2013 – Q1/Q2 Happenings for Women and Social Impact

Happy 2013! The fresh beginning of a new year invites explorations and adventures. Here are some to suggest. Have I forgotten any of your favorites? Please let me know or comment below. Here’s our list for events through June 2013…”

January 2013


  • Yale University hosts its 8th annual Philanthropy Conference on February 1, in New Haven, CT.
  • The Harvard Social Enterprise Conference explores the intersection of business and social impact, in Cambridge and Boston, MA, on February 9-10, 2013.
  • Women 2.0 hosts its annual conference February 14, 2013, on the theme of The Next Billion: Consumers, Markets & Products in San Francisco.
  • Wisdom 2.0 hosts its annual summit February 21-24 in San Francisco on the theme ofliving with greater presence, meaning, and mindfulness in the technology age.
  • The Strategic Co-Funding Conference on February 21 in Washington DC focuses onscaling what works.


  • International Woman’s Day is March 8, and many organizations create events to celebrate and participate.
  • On March 6, 2013, in New York City, the Impact Leadership 21 Summit  hosts transforming women’s leadership in a hyper-connected world.
  • The SXSW (South by Southwest) annual conference takes place in Austin, TX, with the highly sough-after Interactive session from March 8-12, 2013. Other tracks include Film (March 8-16) and Music (March 12-17).
  • Good Food Festival and Conference on March 14 in Chicago celebrates leaders, businesses, and individuals that sustain the burgeoning, locally-driven Good Food Movement.
  • The Institute for Private Investors hosts Stewarding Wealth: Managing Family Investments and Legacy Across Generations on March 21 in Atlanta.
  • If you’re planning ahead to 2014 Grantmakers for Effective Organizations will host their annual conference in Los Angeles from March 12-14, 2014.



  • Exit Planning Exchange (XPX) hosts its annual summit for entrepreneurs on the art and science of collaboration, May 3 in Waltham, MA. Melanie Hamburger will be presenting as a “Genius Speaker” this year.
  • Social Enterprise Alliance conference takes place in Minneapolis from May 19-22, with a focus on building an economy on purpose.
  • The Take Action! conference for impact investors takes a break this year. Last year’s event took place in San Francisco May 22-23, 2012.


  • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and Florida Philanthropic Network will co-host the Learning Conference in Miami, on June 3-4, 2013.
  • The Points of Light Institute annual conference for volunteers, social entrepreneurs, corporate volunteers and nonprofit leaders takes place in Washington, DC from June 19-22.

Members may access the full calendar in our library: women who are funding social impact can join here for free; their advisors can subscribe annually to all Catalytic Women resources on women’s wealth and social impact.


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