Entrepreneurial Philanthropy: Celebrating Change-Making Women Featuring Dinner Keynote by Jessica Jackley

It’s Back! Our fall symposium, “Entrepreneurial Philanthropy: Celebrating Change-Making Women” featuring Dinner Keynote by Jessica Jackley, will take place October 18, 2022.

IWCF’s bi-annual symposium is an event our members, and many in the community, look forward to. The opportunity to gather, learn, and celebrate our mission and understand how our shared philanthropy can improve our community is valued by so many.

Member Tables Presale. Member tables for $950 are available through June 10. Starting in June, Individual tickets will be available for $100 and tables will be $1,000!

Sponsorship Opportunities are still available!

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Sponsors and ticket purchasers have access to two breakout sessions in which attendees may select from one of five topics featuring local experts in entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and the impact women have made in our community, a combined activation workshop session for all attendees, luncheon with guest speaker Gordon Jones, and dinner featuring keynote speaker Jessica Jackley.

2022 Symposium Speakers
Participants may choose two out of five to attend (Click on names for more information):
  • A nonprofit panel featuring Kenton Lee of “The Shoe That Grows,” Patty Miller of the Basque Museum, and Ali Rabe of Jesse Tree
  • Payton McGriff of SHE
  • Jannus Microfinance
  • Tara Russell of Photon Marine/Create Common Good/Fathom
  • Cara Oppenheimer and Cary Fortin, cofounders of TryGoodBuy.com

Join the 2022 Symposium Book Club
Get your copy of keynote speaker Jessica Jackley’s book Clay Water Brick from our book club sponsor Rediscovered Books! Read during the summer before joining our September book club event.

If you have any questions, or speaker suggestions, please contact Molly Harder, symposium chair, at blackaby1@yahoo.com. We are welcoming new committee members too – please email if you’d like to join us at any point in the planning. See you in October at the symposium!

Fall Symposium Schedule of Events

Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Location: Boise Centre (850 W Front Street, Boise)

8:00 a.m.: Registration and Coffee

8:30-9:30 a.m.: First Session
Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from one of three available breakout panels.

9:45-10:45 a.m.:  Second Session
Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from one of three available breakout panels.

11:00-11:50 a.m.: Third Session
Combined session facilitated by Consilio

12:00-1:30 p.m.: Luncheon
Featuring keynote speaker Gordon Jones, CWI President. His presentation, Innovation in Action, will focus on opportunities for women and will be facilitated by Sheila Hennessey.


5:00 p.m.: Doors Open

6:00-8:00 p.m.: Dinner
Featuring keynote speaker Jessica Jackley

8:00-9:00 p.m.: Jessica Jackley Book Signing
Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least

Get to Know Dinner Keynote Speaker Jessica Jackley

Jessica Jackley is the founder and former Chief Marketing Officer of Kiva, the world’s first peer to peer microlending website. KIVA lets users lend as little as $25 to aspiring entrepreneurs around the globe, providing affordable capital for them to start or expand microenterprises. Named one of the top ideas of the year by The New York Times Magazine, and praised by Oprah, Bill Clinton, and countless others, Kiva is one of the fastest-growing social benefit websites in history and has, since its inception, raised over $1 billion for aspiring entrepreneurs across 206 countries. Jackley was also named by Forbes as one of five rising stars in Healthcare, Education, and the Environment. She is the author of the book Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least, which the Financial Times called “so thoroughly well-meaning and engagingly put it is too magnetic to put down.”

Jackley first saw the power and dignity of microfinance while working in East Africa with a microenterprise nonprofit. Convinced that social change happens across all sectors, Jackley has worked in public, nonprofit, and private organizations including the Stanford Center for Social Innovation, Amazon.com, Potentia Media, and many others. Jackley is the recipient of the Symons Innovator Award, which recognizes the importance of women’s participation in technology innovation and business.

Jackley was also a founder and CEO of ProFounder, which joined forces with GOOD to create innovative tools and experiences for entrepreneurs to crowdfund. She is currently an independent consultant and investor with the Collaborative Fund, and recently served as Walt Disney Imagineering’s first Entrepreneur-in-Residence, focusing on projects related to corporate citizenship, social impact, and happiness.

Jackley served as a Visiting Practitioner at Stanford’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society. She has taught Entrepreneurial Design for Social Change at Drew University and Global Entrepreneurship at the Marshall School of Business at USC. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader, and serves as an active board member or advisor for several nonprofit organizations including Habitat for Humanity.

Currently, Jackley divides her time between her roles as Founder & CEO of Altruists, General Partner at Untapped Capital, and continuing her tenure as an instructor at the USC Marshall School of Business.


Get to Know Lunch Guest Speaker Gordon Jones

Gordon Jones is the President of the College of Western Idaho (CWI), a comprehensive community college serving the Treasure Valley and the State of Idaho. Residents of Ada and Canyon County approved the creation of CWI through a supermajority vote and CWI began offering classes in Spring of 2009. Jones arrives at CWI after leading Boise State University’s College of Innovation and Design (CI+D), as the founding Dean, since 2015. CI+D is a diploma granting college tasked with identifying new pathways of learning (from new degrees to co-curricular learning experiences) that yield skills to meet emerging workplace needs for students across public higher education.

Prior to his role at Boise State, Gordon served as the Evans Family Foundation Managing Director of the Harvard Innovation Lab. Hired as the inaugural Director in 2011, Gordon has led the i-lab from launch to maturity with 600 ventures incubated and $250M raised in professional funding since opening. Gordon has 20 years of experience in senior roles with startups, mid-sized, and Fortune 500 companies across multiple industries. He has also served as an Adjunct Lecturer at Bentley University, teaching marketing to MBA and undergraduate students.

Organizations with whom he has worked include American Biophysics (purchased by Woodstream), Universal Pest Solutions, Gillette, Procter & Gamble, and The Orme School. He graduated from Brown University (BA) and earned an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.