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November 15-16: The 2014 Lend for America Summit, UC-Berkeley International House, CA

Learn how microfinance works, get practical and actionable advice on jobs and internships in the social sector, and meet students leading campus MFIs and develop the skills and the know-how to start a new MFI at your campus.  Engage in sessions co-led by experts and students with ample networking time throughout the Summit, you also will also have member-only advanced training opportunities. This year there’s New Track about how race, class and gender affect our work.

November 19-20: Social Innovation Summit 2014, Sofitel San Francisco Bay, CA

The Social Innovation Summit is a twice annual event taking place at the United Nations and Silicon Valley. You are able to engage with top executives and thought leaders from around the globe to discuss opportunities for leveraging technology & innovation to affect social change. Topics will cover philanthropic trends, innovative approaches for problem solving and building lasting partnerships that enable them and their organizations to discover new methods of engaging with social challenges.

November 27-28: Global Social Business Summit 2014, Mexico City, Mexico

The annual event is organized by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and his Creative Advisor Hans Reitz, which gathers experts from private sectors, civil society, governments and academia over a few days of meetings, forums and workshops. This year’s speakers include: Nathalie von Siemens (CEO, Siemens Stiftung), Maoz Inon (Founder, Fauzi Azar Inn), Virgilio Barco (Latin America Director, Acumen), etc.

December 5: Social Entrepreneurship Institute, New Haven, CT, USA

Unite For Sight is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit global health delivery organization that is free of commercial interests and committed to promoting high-quality care for all. The Social Entrepreneurship Institute is presented annually by Unite For Sight. The expert speakers will offer key lessons, mentoring, and guidance about strategies that participants can apply to their work in global health, social entrepreneurship, international development, and education.

January 12-23: Frontier Market Scouts Training, Monterrey, CA

The program includes an intensive, two-week certificate training that prepares fellows for 3-12 month field assignments with social enterprises and impact investment foundations in the US and abroad.

February 6: New Challenege, New York, NY

New Challenge is The New School’s annual student competition on social innovation. New School students committed to working on local and global challenges can enter to win financial awards of up to $10,000 as well as invaluable support including mentoring, skills-building workshops, and much more.​

February 26-28Ashoka University Exchange, University of Maryland

Gain unique perspectives and insights on social innovation in higher education.

March 6-8: CGI U 2015, University of Miami, FL

​​​The Clinton Global Initiative University meeting will bring together more than 1,000 innovative student leaders to make Commitments to Action in CGI U's five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. Through the CGI University Network and other opportunities, funding will be available to select CGI U 2015 students to help them turn their ideas into action.