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

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


Early Bird – $60 (ends Wednesday, April 5th at 11:59PM EST)

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 subject to change. 

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

9:45AM – 10:00AM: Welcome

10:00AM – 10:45AM: Keynote – Megan Shea, The Soulfull Project

11:00AM – 12:00PM: Sessions 

Session 101: Skills-building for Impact presented by Jeff French, The DO School

During this one-hour session you will learn two different co-creation tools you will use for your career as a changemaker in NYC and around the world. Each tool emphases engaging the full diversity of the group, something that is essential for multi-stakeholder and cross-sector partnerships to succeed. 

Influenced by design-thinking and human-centered design these ideation stage tools are part of our DO School Method, which has been used for social impact by organizations ranging from the Siemens and H&M, to Oxford University and the United Nations – and now you too will be able to develop these skills via a learning-by-doing format. The skills building workshop will be facilitated by Jeffrey French, Vice President of the DO School North America alongside Isha Patel from Eileen Fisher, Vanya Mittal from the New School, and Gregory Kimble winner of the Equal Justice Works Fellowship.  

Session 102: Growing Your Social Impact Career

Are you interested in social impact but not sure where to start? Or looking to obtain more experience in the social impact space? This session features three organizations working with professionals to gain more experience to advance their careers or to simply engage with organizations driving social change.

12:15PM – 1:00PM: Lunch

1:15PM – 2:00PM: Sessions

Session 201: How to Get the Job You Want presented by Lee Ann Chan

This workshop will provide you the tips and strategies to successfully launch an effective job search.  You will learn about your strengths and how to communicate them in the most impactful way to get the results you want – a career that allows you to grow and one that aligns with your values!  We will be discussing:

  • Resume and cover letter tips and tricks
  • How to get the most out of networking
  • Challenges and opportunities for career changers
  • Insider secrets from a recruiter
Session 202: Personal Brand presented by Tony Triumph, The Triumphant Group
During this workshop, you will learn more about personal branding and how it can help your career. Topics will include:
  • What is personal branding?
  • Digital tools you can use
  • Personal branding + career
2:15PM – 3:15PM: Session

Session 301: Empowering women and girls

During this session, you will hear from a panel of experts working to address issues impacting women and girls. The panel will explore each speaker’s organization’s initiatives, challenges they have encountered, successes and more!

Session 302: Funding, Measuring and Driving Impactful Health

During this session, our panel of experts will provide insights on how they support health organizations and patients. Topics will include: grantmaking, impact measurement, challenges and more!

3:30PM – 4:30PM: Sessions

Session 401: Challenge Creation presented by Nidhi Chaudhary, HeroX

HeroX is an expert in the practice of open innovation. Designing a challenge to ignite innovation is about translating a seemingly impossible, daunting problem into a competition that people want to compete to solve. It’s about asking the right question of others. Framed in a powerful way, the question becomes the key motivating factor for innovators (competitors) to want to solve your problem and create a breakthrough.

The Challenge Creation Workshop, led by HeroX, is a powerful way to see this in action. The session is spent using hands-on techniques and exercises to enable your problems to become initial Challenge Concepts that can then be developed further into launched incentive challenges. What may start out as an impossible problem, will end in a realm of possibility and excitement about the solutions that may result from a live challenge.

Session 402: Making an Impact: How to Transition Careers

Are you ready to make a move? During this session, our panel of experts will share how they transitioned into a social impact role in multiple sectors and/or a role at a social impact organization. Their diverse experiences will give you a comprehensive overview of tactics you can use regardless of where you are in your career.

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


Lee Ann Chan

Lee Ann Chan has 10 years of experience acquiring top talent, services, and products for organizations.  Currently serving as the Senior Campus Recruiter for Sun Life Financial, she recruits for Interns and Full-Time hires across all business units and manages the entire campus recruiting strategy for the U.S. programs.  Lee Ann previously worked at Liberty Mutual and the Central Intelligence Agency; thus, her recruitment efforts span across all functions of a corporation.  Outside of her profession, she is an active member and former National Liaison leader for the National Association of Asian American Professions (NAAAP) Boston chapter, which is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to cultivating and promoting Asian American leaders through professional development programs, community service engagements, and diverse industry connections.  Lee Ann is also a member of the Society of Human Resources Management and is obtaining her Certification in Career Coaching so she can continue to help college students and young to mid-level professionals find their true passion and succeed in their career.  Lee Ann graduated from Indiana University at Bloomington with a B.S. in Marketing and Management and a B.A. in Sociology.  She will be relocating back to New York in May 2017 to serve as the new Campus Business Recruiting Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

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.

Sandy Eapen

With more than 12 years of sustainable business, consulting, and project management experience across sectors, Sandy works with financial services companies on sustainability strategy issues.

Before BSR, Sandy led customer business development, strategy, and business planning initiatives for five years at American Express and helped launch an employee-led sustainable business committee. She also helped build and evaluate business models for renewable energy in India and Africa with the United Nations Development Programme and Millennium Villages Project and served as a management consultant for BearingPoint. Sandy started her career at Dow Chemical, working in a variety of roles, including leading manufacturing energy efficiency projects as a Six Sigma Black Belt. 

Sandy holds an M.B.A. and Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. She is also a member of the Professional Advisory Council for a New York nonprofit organization, Literacy, Inc.

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 MAC 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 MAC 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.

Conan Magee

Conan Magee designs databases and researches companies’ environmental and social performance for the Domini family of socially responsible mutual funds. He is on Net Impact’s Programs Committee and has served on three Service Corps consultant teams. Conan holds a BS in mechanical engineering and an MBA from Tulane University in New Orleans and supported a small MFI in Peace Corps Cameroon.

Shannon McBride

Shannon McBride is a regional recruiter for the United States Peace Corps for New York City and Connecticut.  She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda from 2010 to 2012 in the education sector.  Joining the Peace Corps and doing international development work in Africa was a life-long dream Shannon had since she first heard about the organization.  As a Volunteer in Uganda, “Embabazi” Shannon served as a teacher trainer at Kiyoora Primary Teachers’ College located in the breathtakingly beautiful southwest corner of the country.  While there she supervised student teaching and educated college-level students on educational methods, special needs education, math, and computer skills.  Her secondary projects were focused on community outreach projects teaching life skills such as: HIV/AIDS awareness, malaria prevention, reproductive health, and gender roles.  She took a huge part in promoting women empowerment throughout her service and became involved in facilitating regional and national Camp GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) for girls.  She also worked with Peace Corps Uganda staff to train and support new and in-service volunteers and their counterparts.  “At the end of the day I may not have changed the world, but I know I made a difference and I most certainly changed someone’s world!”

Shannon was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education, early childhood education, and theatre from Albright College in 2007.  Following graduation she taught elementary school for two and a half years prior to Peace Corps service.  She is ecstatic and honored to be part of the Peace Corps East Region recruitment team recruiting the next generation of dedicated global change-makers! 

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Jenny Dodson Mistry

Jenny Dodson Mistry is the Manager of Local Initiatives at the National Institute for Reproductive Health, where she supports organizations doing proactive work to advance reproductive health, rights, and justice in cities and counties across the country. She also works on efforts to increase access to and awareness of contraceptive methods, particularly long acting reversible contraception. In her spare time, Jenny sits on the junior board of WIN.NYC, a New York City- based 501(c)4 serving pro­-choice, democratic women, and on the board of the New Jersey SEEDS Alumni Association, supporting a nonprofit that prepares motivated, high-achieving, low-income students for admission to private schools and colleges across the country. Jenny holds a B.A. in Political Science and minors in Gender, Race & Ethnicity and French from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s in Public Health with a focus on Health Policy from Columbia University.

Kelsey Overby

Kelsey develops partnerships at NationSwell, a social impact media company focused on telling high quality stories about the people renewing America – the new innovators, pioneers, builders and doers who are on the cutting edge of moving the country forward. Previously, Kelsey gained experience across digital and social media, partnerships, and events working with a variety of clients and partners from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies at the nexus of the public, private, and social sectors. Kelsey currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Resolution Project, is Co-President of Net Impact New York City, and is an Advisor to Lensational, a Resolution venture and nonprofit that empowers women through photography.


Kristina Saffran

Kristina Saffran is the cofounder and executive director of Project HEAL: Help to Eat, Accept and Live – the largest non-profit in the US delivering prevention, treatment financing and recovery support to people suffering with eating disorders.  Kristina and her cofounder Liana started HEAL at 15 years old in recovery from anorexia; they now have 40 chapters across the globe and have become the premier voice of recovery, with over 30k followers on Facebook and Instagram.  Kristina was named a 2017 Forbes 30 under 30 social entrepreneur, and has been profiled in The New York Times, Fast Company and People Magazine.  She’s spoken across the country –Stanford Medical School, Harvard College, The International Conference of Eating Disorders, and more – on eating disorders, recovery, and launching a successful social entrepreneurship as a teen.  Kristina graduated from Harvard College with a bachelors degree in psychology in May of 2014.  


Megan Shea

Megan is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Soulfull Project, a public benefit corporation whose mission is to make wholesome, nourishing food accessible to all and increase community engagement. They launched in 2016 with a hot cereal line and for every serving purchased, one serving is donated to a local food bank. Megan is tasked with bringing The Soulfull Project to market and combining both purpose and business as the company grows.  

Since receiving her MBA, Megan has spent the past eight years in a variety of marketing roles at Nestle USA in Los Angeles with a focus on kids beverages and at The Campbell Soup Company in Camden, NJ working in innovation.  

Megan has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.  Megan lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children.  

Milton D. Speid

Milton D. Speid is an experienced Business Development and Corporate Social Responsibility professional with extensive experience developing global corporate philanthropy programs, and creating strategic partnerships across a range of objectives.

Currently, Milton is the Head of Donor Engagement & Vice President of Business Development for North America at Epic Foundation, a global NGO that’s improving the way individuals give back to charitable causes. Prior to joining Epic, he worked for TED Talks, Silicon Valley Community Foundation and Bank of America Charitable Foundation.

While at TED, Milton helped fortune 500 companies share their best ideas with the world. During his tenure at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, he advised companies on their philanthropic strategies including SAP, Dolby, SanDisk, LinkedIn, Texas Instrument, Stub Hub, and Intuit to name a few. At Bank of America Charitable Foundation, he was responsible for crafting and executing the community and employee engagement strategy for the San Francisco Bay Area.

As the son of Jamaican immigrants, Milton has a personal commitment to poverty alleviation and developing partnerships that maximize resources and achieve greater impact.

Milton holds a Psychology Degree from The University of Hartford where he captained the Men’s Soccer Team (2000 – 2002). He sits on several advisory boards including the Madison Council, a volunteer arm of the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Amber Stryker

Amber Baker Stryker is the Director, Global Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability at The Estee Lauder Companies (ELC), where she has held this role since 2015. Amber oversees the Girls’ Education Initiative at The Estée Lauder Companies Charitable Foundation, developing strategy and managing execution of the new global portfolio focused on emerging markets. She also works closely with ELC’s brands to establish cause marketing partnerships that build brand equity and create high impact change. Amber plays key roles in corporate strategy development and communications for the Global Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability team.

Before working on the ELC Corporate Citizenship team, Amber led grantmaking in the EMEA region for the M?A?C AIDS Fund, the charitable foundation at M?A?C Cosmetics (an ELC brand). In total, she has been at ELC for seven years, taking on increasing responsibility and new challenges throughout that time.

Amber has built grantmaking programs in HIV/AIDS, women’s health, education, and the environment, working globally with a particular focus on South Africa, Russia, India, and the UK. She currently serves on the Steering Committee for the International Education Funders Group. Prior to working in corporate philanthropy, Amber worked in international development, for Doctors Without Borders, the Synergos Institute, and the Bhavishya Alliance. Amber earned a Master of Public Administration from NYU Wagner and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma.

Tony Triumph

Tony Triumph is a Life & Style Editor, Brand Manager, and Media Entrepreneur who has become interculturally recognized for his expertise in fashion, lifestyle, and personal brand development consultancy.

An international liaison to both brands and artists, Tony’s creative skills have allowed him to demonstrate key PR and Branding that have life-lasting effects on clients, and that illustrate the most insightful ways for businesses to exceed expectations. His past collaborations include: Barney’s New York, Lord & Taylor, Ben Sherman, SONY,, Ketel One, Hyatt Hotels, and Nike.

In 2015, Tony became a contributor to the Pulitzer Prize winning news site The Huffington Post, sharing his opinion, insight and news with a monthly readership of over 36 million people. He has also produced, directed and contributed inspiring and engaging editorial features to top magazines like Vogue and Numero Tokyo, as well as independent publications such as SOMA.

Having scaled the markets of New York City, Paris and London, as a working model, and with years of leadership background in business development, strategic marketing and product management, Tony became equipped with firsthand expertise in the skills required to market oneself to the public, whilst staying afloat in the ever-changing markets.
As CEO of The Triumphant Group, and Editor-in-Chief of The Triumphant Scoop, Tony brings unique perspectives and opportunities to his clients using strategies and services that spark global growth, build powerful awareness, and deliver solid, long-term results.

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