Loyola University Maryland

Building a Better World Through Business


Jessica Jackley on Social Entrepreneurship and Innovative ThinkingJessica Jackley

Keynote speaker and book signing with Jessica Jackley, author of Clay Water Brick. Released in June 2015, "Clay Water Brick is a moving account of so many previously untold human stories, inviting the reader to think more universally about entrepreneurship and the role of business in driving positive change in the world. Jackley captures the spirit and the heart of the entrepreneur by sharing her own journey and shining a spotlight on a remarkable group of entrepreneurs from around the world and the perseverance that defines them" (Blake Mycoskie, TOMS founder and Chief Shoe Giver, author of Start Something That Matters). Studying philosophy and political science while she was at Bucknell, Jackley's personal path and professional accomplishments demonstrated how business can be a powerful vehicle for responding to societal needs.

Jackley is co-founder and former chief marketing officer of Kiva, the world’s first peer-to-peer microlending website. Kiva allows investors to lend money via the Internet to low-income entrepreneurs and students in over 82 countries and has facilitated more that $940 million loans worldwide. Kiva's platform just opened its headquarters in Baltimore, and plans to work with Guidewell Financial Solutions, a Catonsville-based financial counseling organization, to target women and minority entrepreneurs.

Jackley was also a founder and CEO of ProFounder, which joined forces with GOOD in 2012 to create innovative tools and experiences for entrepreneurs to crowdfund. Jackley 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.

Building a Better Baltimore?: One Company's Vision for Revitalizing Port CovingtonArtist rendering of Port Covington

Luncheon panel about the challenges, opportunities, and social impact related to the development of Port Covington with Luke Broadwater, Baltimore Sun reporter; Steve Walters, Loyola professor of economics and author of Boom Towns: Restoring the Urban American Dream; and Tom Geddes, CEO of Plank Industries whose organizational mission is "to execute the strategic vision of Under Armor founder Kevin Plank, and to elevate Greater Baltimore through investment, waterfront revitalization, impactful philanthropy, entrepreneurship, global engagement, and strategic communications."

This panel discussion will explore the thought process organizations go through in order to make the trade-offs involved in serving both business goals and social obligations, since it’s practically impossible for them to do both 100 percent. Using the Port Covington project as a recent and relevant example, the panel represents the perspective of a businessperson charged with evaluating these tradeoffs with the insights of an academic who has studied the consequences of such decisions and those of a journalist who has covered the conflicts and conversations about the Port Covington project.

Success Across Sectors: The Skills That MatterNetworking session of students and employers

The panel is designed for students (undergraduate and graduate) and alumni and it aims to showcasing the importance of critical skills, regardless of sector.  Presenters, largely Loyola alumni, from local businesses (private, public, non-profit, etc.) with speak with students and alumni about how certain competencies produce success in their specific organization. Alumni panelists come from diverse professional settings including: Mission Partners, Inovalon, United Way Central MD, McCormick, Urban Alliance, United Healthcare, and Living Classrooms. The panel portion of the event will begin at 6 p.m. and the open network reception for students and alumni will begin at 6:45 p.m. 

Ignite Innovation: An Entrepreneurship Poster and Pitch CompetitionPoster session discussion

Igniting Innovation poster and pitch competition with student teams (undergraduate and graduate) proposing business ideas and sustainable solutions that respond to a societal problem and/or advance the social good. The goal of this event is to highlight how innovative thinking can lead to a business idea that transforms communities and societies.  

Students will receive training and guidance from alumni and faculty as to how to come up with an idea, how to prepare a poster that captures an idea and proposed solution, and how to successfully pitch/communicate your idea. The event includes poster presentations which will be rated by judges (entrepreneurs in the Baltimore community). The top five teams to be chosen by judges then compete in pitch phase of competition. A reception for students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the Baltimore community will take place during the competition. For more information, email the Loyola Entrepreneurship Club at loyolaLEC@gmail.com.