University of San Francisco To Host 3rd Annual ‘Innovate for Good’ Conference at The Commonwealth Club

Social Entrepreneurship Event on April 4 to Feature Speakers from Ben & Jerry’s, TCHO Chocolate, WeTransfer and more

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Mar. 29, 2018) – University of San Francisco (USF)’s School of Management will host its third annual social entrepreneurship and innovation conference at The Commonwealth Club (110 The Embarcadero) on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. The conference, titled “Innovate for Good”, will bring together inspirational business leaders at the forefront of social impact to discuss various topics around social entrepreneurship, brand building, and business.

“University of San Francisco is proud to partner with The Commonwealth Club to host such an impactful day of events meant to motivate and build the next generation of Bay Area business and thought leaders,” said Elizabeth B. Davis, Dean, USF School of Management. “We hope attendees will learn from these notable community and business leaders and be inspired to change the world.”

The conference will feature keynote addresses from Jolstein Solheim, CEO, Ben & Jerry’s; Damian Bradfield, Founder & President, WeTransfer; and Sarah Heck, Head of Entrepreneurship, Stripe. Panels will cover a range of timely subjects for aspiring socially conscious entrepreneurs, including “Social Impact and Profitability,” “The Impact of Enabling Entrepreneurship Globally,” “Closing the Funding Gaps,” “Hardwiring a Cause Into Your Business,” and “Building a Brand on a Small Budget.” Attendees can also sample products from participating companies during an afternoon tasting session.

“The kind of leaders you’ll find at this conference are building companies that are super profitable and financially viable, and at the same time, creating products that are changing the people who are the producers and planet that’s affected by the supply chain,” said David Batstone, social entrepreneur and co-founder of Not For Sale, REBBL and Z Shoes Organic. “That is when a company is actually revolutionary -- when the enterprise is your mission.”

To date, confirmed speakers and social impact companies include:

  • Jolstein Solheim, CEO, Ben & Jerry’s
  • Denis Ring, Founder, Ocho Bar; Co-Creator, 365 Everyday Value Brand, Whole Foods Market
  • Sarah Heck, Head of Entrepreneurship, Stripe; former Director of Global Engagement, The White House
  • Mark Wexler, Co-founder, Just Business Fund
  • Lisa Curtis, Founder & CEO, KuliKuli
  • Damian Bradfield, Founder & President, WeTransfer
  • Klaus Siegelmann, Founder & CEO, Relocity
  • Sarah Gordon, Co-founder, Square Organics
  • Zachary Batstone, Co-founder, Z Shoes Organic
  • Rusti Porter, Sr. VP of Marketing, REBBL
  • Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J., President of USF
  • David Batstone, USF Professor; Co-founder of Not for Sale, REBBL, Z Organic Shoes
  • Elizabeth B. Davis, Dean, USF School of Management

Tickets for general admission are $35; USF alumni and Commonwealth Club members are $25; and students are $10.

Journalists interested in covering the conference or who would like to interview any featured panelists or organizers should contact Kellie Samson at (415) 422-2697 or

About the University of San Francisco

The University of San Francisco is located in the heart of one of the world’s most innovative and diverse cities and is home to a vibrant academic community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields. Its diverse student body enjoys direct access to faculty, small classes, and outstanding opportunities in the city itself. USF is San Francisco’s first university, and its Jesuit Catholic mission helps ignite a student’s passion for social justice and a desire to “Change the World from Here.” Find more information about USF

About The Commonwealth Club

The Commonwealth Club is the leading national forum open to all for the impartial discussion of public issues important to the membership, community and nation. Bringing more than 450 annual events on topics ranging across politics, culture, society and the economy to more than 25,000 members and the public, both in-person and via an extensive online and on-air listenership and viewership. Learn more about the Commonwealth Club