Behind-the-Scenes Webinar Series

Announcing SEA’s 2018 Behind-the-Scenes Webinar Series

Have you ever wondered how successful social enterprises managed to get where they are? What are innovative ways to leverage challenges, changes, and unexpected transitions to the benefit of your social enterprise? How have leaders mastered the art of messaging their impact and telling their story?

Join Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) each month in 2018 as we take a tour behind the scenes of social enterprises and learn from innovative leaders about times they turned tumult into triumph. SEA’s 2018 Webinar Series will present first-hand experiences, actionable information, and case studies to bring light to social enterprise operations.

Details on each webinar will be released throughout the year. Join SEA throughout 2018 to cover the following topics:

  • Scaling social enterprises through acquisitions
  • Framing social enterprise impact through powerful storytelling and messsaging
  • Managing conflict and team dynamics
  • And more in-depth behind-the-scenes knowledge of social enterprises in our community!

The Behind-the-Scenes Webinar Series is sponsored by BBVA Compass.

Upcoming Webinars

Business Basics for the Holiday Season: A Two-Part Series

Part 1: Capturing Consumers / Part 2: Turning Donors into Customers

The holiday season is a key revenue-driving time and a vital fundraising season for social enterprises, so it’s important to prepare and make the most of it. To help you get ready, we’ve crafted a mini webinar series “Business Basics for the Holiday Season.”

In this two-episode series, we’ll cover both the sales and fundraising sides of preparing your social enterprise for the gifting and giving season. Hear best practices for marketing your product in Part 1, “Capturing Consumers,” then learn how to translate those sales into donations in Part 2, “Turning Customers Into Donors.” Register for one or both episodes and get your social enterprise ready!

Admission is free for members and $35 for non-members ($50 for the two-webinar bundle). SEA members should login to their account and visit the Discounts page for the access code.

Past Webinars

To access past webinars, login to your SEA account and visit our Webinar Archive. Please note you must be a dues paying member of SEA to access these webinars.

2018 Webinar Series: Behind the Scenes of Social Enterprise

Workplace Well-Being and How to Build a Thriving Culture

A healthy office culture is paramount to the success of any business. When employees are motivated and inspired, teams can better work together to produce excellent work and create an office culture that scales with the growth and change that comes over the years. For our fourth Behind-the-Scenes webinar episode, we’re covering the importance of employee/workplace well-being, how to engage your team and how this contributes to building a healthy office environment (that lasts).

Led by talent expert Michelle D’Agrosa from You’ll hear the top lessons she’s learned from implementing employee well-being programs at IDEO, as well as receive tools on how to build a thriving social impact culture in your organization. Perfect for leaders and supervisors (or members!) of teams focused on changing the world.

SEA members can login and view a recording of this webinar here.


Social Media for Social Impact: An Expert’s Guide

Leveraging social media for your organization is about more than having an online presence, it’s a tool for engaging your community, acquiring new supporters, selling product and even fundraising! In this month’s webinar, we continue our deep dive into the digital space by teaching you, platform by platform, how to build your brand, further your mission and grow your revenue using social media (alt: the tools right on your desktop).

We asked digital strategist and social media expert, Helene Imperiale, to lead us in this in-depth workshop and she’s offered to guide us through her arsenal of insider knowledge.

SEA members can login and view a recording of this webinar here.

Digital Marketing in 2018

It’s 2018. Having a digital marketing strategy is no longer just helpful, it’s essential. Which raises the question, how do you master social media, branding and digital marketing to work for your business? With algorithms changing and new platforms popping up every day, it’s more important than ever for your organization to have a plan. This month in our Behind-the-Scenes webinar series, we’re diving into the digital space to help you build your strategy.

Taught by speakers from successful social businesses NISOLO and The Good Trade, you’ll learn digital marketing tips and tricks, how to determine what’s working and what’s not, leveraging influencers for your brand, affiliate programs and more.

SEA members can login and view a recording of this webinar here.

To Acquire or Not to Acquire: Acquisitions in Social Enterprise

In this webinar, we hear from Buddy Teaster, CEO of Soles4Souls. Buddy championed the organization through a turnaround and is now working to scale their operations and impact. Last year, Buddy was presented with the option to acquire another nonprofit. How do you analyze a choice like this? Acquisitions can be a great path for scale but what factors determine whether it’s a good deal and a good fit? Watch it now and learn from a social enterprise expert on how to navigate opportunity and increase impact.

SEA members can login and view a recording of this webinar here.


Social Finance Webinar Series:

Social Finance Webinar #6: Financing for Community & Economic Development

At SEA, our vision is for social enterprise to reach its potential as a force for more effective and sustainable social impact. Often times, this impact is most deeply felt at the local level, which is why social enterprise can play a crucial role in supporting community and economic development.

Do you have a social enterprise in need of funding that you believe is bettering the community you live in? Are you interested in learning more about how Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and Microlending organizations are contributing to community-supporting social enterprises? Then tune in to the sixth and final webinar in SEA’s Social Finance Webinar Series. Leaders from Opportunity FundMACED and the United Virginia Education Fund, will tell you more about their investment work in the community development space, as well as provide real case studies where their funding allowed social enterprises to make a real difference in their communities.

SEA members can login and view a recording of this webinar here.

Social Finance Webinar #5: Raising Investment Capital

Do you have a venture in mind but no funding to start? Have you received some funding but find your enterprise stalling out? The Raising Investment Capital webinar is created to give you a practical, actionable roadmap to plan your path to funding and mobilize your venture.

Tune in to this in-depth interview with Lisa Curtis, founder and CEO of Kuli Kuli — a mission-driven moringa superfood company that is helping Americans get their “greens on the go” and has raised over $4.5M in capital — as she gives us a personal account of her funding journey. Interviewed by Hannah Pechan, Director of SEA Nashville, Curtis will share how she navigated investment options, types of funding she used, challenges she faced and what she might do differently if given the chance. With 20 minutes of Q & A, don’t miss this chance to ask your questions and hear a personal account of successful social enterprise funding.

SEA members can login and view a recording of this webinar here.


Social Finance Webinar #4: Impact Investing 101

Recorded October 26th, 2017

Impact Investing 101 features Victoria Fram with Village Capital and Investments, and is an informative resource for social entrepreneurs who want to begin funding, but first need a crash course in investing as a whole. It’s already tough to navigate finding investors, making it all the more important to feel confident about the process of investing itself to help you plan your pitch. This short, 30 minute webinar takes you back to the basics. It will leave you with a clear definition of impact investing, a solid understanding of an investor’s process and a clear description of the types of investments available for social entrepreneurs. What better way to learn what investors are looking for in terms of social and financial returns, than hearing from an investor firsthand? Increase your knowledge by downloading the webinar below today!

SEA members can login and view a recording of this webinar here.


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Social Finance Webinar #3: Financing Through the Lens of the Social Enterprise

June 27th, 11:00 am – 12:15 pm CDT
Online, $35 for non-members


Thus far in our Social Finance Webinar Series, we’ve discussed funding options with foundations, lenders and other funders. But what is the experience actually like for the social enterprises receiving the funding? Join Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) on June 27th at 11am CT for our third Social Finance Webinar, Financing Through the Lens of the Social Enterprise. This webinar will provide an in-depth look at sources of funding, expectations vs. reality, comprehensive financing strategies and real-life challenges, all from the perspective of the social enterprises themselves. Attendees will learn about grants, loans, bonds and more, featuring experienced fundraisers from RecycleForce, Center for Employment Opportunities, Common Energy and DC Central Kitchen.

SEA members can login and view a recording of this webinar here.



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Social Finance Webinar #2: Innovative Financing Options for Social Enterprises


May 24th, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm CDT
Online, $35 for non-members


Many social enterprises find themselves in a deadlock: foundation funding isn’t the right fit, but they’re not ready for an equity investment. So what financing options are available to them? Join Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) on May 24th for our second Social Finance Webinar, Innovative Financing Options for Social Enterprises. In this webinar, attendees will discover some of the niche funding opportunities accessible to non-profit and for-profit social enterprises alike. Our panel of experienced sector speakers from Heron Foundation, Sorenson Impact Center and RSF Social Finance will discuss mission-related investments (MRIs), low-interest loans (debt investments) and Social Impact Bonds (SIBs). 

SEA members can login and view a recording of this webinar here.

Disclaimer: This webinar is not focused on applying for funding specifically from Heron Foundation, Sorenson Impact Center or RSF Social Finance, but rather a look into the landscape of social finance and capital from the perspective of the funder.


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Social Finance Webinar #1: Financing Non-Profit Social Enterprises


April 27th, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm CDT
Online, $35 for non-members


Are you struggling to raise funds to finance your social venture? Are you unsure of where to start looking? Join Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) on April 27th for its first Social Finance Webinar, Financing Non-Profit Social Enterprises. This webinar, meant to demystify social finance, will empower non-profit social enterprises with the knowledge they need to successfully raise capital. Attendees will gain insight on foundation funding and grants, federal funding and the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) and program related-investments, featuring sector speakers from The Kresge Foundation and SEA member REDF.

SEA members can login and view a recording of this webinar here.

Disclaimer: This webinar is not focused on applying for funding specifically from The Kresge Foundation or REDF, but rather a look into the landscape of social finance and capital from the perspective of the funder.