All Fellows Conference

October 15-19, 2018

Convening Leaders with Purpose

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.

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
Registration: $100


Medellin, Colombia

Street view of a comuna in Medellin, Colombia by Pedro Szekely via Flickr

Mobilizing Transformation

Colombia is a complex, innovative, and evolving country – and Medellín is a model setting for a day of dialogues on the past, present, and future of community-led movements and purposeful transformation.

On Wednesday, October 17, join a global community of leaders at the Marriott Medellín to examine what makes positive social change possible: transformation, collaboration, and innovation.

This daylong event will feature panels, presentations, and networking with industry leaders and Echoing Green Fellows–social entrepreneurs working across the globe–to bring a diversity of perspectives and experiences to conversations about mobilizing transformational ideas. 


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.

Keynote Session: 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. In this effort, business has emerged as a significant driver of policy change and social impact. This session will explore the role business leadership can play to make imagined futures concrete.

Morning Breakout Sessions: Panels and workshops on resilient communities, using narratives to accelerate the rate of change, and tactics to educate communities in preparation for the future. Attendees will choose one session to attend during this timeblock.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions: Panels and workshops on global climate justice, adaptive crisis response and post-conflict building, and prepare resilient communities, using narratives to accelerate the rate of change, and tactics to educate communities in preparation for the future. Attendees will choose one session to attend during this timeblock.

Time to Connect: A coffee break, lunch, and closing reception offer time to meet other conference attendees, continue conversations from the sessions, and visit the Social Entrepreneur Product Marketplace.

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

Field Building Partners

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.