SIF launches Spring Social Issue Talk Series

The Social Issue Talk Series gets off to an early start this year

This year the Social Innovation Forum (SIF) is excited to announce the expansion of our annual March Social Issue Talk Series to all of spring. With the optimistic energy necessary to live and work in Boston, we are ushering in the start of spring early with our first event on February 21. The newly renamed Spring Social Issue Talk Series is still made up of eight free, educational events across the city but now takes place throughout the months of February to April. At each event, funders and community leaders can hear from leading experts and our 2019 Social Innovators about the latest trends, best practices, and exciting innovations across a variety of fields.

Join us for our Spring Social Issue Talk Series 
Building Healthier Communities through Environmental Justice
Track Partner: Cedar Tree Foundation
Thursday, February 21
12:00 -1:30 pm
Location: Brown Rudnick
  • Panel: Cassandria Campbell, Cofounder of Fresh Food Generation; Kalila Barnett, Program Officer of Climate Resilience at the Barr Foundation; and Lead Innovator Patricia Spence, Executive Director of The Urban Farming Institute of Boston, Inc.
  • Facilitated by: Greg Watson, Director of Policy and Systems Design at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics
  • Featured Innovator: The Urban Farming Institute of Boston
Learn more here.
Narrowing the Opportunity Gap Through Trauma-Informed Sports Programs
Track Partner: Inspire Boston Funder Collaborative
Tuesday, March 12
12:00-1:30 pm
Location: Nixon Peabody
  • Guest Speaker: Dan Lebowitz, Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Sport in Society
  • Featured Innovator: Boston Youth Wrestling

Learn more here.

Ensuring Long-term Success for Young People with Disabilities
Track Partner: Edith M. Ashley Fund at the Boston Foundation
Thursday, March 14
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: The Boston Foundation
  • Panel: Rinat Kisin, Program Officer at the Ruderman Foundation and Lead Innovator Colin Killick, Deputy Director of the Disability Policy Consortium
  • Featured Innovator: Disability Policy Consortium

Learn more here.

Promoting Access to Arts and Culture in New Bedford
Track Partner: Schrafft Charitable Trust
Wednesday, March 20 
12:00-1:30 pm
Location: Reynders McVeigh

Learn more here

Investing in Innovative Approaches to Early Childhood Education
Track Partner: Wellington Management Foundation
Friday, March 22
12:00-1:30 pm
Location: Goulston & Storrs

  • Guest Speaker: Jeri Robinson, Former Vice President of Childhood Initiatives at the Boston Children's Museum
  • Featured Innovator: Paige Academy

Learn more here.

Addressing the Complexities of Youth Homelessness
Track Partner: Liberty Mutual Insurance 
Friday, March 29 
12:00-1:30 pm
Location: Liberty Mutual Insurance 
  • Guest Speaker: Matthew Aronson, Youth Homelessness and Coordinated Community Response Specialist
  • Featured Innovator: Y2Y Network 
Learn more here

Expanding Opportunities for Youth Through Education and Workforce Development
Track Partner: Amelia Peabody Foundation
Monday, April 1
8:30-10:00 am
Location: Ropes & Gray

  • Panel: Rosalin Acosta, Secretary of Labor and Workforce, Rahn Dorsey, Former Chief of Education for the City of Boston, and Margarita Ruiz, Superintendent of Salem Public Schools at
  • Facilitated by: Dr. David J. Silva, Provost and Academic Vice President at Salem State University
  • Featured Innovator: LEAP for Education 

Learn more here.

Supporting and Advancing Health and Stability of Immigrant Families​
Track Partner-Shipley Foundation
Tuesday, April 2
12:00 pm-1:30 pm
Location: Nutter McClennen & Fish 
  • Panel: Marcela García, Editorial Writer for the Boston Globe and Marty Martinez, Chief of Health and Human Services for the City of Boston
  • Featured Innovator: English for New Bostonians 

Learn more here.