The Social Impact Conference & Expo

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Entertainment, Activism, and the Business of Changing the World

Join us Thursday, June 16th for an inspiring day of speakers, networking, great art and relevant products, designed to support Artists, Business Owners, Entertainment Executives, and Activists who share a desire for positive change and a dedication to making a difference.

With our Conference, Expo, and evening Awards Gala, this is a full-day experience designed to help get your impactful project or business out into the world.

Find Allies. Fund Your Vision.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Skirball Cultural Center Los Angeles, California

Conference & Expo: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Reception: 6:30 pm
Awards Presentation: 7:30 pm

Attend the Awards Gala only

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Get connected. Make an impact. Thursday, June 16th.

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THE SOCIAL IMPACT CONFERENCE is a day-long workshop with Speakers, Panels, and Networking Opportunities, where you’ll learn how to leverage SOCIAL IMPACT to create powerful partnerships — and take your mission-driven project or business to the next level.

  • Learn how to get meaningful content financed, produced, and distributed.
  • Discover how your commitment to change could catapult your career.
  • Connect with other smart, passionate, creative people who care.

Financing Your Social Impact

An innovative, integrated approach to aligning your projects with reliable sources of funding, including Sponsorship, CSR, and the new Triple Bottom Line of “People, Planet, Profit.”

Creating Content That Activates and Inspires

A discussion about Story, Process, and Inspiration with celebrated industry leaders in film and television.

Branding & Engagement

We’ll explore innovative ways that artists and business owners can use video, publishing, and the internet to engage, inspire and activate.

Sustainable Filmmaking

Learn how studios, indie filmmakers, and social impact entrepreneurs are aligning the PROCESS of making movies with the MESSAGE of sustainability, with Glenn Gainor (President, physical production for Sony Pictures Screen Gems), and Heidi Kindberg Goss (Manager, Environmental Sustainability, Sony Pictures Entertainment).

Social Impact Entrepreneurs

Learn how these successful business owners have made social impact part of their business model… and how they utilize relationships with artists, activists and Hollywood executives like you.

Glenn Gainor, President, physical production for Sony Pictures Screen Gems, will be discussing sustainable filmmaking this year.

Producer Richard Gladstein (Bourne Identity, Pulp Fiction) at The Artist Impact Panel.

Shelby Stone, President of Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment — 2015 Speaker and Honoree.

“By far the most inspiring event I’ve been to all year.”
— Brooke Forbes
(Writer, Producer, Actor)

Featured Presenters Include:

Glenn Gainor

Glenn Gainor

Sony Pictures Screen Gems (President, Physical Production)

Richard Walden

Richard Walden

Operation USA, (President, Founder)

Marvin Bing

Marvin Bing

Amnesty International (Creative Director, “Art for Amnesty”)

Sandra de Castro Buffingtion

Sandra de Castro Buffingtion

Founding Director of UCLA’s Global Media Center for Social Impact

Amir Sulaiman

Amir Sulaiman

Poet, Hip-Hop Artist, Harvard Fellow

Keri Murphy

Keri Murphy

Inspired Living & ILTV (CEO)

Keri Murphy of helps entrepreneurs communicate their vision effectively.

What if your brand had a reputation as a force for positive change?

Kathy Kidd of Kidd Marketing helps clients become a known authority in their field.


Creating a Message that Matters

Could your business leverage SOCIAL IMPACT to engage customers and prospects in a more powerful way? Learn to communicate authentically and effectively, and translate your desire for change into an effective business model.

A Full Day to Get Inspired and Connected. Thursday, June 16th.

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An inspiring evening of extraordinary speakers, film, and performance, as we recognize a handful of artists, activists, and business leaders who are making a profound impact on the world. (Dress is business casual.)

To one great storyteller, we give the SOCIAL IMPACT FELLOWSHIP, a full year of mentorship, training, and professional coaching to get their socially-relevant “dream project” off the ground.

Last Year’s Success Story

We are extremely proud to announce that the 2015 Social Impact Award winner, Royce Gorsuch, has just completed filming his debut feature film, The Mad Genius Project.

Royce won last year’s Social Impact Award for his short documentary, A Journey Home, about a foundation that brings traumatically injured US service people out to the streams of Montana, so they may find recreational therapy and tranquility.

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Social Impact Award-winner Royce Gorsuch directed the short documentary, A Journey Home. He is currently directing his first feature.


Several years ago we discovered how powerful partnerships between artists, activists and corporate backers could actually be.

Documentary filmmaker, Rob Hill, partnered with Jock Brandis and his Non-Profit, THE FULL BELLY PROJECT, to develop a concept for a TV series about sustainable agricultural inventions that serve the neediest communities. When we brought in corporate sponsor, Herman Miller, the idea became a reality.

REPLAN IT has since filmed in the the Philippines, Cambodia, India, Mexico City, Michigan, North and South Carolina, and will air on KCET… ENTIRELY financed by corporations like Herman Miller, who are committed to building a better world.

Replan It showed us that the model of combining an Artists’ Vision, innovative Social Impact Initiatives, and Corporate Sponsorship is one that works because it is one that benefits everyone.

Find allies. Fund your vision. Thursday, June 16th.

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THE SOCIAL IMPACT EXPO is a showcase designed to give our attendees all the tools, products, and services they’ll need to thrive.

VISIT OUR SPONSOR PAGE to learn how YOU can connect with our highly-engaged attendees and participate in an event designed to celebrate socially responsible companies like yours.

NexTV event supporters include numerous world-renowned brands.

Magnify your impact — at an event designed to celebrate socially-responsible companies like yours.


Our mission is to promote a sustainable business model for creating change — one that brings artists, activists, and corporate interests together in a powerful way.


Your talent engages, inspires, and educates us. The CHALLENGE is to get meaningful content funded and out into the world. Come build relation­ships, share your work, and gather the assets you’ll need to make a difference.

boots on the ground


You are the “boots-on-the-ground” required to impact people’s lives in the most direct way. But to fulfill your mission you must find new tools to engage donors and build awareness.


Entertainment Professionals

You provide the AMPLIFIER that artists and great causes require… but “social impact content” also has to make business sense. There IS a model that works.


Embracing the triple bottom line of “People, Planet, and Profit” allows you to increase your reach, engage with new customers, and elevate your brand. You are essential to the “impact” equation.


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MUSIC EXEC Julie Yannatta (2014 Social Impact Award Honoree) brought artists like U2, Adele, Miley Cyrus, and Bob Dylan together to help Amnesty International.

The Impact?

Millions of dollars raised for Social Justice… an extraordinary album on the shelves.

ACTOR Dan Hildebrand (Game of Thrones, 2014 Social Impact Award Honoree) has partnered with governments and venture capitalists to create low cost, energy efficient “eco domes.”

The Impact?

Housing for disaster victims in Haiti, India, Africa and the Philippines… a sustainable business for Dan and his investors.

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ACTIVIST Celhia de Lavarene (2012 Social Impact Award Panelist) former Top Cop at the United Nations battling sex trafficking, has partnered with artists and political leaders to forward her crusade.

The Impact?

Book published (A Visa to Hell) exposing the horrors of international sex trafficking, a rescue center in Haiti for victims of sex trafficking being built.

Other Recent Participants

  • Richard Gladstein, Producer (Finding Neverland, The Bourne Identity)
  • Jesse Deeter, Documentary Filmmaker (Who Killed the Electric Car?)
  • Dr. Erik Noji, CDC, former Director of Emergencies & Refugees
  • Ronnie Yeskel, Casting Director (Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Curb Your Enthusiasm)
  • Leila Feinstein, Lead Anchor for KTLA Evening News
  • Nancy Greene-Keyes, Talent Agent & Casting Director (credited with “discovering” Angela Bassett, Samuel Jackson, Steve Buscemi)
  • Jock Brandis, CNN Hero and Purpose Prize-Winner, founder of “The Full Belly Project,” and leading authority on sustainable technology
  • Petro Dioni, Al Gore’s Current TV, Former executive (Italy)
  • Jill Cutler, Longtime CAA Agent and former President of Winkler Films
  • Aleksa Palladino, Actress (Boardwalk Empire)
  • Michael Gregg Michaud, Artist, Photographer, and Author (best-selling novel Sal Mineo: A Biography)


I’m ready to get inspired, make new connections, and magnify my impact at the Conference & Expo — then celebrate the breakthrough artists, activists, and business leaders who are making a difference at the evening Awards Gala.