Date: Saturday, April 22

Location: Fordham University – Lincoln Center Campus

Time: 9:00AM – 4:30PM, happy hour to follow

The Net Impact NYC (NINYC) Summit is a one-day conference featuring industry experts and thought leaders on subjects pertaining to professional growth and leadership development in the social impact space. It brings together cross-sector professionals who are looking to leverage their skills for social good, network with like-minded individuals and take their careers to the next level.

Our theme for this year’s inaugural summit is: Turning (Individual) Passion into (Collective) Action. Think about your passions. What motivates you? What is something you’re not willing to give up? What do you want to change? But don’t stop there – how can you channel your energy and passion into making a positive social and environmental impact in your workplace, community and the world?

4 Reasons Why You Should Attend

  1. Learn from industry experts in CSR, international development, impact investing and social entrepreneurship
  2. Network with like-minded professionals
  3. Grow your social impact career
  4. Learn tactics to drive social and environmental change

Stay in the loop! Sign up for speaker updates, early access to registration, etc. 

If you are interested in speaking during the summit, please email 

A big thank you to our partner, Fordham University Net Impact, for providing space!


Early Bird – $60

General – $75

Please Note: Ticket prices, provided above, do not include Eventbrite fees.

Your ticket includes:
– Access to industry experts
– Workshops / panels on career development, social impact, etc.
– Networking with likeminded peers
– Continental breakfast & lunch
– Happy Hour (cash bar)


Click here to register!


Note: Programming is not yet final. If you are interested in speaking, please email 

9:00AM – 9:45AM: Continental Breakfast

9:45AM – 10:00AM: Welcome

10:00AM – 10:45AM: Keynote

11:00AM – 12:00PM: Session I 

  • Panel: Obtaining relevant experience to grow career in the social impact space
  • Workshop: Leveraging skills and knowledge of social impact to create sustainable change

12:00PM – 1:00PM: Lunch

1:15PM – 2:00PM: Session II

  • Resume / Job Search Strategies
  • Personal Brand

2:15PM – 3:15PM: Session III 

  • Panel: Corporate philanthropy
  • Panel: Business + Social & Environmental Justice

3:30PM – 4:30PM: Session IV 

  • Workshop: Leading others to drive social change
  • Panel: Transitioning careers

5:00PM – 8:00PM: Happy Hour – open to non-summit attendees


Nidhi Chaudhary

Nidhi Chaudhary is the VP of Challenge Success at HeroX and has been with the company since August 2013. She is a design-thinker, strategist and community builder. She has over 14 years of experience in philanthropy, social innovation, and international development, with leading organizations like Echoing Green, The Rockefeller Foundation, UNICEF, Acumen, PopTech, and New York City Public Schools. At Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, she designed and executed global innovation-challenges, in multiple languages, for such organizations as eBay Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Google, Omidyar Network, Amgen, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the G20. Her campaigns generated unprecedented results, never before experienced at Ashoka and resulted in exponential growth for open innovation at the organization. Her thought leadership pieces have been incorporated into curriculum at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and she has been an invited speaker at Harvard, the Peace Corps, the America India Foundation, and the Parsons School of Design, among others.

Erin Erikkson

Erin Eriksson serves as Executive Director, International Programs focused on grantmaking, strategy, and evaluation for the M?A?C AIDS Fund (MAF), the philanthropic arm of M?A?C Cosmetics. Erin began working at MAF 3.5 years ago as Executive Director, Americas Programs, directing strategy and grantmaking in Latin America and the Caribbean. This role also included building MAF’s retention in care portfolio and enhancing MAF’s community grants program in the United States. Erin’s role has expanded to focus on international grantmaking in Latin America, the Caribbean, Canada, and Asia Pacific, particularly in countries where M?A?C has a business presence. In addition, Erin oversees MAF’s monitoring and evaluation, including developing an enhanced grants management system to better measure MAF’s effectiveness. 

Prior to joining the M?A?C AIDS Fund, Erin managed the global HIV/AIDS portfolio on the Corporate Contributions team at Johnson & Johnson, where she focused on high-engagement grantmaking, monitoring and evaluation, and communications. Erin has spent time in Africa working on numerous HIV/AIDS projects, including enhancing a leadership and management program for HIV/AIDS service providers, writing case studies, and managing a pilot project in conjunction with the World Bank in Kenya and Ethiopia.

Erin received her Master’s in Business Administration and Master’s in Public Policy (MBA/MPP) from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and Luskin School of Public Affairs. Prior to graduate school, she worked at National Geographic in the International Editions Division, led fundraising efforts and special events for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and managed all fundraising and programmatic efforts at the Vision of Children Foundation. Erin graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA, with degrees and honors in both Political Science and Geography/Environmental Studies. An avid runner and traveler, she currently lives in New York City and serves as President of the UCLA Anderson NYC Alumni Chapter.

Susan Fisher

Susan Stix Fisher, graduated from Duke University and worked in the fields of financial planning software and Wall Street equity sales, before starting and running her own import-export company that manufactured women’s travel accessories in Vietnam and China. Over the years she has worked in a wide variety of nonprofits including significant involvement with The I Have A Dream Foundation, VP for Metropolitan Hospital’s Auxiliary, and as a board member for Boys & Girls Harbor, Parents in Action NYC, and others.

After selling her company in 2010, she is currently working more actively with several nonprofits including iPalpiti Artists International, an organization promoting prize winning classical musicians; Project Cicero, a book drive that annually collects and redistributes over 150,000 gently used children’s books to under-resourced NYC public schools; and as part of the Sustainers Committee for the New York Junior League, a volunteer training and community service organization with over 3,000 members. Her most recent association is with BoardAssist, a New York based nonprofit corporation that is the leading personalized board recruiting resource available to the tri-state nonprofit community. BoardAssist has been responsible for bringing over $75 million into the nonprofit community through board placements over the last 15 years.

Jeff French

Jeff focuses on the transformational opportunities and challenges created where the market meets society. Today he is leading the expansion of a German social enterprise called the DO School into the US market. The DO School sources social and sustainability innovation challenges as opportunities to equip entrepreneurs, students, and business leaders with skills for the 21st century economy. Over the decade prior to this role he has worked for a Chinese educational exchange company; a non-profit dedicated to reducing armed violence through impact investing and grant-making; and most recently at the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. While at the UN Jeff launched and managed Business for Peace, which was named one of the top five areas defining the future of CSR by Forbes Online. At Oxford University he earned an M.Phil Degree for his research on India’s attempt to emulate China’s economic policies and spur investment in social transformation. Prior to this he was awarded dual honors in history and politics at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Colleen Galvin

Colleen Galvin is a Senior Vice President on Citi Community Development’s NY Tri State regional division. She leads a team of four relationship managers, working with nonprofit and municipal partners across NY, NJ and CT, and also drives the division’s small business/economic development strategy. She joined Citi in December, 2013 from the New York City Department of Small Business Services, where she last served as Assistant Commissioner, Capital Access & Business Services.

Colleen spent ten years in various leadership positions with the NYC Department of Small Business Services. Over the years, she expanded the agency’s public-private partnerships – with financial service firms, corporations and universities – creating several successful programs to help local small businesses secure capital, management training and new business opportunities. Some of her work focused on the growth of local minority & women-owned businesses, immigrant-owned business, and entrepreneurs in the media & entertainment sector. Colleen led the agency’s financial response to Hurricane Sandy, launching an emergency loan/grant program one week after the storm which distributed $20 million to impacted small businesses.

Collen came to local government after working on lower Manhattan small business recovery following the events of September 11th, 2001. She first volunteered as a small business advocate with Restart Central, a program of the Partnership for New York City. She then co-created MBAs4NYC, a pro bono consulting program which matched volunteer business professionals with over 100 businesses for help with marketing, market research, technology, finance, and operations.

Earlier in her career, Colleen worked for the public policy research firm, Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (M.D.R.C.), Citibank’s U.S. credit card division, J.P. Morgan Chase’s retail product development team and two telecommunications startups. Colleen earned an M.B.A. in Finance/Marketing from New York University’s Stern School of Business and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Mathematics/Computer Science from Seton Hall University. She is also a graduate of the Coro Foundation’s Leadership New York program.

Alex Hanken

Alex found Inspiring Capital through her own struggle to find meaningful, impactful work in the social sector, after several previous nonprofit and for-profit engagements. She has worked in development and nonprofit management for a variety of causes including breast cancer and education, and has seen the growing need within the sector for an infusion of sustainable business practices and high-level human capital.
She now leverages this experience and knowledge toward the goal of recruiting, fostering, and placing high-capacity professionals in fulfilling careers that utilize their talents toward finding better ways of doing good.
Alex received her B.A. in Anthropology from Davidson College, where she focused her studies on civic engagement and development. She is passionate about exploring different cultures and ways of understanding the world, and loves cooking and eating new things. She lives in New York.

Marcos Salazar

Marcos Salazar is a social entrepreneur, career + life coach, consultant, speaker, and community builder. His passion is providing people with the tools, resources, and support to build purpose-driven careers, business, and lives that are financially successful and make the world a better place. He does this through 1-on-1 coaching, nonprofit and businesses consulting, and on a larger scale as Co-founder + Executive Director of Be Social Change where he’s built the largest social impact community and professional development hub in New York City.

Marcos is a former Research Officer for the American Psychological Association where he examined education and workforce trends, a Tech Strategist and Leadership Researcher for Girl Scouts of the USA where he integrated large-scale data management systems and led a team of CEOs to develop a technology and social media strategy for the Girl Scout Movement, as well as VP of Programs at the White House Project where he helped design leadership development programs to increase the number of women elected into office and executive positions within the private sector. He has also launched two clothing companies, published two books (currently working on his third), and is a former personal trainer, spinning instructor, and elected official in Brooklyn.

Marcos is a sought after speaker delivering keynotes, workshops, and trainings at conferences, nonprofits, corporations, and universities on building purpose-driven careers, social innovation, entrepreneurship, personal branding, community-building, and Millennial engagement. He also gives trainings on Lean Startup for Social Innovation focused on integrating a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation into nonprofits and social enterprises.

Marcos earned a B.A. in Psychology from Amherst College as well as a Masters in Organizational Management and an Executive Leadership Coaching certification from The George Washington University. Marcos is a board member of the Young Professionals Nonprofit Network and an American Express Leadership Academy Fellow. You can learn more about him at

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