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Dallas Social Venture Partners' 2013 Social Innovation Speaker Series

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Social Innovation is a theme that is not always understood. But in fact, communities and organizations are turning to creative solutions to address some of our toughest challenges. DSVP's speaker series sheds light on the cutting edge ideas and tools that corporations, philanthropists, foundations and nonprofit leaders can use to be a part of this exciting new frontier in the social sector.

This is a must-attend series of thoughtful and impactful leaders who are advancing the conversation about socially innovative practices in our nation and around North Texas. Those who attend will have access to cutting-edge ideas on mobilizing action, resourcing and financing high-impact ideas, harnessing technology, and freeing nonprofits from restraints.


Friday, September 27

Debbie Taylor Behind the Scenes of Corporate Philanthropy

Southwest Regional Director

Citi Community Development


Debbie Taylor is Southwest Regional Director for Citi Community Development. She oversees community development and economic empowerment initiatives for underserved individuals, families and communities through the expansion of financial products and services that build sustainable business solutions and innovative partnerships. Mrs. Taylor has responsibility for coordinating Citi Foundation grants, microfinance initiatives, executive involvement in community leadership, employee volunteerism and company campaigns, and public relations in the southwest geographic region. Debbie manages the activities of the Texas State Leadership Council, focusing on relationships and advocates, customer and community organizations.


A 25-year veteran of leadership positions in non-profit and civic initiatives in this community, she holds a Master of Public Administration from Texas State University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. Mrs. Taylor is Chair of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Board, having also served as the 2007 United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Campaign Chair. She also served as the Chairman of the Board of the ChildCareGroup and is on the Executive Committee of the Dallas County Community College District Foundation Board. Debbie was most recently honored with the 2011 J. Erik Jonsson Award, the highest volunteer award given by the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.


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Friday, March 15, 2013

Aaron Hurst Powered by Pro Bono

President & Founder of the Taproot Foundation,  

Author of "Powered by Pro Bono" 

Complimentary copy of Powered by Pro Bono for the first 200 who purchase a ticket

Optional workshop will follow lecture.

Aaron is a globally recognized social innovator and leading architect of the growing pro bono services movement. He is known throughout Taproot offices for his striped socks, Post-it® doodling, and endless supply of bold ideas.

Aaron's career is dedicated to challenging and empowering the public and private sectors as well as individuals and organizations to drive our collective social, environmental and economic progress. He is the founder of the Taproot Foundation—a nonprofit organization building a national pro bono marketplace and leading the global service movement—and is a creative force behind the conception of the national Billion + Change initiative and the Service Enterprise model.

A member of the Nonprofit Times Power and Influence Top 50, Aaron is widely known for his thought-leadership in civic engagement, nonprofit management and corporate social responsibility.  He is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post and Stanford Social Innovation Review.

An entrepreneur since 16, Aaron began his career as a social innovator at the University of Michigan, where he designed and led an educational program for local correctional facilities, subsequently becoming the first student to receive the Michigan Campus Compact Award. Upon graduating, he worked in inner-city education in Chicago before landing in Silicon Valley as an early employee at two venture-backed social venture companies.

Aaron is one of the most recognized social entrepreneurs in the nation and a recipient of the Ashoka and Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation fellowships. He has also been formally recognized as a leading social innovator by the Aspen Institute, Social Venture Network, Fast Company, Commonwealth Club, the Manhattan Institute, the State of California, and the Alliance for Nonprofit Management. In 2009, he received the LSA Humanitarian Service Award, the highest honor bestowed on University of Michigan alumni.

Aaron currently sits on the International Advisory Board of Directors of CiYuan, a three-year initiative to increase social investment in China, and serves on the boards of Reimagining Service and BoardSource. He has co-authored the children's book Mommy and Daddy Do It Pro Bono with his wife, Kara Hurst. In 2012, he published Powered by Pro Bono.

Aaron, Kara, and their two children live in Park Slope, Brooklyn. His favorite root vegetable is the radish.




Friday, April 26, 2013

Jeffrey Hollender The Responsibility Revolution

Co-Founder of Seventh Generation, Inc.  

Author of The Responsibility Revolution: How the Next Generation of Business Will Win 


Jeffrey Hollender is a leading authority on corporate responsibility, sustainability and social equity. More than twenty years ago, he co-founded Seventh Generationand went on to build the fledgling company into a leading natural product brand known for its authenticity, transparency, and progressive business practices. Today, as an author, speaker, consultant, and activist, Jeffrey’s mission is to inspire and provoke business leaders to think differently about the role they and their companies play in society. Along the way, he’s working to drive systemic change that makes it easier for businesses to become radically more sustainable, transparent and responsible.

Jeffrey’s passion for changing the negative impact that industry has on the environment and society is evident in each of his six books, including 2010′sThe Responsibility Revolution: How the Next Generation of Businesses Will Win. At the same time, Hollender has been helping millions of Americans make green and ethical product choices, beginning with his bestselling title, How to Make the World a Better Place, a Beginner’s guide. His most recent book, Planet Home: Conscious Choices for Cleaning & Greening the World You Care About Mostguides consumers through the dizzying array of decisions they make each day, helping them understand which choices matter most and which have hidden repercussions.

A born entrepreneur, Jeffrey’s first business ventures were in the field of education and publishing: the Skills Exchange in Toronto and Network for Learning in New York City. In 1985, after selling Network for Learning to Warner Publishing, a division of Warner Communications (now Time Warner), he was appointed president of the renamed firm, Warner Audio Publishing. In 1988, he acquired Renew America, a mail order catalog of green products, which eventually became Seventh Generation. His record of sustainable achievements and thought leadership is unparalleled in the business world.

Jeffrey is on the board of Greenpeace US; the Environmental Health Fund; and Verité, a leading workers’ rights organization. He is co-founder of the American Sustainable Business Council, a coalition of business leaders committed to changing the rules of business. He divides his time between Charlotte, VT, and New York City.


Friday, May 17, 2013

Mary Brinegar & Brian Shivers 

Social Innovation in the Garden 

President/CEO & Board Chair  

The Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Society

*Special Location! The Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Society

Bring your walking shoes! Luncheon ticket includes an optional preview tour of the NEW Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden (opening Fall 2013).Get a video preview HERE.


The Dallas Arboretum is known around the world as one of the finest public botanical gardens. Less well known is the story of how it got there in less than 30 years. Under Mary’s and Brian’s leadership, the Dallas Arboretum has leveraged its many assets to become one of the most profitable and innovative non-profits in the region. From educating thousands of children and patenting new plant bulbs to staging popular exhibits and hosting hundreds of events, Mary and Brian will share the key ingredients and paradigms anyone needs to instill innovation and success into a winning organizational culture that advances a social mission and garners wide public support.

Mary Brinegar is the President of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society, Inc. She is responsible for the management of a staff of 110 and for the operating budget of over $10 million, and the significant capital fundraising that has taken place and continues on the property today. Since coming to the Dallas Arboretum in 1996, there has been noteworthy growth in every revenue area and extensive development of the gardens has taken place.

Brian, a private investor concentrating on equities and energy, is the Chairman of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society’s Board of Directors and has been associated with the Arboretum nearly since its inception . He has over thirty years experience is in the operation and financing of companies. He has held management and/or advisory roles in a number of industries including real estate, venture capital, retail, publishing, broadcasting and financial services. He is also freelance writer whose published articles cover topics ranging from terrorism to trout fishing and have appeared in a variety of publications including The Dallas Morning News and Fly Fish America magazine, for  which he was the regional editor from 1996-2001.  




Wednesday, August 28 sponsored by TriNet 

Suzi Sosa Fueling Innovation on a Global Scale

Co-Founder & CEO

Verb, Inc.

Optional panel to follow: Building a Culture of Innovation
with Suzi Sosa, 
Kate Canales, SMU Lyle
Janiece Evans-Page, Fossil
Anne Murray, Southwest Airlines


Suzi is the Co-Founder and CEO of Verb, Inc., a social enterprise dedicated to the activation and empowerment of social entrepreneurs through innovation competitions and a global online marketplace.  Verb's signature competition is the Dell Social Innovation Challenge which, over the past seven years, has invested over $750,000 of seed capital and provided more than 2,000 hours of one-on-one mentoring to more than 7,000 start-up social enterprises from around the world.

Suzi has more than ten years of experience in social entrepreneurship in both the for-profit and non-profit worlds. She was previously Chief of Staff at MPOWER Labs and has been a co-founder of several non-profits, including Innovation+, Austin Women Entrepreneurs and RISE Austin. Suzi was a Contributing Editor in social entrepreneurship for Inc magazine.  She has a particular interest in innovation, design thinking, and organizational models of social enterprise.

Suzi has a Masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and a B.A. in the Plan II Honors Program from the University of Texas at Austin. 




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