• 2017 Keynote Speaker Revealed

    We are pleased to announce our opening keynote speaker, Marina Gorbis, Executive Director of Palo Alto-based Institute for the Future.

    Also featured on Friday October 27 will be Jerome Glenn, Exutive Director of the Millennium Project, speaking on the 15 Global Challenges and scenarios for addressing them through the year 2050.

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    The 4th annual Irish Impact Social Entrepreneurship Conference featured keynote speaker, Andi Phillips, a vice president in the Urban Investment Group at Goldman Sachs.

    Andi's keynote set the stage for an excellent discussion on impact investing!


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Before celebrating an Irish victory against NC State on Saturday, October 28th, please join us at Notre Dame on Thursday, October 26th & Friday, October 27th for the 2017 Irish Impact Conference.  We invite all practitioners, academics, students, and friends to join us in exploring tomorrow's emerging Wicked Problems. 


Thursday, October 26 @ 6:00 PM

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We are very pleased to announce Marina Gorbis, Executive Director of the Institute For The Future as our 2017 Keynote Speaker on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 6:00 PM.

Marina Gorbis is a futurist and social scientist who serves as executive director to the Institute for the Future (IFTF), a Silicon Valley nonprofit research and consulting organization. In her 19 years with IFTF, Marina has brought a futures perspective to hundreds of organizations in business, education, government, and philanthropy to improve innovation capacity, develop strategies, and design new products and services.

Marina’s current research focuses on how social production is changing the face of major industries, a topic explored in detail in her book, The Nature of the Future: Dispatched from the Socialstructured World. She has also blogged and written for BoingBoing.netFastCompanyHarvard Business Review, and major media outlets. A native of Odessa, Ukraine, yet equally at home in Silicon Valley, Europe, India, and Kazakhstan, Marina is particularly well suited to see things from a global viewpoint. She has keynoted such international events as the World Economic Forum, The Next Web Conference, NEXT Berlin, the World Business Forum, the National Association of Broadcasters annual convention, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges annual conference. She holds a BA in psychology and a master’s of public policy from UC Berkeley.



Friday October 27 @ 1:00 PM


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We are very pleased to announce Jerome Glenn, Executive Director of The Millennium Project, as our Keynote Speaker on Friday, Oct. 27 at 1:00 PM.


Jerome C. Glenn is the co-founder (1996) and CEO of The Millennium Project (on global futures research) and lead-author with Elizabeth Florescu, and The Millennium Project Team of the State of the Future reports of the Millennium Project for the past twenty years. He was the Washington, DC representative for the United Nations University as executive director of the American Council for the UNU 1988-2007.

He has over 40 years of Futures Research experience working for governments, international organizations, and private industry in Science & Technology Policy, Environmental Security, Economics, Education, Defense, Space, Futures Research Methodology, International Telecommunications, and Decision Support Systems with the Committee for the Future, Hudson Institute, Future Options Room, and the Millennium Project. He has addressed or keynoted conferences for over 300 government departments, universities, NGOs, UN organizations, and/or corporations around the world on a variety of future-oriented topics.

Glenn has a BA in philosophy from American University, an MA in Teaching Social Science - Futuristics from Antioch Graduate School of Education (now Antioch University New England), and was a doctoral candidate in general futures research at the University of Massachusetts. He received the Donella Meadows Metal, Kondratieff Metal, Emerald Citation of Excellence, honorary professorship and doctor's degrees from two universities in South America (Universidad Ricardo Palma and Universidad Franz Tamayo) and is a leading boomerang stunt man. 





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