2015 Social Impact Summit Sponsors
Without the help of our unreasonable sponsors, the Social Impact Summit would not be possible. The following companies and organizations have made a statement about their value in other organizations and individuals that are actively working to make a positive impact on the world. We can't thank them enough for their support!
Platinum Unreasonable Changemaker:
Product Development Technologies, Inc. (PDT) is a global, full-service product development firm with over 125 employees worldwide. Since 1995, PDT has been providing comprehensive product development services to clients via a proven, process-driven approach. Team members have expertise in a wide range of product development disciplines, including product strategy, design research, industrial design, user experience and interface development, electrical and mechanical engineering and software development, laser scanning, and tooling.
Grounded in creativity, our work is balanced by a solid understanding of our clients’ business, the needs of their customers and demands of their markets. PDT’s award winning product designs have been recognized by BusinessWeek, The Industrial Designers Society of America, Design Journal, The Consumer Electronics Association, Inc. Magazine, Chicago Athenaeum of Architecture & Design, Parametric Technologies Corporation and more.
PDT CEO Mark Schwartz was the mentor for the winning team of the 2013 NIU Social Venture Competition Course.
Stacy Ratner Keynote Sponsor
By providing dedicated courses, enriched academic experiences, and a rich variety of special events, programs and co-curricular activities, the University Honors Program seeks to promote and sustain academic and social fellowship among its community of academically motivated students who are committed to pursuing excellence in their studies and their lives. The program enhances a student's college education by combining the excellence of a select program and unique advantages with the opportunities at the center of a major research university.
Sponsor Pitch with a CAUSE - 1st Place
The Center for Social Entrepreneurship aims to develop and support students in gaining the skills and network necessary to solve the social problems of the world using business principles. It's vision is to empower social entrepreneurs to change the world.
Sponsoring Pitch with a CAUSE - 2nd Place
Impact Engine is a 16-week accelerator program that supports for-profit businesses addressing today’s societal and environmental challenges. We empower entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors to make a collective impact on society by applying smart business principles to the world’s greatest problems.
We don’t believe in compromising impact for profits or vice versa. A fallacy exists that mission and profits are mutually exclusive, and we’re determined to change this mindset. If we’re successful, impact entrepreneurs will have access to the support they need; traditional entrepreneurs will start to include mission into their business models; and more investors will take note of the highly profitable opportunities that exist among impact companies.
Visit Impact Engine's website to learn more
Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for nearly 100 years. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life challenges and achieve personal goals.
The Management program develops students into prepared professionals with the problem-solving, relationship building, and communication abilities necessary to succeed in today's business world. Students with an interest in people, human behavior, and organizations are a natural fit.
Through an understanding of why people behave the way they do and how business organizations work, students learn how to influence people and organizations and develop the skills and abilities that enable them to manage action, information, and people early in their career.
Youth Awareness Panel
NGOLD's mission is to strengthen civil society through nonprofits and other avenues of public services, which means it is not only focused on academic programming. As such, NGOLD works to provide nonprofit practitioners with useful resources, valuable trainings, and opportunities to connect with NIU and other nonprofit leaders.
Corporate Social Responsibility Panel
Chester Kolodziej, and NIU alum, is the Executive Director of Freedom Field Renewable Energy, Inc. He has 35 years of management experience in manufacturing, product distribution, and service delivery. Since 2002, his experience spans a broad range of advanced technologies: Renewable Energy, Nanomaterials, Industrial Ceramics, RFID, Sensors and Cloud Based Analytics, and Carbon Fiber technologies. Mr. Kolodziej has worked with multiple start-ups and has consulted for companies such as Becker Wind Energy, Advanced Composite Industries, Rock Wind Venture Partners, Materials Modification, Inc., and BioVantage Fuels.
Engineers Without Borders Workshop
Engineers Without Borders supports community-driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders. Their members work with communities to find appropriate solutions for water supply, sanitation, energy, agriculture, civil works, structures and information systems.
Bronze Helping Hands:
Don Gereau is a national leader in Nonprofit Management. He formed GT Mobility to assist organizations in achieving their mission. GT Mobility has created opportunities for Don to assist and support a diverse array of Nonprofits across the country. His work covers Strategic Planning, NPO Succession Planning, NPO Executive Compensation Process, Surveys and Ongoing Support. Don is active in a wide variety of Community Services he served as a Member of the Illinois Attorney General’s Disability Rights Advisory Council. He served as Chair of the Illinois Special Olympics and is a Founding Member and Vice-Chair of the Illinois Special Olympics Foundation. Appointed by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Don served for two years as Vice-Chair of Outreach for International Special Olympics. He has been a member of the Transition Committee for the offices of the Illinois Attorney General and Illinois Secretary of State. He served as Co-Chair for (ACCSES) A National Disability Advocacy Association based in Washington D.C.
Don has a B.S. from Northern Illinois University College of Business-Organizational Management. He served as Chair of Northwest Illinois Education to Work Partnership and a Member of the Standards Review Committee for the Illinois State Board of Education. Don is a Past Member of the Northern Illinois University Alumni Board of Directors and Served on the Northern Illinois University Athletic Board of Directors. Don had the privilege to serve as Student Body President while attending NIU on a Division IA Athletic Scholarship. In 2010 Don established a scholarship award for the NIU Student Association President. He resides in Galena Illinois with his wife Kathryn.
Eric Wasowicz is an Investor and Advisor with Channel Clarity LLC, an Internet marketing company focused in the higher education and financial services verticals and an Investor and Board Member of NxtTeam, Inc. the largest provider of Oracle education in the United States. He is also an investor and advisor with Positon Tech, LLC a specialized replacement football cleat company founded in the Northern Illinois University Entrepreneurship Program and is an advisor to Keyword First an Internet Marketing agency based in Schaumburg, Illinois. Eric also teaches Applied Entrepreneurship at Northern Illinois University.
The Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy (ESE Institute) has been at NIU since 2009 and collaboratively engages faculty from the College of Liberal Arts & Science, College of Engineering & Engineering Technology, Health & Human Sciences, and the College of Law. The ESE Institute is home to the Environmental Studies major, which started in 2012 and has rapidly grown to include over 100 students who are engaged in interdisciplinary projects, research studies, and internships across the region. The ESE institute also engages the campus in sustainability projects such as the Goodwill, Not Landfill collection, the native plant garden, and green office certification.
NIU's Center for Governmental Studies (CGS) is a group of researchers dedicated to helping public and non-profit sector decision-makers implement efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective approaches to social, economic, and information management issues. We involve NIU students and faculty in projects that build stronger regions through innovation and collaboration. We focus on five outcomes: reinvigorating local economies, supporting local governments, promoting balanced communities, informing sound decision-making, and reskilling the workforce.
Interested in becoming a sponsor?
If you are interested in sponsoring the Social Impact Summit, please contact CAUSE President Rob Willer at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jacob Ferguson at email@example.com . You can learn about our sponsorship packages by viewing our 2015 Social Impact Summit Sponsorship Prezi.