Impact Convergence - Advancing Social Impact Measurement for All
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Join us in Atlanta October 24-26
to advance the state of the art of social impact measurement!

Over three days in October, leaders in the fields of impact investing, social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, social finance, and evaluation will work together in a series of events, culminating in an action agenda for the development of impact measurement.


The IMPCON community is invited to join the global expert membership of Social Value International (SVI) for all SVI 2016 annual conference sessions and workshops, which will be held during Impact Convergence 2016.


October 24-26

Impact Convergence 2016 brings together leaders, practitioners, and professionals from around the globe who are interested in impact and evaluation. Participants will network and learn about other areas of practice, discuss a range of opportunities and challenges faced by different sectors, and work collaboratively to improve impact measurement.

12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Bridging Communities and Building Relationships

Schedule at a Glance
Monday, Oct 24
12pm Opening & Welcome
1pm Keynote | Bernice Sanders Smoot
2pm Networking Break & Refreshments
Common Purpose, Diverse Approaches: Understanding the Breadth of Our Community
2:30pm Managing Impact

Social Enterprise | Rohit Malhotra

Corporate Social Responsibility | Eric Barela

Certified B Corporations | Dan Osusky

Impact Management | Anton Simanowitz, Laura Foose

Frontiers of Measurement | Dennis Whittle

3:30pm Resources for Impact

Impact Investing | Fredrik Korfker

Social Finance | Brian Beachkofski

Social Capital | Cole B. Cole

Adaptive Philanthropy | Markese Bryant

4:30pm Evaluation of Impact

Evaluation | John Gargani

Impact Measurement | Kate Ruff

Data for Social Good | Andrew Means

Culturally Responsive Evaluation | Dominica McBride

5:15pm Cocktail Reception


NOTE: Agenda is under development and is subject to change.

8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Visioning with Thought Leaders

Schedule at a Glance
Tuesday, Oct 25
8:30am Coffee & Registration
8:45am Welcome | John Gargani & Jeremy Nicholls
9am Keynote | John Tamihere
Lightning Talks: How does impact measurement need to change in the next five years to make your work more impactful and sustainable?
10:00am Lightning Talks Round One

Kelly McCarthy
David Pritchard
Baljit Wadhwa
Khotso Tsotsotso
Caroline Whistler
Karim Harji

11:00am Lightning Talks Round Two

Tris Lumley
Sara Olsen
David Bonbright
Mary Jo Cook
Jeff Shumway
Cole B. Cole

12:00pm Lightning Talks Round Three

Genevieve Edens
Dan Osusky
Akiva Liberman
Clara Barby & Lisa Hall
Sonal Zaveri
Jeremy Nicholls

1pm Lunch
Concurrent Sessions
5:30pm Reception and Tour of Carter Presidential Library

10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sharing an Agenda for Action

Schedule at a Glance
Wednesday, Oct 26
10:00am Coffee & something to nibble
10:15am Welcome | John Gargani & Jeremy Nicholls
10:45am Welcome & Context Setting | Nancy MacPherson
11:00am Plenary Panel: Advancing the evidence base for impact investments and market solutions
Jane Reisman (Moderator)
Robert Picciotto
Michael Quinn Patton
Kelly McCarthy
Danielle Jezienicki
12:00pm BRUNCH
90-minute Concurrent Sessions

The Rockefeller Foundation Event @ IMPCON

Charting the course for next generation impact measurement and evaluation for impact investing

(1) Presentations about relevant work

Clara Barby
Kelly McCarthy
Donna Loveridge

(2) Interactive small group discussions


In-depth Topical Session

Who often isn’t at the table when doing impact measurement, and how do we ensure that these groups are included?

Jillian Foster
Stephen Keung
Cooperation Jackson

In-depth Topical Session

Data analysis for quantifying, analyzing and reporting on impact

Andrew Means
Ed Anderton
Gen Maitland Hudson

Atlanta Social Entrepreneurs Forum: Strategies for Success

2:00pm Adjourn
3:15am AEA Opening Ceremony & Presidential Address | John Gargani
AEA Concurrent Sessions
NOTE: ImpCon participants are welcome to attend any of the more than 100 concurrent sessions at Evaluation 2016 from 4:30-6:00 and from 6:15-7:00
4:30pm AEA Presidential Strand Session

Impact Convergence Part I: The Design Challenge for Evaluators in a Brave New World of Social Impact

Jane Reisman (Chair)
Kelly McCarthy
Robert Picciotto
Nancy MacPherson
5:15pm AEA Presidential Strand Session

Impact Convergence Part II: Building Bridges

Julian King (Chair)
Jeremy Nicholls
Sara Olsen
Khotso Tsotsotso
6:15pm AEA Presidential Strand Session

Impact Convergence Part III: Designing Change

Julian King (Chair)
Kate Ruff
Sonal Zaveri
Tarek Azzam
Jane Reisman
7:00pm AEA Poster Exhibition and Reception

NOTE: ImpCon participants are welcome to attend this, the main networking reception of Evaluation 2016


Following the event, steward organizations will facilitate ongoing cross-sector collaborations that advance the action agenda and the state of the art of impact measurement.


More innovative speakers from various sectors will be confirmed for Impact Convergence in the coming weeks.
Please click here to join the conversation on Twitter.



Bernice Sanders Smoot
Founder and President, Saint Wall Street LLC

Bernice Sanders Smoot believes that dollars should fund social change, not social programs. Since 1998, under the banner of Saint Wall Street, she has helped program leaders across America adopt proven peer and business strategies for cost-effective social change. A former corporate marketing executive, nonprofit co-chair, and board vice president, Ms. Smoot brings to bear a unique blend of business and nonprofit expertise that spans 30 years. In the 90s, she helped launch HomeFree-USA, today a multi-million-dollar nonprofit leader in minority homeownership development. Under federal contract since 2008, Ms. Smoot works with grantees of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Family Assistance to assess the market value of their programs. Saint Wall Street LLC’s proprietary, research-backed Program Return on Investment™ (PROI) approach draws upon proven nonprofit and corporate strategies for cost-effective leadership, research-backed studies on social costs, and evidence-based practices for assessing program cost-benefits, return on investment and return on leadership.



John Tamihere
CEO, Te Whānau o Waipareira

A former New Zealand Government Minister, John Tamihere is the CEO of urban Māori organisation Te Whānau o Waipareira and CEO of Te Pou Matakana, the North Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency, who are intrusted to distribute $42 million of Government contracts annually. As a leading voice for Māori, Mr. Tamihere, a lawyer, has been a Member of New Zealand Māori Council, Auckland Council’s Independent Māori Statutory Board and voted on by the community to the Waitakere District Licensing Council, who re-distribute $12 million to the west Auckland community. He is also an executive member of the National Urban Māori Authority (NUMA) and director of Te Putea Whakatupu Trust, who have grown a $20 million settlement to $26m. He is a recent ministerial appointment to the board of Māori TV.


Jeremy Nicholls

CEO, Social Value International and Social Value UK

Tris Lumley

Co-Chair, Social Value International; Director of Development, New Philanthropy Capital

John Gargani

2016 President, American Evaluation Association

Dominica McBride

AEA Board Member,
Founder and CEO, Become, Inc.

Caroline Whistler

Co-Founder & President, Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc.

Andrew Means

Head of the Uptake Foundation

Cole B. Cole

Founder, Brioxy

Dan Osusky

Head of Standards, B Lab

Jeff Shumway

Vice President, Social Finance, Inc.

Kelly McCarthy

Senior Manager, IRIS & Impact Measurement, The GIIN (Global Impact Investing Network)

Sara Olsen

Founder & CEO, SVT Group

David Pritchard

Founding Member, Social Value US, Teaching Faculty (MA Social Impact), Claremont Lincoln University

Mark Pomar

Senior Adviser, US Russia Foundation

Brian Beachkofski

Senior Director, Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc.

Genevieve Edens

Director of Research & Impact, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

Danielle Jezienicki

Impact Manager & Associate Director, Sonen Capital

Kate Ruff

SVI Board Member (Canada)

Laura Foose

Executive Director, Social Performance Task Force

Eric Barela

Measurement & Evaluation Manager,

Sonal Zaveri

Secretary, Community of Evaluators South Asia

Rohit Malhotra

Founder/Executive Director of Center for Civic Innovation

Anton Simanowitz

Director of Social Performance Solutions

Dennis Whittle

Director of Feedback Labs

Akiva Liberman

Senior Fellow | Justice Policy Center

David Bonbright

Founder/Chief Executive of Keystone Accountability

Riitta Oksanen

President, European Evaluation Society

Nancy MacPherson

Managing Director, Evaluation, The Rockefeller Foundation

Penny Hawkins

Head of Evaluation, DFID

Jane Reisman

Founder & Senior Advisor, ORS Impact

Donna Loveridge

Deputy Coordinator, Donor Committee for Enterprise Development

Michael Quinn Patton

Independent Evaluation Consultant

Robert Picciotto

Visiting Professor, International Development Institute, King’s College, London

Ken Ito

Founder and Executive Director, SROI Network Japan

Markese Bryant

Sustainability Lead, Remix: The Soul of Innovation

Mary Jo Cook

President & CEO, Pacific Community Ventures

Gen Maitland Hudson

Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy, Power to Change Research Institute

Ed Anderton

Strategy and Policy Manager, Access – The Foundation for Social Investment

Khotso Tsotsotso

Researcher, Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results for Anglophone Africa (CLEAR-AA)

Dinah Koehler

Director, Sustainable Equities, UBS | Asset Management (Americas) Inc.

Karim Harji

Co-Founder and Director, Purpose Capital

Rob McLean

International Development Research Centre / Centre de recherche pour le développement international

Clara Barby

Partner, Bridges Ventures

Jeff Hales

Chairman, Standards Council, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board

Jillian Foster

Founder & Gender, Peace & Security Advisor, Global Insight

Stephen Keung

Chief Executive Officer, Whānau Tahi Ltd.

Tim Ruffer

Director for Strategy, Itad

Veronica Olazabal

The Rockefeller Foundation, Senior Associate Director (Evaluation)

Rob Butters

Assistant Professor; Director, Utah Criminal Justice Center; Senior Research Fellow, Sorensen Impact Center

Stewart Donaldson

Director, Claremont Graduate University

Robin Miller

AEA Board Member

Pete York

Founder, CEO and Chief Innovator, Algorhythm

Julian King

Director, Julian King & Associates Limited - a member of the Kinnect Group

Baljit Wadhwa

Senior Evaluation Officer, Global Environment Facility Independent Evaluation Office

Emma Verheijke

Managing Partner, Sinzer

Bethia McNeil

Director, The Centre for Youth Impact

Katrina L. Bledsoe

Founding Director & Senior Research Director, ThinkShift, an initiative of the DeBruce Foundation

Sasha Gallant

Portfolio Manager | Development Innovation Ventures, U.S. Global Development Lab

Robin McKinnie

Co-Founder, Village Micro Fund

Dimitri N. Roberts

President/Founder, SevenStar Consulting

Lisa Hall

Managing Director, Skopos Impact Fund


Advancing Social Impact Measurement For All

October 24-26, 2016 / The Carter Center / Atlanta, GA

IMPCON registration is now open!


We want everyone at the table for this inaugural event! We are offering discounted registration to every Impact Convergence attendee at the AEA/SVI member rate of $225 for the entire three-day event.

The countdown is over!


Partner with us as an Impact Convergence sponsor! Your support will benefit the Impact Convergence community while connecting you with leaders from around the world working at the intersection of business, investing, philanthropy, government, and social change.

Interested in becoming a sponsor? We’d love to work with you to identify a sponsorship opportunity that meets your needs and goals.

Please get in touch with us by downloading the two PDFs below to discuss further:


ImpCon opens Monday October 24 at 12:00 noon and closes Wednesday October 26 at 7:00 p.m.

October 24 & 25

The Carter Center

We are thrilled to be convening at The Carter Center for the first two days of IMPCON!

Shuttle buses will be provided from the Atlanta Marriott Marquis to the Carter Center on Monday October 24 and Tuesday October 25

  • Monday October 24
    12:00 noon – 5:15 p.m.
    Followed by Cocktail Reception from 5:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Carter Presidential Library
  • Tuesday October 25
    8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Followed by Networking Reception from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Carter Presidential Library
October 26

Atlanta Marriott Marquis

On the third and final day of IMPCON, we will be honored guests at Evaluation 2016, the largest evaluation conference in the world!

  • Wednesday October 26
    10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Followed by Evaluation 2016 Opening Reception from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis


Join the larger Impact Convergence community by connecting with us online, whether or not you’re
attending Impact Convergence. We want to know why impact measurement is important to you!


We invite all to this important discussion on social media.

Let’s chat, debate and share our ideas.


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    WHAT? & WHY?

    A growing number of international players have been working to develop markets for privately funded ventures with a complex mix of purposes: generating financial returns, improving the lives of people, and healing the environment. These nascent markets depend on the availability of reliable impact information.

    While the information currently available is of a higher quality than it was five years ago, it is not sufficient to make these markets sustainable.


    At IMPCON, participants will work together to develop an action agenda that advances the state of the art of impact measurement. After the convergence, the agenda will be advanced by cross-sector teams under the leadership of steward organizations.





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