2011 Symposium

2011 Symposium on Scaling Social Impact

June 14, 2011:  New York City

The first Symposium on Scaling Social Impact took place on June 14, 2011 in New York City. The Symposium brought together nonprofit organizations, funders, professional service providers and academics to:

  • Watch the final round of the Exchange’s 2011 Business Plan Competition
  • Gain insight from organizations in the process of scaling
  • Develop knowledge and skills for business plan development
  • Acquire critical leadership skills necessary to grow an organization, and
  • Network with their peers.

Featured speakers included:


Richard A. Brown
Vice President, Philanthropy
American Express

Jane Isaacs Lowe
Senior Program Officer
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Geri Stengel

Michael Brown
CEO & Co-Founder
City Year, Inc.

Theresa A. Schieber
Vice President & COO
The Whelan Group, Inc.

Geri Summerville
Summerville Consulting

Mike Burns
BWB Solutions

Suzanne N. Smith
Founder & Managing Director
Social Impact Architects

Sarah E. Walzer
Executive Director
The Parent-Child Home
     Program, Inc.

Lisa Fortenberry
Managing Director
City Year Boston

Summer Spencer
Community Wealth Ventures, Inc.



Presentations from the Symposium

  • Introductions by Alexander Rossides (President, Growth Philanthropy Network) and
    Jane Isaacs Lowe (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)

  • Developing a Growth Business Plan (Powerpoint Presentation)
  • Scaling in Real-Time: The Parent-Child Home Program (Powerpoint Presentation)
  • PLENARY SESSION: Preparing Emerging Leaders to Sustain and Grow their High-Impact Organizations - Jane Isaacs Lowe (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation); Richard A. Brown (American Express); Michael Brown (City Year); Lisa Fortenberry (City Year) 

2011 Business Plan Competition Award Recipients

Six organizations – 10,000 Degrees, LiveWell Colorado, WINGS for Kids, Admission Possible, BELL, and Community Solutions – presented  their plans before an audience of 250 people and responded to questions from a panel of experts.  

Award recipients in the 2011 Business Plan Compeition are:

Mezzanine-Stage Award Recipient: BELL

Early-Stage Award Recipient: WINGS for Kids, Inc.


Dr. Tiffany Cooper Gueye and
Tony Battaglia accept the prize
for BELL
Adam Pomerantz & Bridget Laird
accept the prize for
WINGS for Kids, Inc.

Finalists Presentations and Business Plans


Admission Possible  
Community Solutions



10,000 Degrees  
LiveWell Colorado  
WINGS for Kids, Inc.