With over 425 participants, 110 speakers and 30 sessions, SEA’s Summit15, which took place September 16-18 in Denver, Colorado, had no shortage of learning and networking opportunities. Through the theme “The Future of Social Enterprise,” attendees had ample opportunity to deepen their understanding of key social enterprise trends and strategies and were challenged to envision what will be in store for the field as it continues its rapid development.
As the convening’s home base, Denver provided Summit15 guests with a thriving social enterprise ecosystem, which came to life during pre-Summit social enterprise tours, the social enterprise marketplace at Ellie Caulkins Opera House, and workshops hosted by Boulder-based Unreasonable Institute and Naropa University. During receptions at Union Station and Commons on Champa, participants had the chance to connect one on one and reflect on each others’ work.
To catch some of the highlights from the week, click here to find pictures, presentations and a look at the conversations that took shape on social media. If you’d like to get a firsthand look at what happened on Wednesday’s social enterprise tours, check out attendee Jessica Levine’s blogs about her experiences on the Urban Farming tour here. Nicole Truhe, Director of Government Affairs for America Forward, has written an informative blog post about her Summit experience as well. Finally, be sure to read through this insightful reflection on last Thursday’s Changing America session that moved so many of us.
SEA would like to thank its partners, sponsors and the Colorado host committee for their work in making Summit15 happen. As SEA CEO Jim Schorr said in his opening speech, “Social enterprise is an idea whose time has come.” We are thrilled to continue building on this momentum in our efforts to make sure that sentiment rings true all across the nation.
Photos produced by Caitlin Plaza