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May 23, 2015: Emerging Markets Initiative summer program, Cali, Colombia

The EMI summer program at Universidad Externado de Colombia aims to support globally-minded, creative, and responsible future business professionals. During the two month program, students work as consultants for social enterprises across Latin America. To apply, please submit your resume to emi@uexternado.edu.co by May 23.

May 27-29, 2015: TEDWomen 2015 - Momentum, Monterey, CA

Momentum. Moving forward. Gaining speed. Building traction. At TEDWomen 2015, we'll explore the bold ideas that create momentum in how we think, live and work. From the young scientist revealing a breakthrough discovery to the activist who methodically transformed how the world things about women. From the veteran CEO whose trade secrets turn organizations around to the athlete whose extraordinary comeback shocked the world.

June 1-4, 2015: Sustainable Brands - SB15 San Diego, San Diego, CA

Dive deep into the brand innovation trenches at SB '15 San Diego and find detail-rich case studies, practical know-how and specific implementation tips to accelerate your business success. This year's speakers include: Chip Bergh, President and CEO of Levi Strauss & Co., Len Sauers, Vice President for Global Sustainability of Procter & Gamble, Time Brooks, Senior director of Environmental Sustainability of Lego.

June 9-11, 2015: Middlebury's June Forum, Middlebury, VT

 Join us for our fourth annual Faculty and Staff June Forum, June 9-11, 2015 on the Middlebury Bread Loaf Campus. Our theme this year will be “Design and Social Innovation.” Forum participants will explore how design thinking can help students to create meaningful, authentic innovations. The Forum will include a hands-on introduction to design thinking.

June 14-29, 2015: IDDS Zero Waste, Cali, Colombia

International Development Design Summit Zero Waste is a two-week, bi-lingual (English and Spanish), waste-themed design summit in Cali, which will bring together waste pickers, business leaders, municipal workers, students, and community members (from the host city, as well as participants from other cities from Latin American region and around the globe) that are engaged in the creation of innovative waste management strategies. Together, participants will learn about the co-creative design process as they work in teams with local groups in Cali to develop appropriate waste sector technology and business models that can be employed to build inclusive waste management systems.

August 3-14, 2015: IDDS D'kar, Botswana

International Development Design Summit D'Kar which is themed KURU: a Naro word meaning TO DO or TO CREATE intends to unearth this and leverage the hands-on culture of the desert communities. It aims to connect and train the San people along with a few other selected members from around Botswana and the globe in the basics of user-based technology design and business development process as they work together in diverse teams to c-create technologies that address particular local development challenges. The 6 specific group challenges will be framed by the community along with a group of students from MIT's D-Lab during a preliminary scoping trip in January 2015.

October 8, 2015: Small Business Expo 2015- Boston, Boston, MA

Attend the largest and most anticipated business to business networking event for business owners & business professionals. The free badge can give you entrance to the Exhibitor Hall, Workshops & Seminars, Get Dotted, How-To Demos, Speed Networking, Business Card Showcase, Industry MeetUps, Presdo Match, BizBoard, #smallbizselfie Contest, SmallBiz raffle, eLounge & VIP MainStage Presentation with America's Business Expert, Mr. Bill Walsh.

October 28-29, 2015: Open Innovation Summit, Boston, MA

Innovation Enterprise is an independent business-to-business multi-channel media brand focused on the information needs of Senior Big Data, Strategy, Advance Analytics, Innovation, Digital Finance, Operations, Publishing & Decision Support executives. The summit will cover three topic areas: the convergence of exponential technologies & innovation, analyzing difference business models for open innovation, developing a joint commercial and institutional innovation strategy, open innovation program development, and creating an action plan for new products.