Yale Spark Conference aimed to ‘demystify’ field of social enterprise

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Participants in the Yale Spark Conference learned about the realm of social enterprise through workshops, speakers, and panel discussions.

On April 2, over 120 students and professionals from around the East Coast gathered at the Yale School of Management (SOM) for the inaugural Yale Spark Conference.

Those attending the conference, organized by Yale Net Impact, learned about the realm of social enterprise through a series of workshops, speakers, and panel discussions led by professionals from companies that help promote the work of startups addressing social issues.

Garrett Melby ‘88, executive director of Good Company Ventures, and Andrew Yang, CEO of Venture for America gave the opening and closing keynotes, respectively. Other speakers included Water Jenifer Willig, founder of motive and WHOLE WORLD; Yale SOM professor Kyle Jensen; and Michael Jones, managing director of Change.org.

“With Yale Spark, we’re trying to demystify the field of social enterprise and show that you can do meaningful work in any career,” said conference co-chair Will Chang ‘17.

“Moving forward, we want this conference to be the marquee event for social enterprise at Yale, and hopefully establish Yale as a hub for social impact,” added conference co-chair Jinchen Zou ‘18.

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