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The 12th Annual Social Enterprise Summit is the biggest and best yet! With 35% more programming, the Summit is THE gathering for social enterprise practitioners and experts who are using business methods to solve the most pressing human, social and environmental problems.

Here are just a few of the reasons you should join us in Chicago.

Bring your best brain to the 2011 Summit, because this year we’re packing more visionary thinking than ever. Glimpse our sector’s bright horizons and take home the inspiration-high you’ll need to put all your new knowledge to use.

SEA Talks

Brand new at the 2011 Summit! These lightning-quick talks are designed to grab and engage attendees in conversation around critical issues facing the sector.

Visionary Keynotes

Want to know what more than a dozen leading thinkers like Simon Mainwaring, Jim Gibbons and Paul Carttar think is headed our way? So do we. These lively, prescient speakers will present loads of tangible reasons to get excited for what’s around the corner. Bring your own crystal ball.

Book Signings by Field-Leading Authors

Don’t let the energy subside after the Summit! Bring home a book or five to stoke the coals, and be sure to hobnob with writers like Darell Hammond, Marc Lane, and Jerr Boschee at our exclusive book signing event.

Bonsai People - The Vision of Muhammad Yunus

Enjoy this special screening of Bonsai People, created by SEA Los Angeles Chapter Board Member, Holly Mosher, who will discuss her journey in creating this important document and her time with Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus, pioneer and founder of Grameen Bank, after the screening.

Sure, all those big ideas might spike your optimism, but then what? Then it’s time to get to work. This year’s Summit is brimming with actionable, roll-your-sleeves-up insights and best practices for those at every experience level.

Breakthrough Sessions

Is your organization ready to make a leap forward? With nearly 100 speakers, these plateau-busting sessions will get you firing on all synapses and equip you with the tools, insights and tangible next steps to propel right through the barriers in your way. Helmet optional.

Enterprise Tours

Do you learn by seeing things actually get done? Do you like to jump right in and examine the inner workings? The Summit is your chance to revel in the nitty-gritty of 11 leading social enterprises and learn from their example.

Innovators know how to make connections--between themselves and others, and between seemingly disparate ideas. They apply concepts from different fields to strengthen their own. That’s cross-pollination. The 2011 Summit will be buzzing with the brilliant ideas of social entrepreneurs from across the world, just ripe for the picking. Are you ready to make the connection?

Networking Opportunities

Even in the age of ubiquitous social media, there is no better way to make strong connections than by meeting in person. The 2011 Summit sets aside ample time to schmooze. Come equipped with a stack of business cards and a stash of Tic-Tacs!

Summit Marketplace

The Summit Marketplace is not only the best place to find like-minded, social-purpose vendors. It’s also a chance to see how other organizations market themselves. You’ll be on the front lines with the folks in charge of selling an organization’s products, services, and mission. You might just learn something about selling your own.

Pre-Conference Sessions and Affinity Groups

Get to Chicago early to take part in pre-conference sessions that focus on a variety of special topics. If you can’t make those, be sure to check out one of our affinity groups, where you can engage in deep conversation with those who share a common interest.

Deep-dish pizza. The Cubs. Da Bearsss. Mobsters, moonshine and more! Chicago is one of America's premiere urban spectacles, with a vaunted history and ultra-hip night life (not to mention a thriving social enterprise scene). Join several hundred of your fellow Sumiteers in exploring everything this Midwestern hub has to offer!

Second City Comedy

This year’s Gala Awards Dinner features comedy by Chicago’s legendary Second City improv troupe. This is where comedy luminaries such as Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Tina Fey and dozens of others got their start. Not to be missed!

Major Attractions

As the nation’s third largest city, Chicago boasts an embarrassment of tourist riches. Come a couple days early, or stay late, and enjoy one of the world’s most vibrant metropolitan areas!





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