Social Impact Conference

Building a Platform for Social Impact

On the weekend of March 27, 200 students will come together to discuss how social impact is perceived and created. We will hear from innovators, scholars, and alumni about their experiences with and ideas for social impact. By being exposed to new ideas and examining and challenging the Princeton community, we will create a platform for social impact. With increased dialogue and consciousness on social impact, we can shape both short and long-term initiatives to effectively have a positive effect on the society we live in.

The key questions guiding the conference are:

  1. How do students feel about the terminology of social impact and social good?
  2. What do students expect to contribute to Princeton and the community at large upon arriving as freshmen? When graduating?
  3. How do students identify their personal social impact?
  4. What are some ways we can make social impact a more accessible and achievable term?

Registration is capped at 200 students and is first-come, first-serve.

Conference Agenda


Shawn Wehan
Co-Founder and President

Shawn Wehan is the President and Founder of Givsum, a universal philanthropic platform designed to be the “giving summary” of individuals, charities and businesses' social impact. Alongside Givsum, he is the National Director of the Future Leaders of Our Community, a young professional organization aimed at building the bridge between the nonprofit world and the Millennial Generation. Shawn earned his B.A. in Communications from Seattle University and his M.Div. from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.

Rachael Chong
Founder and CEO

Rachael Chong is the Founder and CEO of Catchafire, the world’s leading platform for skills-based volunteering. Catchafire’s scalable solution connects social good organizations with skilled professionals on pre-scoped, high-impact projects. By providing a better solution to nonprofits and professionals, Catchafire is amplifying both social impact and professional satisfaction and growth. Rachael has been named one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders, one of Fast Company’s Most 100 Creative People in Business, received the NYC Venture Fellowship, the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award and has presented at two TEDx events

Andrew Hewitt
Founder and CEO

Andrew wondered why society defines success in business through lists like the Fortune 500 that rank organizations based on revenue alone. To help redefine success in business, Andrew created GameChangers 500 to showcase the world’s top purpose-driven organizations using business as a force for good. GameChangers 500 ranks organizations based on their social and environmental impact and their ability to maximize benefit not just profit. Andrew has also published a bestselling book, The Power of Focus for College Students and sits on the Advisory Council for the Fourth Sector Mapping Initiative, a group made to formalize the For-Benefit legal model to join the existing three sectors—for-profit, non-profit and government.

Session Presentation Previews

  • Personal Impact Assessment - Pulin Sangvhi, Executive Director of Career Services

    Details to come!
  • How to Get the Conversation Started - and Keep it Going - Shawon Jackson, 2-term USG President

    In this session, you will learn how to develop and execute an impressive campaign. You'll learn how to use e-mail, social media, and other online platforms to get your message to large audiences, and how to do it quickly. We'll also cover how to make sure you don't lose people's attention as quickly as you get it. In the end, you'll be ready to sell an idea, a product, or yourself (for a good cause, of course).
  • Green is In: Sustainability and Fashion - Meg Partridge, CEO/Founder of Deia

    It’s official. Green is definitely the new black. With climate change coming to the forefront of the conversation in the past year, we see new efforts in trying to promote a greener way of living. Meg Partridge, the CEO and founder of Deia, will be discussing how she saw the vision of bringing sustainability into everyone’s lifestyle.
  • Movers and Shakers - Princeton Social Innovation

    Do you have a cause that you’re passionate about? The “Movers and Shakers” workshop gives you all the creative and practical tools that you will need to start your social movement about the cause that you care about. You will be walking out of Movers and Shakers with a complete website to launch your social movement.
  • Marketing Social Change - Dalia Katan, AdThis Founder and President Emeritus; Aoi Senju, AdThis President Emeritus

    We’ve cracked the algorithm for viral media success - and we’re going to share it. Two former Advertise This presidents reunite for an interactive workshop on mobilizing campaigns for change. We will analyze the ingredients that make viral campaigns successful, and then create a marketing campaign of our own using recent social issues. You will walk away with the tools you need for your own message or cause to be seen and heard by millions. Prepare to be enlightened.
  • 3 Under 30 in Social Entrepreneurship - Good St.

    Joe Benun is one of the founders of Good St, a social venture that is mobilizing thousands of people to donate to curated causes. After researching and vetting charities, Good St. features a new cause and two different charities every day by email. Members sign up to donate daily, as much or as little as they want, by choosing one of the two causes or even splitting their donations. Come listen to what these young change makers are all about!
  • Quickfire Ideation Challenge - Princeton Social Innovation

    Quick! You have 30 minutes to tackle a piece of some of the world’s biggest problems. It’s amazing how powerful an idea is. In the Quickfire Ideation Challenge, we will create small groups with a task to come up with a way to solve a huge world problem. At the end of the 30 minutes, you and your group will pitch your idea, elevator pitch style, for 1 minute. Are you up to the challenge?
  • Going Global: Social Impact Without Borders - Premedical Society

    Although we may reside in a small town and an even smaller “Orange Bubble”, each of us has the capability to branch out and make an impact on an international scale. Premeds Without Borders has mobilized students interested in practically every aspect of healthcare to participate in both small and large scale projects that directly benefit international populations. Whether we are helping out at the local food bank or raising money for non-profit organizations, we are always mindful that even the smallest things have a big impact on the world around us. In this session we will explore and discuss a variety of projects that focus on social impact outside of the Princeton community, beyond all borders. So bring your ideas, bring your enthusiasm, and together let’s bring the Princeton brand of social impact to the next level!
  • Other Session Presenters:

    • Marty Johnson, Founder/CEO of Isles NJ
    • Black Leadership Coalition
    • Shawn Wehan
Interested in leading a session? We have a very limited number of open spots for presenters that will add unique and dynamic content to our conference. Contact us at!