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Mashable's Social Good Summit (Austin, Texas)

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Monday, September 24, 2012 from 3:30 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

Mashable's Social Good Summit (Austin, Texas)

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NOTE: Doors open at 3:30, event starts promptly at 4:00. Any avail seats will be released to people waiting at 3:50.

Official event registration is on EventMethod.

Registration Link http://bit.ly/sgsatxevent

If you registered for this event, you will get an email shortly with instructions. This is to have a more interactive experience at our event. For those of still interested we will open up a waitlist option on Friday morning. This way if there are still open spaces you can grab one. 

There is a suggested $10 donation at the door to cover the venue, and appetizers will be provided. We will update this page to lead to the registration page on EventMethod.

We're blessed to be located in one of the most philanthropic centers of social good in the world, Austin, TX. From the number of non-profits, social entrepreneurs and even public company's that are involved in solving huge social issues on a global scale, we know that Austin will be one of most engaged events outside the main Social Good Summit event in NYC.

Our event will stream the NYC event's keynote, but we have a lot of original programming planned. We will be streaming our panels and workshop, and hope to interact with panels in other cities we're already in contact with. Below are our confirmed speakers. 

We have only 133 seats available at the main event. Based on demand, we will designate satellite locations across town to create an interactive experience.


Keynote Speaker


Hugh Forrest, Director, SXSW Interactive

Forrest serves as the Director of the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival, the five-day gathering of digital creatives that occurs in Austin every March. Over the last few years, SXSW Interactive has emerged as one of the world's most influential events for the new media industry. Forrest graduated from Austin High School in 1980, then majored in English at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. He held several jobs in the newspaper industry before surrendering to the digital revolution. 


Panel I: Change Facilitators Moderated by Claire England


Change Facilitators

Steve Wanta, Exec. Program Dir. Whole Planet Foundation & Co-Founder/Chief Compadre, Center61

Steve is passionate about microfinance and other business solutions that are improving the lives of the poor. As Executive Program Director for Whole Planet Foundation, Steve travels the world to oversee a global portfolio of microfinance partners. He readily accepts that his full-time job may make him the luckiest man in the world and believes that residual karma from a former life is the only logical explanation for his good fortune. Working with leaders from Grameen Bank and Whole Foods Market has shaped his beliefs in creating business solutions to social challenges. Center61 is an opportunity for Steve to be connected to the Austin community of nonprofits and social entrepreneurs that share his passion for the greatest city in the US.


Kevin Koym, CEO, Tech Ranch

Kevin is personally and professionally defined by his ability to inspire both individuals and businesses to seize the technological and social revolution on the horizon in order to better their community as well as their profit potential. The key roles Kevin has played in a variety of startups throughout his life have enabled him to fine-tune his ability to replicate the success of helping entrepreneurs build what they never thought as possible before.


Paul O'Brien, Co-Founder, Cospace

Paul is working to make entrepreneurship open and accessible. Recently relocated from Silicon Valley where, with a track record launching Zvents.com, Outright.com, FoxTranslate, and Fliptop, O'Brien brings a unique and experienced to Austin; not that of a startup entrepreneur but in building successful startups.. Through his early career with Hewlett-Packard and Yahoo!, Paul O'Brien worked early in online marketing, developing the search engine optimization and eCommerce industries. Home in Steiner Ranch with his wife and 3 kids, he's working to develop Cospace into the next of those successes; making it easy for everyone to be an entrepreneur. 

We are currently looking for a couple of sponsors to step in and cover some costs to put this event together. If we don't meet our goal we will ask for a 10 dollar donation at the door to cover the food minimum. If you would like to sponsor the event, please contact ruben[at]coremediaent.com or stephen[at]incentification.com


Panel II: Change Makers moderated by Elijah May


Dan Gillett, CEO, Kimbia

Dan has more than two decades of experience launching, managing and advising businesses. As Kimbia’s CEO, he leads the development and execution of the company’s corporate strategy. Prior to founding Kimbia, Dan founded and headed a successful, professional advisory services business, served as Senior Vice President and CFO of an early-stage telecommunications company, and worked in various roles with Credit Suisse, PepsiCo and Price Waterhouse. Dan has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.B.A. in Accounting from Harding University.


Karen Bantuveris, CEO, Volunteer Spot

Karen is the founder & CEO of VolunteerSpot, a time and stress-saving online coordination tool that simplifies the volunteer experience by making it easier for ANYONE to get involved. Karen has more than 15 years experience as an entrepreneur, management consultant and business process expert. Her business background, intersecting with leadership roles at PTA and Girl Scouts, gave her unique insight into fundamental problems with volunteer recruitment, coordination and retention. Karen launched VolunteerSpot in 2009 to simplify the volunteer experience and it has quickly grown mom-to-mom, group-to-group, boosting turnout with more than 1.8 million users nationwide. 


Karen is passionate about increasing parent participation in schools and using new media tools to drive social action in the ‘real’ world. Karen has been interviewed on CNN, in the NYTimes and Wall Street Journal, and is a frequent speaker at conferences including SXSW, Blog World, state PTAs, Parenting Magazine’s Mom Congress, and Mom Blogger conferences. Karen has both a BA and Master’s degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA and lives in Austin, TX with her husband, daughter and a ridiculous number of pets. 


Erine Gray, CEO, Aunt Bertha

Erine has been working on business and technology consulting projects for more than 12 years. His current company (Aunt Bertha) is making it easy for people to find food, health, housing and education programs. Aunt Bertha's mission is to make human service program information more accessible to both people and programs.


Prior to founding Aunt Bertha, he directed more than 60 employees within a project responsible for administering the application process for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. He delivered more than 40 software and operational improvement projects that saved the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) more than $5 million dollars per year in operating expenses.


Jose Alejandro Flores, Founder, VOS 

José Alejandro Flores is the President of DeFlores, LLC International and the Founder of the VOS® brand. He is an entrepreneur by nature; having the advantage of also applying his invaluable knowledge acquired by his multinational corporate experiences over the years and his International MBA.

Philanthropic principles are engrained in his personal and professional values, which in turn he readily applies to his vision of the VOS® brand. The commitment to be an environmental conscience brand along with contributing to the social responsibilities amongst global communities in need, are done in a manner that is second nature to him and his organization.


His multi-cultural background and international mindset permeates into all aspects of his professional life, which is spurred by his appreciation of all cultures, languages and cuisines. He is a dual-citizen of the U.S. and Guatemala and is currently fluent in English, Spanish, comprehends Portuguese and is developing Italian language skills. He abides by many renowned quotes by Lorenzo Da Ponte and appreciates listening to the Bossa Nova and Bachata music genres.


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When & Where

Alamo Drafthouse
2700 W Anderson Ln
Austin, TX 78757

Monday, September 24, 2012 from 3:30 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

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