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SOCAP19 Wednesday Highlights and Happenings

SOCAP October 23, 2019

To help you plan your Wednesday at SOCAP, we’ve put together a list of some of the activities happening around Fort Mason today.

Yoga at SOCAP

Starting today, you are invited to begin your mornings at SOCAP19 with mindfulness and movement. Yogi Marlon Hall will be leading yoga and meditation classes in an outdoor area behind the Firehouse between 7:30 AM – 8:15 AM today, Thursday, and Friday. Yoga mats will be available.

Gender Lens Investing Champions Breakfast

Today and tomorrow, pick up breakfast from Festival Pavilion and then join the big gender lens conversation taking place in the Big Top Tent between 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM.

Visit The LatAm Lounge

The LatAm impact ecosystem has a dedicated space to gather in Festival Pavilion. Visit the LatAm Lounge to meet people who are creating impact throughout Latin America. Special LatAM focused sessions are planned throughout SOCAP19 including entrepreneur pitches and panels of investors, foundations, ecosystem mappers, and fund-of-funds whose work is focused in Latin America. These conversations will be held in both English and Spanish and will take place throughout today and tomorrow in Meeting Room One located across from the LatAm Lounge. Learn more about the LatAm Lounge from organizer Sarah Sterling.

Visit the Indigenous Lounge in Festival Pavilion

Throughout SOCAP19, visit the Indigenous Lounge in Festival to explore how we can realize an Indigenous-led regenerative economy with Indigenous social entrepreneurs and a collective of supporting partners. The Indigenous Lounge is hosted by Seeding Sovereignty, an Indigenous womxn-led collective working to shift social and environmental paradigms by dismantling colonial institutions and replacing them with Indigenous practices created in synchronicity with the land.

Breakfast and Lunch

Acre Gourmet will be serving meals buffet style at multiple stations located at the front and back of Festival Pavilion. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options are available at every meal.

  • Breakfast will be served between 7:30 AM and 9:30 AM.
  • Lunch will be served between 12 PM and 2 PM.

Note: Sessions run concurrently throughout the day without a break, so plan time to eat or pick up lunch to take to your next session. Consider setting a braindate for breakfast or lunch! Go to to suggest topics of conversation or schedule braindates. If you have questions or need help, please visit the Braindate Lounge in Festival Pavilion.

Wednesday Plenary: New Approaches to Expand the Impact Economy

Come early to secure your seat in Cowell Theater Mainstage or enjoy the livestream in the Big Top Tent. This Wednesday evening plenary will focus on the tremendous interest and growth that impact investing and social entrepreneurship have experienced over the last decade. The landscape is shifting rapidly. Hear from a range of experts about new approaches across sectors to strengthen and expand the impact economy as it continues its rapid growth. This evening’s speakers include:

  • Bonnie Glick / U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • David Bohigian / OPIC
  • Neville Crawley / Kiva
  • Helen Avery / Euromoney
  • Ben Thornley / Tideline
  • Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen / UNDP
  • Diane Carol Damskey / International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • Leticia Emme / IRIS
  • Sasha Dichter / 60 Decibels
  • Maria Mähl / Arabesque S-Ray
  • Cathy Clark / Duke University
  • Adam Heltzer / Partners Group
  • Lauren Booker / Jordan Park
  • Kate Cochran / Upaya Social Ventures
  • Andrew Lee / UBS
  • Derrick Morgan / KNGDM Impact Fund
  • Morgan Simon / Candide Group
  • Tim Freundlich / ImpactAssets
  • Kat Taylor / Beneficial State Bank
  • Christie George / New Media Ventures

Can’t make the plenary? Sign up for the SOCAP19 Digital Experience and you will receive access to a library of content filmed live at SOCAP19 – including all plenary sessions and main stage breakout sessions happening in Cowell Theater – plus exclusive interviews and more.

Wednesday Wine Down

After the plenary, join us in Festival for an informal and fun happy-hour: The Wine Down. Happening between 6:00 PM and 7:30 PM, the Wednesday Wine Down has become a SOCAP tradition. Want to start your own meet-up for after the Wine Down? Self-organize a gathering for dinner via Pathable discussions.

Film Screening: American Factory Southside Theater 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Join Participant Media for a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary, American Factory, produced by Barack and Michelle Obama. Come to Southside Theater to watch the new film from Academy Award®–nominated directors Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert that Planet Money recommended as a must watch. Their documentary tells the story of a closed General Motors Factory in Dayton, Ohio that was reopened by a Chinese billionaire. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America. The screening will be followed by Q&A with the filmmakers.
Watch the trailer for American Factory

American Factory | Official Trailer | Netflix

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Thursday Preview

  • Thursday at SOCAP19 will bring another full day of panels, workshops, and great conversations. See the full schedule in Pathable.  For easy access to the full schedule, session descriptions, and networking tools, download the Pathable app for iPhone or Android.
  • Plan to stay for the fun SOCAP19 Food Truck Party tomorrow night! Bring your dancing shoes.

Have a friend or colleague that should be here? Tell them it is not too late to join us! Thursday Day passes are still available.

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