Otterbein Advances Conversation on Social Innovation
January 25, 2013
Westerville, OH — Otterbein University will host its next Community Impact Summit from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 at its Westerville campus on the topic of social innovation and national policy issues as they relate to business and community development.
“It’s important that we continue the dialog of issues on ways to improve the communities that we live in,” said Otterbein President Kathy A. Krendl. “Last year we kicked off our spring summit with a conversation around the ‘new’ American dream and the importance of community partnerships in creating opportunities for women. This year we are looking at another aspect of community impact – social innovation.”
More than 150 guests attended the 2012 summit keynoted by Jo Luck, former CEO of Heifer International and 2010 World Food Prize laureate. She was joined by Chris Jansing, NBC reporter and host of msnbc TV’s “Jansing and Co.”; Janet Jackson, President of United Way of Central Ohio; and Kerrii Anderson, former CEO and President of Wendy’s International.
The 2013 Community Impact Summit at Otterbein will share leading-edge information on Social Innovation – new ideas that resolve existing social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges for the benefit of people and our planet. According to the Centre of Social Innovation, “it’s (social innovation) an idea that works for the public good.”
To share experiences that have impacted public good through her businesses, Candace Kline, CEO of Bad Girl Ventures, will kick off the event. She is the founder of two successful startup companies: Bad Girl Ventures and SoMoLend. SoMoLend is a new technology platform that connects business borrowers seeking loans with lenders looking to make a return on investment.
Following Kline’s address, Tara Abraham, recently appointed to serve a three-year term on the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC), will provide an update on national policy issues that affect business development in our communities. The NWBC is a nonpartisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to the President, Congress and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners. Abraham is chairman and CEO of Accel Inc., an award-winning contract packaging company specializing in creating innovative packaging and assembly solutions. Accel Inc. was awarded Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Emerging Business in 2000 and has been acknowledged as a Top Woman-Owned Business in Central Ohio for several years as well as being named one of America’s Top 500 Diversity Businesses.
After the opening sessions, summit participants will engage in a World Café on social innovation efforts and successes in their communities. Community and business leaders, faculty and students, are encouraged to spend the morning learning more about social innovation and its potential for positive, meaningful impact in our communities. Reservations can be made at www.otterbein.edu/summit. For more details regarding the event please call 614-823-1232.