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Social Enterprise Collective - Free Event

Igniting Impact: Connecting, Collaborating, and Celebrating Social Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC!

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Pepperdine MA in Social Entrepreneurship and the Pepperdine School of Public Policy invites you to join the Social Enterprise Collective in Washington, DC, for an inspiring evening of connection, collaboration, and impact stories. 

Event Highlights:

  • Networking Mixer: Engage with fellow social impact professionals and enthusiasts. Share your experiences and learn from others who are driving positive change.
  • Panel Discussion: Dive into insightful discussions on impact funding and startup strategies. Gain valuable perspectives from seasoned professionals in the field.
  • Fireside Chat with a Special Guest: Be inspired by a distinguished guest speaker who has made a significant impact in the world of social entrepreneurship.
  • Business Plan Student Fast Pitch Competition: Witness the creativity and innovation of social entrepreneurship students as they present their ventures in a rapid-fire pitch competition. The winners will be announced during our networking mixer.


  • 4 PM - 7 PM (EDT): Panels and Fast Pitch Competition
  • 7 PM - 9 PM (EDT): Cross-sector Impact Professional Mixer and Awards

Connect with a vibrant community of like-minded individuals. Gain practical insights into impact funding and startup success. Be a part of a celebration recognizing the next generation of social entrepreneurs.

Space is limited. Participants are encouraged to reserve their seats as soon as possible.

Social Enterprise Collective 2023

See what you can look forward to by watching a compilation from last year's event.



April 4, 2024
4 - 9 PM (EDT)



Riggs Washington DC Rooftop
900 F Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20004


Contact Us




Cordell Carter, Esq. 

Cordell Carter headshotCordell brings more than 20 years to his pursuit of a society and organizational cultures where everyone belongs and has equitable opportunities to thrive. He is currently the executive director of the Aspen Institute Socrates Program, a global education forum and the founding director of the Aspen Institute’s Project on Belonging. Finally, Cordell founded the Festival of the Diaspora, a Medellin, Colombia-based convener of diasporic communities across the Americas, and Expectant Advisory, LLC, a human capital advisory firm. Before his current roles, Cordell held leadership roles with the TechTown Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle Public Schools, Business Roundtable, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, and the IBM Corporation.

For the Aspen Institute, he curates more than three dozen off the-record leadership seminars annually in capital cities around the world reaching more than 1,000 leaders each year. He is also leading the Aspen Institute’s efforts to shift the national conversation on racial equity and inclusion from compliance to belonging via an annual LATAM-based summit called the “Festival of the Diaspora.” As the creator and lead facilitator of “Becoming an Inclusive Republic" and producer of the documentary “The Road Trip to Belonging”, he is a sought-after facilitator and speaker on belonging and inclusion, post-secondary success, and democratic ideals. Over the last few years, he has delivered dozens of keynote speeches, facilitated roundtables and moderated panels all over the globe. Through Expectant Advisory, Cordell advises leaders and boards of directors at various points on their enterprise-wide inclusion and belonging learning journeys.

Cordell is a sought-after speaker on topics ranging from belonging and its connection to our civic faith. A few of his most popular topics include: “Becoming an Inclusive Republic”, “The Five Forces Impacting Liberal Democracy” and the “Four Foundings.” Over the last decade, he has spoken in 15 different countries and 20 US states. His leadership has been recognized all over the USA. In June 2021, President Joseph R. Biden appointed him as Commissioner, to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. His other honors include: a designation as a 2023 Minority Executives Making Moves by the Minority Business Review,  2021 Distinguished Alumni Leadership Awardee by Cultural Vistas, an Eisenhower Fellowship to China; designation as a “40 under 40” by business and civic organizations in Washington State and Tennessee; University of Notre Dame Law School alumni of the year awardee; selections as a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow for Young American Leaders and a Broad Foundation Resident in Urban Education and being feted by the Obama Administration as a 2016 Champion of Change for Computer Science Education

Finally, he advises a leading upskiller, SkillStorm, on creating technology training academies in underserved communities across America via the Upskill Together Initiative. Cordell also serves as a Board Director for Concordia, Orbit Capital, Oasis Fresh Markets, Redemption Holdings, and the International Advisory Committee of Danubius University (Galatz, Romania). Finally, he is a limited partner with the Fvlcrum Fund and Mendoza Ventures.

Mr. Carter earned a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School, a M.Sc. in Public Policy and Management Studies from Carnegie Mellon University, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington.

Janet Tran

Janet Tran headshotJanet Tran serves as the the Director of the Center for Civics, Education, and Opportunity for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. She joined the Foundation in 2010 to help design the Foundation's non-partisan civic learning portfolio, answering President Reagan’s call for an “informed patriotism.” With the goal of cultivating the next generation of citizen leaders, the Reagan Foundation Education team delivers award-winning simulations, teacher curriculum, student programming, and grants over one million dollars in scholarships annually.  

In 2015, she moved east to establish the Reagan Institute offices in Washington, DC with the launch of Leadership and the American Presidency (LTAP), an experiential accredited leadership program for university students through the lens of the American Presidency. Students spend a semester in Washington, DC interning, learning, and growing as citizen leaders. Most recently, Janet built the Reagan Institute’s Center for Civics, Education, and Opportunity (CCEO) which operates at the nexus of civics and education policy. This work includes launching the inaugural Reagan Institute Summit on Education (RISE) at the 35th anniversary of the seminal report, A Nation at Risk. The RISE initiative now brings cross-sector, bipartisan leaders together to examine and elevate the national conversation around education in America.  

Janet serves on the Board of Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE), as a Senior Advisor to the Campus Election Engagement Project, the iCivics CivXNow Advisory Coucil, and the Advisory Board of the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE).

Janet’s civic mission began as a teacher-leader at John C. Fremont High School and Camino Nuevo Charter Academy in South Los Angeles. Janet earned her BA from The University of California, Los Angeles, and her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at California State University, Northridge. She earned her Doctorate in Education Learning Technologies at Pepperdine University.

Panel Facilitator

Erika Feldhus

Erika Feldhus headshotErika is a mom to one and joined HeyMama, a membership community for working moms, in 2021 as the Chief Executive Officer. Growing up in a family of successful CEOs, Erika was enriched with the intricate details of running a successful business through observation, higher education, and extensive experience. She has spent the past 15 years growing small businesses and in a variety of industries through her efforts in business development, research and data, and operations and revenue management. Throughout it all, she has discovered that a company’s culture defines its success. Both internally and externally, she is determined to build a healthy culture by compassionately raising women up through leadership, collaboration, philanthropy, and fundraising on a global level. Erika is a Startup Advisor, Chairman of an arts & education non-profit board, and is a Certified Holistic Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. As a sophisticated, intelligent, and supportive leader in business, Erika has been recognized for Excellence in Business by the National Association of Professional Women VIP Awards and holds President’s Club and Knights of the Roundtable awards.