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Social Impact Summit: Building Compassion

March 20th, 2017

Get fired up! If you want to learn directly from social entrepreneurs about their experiences in the field and how the triple bottom line (people, profits, planet) makes a real difference in life, then attend the Social Impact Summit from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, at the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center.

The event opens with a welcome from NIU College of Business Dean Balaji Rajagopalan. Gene Baur, co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, serves as the event keynote speaker and he’ll speak about building a more sustainable and compassionate world. This year’s summit also features three panel sessions: Education and Poverty, Corporate Social Innovation and Sustainability.

Now in its fifth year, NIU’s Social Impact Summit is created from start to finish by NIU students who are members of the student organization CAUSE (Collegiate Association of Unreasonable Social Entrepreneurs). Since its launch in 2013, the summit has drawn experts in the field from across the country and has welcomed more than 800 attendees, with attendance for each year’s event averaging 200 attendees.

Ticket prices include lunch and are $5 for NIU students and $20 for the public. For more information, email The event is sponsored by Product Development Technologies.