All Fellows Conference

October 15-19, 2018


The All Fellows Conference is an annual gathering of Echoing Green’s global community of extraordinary social entrepreneurs. This year we will meet in Medellín, Colombia to learn from the country’s unique history of powerful grassroots and community-led movements within a post-conflict environment, as well as the city’s story of rapid transformation, growth, and inspiration.

Industry professionals, corporate champions, impact investors, and thought leaders are invited to join us for a day of social innovation workshops, panels, and networking.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Marriott Medellín



Wednesday, October 17 | 9:15 AM - 4:30 PM
Registration opens at 8:15 AM.
Please note that the program will be presented in English.

9:45 AM

What Change Is Possible When We Say Yes?
Keynote: Maureen Orth, Marina Orth Foundation
Social innovators imagine what is possible and chart a path forward to achieve it. Today, people and institutions across Colombia and Latin America are applying a solutions mindset to address new and old challenges, including the critical work of peace-building and shaping new, inclusive opportunities for all communities to thrive.

10:15 AM

Mobilizing Transformation: Peacebuilding & Cross-Sector Leadership
Plenary Panel: Virgilio Barco, Latin America Director for Acumen, and Cheryl L. Dorsey, President of Echoing Green
The panel conversation, titled Mobilizing Transformation, will discuss the present moment in Colombia and the importance of collaboration, transparency, and dialogue for achieving social change. While lifting up current peacebuilding efforts in Colombia, we’d like to discuss the intersection of cross-sector partnerships, leadership of directly-impact people, and policies that stimulate innovation and create opportunity in Colombia, Latin America and the Caribbean more broadly.

11:30 AM–12:50 PM
Morning Breakout Sessions: Attendees will choose one panel or worksop to attend during this session.

Investing in People to Build Resilient Communities

Claiming Our Stories & Narratives

Education Strategies for the Future

2:00 PM–3:10 PM
Afternoon Breakout Sessions: Attendees will choose one panel or worksop to attend during this session.

Sustainability & Development in the Age of Climate Change
Panel: Moderated by Santiago Uribe Rocha, Director, Corporación Oficina de Resiliencia de Medellín

What Makes Collective Healing Possible?

High-Impact Community Building Strategies

3:10 PM–4:30 PM

We invite you to use the closing reception to meet other conference attendees, continue conversations from the sessions, and visit the Social Entrepreneur Product Marketplace.

3:30 PM–4:30 PM

Bringing it Home
Join this panel conversation to learn how Echoing Green's partners in the field are investing in the social impact and entrepreneurship ecosystems in Medellín and across Colombia.

Using Evidence and Data to Influence Decision-Making
Echoing Green Fellows will discuss the different ways they use evidence and data to influence decision-making and policy around the world. This event, moderated  by Sofia Ballon, is co-sponsored by Echoing Green and Semana de la Evidencia.

Regional Field Building Partners

Medellín Host Committee

Mateo Alexander

Founder, Suyo
2015 Echoing Green Fellow

Samuel Azout

President, Futbol con Corazon

Virgilio Barco

Director para América Latina, Acumen

Avnish Gungadurdoss

Founder, Instiglio
2013 Echoing Green Fellow

Juliana Gutiérrez

Founder, Low Carbon City
2017 Echoing Green Fellow

Felipe Medina

Chairman, Transforming Philanthropy Initiative

Paula Moreno

President, Manos Visibles

Harlyn Pacheco

Principal Consultant, Revesus
2013 Echoing Green Fellow

Juan Manuel Restrepo

Founder, Low Carbon City
2017 Echoing Green Fellow

Santiago Uribe Rocha

Director, Corporación Oficina de Resiliencia de Medellín

Paola Urrea

President, ACG
NextGen at Leonisa

Additional Thanks To:


Convening Leaders with Purpose

The All Fellows Conference is an annual gathering of Echoing Green’s global community of extraordinary social entrepreneurs.


Great leaders need motivation, dedication, and resilience. Convening with others offers the fuel to renew their commitment.

Fellows share a common purpose, but can also challenge each other to see their work and their impact in a wider global context.

Social entrepreneurs thrive in a community that supports their vision and nurtures their well-being.

Past Speakers

These inspiring leaders of social entrepreneurship and public service have lent their experience,
expertise, and example to Echoing Green Fellows and guests at recent conferences.

Governor Jerry Brown

State of California

Patrick Gaspard

President of Open Society Foundations | Former United States Ambassador to South Africa

Van Jones

President of Dream Corps, Author, CNN contributor | 1994 Echoing Green Fellow

Wendy Kopp

Founder of Teach For America and Teach For All | 1991 Echoing Green Fellow

Mayor Kasim Reed

59th Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia

Laura Weidman Powers

Founder of CODE2040, Former White House senior policy advisor | 2013 Echoing Green Fellow

Sonal Shah

Executive Director, Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University

John Silvanus Wilson, Jr.

Former President of Morehouse College

Past Conferences

San Francisco 2017Atlanta 2016Johannesburg 2015Mumbai 2014

Washington, D.C. 2013 / New York 2012 / San Francisco 2011 / Austin 2010 / Washington, D.C. 2009 / Philadelphia 2008 / Boston 2007 / New Orleans 2006 / Los Angeles 2005 / Newark 2004 / San Francisco 2003 / Long Island 2002

Echoing Green is committed to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone. Attendees of the conference and all related gatherings are expected to follow our Community Code of Conduct.