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SBSI 2017 – Wednesday February 8, 2017

Conference Overview                                                             

The annual Duke University SBSI conference is one of the premier social impact conferences in the U.S., bringing together individuals from the private, public, and social sectors to discuss innovative ways to create lasting social and environmental impact.  This daylong conference includes keynote speakers, panel discussions, interactive workshops, and networking activities.

2017 Theme

The focus of this year’s conference is how business tackles global challenges.  We will take a deep dive on innovative models and collaborative partnerships that are already working to solve these challenges, and discuss how these solutions can be scaled across industries and geographies.



Business has the ability to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

Conference Objectives

Identify pressing global challenges that can be tackled with business principles.

Initiate discussion on the integration of business and impact.

Inspire business, nonprofit and government leaders to work together to foster social impact.


Estimated 450 attendees, comprising MBA and other students from disciplines across Duke University, senior business executives, social entrepreneurs, government officials, and faculty and staff.  Open to the public.

Past Keynotes

Rose Marcario, President & CEO Patagonia

Barbara Pierce Bush, Co-founder & CEO, Global Health Corps

John Replogle, President & CEO Seventh Generation

Duke University Partners

Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE)

Net Impact Club Duke University

The Fuqua School of Business

Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE)