LAUNCH
Social Impact Careers Conference

Save The Date – the 5th annual Said Business School Impact Careers Conference will take place on 22 February 2017 in Oxford!

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Interactive Panel Sessions

Built around a careers framework, the panel sessions will comprise stories and advice around career paths, opportunities and on-ground realities, with plenty of Q&A and interaction with expert speakers

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Structured Networking

With plenty of networking opportunities built into the day, spend time talking to panellists and fellow delegates to learn, share and build your network

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Over 30 speakers

Inspiring speakers who are leaders in their field will be sharing candid advice around building your ‘career with impact’

The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and the Careers Centre at Saïd Business School are delighted to be hosting LAUNCH for the fourth year running. 

This year’s LAUNCH was held on 24 February at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. LAUNCH is an interactive day of networking and sharing of lessons learned from a range of professionals who have chosen different careers paths to social impact. It is an opportunity to explore careers with a positive impact and learn from some recent graduates who can share their career stories as well as some of the top movers and shakers in the sector!

This year included 8 panel discussions and 4 workshops, over 40 high impact speakers, CV surgeries, networking opportunities, and candid discussions about career stories, advice, and opportunities.

Panels included: Business as a Force for Good, the Future of Work, Consulting for Impact, Social Finance, Corporate Responsibility and Apprenticing with the Problem.

This year’s speakers came from a range of organisations including: Marks & Spencer, Global Innovation Fund, Mars Inc., EY Foundation, IntoUniversity, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Oxfam, and more!

LAUNCH was a huge success and we plan to make 2017 even better!

 

 

Don’t just take our word for it…

Here’s what last year’s attendees had to say about LAUNCH:

“I was amazed by the quality of the people I had the opportunity to interact with one-on-one, and the relevance of those people to my career aspirations”

 

“What stood out most about LAUNCH was its entrepreneurial spirit of open-mindedness and a recognition of the need for collaboration within the sector”

“Having 6 different streams with everything from social finance, diverse paths to impact, consulting, and social entrepreneurship gave a great broad-sweeping overview of the many paths to take within the sector”

“As an alumni, this event provided me with a great opportunity to meet interested and keen students and also expand my network as the quality of speakers is very high”

SPEAKERS 2016

Here's who spoke on 24 February 2016. Click on a picture to find out more.

Mike Barry

Mike Barry



Director of Plan A, Marks and Spencer Plc
Aditi Thorat

Aditi Thorat



Development Director, Thomson Reuters Foundation
Isabella Horrocks

Isabella Horrocks



Investment Associate, Global Innovation Fund
Charmian Love

Charmian Love



Entrepreneur and Co-Chair, B Lab UK
Isabel Kelly

Isabel Kelly



Founder and Principal Consultant, Profit with Purpose
Michael Norton

Michael Norton



Honorary Director, Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action
Ken Banks

Ken Banks



Founder, kiwanja.net
Diana Verde Nieto

Diana Verde Nieto



Co-Founder and CEO, Positive Luxury
Paul Cheng

Paul Cheng



Chairman, SharedImpact
Lyn Hill

Lyn Hill



Consultant, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
Milan Samani

Milan Samani



Founder, The Intrapreneur Lab
Stephen Thorn

Stephen Thorn



Head of Fundraising and Commercial Development, EY Foundation
Paola Bergamaschi Broyd

Paola Bergamaschi Broyd



Advisor to Banca Prossima and Board Member, Numbers for Good
Dr Rachel Carr OBE

Dr Rachel Carr OBE



CEO and Co-Founder, IntoUniversity
Hannah Knight

Hannah Knight



Education Director, Pixel Learning
Katya Akulinicheva

Katya Akulinicheva



Senior Consultant, Dalberg
Julie Wallace

Julie Wallace



Global Head, Community Engagement, Standard Chartered
Ben Garner

Ben Garner



Senior Recruitment Consultant, Charity People
Richard Marett

Richard Marett



CEO, Whizz Education
Caroline Watson

Caroline Watson



CEO, Hua Dan
Paul Vincent Cable

Paul Vincent Cable



Co-founder and CEO, EnSo
Daniela Papi-Thornton

Daniela Papi-Thornton



Deputy Director, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
Robert Stevens

Robert Stevens



Head of Partnerships, ClimateCare
Penny Fowler

Penny Fowler



Head of Private Sector Team, Oxfam
Leigh Thompson

Leigh Thompson



Programme Manager (Europe), Sage Foundation
Liam Tootill

Liam Tootill



Co-Founder, Supa Academy
Ayrton Cable

Ayrton Cable



Founder, WAFA Youth and Co-Founder, EnSo
Sonja Graham

Sonja Graham



Managing Partner, Global Action Plan
Mariéme Jamme

Mariéme Jamme



Founder and CEO, SpotOne Global Solutions Group
Simon Abrams

Simon Abrams



Senior Manager, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY
Kresse Wesling MBE

Kresse Wesling MBE



Co-Founder and Director, Elvis & Kresse
Chintal Barot

Chintal Barot



Sustainability Advisor, Independent
Rouven Steinfeld

Rouven Steinfeld



Programme Head, The DO School
Wendy Hart

Wendy Hart



Partner, Grant Thornton UK LLP
Bruno Roche

Bruno Roche



Chief Economist & Catalyst Managing Director, Mars, Inc.
Huge Cole

Huge Cole



Country Programme Director, International Growth Centre
Baljeet Sandhu

Baljeet Sandhu



Solicitor & Founding Director, Migrant & Refugee Children's Legal Unit (MiCLU)
David Baty

David Baty



Interim Director of Career Development Saïd Business School
Pasha Michaelsen

Pasha Michaelsen



Associate, On Purpose
Anushka Ratnayake

Anushka Ratnayake



Founder and CEO, myAgro
Thibaut Mills

Thibaut Mills



Head of Client Services, Oxford HR Consultants Ltd.
Marie Kyle

Marie Kyle



Head of Product Development & Innovation, BIMA
Ryan Glasgo

Ryan Glasgo



Executive, Impact Investing, Palladium
Bryan Eustis

Bryan Eustis



Executive Director, Partners in Health
Hiram Samel

Hiram Samel



Associate Professor of International Business, Saïd Business School
Jay Jakub

Jay Jakub



Senior Director for External Research, Mars, Inc. / Catalyst
Dr Avani Patel Ed.D

Dr Avani Patel Ed.D



Local Portfolio Director, Peery Foundation
Harry Turner

Harry Turner



Partner, Oxford Catalyst Ventures

PROGRAMME

Take a look at the programme content from LAUNCH 2016

Please note: programme may be subject to change.

8:45-9:30 Registration
9:30 – 9:45 Welcome and Introduction

Professor Peter Tufano, Peter Moores Dean, Saïd Business School

A warm welcome to the fourth annual LAUNCH from the day’s organisers, the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and the Careers Centre at Saїd Business School

9:45-10:05 Keynote address

Mike Barry, Director of Plan A, Marks and Spencer

10:05-10:15 Move to panels
10:15-11:30 Panel: The ‘Gig Economy’ – changing the nature of the social impact career

The benefits to crafting your own career path from a series of part-time ‘gigs’ are numerous. Millennials, in particular, are attracted to the flexibility this type of career can offer, and there are some who argue that the ‘gig economy’ is, in fact, the future of the workplace. Is freelancing a career path that can be used to effect powerful social change? Join us to learn from a diverse group of experienced professionals who have structured their work in this way.

Released speakers:
Hannah Knight, Education Director, Pixel Learning
Michael Norton, Founder, Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action
Caroline Watson, Founder and Director, Hua Dan
Liam Tootill, Co-Founder, SUPA Academy

Facilitator:
Daniela Papi-Thornton, Deputy Director, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

Panel: Impact Investing – uncovering the diverse organisations behind the hype

Interest in impact investing has grown as more and more people seek to balance a passion for finance and a pursuit of positive social impact. Roles in this sector are in hot demand, and therefore landing one is competitive. In this panel, experienced professionals and those who have recently taken up roles in leading firms will discuss the different types of investors, the realities of working for them, and how applicants can differentiate themselves in a competitive market.

Released speakers:
Paul Cheng, Chairman, SharedImpact
Paola Bergamaschi Broyd, Advisor to Banca Prossima and Board Member, Numbers for Good
Ryan Glasgo, Executive – Impact Investing, Palladium
Harry Turner, Partner, Oxford Catalyst Ventures

Facilitator:
Lyn Hill, Consultant, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

Workshop: Shaping your Career Path – articulating your unique skills and passions

Career paths focused on addressing major social problems will not necessarily follow a linear trajectory. However, candidates must be able to highlight the threads that bring their career story together when interviewing for new roles. In addition, they must know how to articulate their commitment to the hiring organisation’s mission. Join this reflective workshop to help clarify what your unique skills are and how you might apply them in a role focused on a social problem you care about.

Workshop led by:
Rouven Steinfeld, Programme Head, The DO School

11:30-12:00 Break and networking
12:00-13:15 Panel: Consulting for Impact – paths to entry into boutiques and giants

From roles in well-known multi-nationals to specialist boutique firms, consulting can offer exposure to a range of organisational and social challenges. Firms may differ in their expertise – from design thinking or strategic planning, to a focus on a particular issue area. In this session, consultants from leading firms will share their challenges and triumphs, and debate topics such as the sustainability of initiatives started by external advisors.

Released speakers:
Milan Samani, Founder, The Intrapreneur Lab
Katya Akulinicheva, Senior Consultant, Dalberg
Simon Abrams, Senior Manager, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY
Chintal Barot, Sustainability Advisor, Independent

Facilitator:
David Baty, Interim Director of Careers, Saïd Business School

Panel: Social Technology – applying new technologies to social change efforts

Social technology companies represent a significant area of growth in the U.K. The number of start-ups in the Edtech, FinTech, AgTech and HealthTech sectors are increasing year on year, and impact-focused organisations are effectively harnessing new technologies to pursue their mission. This panel will explore examples of recent innovations in the ‘tech for good’ space, with a view to exposing delegates to the types of roles they might fill in social tech companies, or in organisations using tech to continuously improve the impact of their work on society.

Released speakers:
Ken Banks, Founder, kiwanja.net
Diana Verde Nieto, co-Founder and CEO, Positive Luxury
Marie Kyle, Head of Product Development and Innovation, BIMA
Marieme Jamme, Founder and CEO, SpotOne Global Solutions Group

Facilitator:
Hiram Samel, Associate Professor of International Business, Saïd Business School

Workshop: Leverage your Ecosystem – how partnerships can create effective social start-ups

Members of The EnSo Consortium, which seeks to create 25 000 change-maker schools across India and Africa, will draw from their experiences in bringing their mission-aligned organisations together to tackle education inequality. This interactive, case-based workshop will enable participants to consider how they might get the most value from scarce resources by aligning themselves with like-minded organisations.

Workshop led by:
Paul Vincent Cable, co-Founder and CEO, EnSo
Ayrton Cable, Founder, WAFA Youth
Richard Marett, co-Founder and CEO, Whizz Education
Sonja Graham, Managing Partner, Global Action Plan

 

13:15-14:15 Lunch
14:15-15:30 Panel: The New NGO – addressing the systems that shape citizens’ futures

Philanthropic initiatives have received much criticism as a model for social change. However, the critical role of the third sector in society cannot be disregarded. How are leading NGOs and charities ensuring that the impact of their work is effective and sustainable, and what talent are they seeking out to ensure that this is delivered? This panel brings together leaders from large influential charities with representatives from young, more nimble organisations to discuss the realities of working for a non-profit.

Released speakers:
Dr Rachel Carr OBE, CEO and Co-Founder, IntoUniversity
Penny Fowler, Head of Private Sector Team, Oxfam GB
Dr Avani Patel Ed.D, Local Portfolio Director, Peery Foundation
Bryan Eustis, Executive Director, Partners in Health

Facilitator:
Hugh Cole, Country Programme Director, International Growth Centre at LSE

Panel: Business as a Force for Good – embedding impact in the organisation’s core

Gone are the days of the positive social impact of businesses being limited to charitable or CSR projects with little association to the organisation’s core product or service. Profit with purpose is becoming deeply embedded into many corporate business models and strategy. Join this panel to find out how companies, from B Corps to large private sector corporations, are using business to deliver positive outcomes – and how you can use your career to become part of the movement!

Released speakers:
Robert Stevens, Head of Partnerships, ClimateCare
Wendy Hart, Partner, Grant Thornton
Kresse Wesling MBE, Co-founder and Director, Elvis and Kresse

Facilitator:
Charmian Love, Entrepreneur and Co-Chair, B Lab UK

Workshop: Tips and Trends – learning from recruitment consultants

Sometimes finding the ‘hidden’ opportunities in the social impact space can be challenging, as new organisations and functions are formed every year. What are the trends shaping social impact sectors? What roles are out there and what are the qualifications and skills needed to tap into these? How can you work with specialist recruitment firms? In this workshop, experienced recruitment consultants will provide you with an up-to-date view of the market, what employers are looking for and how you can leverage your profile to secure the role that’s right for you.

Workshop led by:
Thibaut Mills, Head of Client Services, Oxford HR Consultants Ltd.

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break and Networking
16:00-17:15 Panel: Corporate sustainability – living your values in a private sector role

Corporate sustainability roles in large private sector organisations are coveted, as moving the needle in the right direction at a highly influential corporation is an attractive and potentially powerful path to impact. What responsibilities do sustainability professionals hold, and how much influence can socially minded talent exert within their for-profit organisations? Join this discussion to learn from those who have lived this experience in large, high-performing companies.

Released speakers:
Aditi Thorat, Development Director, Thomson Reuters Foundation
Stephen Thorn, Head of Fundraising and Commercial Development, EY Foundation
Julie Wallace, Global Head – Community Engagement, Standard Chartered
Leigh Thompson, Programme Manager, Sage Foundation

Facilitator:
Isabel Kelly, Founder and Principal Consultant, Profit with Purpose

Panel: Apprenticing with the problem – a considered approach to social entrepreneurship

A key to successful business models that are addressing social issues is that the founders have either lived the problem they are trying to solve or have apprenticed with it. Too often business accelerators encourage people to jump in to finding a solution to problems they didn’t live and haven’t apprenticed with, and those ‘solutions’ are unlikely to achieve true impact. Join this conversation to learn from people who are willing to share their mistakes, their lessons learned, and their approach to ‘apprenticing’ with the problems they are now working to solve. You should walk away with tips for how to learn about and add value to a field you don’t yet understand and ways to find a role in a sector you want to help change.

Released speakers:
Isabella Horrocks, Investment Associate, Global Innovation Fund
Anushka Ratnayake, Founder and CEO, MyAgro
Baljeet Sandhu, Solicitor and Founding Director, Migrant and Refugee Children’s Legal Unit
Kresse Wesling MBE, co-Founder and Director, Elvis and Kresse

Facilitator:
Daniela Papi-Thornton, Deputy Director, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

Workshop: Doing Good and Doing Well – a case study in social business model innovation

Is it possible for a business to ‘do good’ for others, and also be ‘doing well’ from a performance perspective? This workshop in ‘intrapreneurship’ will give participants the opportunity to engage with a case study presented by the Mars Catalyst team. The case is of a pilot micro-entrepreneurship business in Africa that is delivering measurable results across social, human, and financial capital rather than focusing on profit maximisation alone.  Catalyst is the internal think-tank of Mars Inc., maker of such iconic brands as the Mars bar, M&Ms and Snickers. In 2007, Catalyst began the ‘Economics of Mutuality’ new business model program, following a remarkable question posed by Mars’ shareholders – ‘What is the right level of profit for the company?’. Catalyst have piloted new businesses in Africa and Asia to prove that it is possible to do both ‘good and well’ in business – come along ready to engage!

Workshop led by:
Bruno Roche, Chief Economist and Catalyst Managing Director, Mars Inc.
Jay Jakub, Senior Director of External Research for Catalyst, Mars Inc.

17:15-19:00 Closing Remarks & Networking Reception

Hear some closing thoughts from the day as well as one-minute introductions to several guests who are joining us for this networking session. They will introduce their companies or opportunities so you can find them and learn more while you mix, mingle, network, and reflect over a drink and a nibble!

 

GETTING HERE

By public transport

Our Park End Street venue is located in Oxford city centre and therefore we strongly recommend using public transport. The easiest way to visit the School is by train as we are located directly adjacent to Oxford rail station.

By Train – The Saïd Business School is located adjacent to the train station. There are direct main line services between Oxford, London and Birmingham. From Heathrow Airport there is a fast train link to London Paddington which connects directly with services to Oxford.

By Coach – Gloucester Green Bus Station just a few minutes walk away from the Saïd Business School, providing links to major airports and cities around the UK. See the National Express or Oxford Bus websites for more information.
From Central London – Take either the Oxford Tube from London Victoria or Marble Arch, or the X90 from London Victoria or Baker Street.

Venue info

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By Car

Unfortunately as we are located in the city centre we are unable to offer car parking on-site. However, there are a number of car parks in the city centre in close proximity to Park End Street including:

Worcester Street car park, postcode: OX1 2BQ
Gloucester Green car park, postcode: OX1 2BN

Park and Ride
Alternatively, there are a number of efficient Park and Ride sites at strategic points around the city, offering delegates easy and environmentally friendly access to the city centre and our Park End Street venue. Visit the Park and Ride website for more information.

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