media; Daniel Lurie, CEOTipping Point;  Aaron Levie, CEOBox; and TED-style talks by: Catherine LaCour, SVP Corporate MarketingBlackbaud; Katy Sherratt, CEO – Back on My Feet; Robert Swan OBE, Polar Explorer2041

  • Interactive breakout panels: Engage with industry leaders in smaller sessions, such as Charlie Hale, Head of Public PolicyPinterest; Jay Nath, Chief Innovation OfficerCity of San Francisco; Jamie Sears, Executive Director, Community AffairsUBS; Damien Hooper-Campbell, Chief Diversity OfficereBay; David Kim, Head, Global Diversity, Inclusion & CSRElectronic Arts; and Sara Lawrence, Director, Citizen AOL – AOL

“We’re proud to have built a program for the latest Social Innovation Summit that stays true to the event’s identity while continuing to grow and evolve,” said Zeev Klein, Social Innovation Summit Founder and General Partner, Landmark Ventures. “Since its inception, the Summit has offered a dynamic environment and the space to forge meaningful connections between the worlds of business, philanthropy and international development. Each item on the agenda is rooted in a common goal: to kick-start scalable action with tangible societal benefit.”

Attendees will hear from innovators at the leading edge of social transformation whose presentations promise to challenge the status quo. Keynotes will set the stage for interactive engagement programs such as breakout sessions, workshops and roundtables centered on topics like scaling impact across geographies, diversity and inclusion in the workplace, tech for good, global health, STEM and education, economic development, global health, and accelerating global change for youth and women & girls.  

To join the active online conversation and gain insights from speakers and attendees, please follow the official event hashtag #SIS16 and the handle @socinnovation. For more information on the Social Innovation Summit, visit  

WE Communications (formerly Waggener Edstrom Worldwide) is the official media relations and communications partner for the Social Innovation Summit. To request media credentials to attend the conference or to schedule an interview with any event speakers please contact Jessica Jeng at or + 1 (212) 551-4818.


About Landmark Ventures
Landmark Ventures is a leading boutique advisory, investment banking, and special events firm committed to driving progress through innovation, and connecting the best companies, investors & entrepreneurs in world. Landmark’s industry focus and expertise spans the “Innovation Economy” (Technology, Digital Media, Internet, Software, Communications, Hardware, Cleantech, Healthcare and Medical Technology), with a core mandate of creating and maximizing enterprise value for our clients. We serve a diverse client base of entrepreneurs, growth-oriented private companies, and leading public companies and investment funds, providing differentiated perspectives and relationships that enable and finance the key emerging growth sectors.

The Social Innovation Summit was founded as an extension of Landmark’s corporate philanthropy program leveraging our convening power to identify, explore and actualize partnership opportunities across the business, technology & community sectors. It represents our passion for fostering growth and innovation within the for-profit sector and applying these same business principles to the non-profit sector. To learn more, visit

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