Social Issue Talk Series Begins March 7

Hear from social issue area experts at seven educational events during March
Audience at food insecurity social issue talk

This March, the Social Innovation Forum (SIF) will hold seven free, educational events across the city as a part of our annual March Social Issue Talk Series, where funders and community leaders can hear from leading experts and our 2017 Social Innovators about the latest trends, best practices, and exciting innovations across a variety of fields. 

Advancing the Safety and Security of Children in the Foster System
Track Partner: Jon Shevell Children's Fund
Tuesday, March 7, 8:30 am – 10:00 am at Fidelity Investments

  • Guest Speaker: Julie Boatright Wilson, Harry Kahn Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at Harvard University
  • Featured Innovator: Boston CASA


Expanding Leadership Development in the Social Sector
Track Partner: Highland Street Foundation
Thursday, March 9, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at Mintz Levin

  • Guest Speaker: Dan Pallotta, Founder and President, Advertising for Humanity and the Charity Defense Council
  • Featured Innovator: Institute for Nonprofit Practice


Advocating for Change in the Juvenile Justice System
Track Partner: Bess Foundation
Thursday, March 16, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

  • Guest Speaker: Commissioner Edward Dolan, Massachusetts Probation Service
  • Featured Innovator: Citizens for Juvenile Justice


Revitalizing Southeastern Massachusetts
Track Partner: Schrafft Charitable Trust
Tuesday, March 21, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm at Brown Rudnick

  • Guest Speaker: Michael Goodman, Executive Director of the Public Policy Center at UMass Dartmouth 
  • Featured Innovator: Community Economic Development Center


Supporting Immigrants through the Citizenship Process
Track Partner: Boston Open Impact
Monday, March 27, 8:30 am – 10:00 am at The Boston Foundation

  • Guest Speaker: Congressman Joe Kennedy, U.S. Representative for the 4th Congressional District of Massachusetts
  • Featured Innovator: Project Citizenship


Developing Innovative Approaches to Maternal and Child Health and Healing
Track Partner: Building Blocks Charitable Fund
Tuesday, March 28, 8:30 am – 10:00 am at Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

  • Guest Speaker: Sharon Scott-Chandler, COO of Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD)                                  
  • Featured Innovator: Room to Grow


Addressing the Disadvantages of Adversity in Early Childhood
Track Partner: Gisela B. Hogan Foundation
Monday, April 3, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm at Cooley LLP*

  • Guest Speaker: Al Race, Deputy Director and Chief Knowledge Officer at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
  • Featured Innovator: Julie’s Family Learning Program


* This event was rescheduled from March 14 due to weather.

If you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about SIF, please contact us at or 617.492.2305.

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