The Lean for Social Good Summit DC Agenda

By Meg Rulli — Mar 19 14

Join us for the first-ever Lean for Social Good Summit in DC on March 26, 2014!

At the Summit, you’ll join an amazing group of nonprofit leaders, social entrepreneurs, Lean Startup experts, philanthropists, funders, and innovators who are putting theory into practice.

To help get you ready for the summit, here is our jam-packed Lean agenda… See you there!

Lean for Social Good Summit // DC Agenda

1:00 PM: Registration

1:45 PM: Welcome, Leanne Pittsford, Lean Impact Co-Founder

1:50 PM: Agenda Overview, Leanne Pittsford, Lean Impact Co-Founder

1:55 PM: Lean for Social Good A – Z // Learn the “Lean” Vocabulary, Leah Neaderthal, Lean Impact Co-Founder

2:05 PM: Intro to Lean, Dominique Aubry, Former Lean Startup Machine Instructor & Lean Impact

2:15 PM: Break

2:45 PM: Lean for Social Good Presentations Group 1

Can We Make “Development” Lean? by Anahi Ayala Iacucci, Senior Innovation Advisor, Internews

Center for Innovation & Learning by Scott Beale, Founder & CEO, Atlas Corps

Piloting and Pivoting:  Using Lean Principles to Create Scaleable, Nation-wide Programs to Close the Digital Divide by Sheila Dugan, EveryoneOn   

From Tragedy to Innovative Trajectory: Using Lean to Transform a Behavioral Health Care Service in a Public Hospital System by Jill Bowen, Kings County Hospital Center

Lean Emergency Response: How Lean Can Save Lives by Gisli Olafsson, NetHope     

3:25 PM: Lean for Social Good Presentations Group 2

Iterating for Impact: Getting Better at Building a Social Good Economy by Eric Shih, Director of Strategic Initiatives | Groundswell 

Iterating a New Movement for Workers’ Rights by Jess Kutch, Founder,

Fat or Friction: Imagine a Lean Bureaucracy by Preeti Birla, Outreach & Partnerships, Innovate NYC Schools

Stealing from Startups: A Church Goes Lean by Ken Howard, Rector, Nicholas Episcopal Church

Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks: How a 20-year Old Organization Got Lean by Jacob Harold, President & CEO, Guidestar

4:05 PM: Break

4:35 PM: Lean for Social Good Presentations Group 3

How Fresh Fellows is using lean startup + hiphop to connect black young men to STEM by Jason Town, Founder, Fresh Fellows

When Lean Fails: A Story of Failure, Faith, and the Ultimate Pivot by Allyson Dylan Robinson, Founder and Principal, Warrior Poet Strategies

How Lean Organizations Are Like Pandas: From Near Extinction to Secure Growth by Paula  Brantner, Executive Director, Workplace Fairness

Overcome the Org Borg! Learn how to defeat institutionalization with experimentation by Sibyl Edwards, President DC Web Women    

Web of Change: 12 Years of Volunteer-Led Iteration by Michael Silberman, Web of Change, Board Member

5:15 PM: Judges Huddle & Pick Winner

Open Sourcing Social Change, Allison Gold, Assistant Director of Knowledge & Impact, Living Cities

5:25 PM: Awards Presentation

6:00 PM: After Party at Lost Society

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After Party

Lean for Social Good Judges

Donna Harris, Co-founder, 1776

Allyson Kapin, Founder, RAD Campaign

Megan Kashner, Founder, Benevolent

Sarah Koch, Director Social Innovation, The Case Foundation

Michael Smith, Director, Social Innovation Fund

Victoria Vrana, Senior Program Officer, Charitable Sector - Gates Foundation


Meg Rulli | Social Media Director

Meg started her career as a business management consultant helping large-scale companies develop more efficient IT strategies to maximize performance and achieve measurable results. After several years in the corporate world, she decided to travel the world and follow her dream to be an entrepreneur. After spending a year abroad with her husband in 2012, she started Sticky Marketing with her partner-in-crime, Caroline Eaton, which focuses on helping small businesses & startups stand out in their industries and compete against larger competitors. Meg attended Babson College in Boston, MA where she studied Entrepreneurship and Global Business Management.


Lean Impact is a Learning Community dedicated to helping Social Good Organizations use Lean Startup Principles