Leadership communicators: This month, don’t catch old, Catchpole

February may be the shortest month of the year, but fortunately it is just long enough to accommodate these excellent forums happening during the month!

Foremost forums upcoming 

Harvard Social Enterprise Conference (February 9 – 10; Cambridge and Boston). Conference, co-hosted by Harvard Business School and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, is self-described as “a forum for exploring the synergies between for-profit, non-profit, and public sector approaches to addressing critical social issues.” Representative topics include: Initiatives taken to solve global problems; and strategies for implementing and maintaining corporate sustainability and corporate social responsibility in business operations.

Doing Good and Doing Well Conference (DGDW) (February 22 – 23; Barcelona). Event is hosted by one of Europe’s premier business schools and is self-described as “Europe’s leading student-run event on responsible business.” Emphasis is on how companies can develop effective new strategies and business models; and the facilitation of partnerships between industry professionals and business school graduate students. Representative topics include: Social and economic development; energy and the environment; responsible finance; healthcare; sustainability; social entrepreneurship; and corporate social responsibility.

Harvard Business School (HBS) Dynamic Women in Business Conference (February 23; Boston). Event is hosted by the school’s Women’s Student Association (WSA) and aims to “bring together 1000 women, including students, alumnae, faculty, distinguished business leaders, and community members, to explore the opportunities and challenges facing women in today’s business world.” Agenda focuses on topics such as best practices for managing work and family; developing networks and mentors; executing negotiating strategies; and accessing resources.

• Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) Board of Boards CEO Conference (February 25; New York). Conference is self-described as having been designed “to uncover emerging issues in corporate philanthropy from the CEO perspective and to allow executives to share best practices.” Program is comprised of plenary sessions, panel discussions, small-table peer discussions, and closed-door dialogue intended to explore a “vision of what corporate leaders can do now to stay ahead of increasingly complex social issues and rising stakeholder expectations.” 

TED Conference (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) (February 25 – March 1; Long Beach). Conference was founded in 1984 as a forum for discussion of trends and developments around the three pillars of technology, entertainment, and design, and their convergence as it impacts social, political, cultural, and economic life. Organizers characterize the forum as a place where attendees “gain an understanding of how your own work fits into the larger web of knowledge.” 

BIL Conference (March 1 – 3; Long Beach). Event is self-described as “an ad-hoc conference for people changing the world in big ways.” Representative topics include: Allowing the power of connection to help business grow; Hitler loved patents and other arguments against intellectual property; a practical scientific guide to cognitive enhancement; getting rid of lines, schedules, and appointments as they are currently known; and how to reboot the US government. 

Noteworthy conferences beginning agenda planning this month

Milken Institute has issued a call for speaker proposals for its Global Conference taking place April 28 – May 1, 2013 in Los Angeles, with a proposal submission deadline of February 28, 2013. Conference focuses on the major economic, financial, business, technological, and policy issues currently facing the world. Program addresses topics such as combating terrorism, trends in private equity, and transforming America’s energy future. 

First Affirmative Financial Network has issued a call for proposals for its SRI Conference scheduled for October 28 – 30, 2013 in Colorado Springs. Plenary session/speaker proposal submission deadline is February 11, 2013; and breakout session proposal submission deadline is February 25, 2013. Conference examines issues and challenges related to “directing the flow of investment capital to catalyze a shift to a more sustainable global economy.” Representative topics include: Capitalizing on human capital – the S in ESG; are insurers ready for climate change?; and America’s low carbon energy breakthrough opportunity; positioning your brand as a socially conscious business; corporate political spending – can shareowner advocates impact the trend? 

Response Global Media Limited will begin developing the agenda for its Responsible Investor (RI) USA being held December 10, 2013 in New York. Event brings together asset managers and owners, and investment advisors for “targeted, practical debate on pertinent themes of sustainable and responsible investment specific to the United States.” Representative topics include: The intersection of sustainability reporting and corporate governance initiatives; reducing carbon in investment portfolios; and opportunities in green technology, water, and renewables. 



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