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Social Impact Conference
Saturday, October 26, 2019 (Day before IBC)

Join us in our inaugural Social Impact Conference! The Social Impact Conference (SIC) is a business conference focused on social impact, social innovation, diversity issues, philanthropy, and more.

This is a day dedicated to bringing together women within different universities and around the world to facilitate discussion about diversity within social innovation and social change.

** SIC is now sold out. Click here to join our waitlist.

Keynote Speakers

Meg Garlinghouse

Meg Garlinghouse is head of Social Impact at LinkedIn. In this role, she is responsible for identifying partnerships and programs that leverage the LinkedIn platform to create a positive social impact for the world. Garlinghouse has nearly twenty years of experience working in the technology and philanthropy sector. Prior to joining LinkedIn, Garlinghouse spent almost 10 years building and leading Yahoo!’s global community relations function. She also has a background in international development, working for the Asia Foundation as a special assistant to the president and in the private sector development department of the World Bank. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa, running projects designed to raise the social and economic status of rural villagers. Garlinghouse received her Bachelor’s degree in public policy studies from Duke University and a Master's in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She currently serves on the Boards of Network for Good and VolunteerMatch.  Learn more about  Meg .

Meg Garlinghouse is head of Social Impact at LinkedIn. In this role, she is responsible for identifying partnerships and programs that leverage the LinkedIn platform to create a positive social impact for the world. Garlinghouse has nearly twenty years of experience working in the technology and philanthropy sector. Prior to joining LinkedIn, Garlinghouse spent almost 10 years building and leading Yahoo!’s global community relations function. She also has a background in international development, working for the Asia Foundation as a special assistant to the president and in the private sector development department of the World Bank. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa, running projects designed to raise the social and economic status of rural villagers. Garlinghouse received her Bachelor’s degree in public policy studies from Duke University and a Master's in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She currently serves on the Boards of Network for Good and VolunteerMatch.

Learn more about Meg.


Tara Abrahams

Tara Abrahams is a passionate global advocate for girls and women. She currently serves as the managing director of VOW, an initiative working to end child marriage around the world. She is also the board chair at She’s The First, an organization that fights gender inequality through education. Prior to VOW, Tara served as executive director of The Girl Project at Glamour.  Tara began her work in girls’ education and women’s empowerment as the president and deputy director of Girl Rising, a global movement and feature film that raised awareness about the importance of educating girls in the developing world. Tara served as founding director of the Maverick Capital Foundation, as a strategy consultant at The Bridgespan Group, and as a managing director at Acelero Learning. She has advised a variety of leading girls- and women-focused initiatives, from Girls Who Code and International Center for Research on Women to The Obama Foundation’s recently launched Global Girls Alliance.  Tara graduated with honors from Harvard College and completed her MBA at the Harvard Business School, where she received the Horace W. Goldsmith Fellowship for outstanding contributions to the nonprofit sector. Tara also leads local and international efforts related to women’s empowerment as a board member of the Harvard Alumni Association.  Learn more about  Tara .

Tara Abrahams is a passionate global advocate for girls and women. She currently serves as the managing director of VOW, an initiative working to end child marriage around the world. She is also the board chair at She’s The First, an organization that fights gender inequality through education. Prior to VOW, Tara served as executive director of The Girl Project at Glamour.

Tara began her work in girls’ education and women’s empowerment as the president and deputy director of Girl Rising, a global movement and feature film that raised awareness about the importance of educating girls in the developing world. Tara served as founding director of the Maverick Capital Foundation, as a strategy consultant at The Bridgespan Group, and as a managing director at Acelero Learning. She has advised a variety of leading girls- and women-focused initiatives, from Girls Who Code and International Center for Research on Women to The Obama Foundation’s recently launched Global Girls Alliance.

Tara graduated with honors from Harvard College and completed her MBA at the Harvard Business School, where she received the Horace W. Goldsmith Fellowship for outstanding contributions to the nonprofit sector. Tara also leads local and international efforts related to women’s empowerment as a board member of the Harvard Alumni Association.

Learn more about Tara.


Special Guests

Erin McCormick

Erin Moran McCormick is an entrepreneur, educator, techie, award-winning designer and author. She helps transform people (and organizations) by creating programs that develop confident, innovative and engaged employees and entrepreneurs that get results. She works with executives, emerging leaders, entrepreneurs and students from around the world to develop their entrepreneurial mindset and to teach them how to turn ideas (and fears) into action.  Erin is the Founder of Year of Action and Director of the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at UMass Boston where her focus is on advancing women and people of color. She has started three companies, been CIO twice and was the former Director of Curriculum Innovation & Technology at Babson College – #1 in the world for entrepreneurship education and Partner at the International Entrepreneurship Center.  Erin is the author of Year of Action – How to Stop Waiting & Start Living Your BIG, Fabulous Life – adventures, advice and action steps to create the life you want. The book was a catalyst to create a new kind of action-based, online business bootcamps. Her new book is Launching Your Life: How to use the business principles of entrepreneurship to launch a life you love. It uses the principles of launching a successful business as a framework to help you launch a life you love – throughout your career. It’s a how-to guide to create the successful BUSINESS of YOU.  Learn more about  Erin .

Erin Moran McCormick is an entrepreneur, educator, techie, award-winning designer and author. She helps transform people (and organizations) by creating programs that develop confident, innovative and engaged employees and entrepreneurs that get results. She works with executives, emerging leaders, entrepreneurs and students from around the world to develop their entrepreneurial mindset and to teach them how to turn ideas (and fears) into action.

Erin is the Founder of Year of Action and Director of the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at UMass Boston where her focus is on advancing women and people of color. She has started three companies, been CIO twice and was the former Director of Curriculum Innovation & Technology at Babson College – #1 in the world for entrepreneurship education and Partner at the International Entrepreneurship Center.

Erin is the author of Year of Action – How to Stop Waiting & Start Living Your BIG, Fabulous Life – adventures, advice and action steps to create the life you want. The book was a catalyst to create a new kind of action-based, online business bootcamps. Her new book is Launching Your Life: How to use the business principles of entrepreneurship to launch a life you love. It uses the principles of launching a successful business as a framework to help you launch a life you love – throughout your career. It’s a how-to guide to create the successful BUSINESS of YOU.

Learn more about Erin.


Our Panels

Using Tech to Build a Better Tomorrow

Improving Equality of Opportunity

Media and Entertainment

Sustainability & The Environment

Diversity & Inclusion

You’re Never Too Young

Stay tuned to hear more about our panelist speakers!


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