credTen: Top 10 Conferences in Social Impact


According to a recent study by Cone Communications, 87% of Americans will purchase a product because a company advocates for an issue they care about. More than ever, consumers are “voting” for causes with their shopping carts and using their purchases to engage with value-based companies.  But how does a company grow and succeed at the crossroads of profit and positive social impact?

In this edition of our credTen series, we’re highlighting 10 events dedicated to social impact and how to thoughtfully combine purpose with profession.

October 22-25 | San Francisco
Bringing together over 3,000 impact investors, world-class entrepreneurs, and innovative cross-sector practitioners, SOCAP has an emphasis on social capital markets. The themes for 2019 include impact investing, catalytic capital, and impact tech and will feature over 150 sessions from 500 speakers.
Ticket Price: $1,627


Net Impact
October 24-26 | Detroit
This year’s event is focused on “widening the lens” for 1,500 social impact thinkers and visionaries. Hear from a variety of entrepreneurs, CSR executives, and professors, and more who will unpack topics around purposeful leadership, corporate impact, systematic change & equity, and more. Net Impact is also a conference on a mission to be more sustainable, thus working with the convention center and vendors to reduce their environmental impact.
Ticket Price: $439 for members, $399 for non-members

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3BL Forum
October 29-30 | Washington D.C.
This two-day event will bring together 300 corporate responsibility professionals to discuss best practices on integrating corporate responsibility into their overall business strategy. cred’s client Cathay Pacific is speaking on the “The Future of Travel & Tourism” panel this year!
Ticket Price: $1,870 for members, $2,070 for non-members

November 13-15 | Chicago
UpSwell is “a high-energy forum for turning ideas into action.” The event will cover topics such as Building Rural & Urban Partnerships for a Stronger America and What Does a Modern Social Enterprise Look Like?. The keynote speakers for 2019 include the Founding Director of The Race Card Project and Founder & President of Interfaith Youth Core.
Ticket Price: $1,050*

Nexus USA Summit
February 26-28, 2020 | Washington D.C.
If you’re looking to participate in the event for young social entrepreneurs, philanthropists and impact investors between the ages of 15 and 40, Nexus USA Summit is it! The 6th annual summit will bring together 450+ leading next-gen philanthropists, investors, and social innovators to focus on key issues being tackled across our country.
Ticket Price: ~ $1,500 (varies year to year)

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Conscious Capitalism
April 14-16, 2020 | Jersey City
Designed for executive business leaders, investors, and advocates, this annual event brings together those who are dedicated to practicing conscious capitalism and using business as a force for good. In 2019, speakers like Co-Founder & CEO of Whole Foods Market and the Co-Founder & Chief Rule Breaker of The Motley Fool took the stage to focus on topics including  how to build a prosperous future for all and how to unlock value for your company.
Ticket Price: $995 general admission

The Heart Series
February 2020 | TBD
This two-day event focusing on “business x bettering the world” always features an impressive lineup of leaders and entrepreneurs from the most impactful companies. Last year’s agenda included speakers such as the Chief Giving Officer at TOMS, President of Feed, and the Co-Founder of Movember. The agenda includes morning meditation sessions followed by an activity, before diving into sessions and workshops to learn best practices for making an impact.
Ticket Price: $279-779 (Ticket price range from 2019 event)

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Engage for Good
May 27-28, 2020 | Austin
The 18th year of Engage for Good is heading to Austin in 2020! With a focus on content with practical insights for companies engaging consumers or employees around good causes, this two-day event previously featured speakers ranging from the CEO of the National Park Foundation to a Global Social Impact executive from Starbucks. This event is designed for the professional and personal development of corporate social impact professionals.
Ticket Price: $1195 for members, $1295 for non-members

InterAction Forum
June 2020 | TBD
This annual event is put on by InterAction: the largest alliance of international NGOs and partners in the United States to forge common solutions to pressing global challenges. This year’s event covered topics such as tackling fragility in countries in crisis and the impact of values-based leadership. Speakers in 2019 included the Head of Global Disaster Response & Relief at Airbnb and Chief Innovation Officer at CARE.
Ticket Price: $595 for members, $1,095 for non-members*

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Collaborative Conference
June 9-11 | 2020, Boston
The Collaborative Conference is an immersive experience for nonprofit professionals and social impact leaders, which highlights how to accelerate your organization’s impact. This 3-day event prides itself on providing tangible takeaways about fundraising, marketing best practices, and the latest in technology and data, and more. Speakers in 2019 included the Founder & CEO of charity: water, Co-Founder & CEO of Life is Good, and Chair of Giving USA Foundation.
Ticket Price: $395*

*Standard/general registration rates at time of publication.

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