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Connected Impact: Transforming Social Good in the Connected Era

In today’s global, mobile and social economy, traditional methods of advancing social good are joined by new and innovative models that combine the best ideas from public, private and civil society. Hear lessons from leading executives from nonprofits, universities, business, government, and philanthropy about how to scale social impact in powerful new ways.



Suzanne DiBianca, President and CEO,

Suzanne is president and co-founder of, whose innovative programmes leverage the resources of to improve communities around the world. The foundation’s 1/1/1 model of integrated corporate philanthropy has delivered valuable resources to the non-profit community for fifteen years.

Kathy Calvin

Kathy Calvin, President and CEO, UN Foundation

Kathy Calvin is President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation. She leads one of the most innovative organizations advocating for the UN and the creation of public-private partnerships. Her leadership brings together the largest network of supporters of UN issues in the United States and a global network of corporate, civil society and media partners.

Karen Appleton

Karen Appleton, Senior Vice President, Global Alliances, Box

As Senior Vice President of Global Alliances at Box, Karen is responsible for international strategy, government affairs, and key customer partnerships. She evaluates and structures alliances, oversees market analysis and business expansion efforts, and the company’s corporate social responsibility initiatives. Prior to her current role, Karen was Vice President of Business Development at Box. Previously, she was an executive at Prosper, where she served as Head of Business Development at Orrick Herrington and Sutcliffe. Karen was recently named a founding advisor of the global innovation forum for the Information Technology Innovation Council. Karen earned a Master’s degree in Organizational Development from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from Towson University.

Jim Thompson

Jim Thompson, Director of Innovation, State Department

Jim Thompson has over 20 years of U.S. Government experience with multiple agencies. He is currently the Director of Innovation in Secretary of State’s Office for Global Partnerships. He is responsible for launching innovative diplomacy initiatives in the Department, building new partnerships for the Secretary and managing the Department’s major corporate relationships. Jim previously served as the Director for Partnerships and Innovation on the National Security Council at the White House in 2012, where he authored the Building Partnerships Best Practices Guide and ran an Interagency Policy Committee on community partnerships. He previously served for fourteen years at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He was the Deputy Director and Acting Director for the Global Development Alliance. Jim also previously served as a USAID Food for Peace Officer, Program Officer and as a Contracting Officer at both USAID and at the U.S. Department of Energy. He has extensively used his acquisition and assistance experience to create new public-private partnership models. Jim is a frequent speaker on partnerships and has taught management and partnership courses throughout Africa, Latin America and Europe. Jim was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and completed his Master of Arts in Political Studies at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He lives with his husband and twin boys in Washington, D.C.

Sonal Shah

Sonal Shah, Founding Executive Director, Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University

Sonal Shah is a Professor and the founding Executive Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University. Sonal has spent her career focused on actionable innovation in the public and private sectors. Most recently, she was the Deputy Assistant to the President and founding Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. She spent seven years at the U.S. Department of Treasury where she was an international economist working on timely development issues, including post-conflict development in Bosnia, Asian financial crisis, and poverty reduction in Africa. She then went to Goldman Sachs and Google while simultaneously co-founded Indicorps, a nonprofit building a new generation of socially conscious global leaders. She is a senior fellow at the Case Foundation and the Center for American Progress. Sonal serves on the Board of Social Finance, Inc. and the Washington Area Women’s Foundation.

Jose Quinonez

Jose Quinonez, CEO, Mission Asset Fund

José became Mission Asset Fund’s (MAF) founding CEO in 2007. MAF is an award-winning nonprofit organization that integrates financially excluded low-income and immigrant communities into the financial mainstream by offering innovative and culturally relevant financial programs, products, and services.