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Social Impact.

It’s all about Human Connection! “We’re making San Diego a better place to live, work and play.”

-Malin Burnham

Date: Thursday, September 15th
Time: 8 am – 7 pm
Location: University of San Diego

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To connect the business leaders passionate about social change in San Diego

The Cause Conference is all about connecting business leaders that are addressing the biggest challenges our city faces. This annual gathering is the launch point for collaboration between for-profits, non-profits, social enterprises, B-Corp businesses, impact investors, philanthropists and more. Together we can do so much more than any of us can alone!

Welcome from the BBB and the San Diego Business Journal.

State of the Market:
How to re-think San Diego business, with Donna DeBerry, CEO Black Chamber of Commerce and Grant Oliphant, CEO The Conrad Prebys Foundation.

Thought Leadership: Creating a Purpose-Driven Culture with Saundra Pelletier, CEO Evofem Biosciences and Gary Ridge, CEO WD-40.

Lunch presentation by Malin Burnham.  

Throughout the day Collab-Hall where you can interact with peers, and Breakout Session with topics including:

  • Amplify Reach Through The Power Of Media
  • San Diego’s Top Foundations Talk Impact
  • Capturing The Hearts and Minds of The Next Generation
  • Why Business Leaders Need To Move Beyond Profit
  • …and More!

Closing speakers and Cocktail Event round out the day!

Who is this for?

If you are a business owner, non-profit leader, corporate executive, social entrepreneur, board member, impact investor or philanthropist, this conference is for you!

Making an impact on our community is a responsibility for all of us. This is the chance to meet peers to create better outcomes for your time, talent and treasure.

Learn from some of San Diego’s most purpose-driven leaders!

Co-Chaired By

Donna DeBerry

CEO, Black Chamber of Commerce

Grant Oliphant

CEO, The Conrad Prebys Foundation

Confirmed Speakers

Matthew Fehling

Better Business Bureau

Julia Healey

United Charitable

Jeff Fisher

LMA Marketing

Emily Young

USD Non-Profit Institute

Megan Thomas

Catalyst of San Diego

Brian Zumbano

SD Foundation

DeLinda Forsythe

ICE – Innovative Commercial Environments

Beth Sirull

Jewish Community Foundation

Sarah Lyman

Alliance Healthcare Foundation

Brandon Peele

Unity Labs

Malin Burnham

Burnham Center for Community Advancement

May L. Harris

For Purpose Law

Saundra Pelletier

Evofem Biosciences

Jennifer Barnes

Optima Office

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A day of 16 inspiring sessions of social impact and information beginning at 8 AM.

Top San Diego Speakers, Network & Connection Activities, Calm Lounge, Get/Give Wall, Cause Quiz Center, Combined Art Collaborations, Entertainment, Cocktail Reception and more!
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When: July 2022 | 2pm - 3pm

Thanks to our 2022 Cause Conference Event Partners

Gold LEVEL Partners
Silver LEVEL Partners
Contact Us

The Cause Conference 2022 Leadership Team

Please contact Larry or Parker for general inquiries including sponsorship opportunities and volunteering.

Larry Kesslin

Conference Director
BBB Entrepreneurial Ambassador

Parker Pike

Cause Conference Founder

Cause Conference Volunteers

Programming Team

Alexis Dixon, Owner, Mediation Solution International

Alicia Quinn Kitagawa, VP New Business Development, United Way of SD

Brandon Peele, CEO, Unity Labs

Christiana Tasto, Executive Director, Nonprofit Solutions

Connor McAree, Business Development, RG Alliance Group

DeLinda Forsythe, CEO, Innovative Commercial Environments ICE

Eric Kaufmann, CEO, Sagatica

Frances Burnett, Feeding San Diego

Jade Smith, Senior Associate, For Purpose Law Group

Jeff Blanton, CEO, Jailbreak Leadership

Leena Gupta, Managing Director, CFO Services, Ascent Private Capital Markets

Alexis Dixon, Founder, Cross Sector Inc.

Michael Vargas, CEO, Lead by Impact

Monica Martinez, Managing Director, No County Philanthropy

Neville Billimoria, SVP/ Marketing & Community Relations, Mission Fed

Parker Pike, Founder, Cause Conference

Renee Zau, Co-founder & CEO, DonationMatch

Richard C. Eppel, Strategic Momentum

Staci Reidinger, President/National V4E Committee/Board President, Reidinger Public Relations/PRSA/HomeAid San Diego

Tamika Franklin, Senior Director, Southern California Major Gifts, UC Berkeley

Larry Kesslin, Conference Director, BBB Entrepreneurial Ambassador

Wendy Stull, Wendy Stull Inc.

Johanna Coupe, Business Development Coordinator, Nonprofit Solutions

Hannah Berger, President, The Philanthropy Coach

Marketing Team

Brian Ford, CEO, For Purpose

Chris Foster, VP of BD, Modern Postcard

Doug McQueen, CEO, Target River

Gregg Anderson, CEO, Origin 63

Jamie Smith, CMO & Co-Founder, One Stop Wellness

Liz Bradshaw, Program & Event Manager, UCSD

Matt Streeter, Business Development, PBO Advisory

Miguel A. de Jesus, Business Development, CSUSM

Visceral, website design and development

Parker Pike, Founder, Cause Conference

Robbie Wentzell, Business Development, Optima Office

Samantha Scholl, Entrepreneur Program Manager, BBB

Scott Yoffee, CEO, Yoffe Communications

Wendy Stull, CEO, Wendy Stull Inc.

Sean Ring

Carter Crockett

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