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Think Green, Make a Social Impact

March 25th, 2014

CAUSE2Alumni are invited to the second annual Social Impact Summit on Friday, April 4, to learn from national experts how to redefine business problems and careers and make a social impact.

The summit, to be held at the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center, is geared for those who work for nonprofit or for-profit businesses that deal with solving social or environmental issues.

Hosted by the Collegiate Association of Unreasonable Social Entrepreneurs (CAUSE), the event will begin with opening remarks from NIU President Doug Baker. He will talk about why he thinks NIU’s social enterprise education initiatives are so important.

Other speakers include:

  • Marc Lane, a Northwestern University professor and chairman of the Illinois Task Force for Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Enterprise
  • Rajesh Karmani, founder of Zero Percent, which offers businesses a safe and easy way to donate surplus food
  • Carl Alguire, founder of SmartGardener, an online vegetable garden planning service
  • Dr. McGee Young, founder of Meterhero, a web service that integrates personal utility readings to improve conservation and save money
  • Ted Gonder, CEO and founder of Moneythink, a national student movement to restore the economic health of America through financial education

The cost, which includes lunch, is $20 for the general public and $5 for students. Sign up at