A Social End to 2019!

September 19, 2019 by

This summer has been a whirlwind here at Social Enterprises. With events in sustainable athletics, smart mobility and clean fleet technology, we had a well-rounded set of events last quarter and look forward to continuing that to close out the year!


We kicked off our summer events in May with Green Transportation Summit & Expo. As the region’s premier fleet modernization and alternative fuels event, GTSE boasts the strongest gathering of fleet professionals in the clean fuels industry, with half the conference attendees representing fleet management, operations, and maintenance from corporate, municipal and other fleets. GTSE puts attendees directly in front of influencers and decision makers in the fleet industry, with ample time for networking with peers and colleagues. You can check out the 2019 program here.

We then started our busy month of June with the largest and most influential gathering GSAS19_banner_igel-01for the sports community to unite around sustainability, the Green Sports Alliance Summit. The summit brought together hundreds of industry stakeholders to learn and share better practices and the latest innovations in greening operations, advancing the supply chain and engaging fans. Throughout the two-day Summit, attendees gained insights and inspiration as they joined hundreds of sports, sustainability, and brand professionals in a collaborative settings to engage in problem-solving, skill-building workshops to reduce our overall impacts.  They heard from top speakers – including athletes, team leaders, and sponsors – on everything from how to transform our supply chains to engaging fans and communities in being part of the many solutions alongside their favorite teams. The summit featured 4 keynotes, 12 breakout panels, 6 plenaries, green sports celebration, 3 tours (Eagle’s stadium included) and a vendor showcase. You can view the 2019 program here.

Roadmap Conference, the leading electric and smart mobility conference in the United f-0115States was our next June venture. Held each summer in the Pacific Northwest, the Roadmap includes over 120 national and international speakers, dozens of exhibits, regional smart mobility tours, and high-energy interactive breakout sessions. With over 1100 participants in 2019, the Roadmap Conference continues to be the premier forum to explore emerging industry trends and best practices with a diverse mix of industry, utility, and government leaders. Thank you Roadmap-12 attendees, sponsors and speakers! With nearly 1200 attendees we are thrilled to have hosted the largest Roadmap Conference yet. The presentations and video footage of the keynote speakers, opening plenaries, and focus group are now live on the Program Page. The Roadmap photo album can be viewed here.


To close out our June events, we traveled to the University of Washington for the
Pac-12 Sustainability ConferenceConsistent with its reputation as the Conference of Champions, the Pac-12 is the first collegiate sports conference to convene a high level symposium focused entirely on integrating sustainability into college athletics and across college campuses. The Pac-12 Sustainability Conference signals an elevated approach to enhancing sustainability efforts within collegiate athletics departments, designing new collective initiatives, and sharing best practices to transform college sports into a platform for environmental progress. See the 2019 conference program here.

Coming up, we’re heading to Sacramento for the Norcal Clean Fleet Technology Conference & Expo October 15-17.  We’ll follow that up and close out 2019 with the 10th annual EcoDistricts Summit in Pittsburgh, PA November 4-5!

Keep an eye out for our next blog post to see what we have plugged in for 2020!

Social Enterprises Looks Back and Plans Ahead

April 3, 2019 by

We have had a blast the last few months supporting our clients and building and promoting social impact focused events. From education to energy management, the start of this year has brought exciting opportunities and new collaborations. We started 2019 with the Oregon Wine Symposium. This annual gathering of over 1,700 industry professionals offers those within the wine industry the opportunity to connect and learn  through four separate content tracks dedicated to Viticulture, Direct-to-Consumer Business, Executive Business and Enology.


OR Wine Symposium Attendees Connect Over Lunch and OWA Updates

Next, we went to Denver, Colorado to support the Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy Leadership forum. This incredible event was sold out and excitement was high! Over 300 passionate energy industry professionals from across the country gathered to share best practices, gain professional development, and drive the advancement of women to achieve a strong diversified workforce and support a robust renewable energy economy. Each attendee left with the tools and motivation to take on upcoming challenges within the energy industry along with advice to moving forward their own career goals.

WRISE Attendees Learn Together in a Packed Session

We closed out the month of February at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA at the second annual Washington Oregon Higher Education and Sustainability Conference. This gathering of higher education leaders was an inspiring mix of action and discussion as 500+ attendees connected to learn about new strategies to drive climate justice, equity and work towards a unified goal of advancing a sustainable future in higher education. Each session was jam-packed with inspiration, hard truths, and collaboration. We were standing-room only for our equity and diversity track and had the opportunity to learn about the revolutionary Juliana vs. United States case, which focuses on advocating for climate justice through legal action.


The WOHESC Opening Plenary Inspired Students, Educators, and Community Members.

What’s Up Next?

We’ve spent the month of March working together to prepare for a busy spring filled with social cause events. As a woman-owned business with a staff of strong female leaders, honoring International Women’s day is extremely important to us. We believe in advocating for equity and equality and using our position as an events management company to support organizations that do the same. We could not imagine doing this without the leadership and support of our incredible staff of women and men. We took some time on March 8th to appreciate our staff and recognize the impact that women have on our work and the world around us. Our events focus on supporting social and global betterment in a variety of ways though one common theme throughout is an appreciation for equity, diversity, and leadership. 


This spring we will celebrate Earth Month with the Corporate Sustainability Collaborative, supporting green development and sustainable growth across the city of Portland. May will be a busy month and we can’t wait!  Beginning at the Environmental Leader and Energy Manager Conference (ELEMCON), May 13-15th where our team will support leaders from across the energy and environmental management fields at this conference dedicated to helping attendees lower their energy usage and support environmental conservation for corporate good. We will spend Sunday, May 19th at Portland State University’s Viking Pavilion for the Visiting Sage Future of the Oceans Event with Dr. Sylvia Earle and then head to the Green Transportation Summit and Expo in Tacoma,Washington, an event offering Fleet Managers and those within the transportation industry the chance to learn about the latest in premier fleet modernization and alternative fuels with like-minded industry leaders. As we close out the spring we look forward to a busy summer of events, staff connection and hopefully enjoying some gorgeous sun in the Pacific Northwest.

Be sure to check back in to see what’s next for Social Enterprises!










Social Enterprises Looks Back at Our Last Quarter

December 20, 2018 by

GoGreen.jpgSocial Enterprises worked tirelessly this past quarter to bring our clients the best in event experience. Our team hit the ground running with two back to back events and hasn’t stopped moving since. We are thankful to work with some incredible organizations to build events that strive for a better future.

We started September down in San Francisco for Carbon Smart Building Day. The event centered on decarbonization of the built environment; as architects, engineers and more focused on the tools needed to thrive in a zero net carbon future. We were delighted to see over 250 passionate attendees focus on solutions for carbon reduction.  The Shades of Green Forum in Portland, OR worked to promote a discussion of inclusivity and diversity within the energy industry. Attendees came together to find strategies to build a diverse workforce. As part of the Shades of Green Forum, we had the opportunity to organize the Van Jones Visiting Sage event where we were able to learn Van’s perspective on diversity, how his experiences throughout his career have shaped his view and much more. This week’s focus on green energy and a diverse future left attendees feeling inspired, hopeful and action-oriented.


Shades of Green Speakers Discuss Solutions for Diversity Within The Energy Industry

The team ended September at Rewards Northwest where industry professionals came together to hear the latest in total rewards and benefits strategies. We organized this biennial event dedicated to giving individuals and organizations the opportunity to develop their management strategies while furthering their careers and creating best practices.


Our Team Celebrates Another Successful Event at Rewards NW!

Our 11th annual Go Green Portland occurred in October, giving attendees the chance to connect with professionals in a variety of sustainability-focused roles and industries. We were so excited to connect with another passionate audience on the subject of green solutions and collaboration. From our keynote speakers to each breakout session, the day was full of action and discussion.


Attendees Connected Over a Discussion of Climate Change and Collaboration.

Social Enterprises took a break from the Portland weather to head down to sunny Sacramento California for the NorCal Fleet Technology Forum & Expo where our team worked to bring together clean fleet professionals focused on alternative fuel solutions and clean fleet best practices.


Event Manager Hannah Walker shows us the latest in clean fleet tech.

Our final event of the year took us to Salem Oregon for the fifth biennial Within Our Reach conference where we celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Willamette River Initiative and joined public agencies, local tribes, students and community leaders in understanding the importance of our rivers. Within Our Reach gives attendees the opportunity to discuss the broad scope of ecological protection while connecting over a shared passion for environmental restoration and preservation. We are so happy to have been a part of this event since 2010 and were delighted to see such a passionate and successful turnout.


Within Our Reach, Attendees Learn Together

Before the holiday season was in full swing our team took some time to regroup and reconnect. We spent the day learning how to better serve our clients and collaborating on new ideas.


Our Team Builds A Web of Connection and Appreciation 

We look forward to starting 2019 with the passion and dedication that Social Enterprises is known for, bringing optimism and a fresh perspective to decades of experience. For more info on what we have in store for the new year take a look at our calendar and be sure to visit our site for specific event details.


Social Enterprises – Certifiably Sustainable

June 20, 2018 by

Social Enterprises is proud to have recently achieved Silver Level certification from Sustainability at Work! This certification recognizes our positive impact on our environment and our community through sustainable practices in our office environment.


In order to be certified, we were asked to demonstrate a minimum of 25 examples of sustainable practices at the Social Enterprises offices. Some of our action items include:

  • Using recycled materials whenever we can, and making recycling & composting bins easily labeled and monitored
  • Twenty percent or more of our employees walk, bike, carpool, or take transit as their primary commute method
  • Track and spot lighting use LEDs or CFLs, and lighting is dimmed or turned off when adequate sunlight is available
  • Kitchen faucet aerators have a flow rate of 1.5 gallons per minute or less
  • Employees are allowed to volunteer in the community on paid work time

We are proud of the environmental, economic and social sustainability actions that we’ve taken as a business and are working towards ramping up our efforts in the months to come! If you are interested in getting certified with Sustainability at Work you can visit their website

Social Enterprises Inc. has re-certified as a B Corporation for another term!

We are committed to the movement to use business as a force for good here at Social Enterprises, so we recently went through the process to re-certify as a B Corporation.

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B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

We are proud to be a part of  a growing community of more than 2,100 Certified B Corps from 50 countries and over 130 industries working together toward 1 unifying goal: to redefine success in business. Your business can join the movement here.

SE Spotlight: Cory Griffin

November 28, 2017 by


Hometown: Redmond, OR

Job Title: Design & Web Manager


What that means that I do every day: I create and curate all aspects of our events visual presence. Can include advertisements, email graphics, on-site event signage and programs. In addition to the graphic design work, I build and update our event websites.

What is your favorite aspect of your job? The freedom to try new things and continually improve different elements of my design. In some cases I am creating an entire event brand and I have the ability to steer that in many different directions. Have to keep things fresh and new to keep attendees interested in what they are looking at. I also love seeing a project come to completion on-site at an event – all the hard work coming together and seeing designs of my own all over the event space is a good feeling.

What has been your favorite event to work on at SE? This is actually a pretty tough question. I just counted and I have in some way been involved in ~83 events since starting at SE. Some of those haven’t been completed yet, but just for facts and figures sake. In reflecting upon all of those, I have different events that come to mind for different reasons. Up front is all of our GoGreen Conferences – those alone account for a huge chunk of my creative evolution. Someone else was responsible for the original branding of those events, but I took them on and year over year molded them into something new and the scope of work on those events had me creating so many different kinds of things that I don’t necessarily get to do with client events. Another event that comes to mind is Within Our Reach – I find that event very soothing and I can count on it not stressing me out. Lastly I have to give mention to the Green Sports Alliance Summit 2013, because it took me to NYC for the first time and they had a bomb reception overlooking the statue of liberty… I mean c’mon.

Favorite thing to do in Portland? Probably attending any and all of the various types of festivals. Any excuse to stand in a line with a drink token or eat overpriced yakisoba and I’m there.

Spirit Animal? Giraffe. They are just so tall and goofy and enjoyable! I mean who would dislike a Giraffe?? Just minding their own business, eating leaves and checking things out.

Favorite place you have traveled? Italy for sure – it was my first time out of the Country and I loved every part; Rome, Florence & Venice. Bellisimo!

Favorite Cocktail? Vodka soda, because I don’t mess around.


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Sustainable Events, All Summer Long.

July 21, 2017 by

As summer came to fruition in Portland, the Social Enterprises team geared up for three sizable events. The EV Roadmap 10 Conference, Pac-12 Sustainability Conference and The Green Sports Alliance Summit kept us busy throughout June, and we wound down in July at our annual summer retreat.

An overwhelming success, The EV Roadmap 10 Conference presented by Forth is an event our team looks forward to working on year after year. Over the past five years we have witnessed it grow into a ‘must-attend’ event in the Electric Vehicle industry. The conference sold out with over 600 attendees. The well rounded program incorporated sessions on trending topics such as autonomous vehicles and fast charging.

“As always, EV Roadmap is one of the single most valuable events I attend all year. Attendees are the people who are actually doing the work of bringing electric cars into broader usage, and the information exchange and general networking is unparalleled. Highly recommended!”


Keeping momentum from the EV Roadmap 10 Conference going, our team headed to Sacramento in late June to the Golden 1 Center, home of the Sacramento Kings. The venue was home to our next two events, the first being the Pac-12 Sustainability Conference held on June 26th in conjunction with The Green Sports Alliance Summit which unfolded throughout the remainder of the week. Golden 1 Center is the first LEED platinum certified venue in the world and served as an excellent setting showcasing new heights reached in sustainable sports venues.


The majority of our team being Pac-12 alumni, we were eager to work on the inaugural Pac-12 Sustainability Conference to bring together sustainability and athletics professionals from all 12 Pac-12 schools. The sold out 1-day event included content on everything from marketing and sponsorship to student engagement. The program also boasted a keynote from basketball legend and environmentalist Bill Walton.



Conversation around sustainability in sports progressed as the 7th annual Green Sports Alliance Summit presented by The Green Sports Alliance began Tuesday morning. The theme for the 2017 Summit was “PLAY GREENER™ : Engaging Fans, Athletes & Communities”, focused on mobilizing our members and partners to bring about positive environmental and social impact across their fan-base and surrounding communities.  A panel featuring speakers from Lonely Whale Foundation and Sailors for the Sea explored how sports are championing ocean health. The 7th annual Summit marked yet another advantageous year advancing sustainability in the sports industry. We look forward to returning to this meaningful and purpose driven event in 2018. 

A much deserved day of relaxation was enjoyed at our annual summer retreat at Nelson Farms. Feeling refreshed, we are back to work on our upcoming events including the 

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10th anniversary of the GoGreen 

Conference in Portland October 17, 2017 at Gerding Theater at the Armory. To see what else we have in store, view our 2017-2018 events here.

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Walk the Talk: Sustainable SE

April 26, 2017 by

We do sustainable events – but how is Social Enterprises working to become an increasingly sustainable company itself? We specialize in sustainability and social impact conferences and summits, and we hold ourselves to the same standards we recommend to our clients and assure our stakeholders that we mean business when it comes to implementing the triple bottom line across all aspects of our enterprise.

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Centrally located in Old Town, our office is conveniently located on the Green and Yellow Max lines , 4 blocks from the Portland Streetcar Central Loop Line and several Tri-met bus lines. Our location and indoor bike parking make biking a synch for employees and clients. Over 80% of our employees commute using alternative transportation and are eligible for alternative transportation reimbursement.

Workplace Health

We value workplace health at Social Enterprises, and believe that healthy workers have increased workplace morale and productivity levels. Our office was recently outfitted with all new adjustable-height standing desks. Our office fitness challenge is set to kick off in May, where we will track our exercise and compete for points to win a Fitbit! Quarterly retreats set aside time for team bonding. In celebration of Spring, our team embarked on an urban wine tour through Portland.


B Corp Certified

b-corp-logo-lg.pngWe have entered our third year as a certified B Corp and we continue to apply the triple bottom line to all facets of our business. View the highlights of our certification below and our B Corp Impact Report.  

  • Environment: >50% of office supplies from recycled/sustainable materials; >50% of
    GHG emissions from corporate headquarters are offset by certified carbon credits; Actively aids development of solutions to major environmental problems
  • Employees: >50% of health insurance premiums paid for individuals and families; >80% of employees are employed in low-income communities; Majority of managerial positions held by women/minorities
  • Community: >40% of customers/beneficiaries are nonprofits; majority (>50%) of
    business targeted at low-income areas

Reaching New Heights

We are consistently striving to heighten our sustainable practices at Social Enterprises. This year’s goal is to achieve Green Business certification via The City of Portland’s  Sustainability at Work.  


View the comprehensive Social Enterprises Sustainability Policy.

February Recap: Wine & WAHESC

March 4, 2017 by

February was an exciting month for the Social Enterprises team, as we were busy with two incredibly successful sustainable events.

Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference 

WAHESC17_EmailHeaderFirst we headed Spokane, Washington for the Washington 16991617_10154713457379342_8466497003933360384_oHigher Education Sustainability Conference (WAHESC) hosted by Gonzaga University. WAHESC is a regionally focused event for those teaching, working, or studying within higher education to come together and learn about sustainability in academics, operations, and research.

The event had over 200 students, 400 attendees and nearly 100 speakers, including 25 students speakers, who offered insights on current issues facing college institutions.

We were blown away by the ideas shared and collaborations sparked around advancing sustainability on our campuses and in our communities!

winesymposium2017 Oregon Wine Symposium

For the second year, our team collaborated with the Oregon Wine Board to present the
2017 Oregon Wine Symposium here in Portland. Once again, it was the premier educational and trade show
event for the Northwest wine community, with over 1,300 attendees and more than 170 exhibitors.

DSC_0775.jpgAttendees heard the latest climatology report, tasted experimental wines, and walked the trade show floor between breakout sessions.

At the Oregon Wine Soiree, attendees ate, drank and mingled with speakers sponsor and peers while they tasted wines from around Oregon.

Our team loved putting together this event and are proud to announce that it was an overwhelming success!


Our team worked strategically to infuse sustainability into these two events, it was considered at every stage of the process.

We are looking forward to our upcoming  GoGreen Conference in Seattle on Thursday, March 16th. Join us for a day of sustainability learning for business and public sector decision-makers!  


Gen X and Distinctive Style Aid Oregon Wines via Wines & Vines

Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference Recap via Oregon State University Ecologue

2016: Well-Executed Social Impact Events that Drive Sustainable Practices

January 11, 2017 by


The Social Enterprises team was busy this year advancing sustainability through our 13 events in 2016 that aimed to further sustainability and social impact. Overall, our events gathered over 4,000 attendees and influential leaders to advance the environmental movement.

Our team is grateful for our continued partnerships, as well as the opportunity to work on various new events in 2016.

2016 Project Highlights


winesymposiumThe Oregon Wine Symposium continues to be the premier platform on wine industry research and education in Oregon. The Symposium delivered relevant content to wine and wine grape industry professionals, and brought wine industry members from around the Northwest together to discuss issues, discover new tools and techniques, and network with industry suppliers – along with a full dedicated track devoted to sustainability. The 2016 Symposium was the Northwest’s largest trade show with over 170 exhibitors!

gogreen_general_nodateThe GoGreen Conference, hosted in both Seattle and Portland in 2016, hosted over 500 regional leaders, 57 speakers and over 50 partners focused on the theme of Greening Your Workplace and Green Building. This year’s theme delivered a track of content dedicated to the business case for high performance and deep green buildings; the importance of district and cooperative energy and applying the principles of green chemistry and engineering to sustainable building and product design. Other important issues addressed included putting a price on carbon pollution and how the updated 2015 Climate Action Plan works to drive private sector and regional economic development forward.

PrintThe 2016 Green Sports Alliance Summit marked the beginning of a new tradition: hosting the event at a sustainable sporting venue that is a member of the  Green Sports Alliance. Attendees were able to experience the Summit program at Houston’s Minute Maid Park, home of the Astros. Built on the theme “Power of Partnerships”, sports and sustainability industry leaders gathered to engage in advancing the greening of the sports industry. Check out our outstanding 2016 Summit Program here.

schoolfoodfocus_redSchool Food Focus brought us to Georgia this year for their  2016 National Gathering where change-makers gathered to ignite change in our 42 largest school districts and their school food systems. The National Gathering included influential keynotes, breakout sessions and an impressive vendor showcase, along with four onsite tours that highlighted local initiatives to improve school food.

2016 National Gathering Highlight Reel:


In early December, our team travelled to Oregon State University to manage Within Our Reach presented by client Meyer Memorial Trust. The event brought together over 200 attendees and regional leaders focused on improving the health of the wor-logo_horizWillamette River. The 2016 conference featured breakout sessions, a sustainable lunch sourced from Willamette Floodplain Farmers and businesses convened in support of watershed restoration.The two day conference concluded with a moving presentation by Chad Brown, a U.S. Navy Veteran and founder of Soul River, Inc, a nonprofit that joins inner city youth and veterans to become leaders in environmental justice.

Ready for 2017

We are looking forward to another full schedule of social impact events in 2017. Check out some of our events coming up this year:


Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference | February 16 – 17, 2017

winesymposiumOregon Wine Symposium | February 20 – 21, 2017

gogreen_general_nodateGoGreen Conference – Seattle  | March 16, 2017

evroadmapbannerEV Roadmap 10 | June 20 – 21, 2017

PrintGreen Sports Alliance Summit | June 26 – 29, 2017

We’d love to see you at any of our 2017 events. To book your own event with Social Enterprises, please contact us to discuss further at info@socialenteprises.net.

Here’s to another year of making an impact!


The Social Enterprises Team


2015: A Year of Sustainability and Social Cause

December 30, 2015 by

SE Team Photo 2015.pngOur team has kept busy this year with a variety of events geared at advancing sustainability and social cause. Combined, over 4,000 attendees and change-makers came together to champion the green movement through our 14 events in 2015.

We are thankful for our continued partnerships and were elated to work on several new events in 2015. Here are some highlights:

The Green Sports Alliance brought us to Chicago this year for their annual Summit. Along with keynotes, breakout sessions and workshops, the event had venue tours, a special performance by spoken-word artist Prince EA, and a reception that kicked-off with a Chicago Bears drum line!

We got to B the Change at B’Corporation’s B Inspired event in October. As a registered B Corporation, it was an honor to share the organization’s values with over 1,000 attendees through TED-style talks, an outdoor festival at Pioneer Square, and a concert at the historic Crystal Ballroom. B Inspired’s motto was: sometimes to make a change you have to throw a party. We couldn’t agree more. Attendees from all over the world got a true slice of Portlandia: tasting beer & ice cream floats, jamming out to Ural  Thomas and the Pain and even getting to stop by our own Social Enterprises booth for a game of cornhole!


So what’s next? We are looking forward to a full schedule for 2016.

Check out some of the 2016 events we have lined up:

Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference | February  4-5, 2016

Oregon Wine Symposium | February 23-24, 2016

GoGreen Seattle |  March 30, 2016

Living Future |  May 11-13, 2016

Oregon Wildlife Dinner and Auction | June 11, 2016

Green Sports Alliance Summit | June 28-30, 2016

EV Roadmap 9  | July 20-21, 2016

Oregon BEST FEST | September 2016

Rewards NW | September 13, 2016

Getting to Zero National Forum | October 12-14, 2016

Cheers to 2016 from the Social Enterprises, Inc. team and we hope to see you at some of our upcoming events!