7:30-8:00AM         Continental Breakfast (Town Square Room)

8:00-8:15AM         Welcoming Remarks (Town Square Room)

                              Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

                              UMKC

8:15-8:45AM         Kick-Off Address (Town Square Room)

9:00-11:45AM       Workshops in three tracks in separate breakout rooms

INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRACK (Brush Creek Room)

9:00-10:15AM       Data Analytics to Facilitate Social Entrepreneurship

Summary of content: 

  • The world has become enamored with data analytics, yet social entrepreneurs face the daunting task of using data for social good.  Data analysis is the process of gathering, cleaning, combining, and analyzing data in order to gain insight on a pressing problem.  This session looks to three social entrepreneurs who successfully employ analytics to leverage change.  Each will not only discuss their successes, but also their challenges in the analytic process.  The result of the session will be a discussion of how to create an analytical culture in social-change organizations.

Facilitator:

  • Brent Never, UMKC

Participants/Co-Learners:

  • Julie Carmichael, Amethyst Place
  • James DeLisle, UMKC
  • Eric Roche, City of Kansas City, MO

10:30-11:45AM     Cultural Entrepreneurship in Kansas City

Summary of content: 

  • This session will feature the voices of Kansas City based social entrepreneurs to share their stories of success and the challenges. Food, music and culture are central to the identity of our city and neighborhoods, but too often local cultural entrepreneurs are ignored as sources of leadership and innovation. This session seeks to open up the debate about the future of “socialpreneurship” in Kansas City and the ways in which creativity can contribute to sustainable development.

Facilitators:

  • Dina Newman, UMKC
  • Jacob Wagner, UMKC

Participants/Co-Learners:

  • Chavonna Adams, Neighborhood Artists Residency (NAR)
  • Michael Carmona, Hispanic Economic Development Corporation (HEDC)
  • Zach Moores, Crows Coffee
  • Bonita Powell, Brass Pinnacle Group
  • Mike B Rollen, Ophelia’s Blue Vine

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP BY NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS TRACK (Paseo Room)

9:00-10:15AM       Introduction to Design Thinking

Summary of content:

  • Design Thinking is the deliberate process that places the human user at the center of the development process. In this session, participants will learn the design thinking process, its role in strategic management and avenues for application.  Participants will analyze design cases, identifying how human centered approaches were or should have been utilized to increase impact.

Facilitator:

  • Scott Helm, UMKC

10:30-11:45AM     The Power of Design Thinking in Marketing and Communications

Summary of content: 

  • Utilizing the process provided in Introduction to Design Thinking, participants will use their own organizations as the case study. Through facilitated exercises and examples of successful design, individuals will develop a plan to implement design thinking into their marketing and communications.  At the end of the session, participants will understand applications of design thinking in marketing and communications and how to employ this approach immediately.

Facilitator:

  • Scott Helm, UMKC

ORGANIZATIONAL AND TRANSACTION STRUCTURES FOR SOCIAL IMPACT TRACK (Troost Room)

9:00-11:45AM       Organizational Forms for Social Entrepreneurship and Related Policy Issues

THIS SESSION ELIGIBLE FOR 3.1 HOURS OF MISSOURI CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION CREDIT;

KANSAS PENDING

Summary of content:

  • This workshop explores several legal issues and other factors in choosing and implementing an organizational structure for a venture with one or more “social good” purposes. The session will utilize a combination of presentations comparing various attributes of traditional for-profit, traditional non-profit, and recently emerging hybrid entities (including L3Cs and benefit corporations), and interactive discussion and debate among the panelists and with the audience regarding the relative attractiveness of available options in varying scenarios. The session will place particular emphasis on considering the fiduciary duties of managers of entities with missions that include the pursuit of social good, and address some popular misconceptions about hybrid entities and “program related investments.” It will also highlight some tax and securities regulation policy issues relevant to a social venture’s capital raising and operations.

Facilitator:

  • Tony Luppino, UMKC

Participants/Co-Learners:

  • Joan Heminway, University of Tennessee
  • Christopher Hoyt, UMKC
  • Helen Scott, New York University
  • John Tyler, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

 

Noon-1:15PM       Lunch and Panel Presentation: Building communities of practice in social entrepreneurship (Town Square Room)

Summary of content:

  • Well-functioning “communities of practice” promote inclusive, efficient and effective approaches to social entrepreneurship. The panelists in this session will share lessons learned in the course of building communities of practice to address a variety of challenging, multi-factored circumstances and needs in the Kansas City region.

Facilitator:

  • Tony Luppino, UMKC

Participants/Co-Learners:

  • Carrie Coogan, KC Public Library/KC Digital Inclusion Coalition
  • Aaron Deacon, KC Digital Drive
  • Father Justin Mathews, Reconciliation Services
  • Melissa Robinson, Black Healthcare Coalition

1:30-5:00PM         Workshops in three tracks in separate breakout rooms

INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRACK (Brush Creek Room)

1:30-3:00PM         Approaches to Determinants of Health Outcomes Disparities

Summary of content:

  • Addressing the social and economic factors that impact the length and quality of life isn’t a controversial idea. However, communities struggle to identify (1) who is primarily responsible for coordination of cross-sector partnerships in a community; (2) the best way to combine community stories with quantitative data to incite innovation and policy change and (3) the most meaningful way to integrate technology from the private sector into the solving of very public problems. In this session, leaders from the private, not-for-profit and government sectors engage in a conversation about how to work most effectively on behalf of, and in concert with, the most under-resourced and oppressed neighborhoods. 

Facilitator:

  • Barbara Glesner Fines, UMKC

Participants/Co-Learners:

  • John Fitzpatrick, KC Digital Drive
  • Sarah Martin, My Sidewalk
  • Melissa Robinson, Black Healthcare Coalition
  • Juliann VanLiew, KCK/UG Health Department
  • Elizabeth Walsh, KCMO Health Department

3:15-5:00PM         When Cities Experiment—Civic Entrepreneurship, the “Precautionary Principle,” and People-First Interactions with Emerging Technologies

Summary of content:

  • This session addresses the formidable regulatory challenges posed by new technologies and disruptive business models.  Cities are increasingly becoming laboratories for emerging technologies and businesses, ranging from data-collecting sensors to self-service and/or autonomous vehicles and devices. Public officials and other stakeholders must balance the potential benefits of these innovative new products and services with protection of the public welfare. The panelists will discuss several key issues, including effective means of gathering timely, meaningful input from public and private stakeholders in co-developing principles, priorities, and well-balanced policies and practices; and the relative roles, responsibilities and resources of federal, state and local public officials in regulating new technology and business “experiments” in the public commons. 

Facilitator:

  • Jamila Jefferson-Jones, UMKC

Participants/Co-Learners:

  • Richard Cane, Entrepreneur
  • Alan Howze, KCK/UG Wyandotte County
  • Amanda Graor, Mid-America Regional Council
  • Shannon Jackson, UMKC
  • Rick Usher, City of KCMO

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP BY NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS TRACK (Paseo Room)

1:30-3:00PM         The Power of Design Thinking in Program Design and Development

Summary of content:

  • Design thinking has a long history in product design. In this session, nonprofit leaders will be exposed to how they can apply the same techniques for mission-based programs.  Utilizing the process provided in Introduction to Design Thinking, participants will use their own organizations as the case study.  Through facilitated exercises and examples of successful design, individuals will develop a plan to implement design thinking into their program development.

                              Facilitator: Andrea Clark, UMKC

3:15-5:00PM         Employing Design Thinking to Energize Governance and the Work of Boards

Summary of content:

  • Board design is typically not the province of innovative thinking. Design thinking has historically been viewed as a customer focused process.  In this session, we will debunk both of these ideas by introducing design thinking for boards.  Instead of centering design on customers, design for boards centers on the members.  Participants will explore how they can reimagine board work using the tools of design thinking.

Facilitator:

  • David Renz, UMKC

ORGANIZATIONAL AND TRANSACTION STRUCTURES FOR SOCIAL IMPACT TRACK (Troost Room)

1:30-3:00PM         Initiatives in Opportunity Zones

THIS SESSION ELIGIBLE FOR 1.8 HOURS OF MISSOURI CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION CREDIT; KANSAS PENDING

Summary of content: 

  • Since established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Opportunity Zones has taken the economic development field and capital markets by storm.  By providing a tax incentive for investors who reinvest capital gains in designated Zones via an investment intermediary (i.e. an Opportunity Fund), low-income, distressed communities throughout the country are attracting unprecedented amounts of investment capital seeking qualified business and real estate investments.  This workshop will explore the various initiatives being led by public and private actors hoping to benefit from this new investment and economic development tool.

Facilitator:

  • Rebecca Martin, McDowell, Rice, Smith & Buchanan

                                             Participants/Co-Learners:

  • Evan Absher, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • Ruben Alonso, AltCap
  • Josh Gewolb, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP
  • Nancy Midden, McDowell, Rice, Smith & Buchanan

3:05-4:00PM         Tandem Structures Involving Nonprofits and For-Profits

THIS SESSION ELIGIBLE FOR 1.1 HOURS OF MISSOURI CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION CREDIT; KANSAS PENDING

Summary of content: 

  • Social entrepreneurs have increasingly used both nonprofit and for-profit entities in so-called “tandem” structures in recent years. The purpose of tandem structures is often, but not always, to obtain both grant and equity financing. This session looks at tandem structures, their various roles and purposes, associated expectations of social entrepreneurs, issues arising from inclusion of 501(c)(3)s and other tax exempt organizations in a tandem structure, and other potential positives and pitfalls.

Facilitator and Participant:

  • David Guenther, University of Michigan

Other Participants/Co-Learners:

  • Cass Brewer, Georgia State University
  • Anne Choike, Wayne State University
  • John Tyler, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

4:05-5:00PM        Blended Finance Structures to Aggregate Capital for Social Purpose Investments

THIS SESSION ELIGIBLE FOR 1.1 HOURS OF MISSOURI CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION CREDIT; KANSAS PENDING

Summary of content:   

  • This panel will draw on relevant experiences and studies by the panelists.  Questions addressed will include: What is blended finance and why is it important to investments that meaningfully target social outcomes? What are some common structures and associated roles and responsibilities of various parties?  What are recent/current trends in the blended finance market?  The panelists will also present some blended finance case studies, emphasizing objectives, approaches to achieving them, and outcomes.

Facilitator:

  • John Tyler, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Participants/Co-Learners:

  • Catherine Colyer, WaterEquity, Inc.
  • Jonathan Ng, USAID

NOTE: The Midwest Section of the Impact Investing Legal Working Group will have a Business Meeting from 5:00-6:00PM in the Troost Room.