Speakers, Panels, & Workshops

*Please note that the final details behind many of these panels are being finalized.


Professor J. Gregory Dees
Faculty Director, Duke's Fuqua School of Business Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE)

Opening Debate 

Friedman, Free Markets, and the Social Sector
Milton Friedman's provocative article, "The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits", has sparked discussion over the role of business in society for decades.  Join current thought leaders from both sides as they debate both sides of the argument.


Michael Lenox
Associate Professor of Management at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business

Free Market Side:

Fred Smith (biography)
President and Founder, Competitive Enterprise Institute
(a free market public policy group established in 1984)

Paul Driessen (biography)
Senior Policy Advisor, Congress of Racial Equality and Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise

CSR Side:

Mary O'Malley (biography)
Vice President, Community Resources & Local Initiatives, Prudential

Darell Hammond (biography)
Founder & CEO, KaBOOM!

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Panel Discussions & Workshops

Friedman, Free Markets, and the Social Sector (continued)
2:20pm in Classroom D
Continue the learning from Paul Driessen.  Corporate social responsibility is supposed to define moral and ethical behavior by companies toward the constituencies they serve and society as a whole. However, activists often insist on defining energy development, biotechnology, insecticide use and other essential activities as unethical This delays economic development and access to clean air, clean water, and reliable food and energy supplies - and prolongs poverty, disease, unemployment and hopelessness, especially in developing countries. Companies must resist any organization or campaign that asks them to adopt such irresponsible policies or ethical codes.

Paul Driessen (biography)
Senior Policy Advisor, Congress of Racial Equality and Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise

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Corporate Sustainability: Insights from Federal Express
2:20pm in Classroom C

Greg will discuss the role Environmental Defense plays with large corporations to reduce their footprints and save operational costs. He will specifically discuss ED’s work with Federal Express for which they are working to develop a cleaner, more fuel-efficient delivery truck.  Sixteen of their hybrids are already making the rounds in Sacramento, New York and Tampa, two more are hitting the road in the nation's capital. FedEx plans to roll out 75 more nationwide within a year.

Greg Andeck (biography)
Environmental Defense

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Connecting with the Social Sector in Your Town
3:15pm in Classroom C
Always promise yourself you’ll get involved, but somehow never do?  Learn how to plug into the social sector in your new home town.  The panel will seek to answer this question by providing practical tools and advice to aid in the search. The objective is to help “students on the move” dive into their areas of social interest whether through volunteering, board membership, consulting, and/or full time positions.


Matt Nash
Associate Director, Duke's Fuqua School of Business Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE)


Denise Malvehy
Senior Business Analyst, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

Aqualyn Laury
Chief Brand Strategist, Aqua-Lynk Marketing Agency, LLC

Jane Brown (biography)
Finance Analyst , Self-Help

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When Disaster Strikes!: How Business Leaders Prepare
3:15pm in Classroom D
Understand the challenges and opportunities in an environment where every decision and moment counts.  How do you prepare an organization to tackle the worst mother nature can present?  The American Red Cross of North Carolina will discuss how businesses can best prepare for and respond to disasters both in the workplace and the surrounding community.  Specifically, what roles do Emergency Services and Health & Safety programs play in preparing the business community for such disasters?

William Holley (biography)
Health, Safety and Community Services Director, American Red Cross

Cheryl Williams (biography)
Emergency Services Program Coordinator, American Red Cross

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Environmental Finance:  Social Responsible Venture Capital / Green Investing
4:10pm in Classroom C
Learn about the challenges of being green in the world of return-focused investment through the VC funding and energy technology companies with green technology.  The panel will explore two sets questions from the alternatee perspectives of a Venture Capital firm and a Triangle start-up both involved in developing renewable resources: 

a) Is now a good time to be investing and/or seeking funding for "green" technologies, products, or services? Why or why not, what regions are most receptive, and how does one value "green"?

b) Is now a good time to highlight a firm's "green" aspects, or might this drive away potential investors and customers? Are there "rules of thumb" by industry, and how does one most effectively advertise without sending the wrong message?

Matt Jones (biography)
Principal, Nth Power

William Conklin (biography)
Managing Director, SolarAmp

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Cause Marketing: Blending Corporate Marketing Strategy with Social Activism
4:10pm - Classroom D
What do Yoplait, Dove, and American Express all have in common?  They have cracked the nut of cause marketing, a major trend in marketing departments worldwide.  Learn about the basics of cause marketing, and how companies are designing programs to enhance the profitability, competitive position and growth of corporations, media, educational institutions, and community organizations through associations and partnerships.  Paula will speak specifically about her experiences in Dove's Campaign for Real Beauty and similar initiatives at Burt's Bees.

Paula Alexander (biography)
Burt's Bees

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Open Source Technology: Is Free Better for Everyone?
5:05pm in Classroom C
Open source technology is an ever growing trend that is inexpensive and accessible.
* Is it better than proprietary tech?
* Are there really benefits to the world?
* Does it enable entrepreneurs to create sophisticated software platforms to manage their operations?
* How do companies adapt to this worldwide trend? What does adoption look like?
* Community service and responsibility, how do companies address this issue?
* Education and sponsorship, how do you effectively promote and manage this technology?

Red Hat


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Social Entrepreneurship in Latin America
5:05pm - Classroom D
What does Social Entrepreneurship look like in Latin America?  Come here the stories and backgrounds of unique individuals who have experienced it.

Luis Pastor (biography)
CEO, Latin Credit Union

Veronica Baz
1st Year, Case about CIDAC in Mexico

Francisco Uribe
1st Year, Case about Manoamiga de Chalco in Mexico

Gaston Arevalo
1st Year, Case about CED in Venezuela

Flavia Pereira
1st Year, Case about Sou da Paz in Brazil

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