Program of the Social Venture Network (SVN), May 2016

True Confessions, a signature Social Venture Institute feature...During True Confessions leading entrepreneurs share their trials, tribulations and triumphs in creating socially responsible organizations. It's sort of like a keynote around the coffee table, or the campfire... without the fire (that comes later!).

FINDSPARK + NYU :: Find & Follow Your Passion Conference

In Partnership with NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development at the NYU School of Professional StudiesSaturday, April 16, 2016

FindSpark is a community dedicated to setting up young professionals for career success and connecting employers to diverse millennial talent. Join professionals for a full day of discussions, workshops, networking, and fun — all aimed to set you up for career success, whether you are a new or experienced professional. Meet extraordinary creative, business, and non-profit professionals from the most exciting organizations to learn about the ins and outs of a variety of industries, and make valuable connections with peers and professionals.


Speaker, Mentor Capital Network's 12th Annual Gathering at the
United Nations HQ, NYC

Mentor Capital Network, Convened in Collaboration with the UN Office for Partnerships, July 2015. The panel, "Supporting Entrepreneurs with More than Money," involved discussion among representatives of incubators, accelerators, and entrepreneur support organizations about the best ways to provide (non-financial) support to social entrepreneurs. 



Hosted by IVY, in June, 2015, an innovative community of inspiring entrepreneurs, policy influencers, creatives, and academics, the night included a compelling social impact discussion with a panel of IVY members. Panelists shared their insights on disruptive innovations in social impact and reflect on their journeys in social enterprise, with great audience participation. IVY Panelists included:

  • Jessica Matthews, Co-founder and CEO of Uncharted Play.
  • Keith Allman, Board Member for Relief International, and a former Senior Investment Manager at Bamboo Finance.
  • Angela Campbell, Founder of Agora Fund.
  • Marissa Feinberg, Co-founder of Impact Hub NYC.

Keynote Speaker, Woman Up, by the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, the College of Arts and Sciences Entrepreneurs Association (CASEA), NYC Lean In at NYU, and Women of Entrepreneurship (WoE) at the NYU Leslie eLab, May 2015

Marissa Feinberg, PR and Brand Director of Mission Hub LLC, shared her career insights as she lead an interactive keynote. With over a decade of entrepreneurial experience, she’s observed that women succeed when they focus on how they can be the best versions of themselves in the midst of men who do the same. She suggests that young women ignore the current designated traits for successful women leaders: being “assertive, outspoken and direct.”

Speaker, NYU Leslie eLab & NYU Wagner, PaNEL, "WORKSPACES + PUBLIC SERVICE"

PANEL, April 2015, "How has sharing culture changed the way we do public service? How can co-working spaces and incubators be leveraged to support public service organizations?" Bridge at Wagner and Wagner's Office of Career Services present a lively panel discussion on how sharing culture is disrupting typical models of philanthropic work. Participants will learn how sharing culture can be leveraged for social change, the challenges social entrepreneurs (and entrepreneurs in general) face in a shared space environment, and what resources can help new startups be successful.

Host & Moderator, NYCEDC’s Tech Talent Draft

NYC Economic Development Corporation, April 2015 - What's it like to work for a startup with a double bottom line? What even is a double bottom line? If you're interested in working for social good while working in NYC Tech, this discussion is for you. Come hear speakers from NYC startups talk about what drew them to mission-driven work and why it could be a path worth considering for your next job.

Judge, Semifinals, NYU Stern Social Venture Competition

NYU Stern School of Business, April 2015

$200K Entrepreneurs Challenge at NYU Stern School of Business is one of the largest accelerator programs in the world. Over 750 students, alumni and faculty from sixteen schools signed up to compete for more than $200,000 in cash and start-up services. The semi-finalists pitching have discovered insights, designed concepts, and visually communicated an end-user experience using creative methods and research heuristics to imagine a market—and technology—appropriate offering with the potential to disrupt its category. We salute our semi-finalists for their initiative, creativity, and passion—the essential ingredients for business success in this new millennium.

Gotham Magazine's Spring 2015 "The List"

Marissa Feinberg named as a notable "innovator changing the name of the game" related to climate change. 

Presenter, NYU Reynolds R.E.A.L. Workshop Series

New York University Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Program in Social Entrepreneurship, September 2014

Workshop, "Do It Yourself PR for Startups & Social Enterprises"

Lecturer, Columbia Business School SIPA Net Impact Chapter

Columbia Business School SIPA Net Impact Chapter, November 2014

Lecture, "Why Entrepreneurship is Like Love"


Speaker, Raising the Bar, New York City & Entrepreneurship Opportunity

Raising the Bar, November 2014

PANEL “Empire State of Mind” New York City and Entrepreneurship Opportunity :: Is New York really the place where dreams are made of?

Guest Speaker for Etsy Employee Workshop

Shift Group/BEST Coaches, October 2014

Guest speaker about rebranding, pivoting, and recreating your product.

Case Study Panelist, Social Venture Institute Hudson Valley

Social Venture Institute, a Program of the Social Venture Network (SVN), May 2014

Case Study :: The core of the SVI model, where the greatest learning happens...

In the Case Study session, an entrepreneur presents a specific, strategic business challenge. A panel of "experts" (we're all experts) and retreat participants alike offer advice based on their experience and expertise. Each Case Study gets an hour of focused problem solving.

It's a powerful way for the entire group to work collectively and gain a wealth of practical ideas to deal with the challenges of running a social enterprise.

Speaker, NYU Stern Center for Real Estate Finance Research Spring Symposium

NYU Stern Center for Real Estate Finance Research, April 2014, was designed to facilitate interaction and communication between Stern students, faculty, and alumni, as well as the leading figures of the Real Estate industry.

PANEL, Coworking - Co-working is a new trend in real estate where individual professionals and small start-up companies share office space, shared administrative services and in some instances plant and equipment. During this panel, hosted by a Stern Consulting Corps Project team, we will look at the strategies being employed by participants in the co-working movement and the impact the movement is having on entrepreneurial activity in the US. 

Speaker, Make Impact NYC

Good Business New York in Cooperation with the Center for Humanistic Management at Fordham University, January 2014

PANEL Incubating Change - Accelerating Social Entrepreneurship in NYC
How are collaborative co-working communities amplifying social impact?

Speaker, InfluencerCon

November 2013 - PANEL, "Culture, Value & Context - The Power of Community"

We are both more connected and more fragmented than ever before. Our increasing access to information can both heighten our awareness of issues far beyond our reach while at the same time could allow us to narrow our focus more than ever. More than ever there is a sense that in order to address big social issues the power of a group must be harnessed. In short, creating a community. What is it that makes community potent? How do we instill a sense of shared values and purpose to tackle large scale issues? How do we contextualize our community to coalition with others? 

Speaker, New York Entrepreneur Week

October 2013

PANEL "Events as a Critical Marketing Strategy"

New York Entrepreneur Week brings together entrepreneurial communities to provide resources, knowledge and connections for businesses to succeed. Throughout one week, local leaders, investors, supporters and entrepreneurs share their knowledge, resources, and connections during our sessions and events.

Speaker, NYSERDA & CUNY Go Green New York Conference

Social Enterprises, Inc., September 2013

PANEL “Innovators, Entrepreneurs Discuss the Next Iteration of Responsible Business”

What's next on the frontiers of social impact + business innovation? We are proud to feature three business leaders who either survived the sustainability boom or who launched on its tailings. Join this discussion to see what is in store for responsible business and how entrepreneurs are redefining technology, communications, business models and collaboration to grow successful ventures.

Host, moderator, "Building Sustainable Business Models with CBS EcoMedia’s Paul Polizzotto"

As Founder and President of EcoMedia, acquired by CBS, Paul Polizzotto has successfully harnessed the power of media to better our world with the world's most recognized brands and nonprofits nationwide. Together, we will gather to hear Paul's story, ask questions, and engage in dialogue about what makes the best business models for a better planet. 

Marissa Feinberg, interviewed Paul in front of a live audience. Paul will share tactics that apply to all businesses and people. As a successful serial social entrepreneur and innovator, Paul knows a thing or two about how to ensure your business model will be sustainable.

Speaker, "The New Fluid Workforce: What Organizations and Individuals Need to Know", July 2013

PANEL: The NEW Fluid Workforce : What Organizations & Individuals Need to Know

Now more than ever, this new independent workforce needs to know how to be effective members of a team and be effective team leaders. And it is critical for effective internal team leaders need to know how to engage independent talent.

This new fluid workforce, when engaged with a client/customer/part-time employer, will be part of a team. This team will have a specific set of goals and objectives to meet, on a deadline. People with varied skill sets, backgrounds, cultures and personalities will be united. We will no longer have the luxury (or the curse) of knowing and working with someone for over 10+ years and being placed on a project team with them. We will need to work effectively regardless of issues and personalities, and sometimes we may never meet each team member face-to-face.

Workshop Leader, Investor's Circle Conference

Investor's Circle Spring Venture Fair & Forum, May 2013

"PR for Early Stage Entrepreneurs"

Everyone has a story, but not everyone shares it with the media, or does so in a way that produces results. Doing PR for a startup at any stage is an art and science. This workshop will teach you appropriate step-by-step processes for outreach. Using case-study, Marissa will show you how to leverage PR to build momentum and raise funds.

Guest Speaker, Product Design, Parsons the NEW School for Design

Parsons the NEW School for Design, Raz Godelnik, April 2013

Class topic, "What do I need to know and do in order to develop a successful new product or service?" with Raz Godelnik, Assistant Professor + Co-Director of the MS in Strategic Design & Management program at The NEW School.

Judge, Creative Sparks, DIY Days :: Learn. Do. Share.

DIY Days :: Learn. Do. Share. by Reboot Stories at the NEW School, May 2013

A roving gathering for those who create. Diy Days is about the accessibility of ideas, resources and networking that can enable creators to fund, create, distribute and sustain.

Speaker, Want to Be on TV? How to Get Noticed by Media

March 2013

You’ve heard the fairy tales. Get a plug by Oprah or The Today Show, and your business skyrockets. But how do companies really get media coverage? Learn from Colleen DeBaise (, Marissa Feinberg (Green Spaces), Rod Kurtz (OPEN Forum) and others.

Speaker, Social Media Week

Social Media Week, February 2013 - PANEL “Purpose: Driving the New Economy” 

Financial crises, climate crises, and the growing iniquity of our market-dominated society have prompted a range of startups to ask what a New Economy might look like — and to start building it today.

James Slezak (Purpose Partner and New Economy Practice Founder) joins Aparna Mukherjee (Social Media Editor for a major consulting firm, formerly of The New York Times, Bloomberg), Marissa Feinberg (Green Spaces NYC Co-Founder) and Erica Berger (Storyful, formerly of The Economist) for a panel discussion and debate on what trends and movements are best poised to disrupt unsustainable and unjust economic models.

How can online strategies accelerate the movement towards sharing, co-production, renewable energy, and greater democratic influence on the economy? What’s working and what’s not? What role can big established organizations play, and where are the spaces for new social enterprises? Engage with our panel of experts on these questions and many more.

Panelist, Startup Leadership Program

Startup Leadership New York, February 2013

PANEL "Public Relations"

Speaker, Moxie Camp for Female Changemakers

Alexia Vernon's Moxie Camp, June 2012, was designed for women who work in social enterprise or the nonprofit sector, or want to start or scale a socially conscious business. 

Fusing a distinct blend of interactive sessions, transformational activities, masterful coaches, special guest speakers, and red hot panels, Moxie Camp was about creating a space for you to get up on your feet, practice sharing your vision and voice, build relationships, and get comfortable in your power so that you can make big time social impact through your career or business. 

Panelist, BALLE Conference

Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), May 2012

PANEL “Not Your Parents’ Sharing: The Emergence of Collaborative Consumption Business Model”

The decline of consumerism is one of the great under-reported stories in recent memory, but the rise of
collaborative consumption businesses and new economic models based on sharing, as an alternative to business as-usual, has been one of the hottest topics of the year. With incredible creativity, collaborative consumption businesses are revolutionizing our relationship with vehicles, tools, travel, clothing and just about everything else.

Guest Speaker, FastTrac Growth Ventures

Kauffman NYC FastTrac Program, May 2012 - Class, "Purpose PR & Marketing for Startups"

Speaker, Entrepreneur Week

Entrepreneur Week, April 2012

PANEL "Do It Yourself PR, Branding, and Social Media for Entrepreneurs"

Description: Develop an understanding of why it’s in your organizations best interest to invest in an integrated pr, branding, and social media strategy, which includes:
- How to think like a journalist & tips on cultivating those relationships
- Discovering and communicating the purpose of your company
- Where your business can grow and innovate based on cutting-edge tool and metrics

Speaker, Austin Global Coworking Unconference Conference

Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC), March 2012

PANEL “Leveraging Technology to Enhance Your Community”

Speaker, American Planning Association NY on Creating Innovative & Affordable Workspace Solutions

American Planning Association NY, March 2012

PANEL “A Panel Discussion of Business Incubators and Entrepreneurial Support in NYC”

A Panel Discussion of Business Incubators and Entrepreneurial Support in NYC Finding affordable workspace and navigating red tape are common obstacles for most small business owners and entrepreneurs across the country. When it comes to New York City, these challenges can be substantially greater due to higher rents and start-up costs. Public- and privately-run business incubators help ease this burden by providing inventive physical spaces conducive to resource sharing, as well as supportive business services for their clients. New York City is home to a number of business incubators covering a range of industries from technology, to fashion, to food. This event, to be held at the Alliance for Downtown New York’s Hive at 55 business incubator in Lower Manhattan, will highlight the significant and growing role that incubators play in cultivating business success in the City.

Speaker, Green Entrepreneur Summit

Green Entrepreneur Summit NYC, BEST Coaches, Carbon Outreach, July 2010

PANEL “Marketing Strategies Panel” themed “Scaling Up Without Selling Out”

Learn successful tools and strategies for rapidly accelerating New York-based businesses committed to more sustainable ways of operating. This means being comfortably profitable while taking care of their stakeholders and the planet.