Plenary Lunch Panel – Funding Social Innovation
Social innovation has great potential to create a more equitable and sustainable planet. As more people align their gifts, passion, and purpose–and “doing good while doing well” emerges as a career pathway– the funding landscape must also innovate to drive this progress forward. What strategies are investors, philanthropists, and companies using to catalyze opportunity and support visionary emerging leaders? Hear from our panel about funding risky ideas, innovative strategies to make the funding landscape more inclusive, and what is required to help emerging innovators create significant positive social change.
Tara Roth is the president of the Goldhirsh Foundation. Prior to this role, Tara bridged the worlds of marketing, media, and philanthropy as the founding COO of GOOD and a social strategy advisor. Tara began her career in marketing and business development for NBCinternet and Infoseek. She has worked with organizations such as Participant Media, Fifteen Foundation, and the New Schools Venture Fund. As a senior advisor to GOOD, Tara helped launch the Pepsi Refresh Project. Tara received a bachelor’s degree at Cornell University, and has an MBA from Oxford University where she was awarded a Skoll scholarship in social entrepreneurship. Tara serves on the board of Southern California Grantmakers and USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy and on the regional advisory boards of Opportunity Fund, FUSE Corps, and 826LA. She is a Senior Fellow at USC’s Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab.