Breakout Sessions

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Choose from 100+ interactive sessions – including panels, workshops, debates, competitions, and networking salons – led by the world’s leaders in social and environmental impact.

Sessions span eight different interest tracks. Read full session descriptions and customize your schedule here:

Note: Adding a session to your online schedule does not guarantee a spot in the room at the conference. Please arrive early.

Local Impact:

Local Impact offers attendees an opportunity to make an impact on a local DC-Baltimore company or nonprofit facing a complex business or sustainability challenge or growth opportunity.

These 90-minute hands-on workshops are facilitated by students and professionals trained in principles of “design thinking.” At each session, leaders of local start-up companies, business units, or nonprofits share their challenges with participants. With the help of dynamic ideation processes, participants will brainstorm ideas and solutions for each challenge.

Featured Organizations:

Dozens of local companies and organizations submitted proposals in hopes of being selected for a mini-consulting opportunity with current and up-and-coming leaders in business and sustainability – our conference attendees!Participating organizations include:

DC Greenworks is leading the growth of a green industry that improves the environmental health of our communities in DC and across the Chesapeake Bay Watershed by restoring and renewing waterways, habitats and communities - unlocking long-term economic opportunities for the region and its inhabitants.

Village Capital provides opportunity to early-stage, impact-oriented innovators worldwide through a unique peer review and investment process.

Neighborhood Design Center is a non-profit corporation organized for the purpose of providing the services of architects, landscape architects, planners, and other related professionals on a volunteer basis to neighborhoods and community groups who express a need and cannot otherwise afford these services.

SynAm Vaccine is developing a universal vaccine for pneumonia to save the lives children, the elderly and HIV patients worldwide.

The Maryland Foster Youth Resource Center assists youth in attaining life skills and identifying and accessing resources needed for survival and positive development.

Community Ladders is a financial planning and consumer protection organization that provides long-term, one-on-one financial coaching to people of all ages and incomes.


Choose from seven unique session formats that allow you to connect with speakers, peers, and topics on every level:

  • Competition: Hear fresh ideas from your peers, pitch your own venture, or put newly learned skills to work.
  • Debate: Hear both sides of a current and contested issue - and maybe resolve the controversy – in these energetic sessions.
  • Networking Salon: Engage in-depth with our most inspirational speakers and your peers. Follow up on a speaking point, gain career advice, or discuss sustainability issues with peers while connecting on a personal level.
  • Panel: Join expert speakers as they engage in dynamic conversations about some of today’s hottest topics. All panels are structured with ample time to connect with the audience, so bring your questions!
  • Panel Plus: Learn from experts then get your hands dirty in the same session. These hybrid sessions start as a panel, then break into workshops, discussion groups, and more.
  • Speed Solo: Be inspired by powerful presentations from our solo speakers. These TED-style talks are your chance to dive deep into a specific topic or industry and focus on the trends and points of dispute around a specific topic.
  • Workshop: Dive into these hands-on sessions which allow you to discuss challenges, create solutions, test new frameworks, and connect with your peers.

Community Development Content Offered in Partnership with:

Content Partners

Thank You to Our Volunteer Session Managers!

Jailan Adly, CDC Development Solutions
Chandler Arnold, First Book
Rashmir Balasubramaniam, Nsansa LLC
Coonoor Behal, Deloitte
Anne Bertucio, Focus the Nation
Jonathan Blanchard, Georgetown University - McDonough School of Business
William Burckart, New Frontiers of Philanthropy
Anne Marie Burgoyne, Draper Richards Foundation
Megan Burkhart, University of Maryland, College Park - Robert H. Smith School of Business
Jacqueline Cleaver, University of Maryland, College Park - Robert H. Smith School of Business
Julie Dixon, Georgetown University
Rhett Dornbach-Bender, The Bridgespan Group
Clifford Emmanuel, The Bridgespan Group
Andrew Essreg, U.S Postal Service
Amanda Flegal, Design for America
Heather Fleming, Catapult Design
McKee Floyd, BBMG
Chris Gassman, Carnegie Mellon University
Steven Goldman, Energetics
R. Paul Herman, HIP Investor Inc.
Jamie Jones, Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management
Cleveland Justis, UC Davis Graduate School of Management
Emmy Lang-Kennedy, University of Maryland, College Park - Robert H. Smith School of Business
Ingrid Larson, Johns Hopkins University - School of Advanced International Studies
Dan Last, AtSite
Jason Lee, University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business
Brandon Malmberg, Education Pioneers
Lindsay McQuaid, Johns Hopkins University - Carey Business School
Eliot Metzger, World Resources Institute
Alex Perera, World Resources Institute
Asheen Phansey, Dassault Systemes
Lila Preston, Generation Investment Management
Jennifer Schmidt, Mercy Corps
Rachael Sherman, George Washington University - School of Business
Adam Siegel, Retail Industry Leaders Association
Amber Sprague, Great Place to Work Institute
Andria Thomas, Dalberg
Brandon Tidwell, Darden Restaurants Inc.
Marisol Trowbridge, Johns Hopkins University - School of Advanced International Studies
Drew Tulchin, Social Enterprise Associates
Aaron Uddin, Blue Earth Network
Danielle Wainer, Johns Hopkins University - School of Advanced International Studies
Jennifer Walske, University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business
Katie Ware, Environmental Defense Fund
Jason Weeby, Education Pioneers