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.

Our bi-annual Fall Symposium provides education about community needs and the opportunities for philanthropy and collaboration to positively impact the lives of people in Southwest Idaho. The Fall 2022 Symposium will emphasize women’s impact in our community through philanthropy, and inspire participants to engage locally.

Individual Tickets – $100/person – Registration Now Closed

2022 Symposium Speakers

Participants may choose between multiple sessions to attend. (Click on names for more information):

Book Signing after Dinner Keynote
Get your copy of keynote speaker Jessica Jackley’s book Clay Water Brick from our book club sponsor Rediscovered Books! Books will be signed in the lobby after dinner!

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 the three following available breakout panels.

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

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Third Session
Combined session facilitated by Consilio

12:15-1:30 p.m.: Luncheon – Sponsored by Micron
Featuring keynote speaker Gordon Jones, CWI President, on Innovation in Action. Jones will share his insights on how innovation – in higher education just as in philanthropy – creates transformative opportunities for our communities and our citizens. Q&A facilitated by Sheila Hennessey.

2:00-3:30 p.m.:  Panel– Addressing Economic Equity in our State (Expanded from Session 1)


5:00 p.m.: Doors Open for dinner session/sponsor reception – Sponsored by St. Luke’s Health System

6:00-8:00 p.m.: Dinner
Featuring keynote speaker Jessica Jackley with Q&A

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

Dinner Emcee – Carolyn Holly: A long time and active member of the Treasure Valley, Carolyn Holly currently serves as Vice President of Idaho Business for Education. In her new role, she is an instrumental part of developing meaningful relationships with business leaders statewide to create a highly educated and skilled workforce.

Carolyn enjoyed a 33-year career at KTVB Channel 7 television, where she became one of Idaho’s most experienced and best-known television personalities.

Carolyn has acted as an important representative and volunteer for many Treasure Valley organizations including Smart Women Smart Money, Boise Public Schools Foundation, Idaho Youth Sports Commission, the Saint Alphonsus Foundation, FUNDSY, the Boise Police Chiefs Citizen Advisory panel and the President of the FACES Foundation.


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.


Thank you to our 2022 Symposium Sponsors!

Educator Level









Impact Level

Community Table Level
Apel Family
Aspen Capital Management
Christine Avey
Berkeley, Inc.
Bithell Law PLLC
Boise Cascade
Boise Dental Center
Boise State University
City of Boise
College of Idaho
First Interstate Bank
Idaho Central Credit Union
Suzanne Groff Lierz
Saint Alphonsus Health System
TRICA: Treasure Valley Institute for Children’s Arts
University of Idaho, Boise
US Bank

Table Sponsor Level
Annette Christensen
Danielle George
Bev and George Harad
Molly Blackaby Harder
Kay Hardy
Sheila and Alice Hennessey
Carol & Ernie Hoidal
Heather Jauregui
Koru Leadership
Vicki Kreimeyer & Jo Anne Minnick
The Liebich Family
Sally Long
Carol MacGregor
Susan May and Andy Owczarek
Amber Myrick, P.A.
Rep. Lauren Necochea
Georgiann Raimondi
Michael & Susan Smith
Adrienne Swain Smith, Mission Critical Events, Inc.
Ultimate Pet Bed
Shawn Del Ysursa

Media Partners
Boise State Public Radio

In Kind Donations
Murie Design Group