The weather has forced us to delay the start of the Summit until 10 this morning. We will adjust the schedule for the main stage accordingly. Buses will leave the Marriott beginning at 9:00. Please use the app to keep up to date with changes to the schedule. We look forward to welcoming you to campus. Feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. 

Join Us

The Winter Innovation Summit is the premier cross-industry event in social impact, innovation, and investing. The 2019 Summit will bring together policymakers, funders, nonprofits, and social entrepreneurs to explore the future of social innovation across the globe. Join us to discuss the latest breakthroughs in social impact, innovation, and investing; ski the greatest snow on Earth; and experience exclusive film premieres.


Keynote Speakers


Darren Walker

President of the Ford Foundation

Darren Walker is president of the Ford Foundation, an international social justice philanthropy with a $13 billion endowment and $600 million in annual grant making. He chaired the philanthropy committee that brought a resolution to the city of Detroit’s historic bankruptcy and is co-founder and chair of the US Impact Investing Alliance.

He has been included on numerous annual media lists, including Time’s annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, Rolling Stone’s 25 People Shaping the Future, Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative People, and OUT Magazine’s Power 50.



Mayor Michael Tubbs

Stockton, California

Michael Tubbs is the youngest mayor in the history of the country representing a city with a population of over 100,000 residents. Since taking office, Mayor Tubbs launched the nation’s first guaranteed income pilot, made a commitment to reduce Stockton’s homicide rate by 50% within four years, and has launched a $20 million college scholarship fund. Funding for all three initiatives is paid for through private donations. 

Included in Fortune’s 2018 Top "40 under 40," Forbes' 2018 list of the “30 Under 30” and The Root's 100, Tubbs has received national recognition for his leadership and ambitious agenda. 



The 2019 Winter Innovation Summit will be held in the University of Utah's David Eccles School of Business. 

(The detailed schedule is also available on the “2019 WINTER INNOVATION SUMMIT” mobile app)

Located in the heart of the University of Utah campus, the Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building boasts sweeping views.

Located in the heart of the University of Utah campus, the Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building boasts sweeping views.

06 February  |  Wednesday

MORNING: Mainstage Sessions & Networking Breaks

AFTERNOON: Deep Dive Sessions & Networking Breaks

EVENING: Red Carpet Reception & Film Premiere

07 February  |  Thursday

MORNING: Mainstage Sessions & Networking Breaks

AFTERNOON: Deep Dive Sessions & Networking Breaks

EVENING: Art After Dark Reception

The newly reimagined and remodeled Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) houses 20,000 original works, ancient to contemporary.

The newly reimagined and remodeled Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) houses 20,000 original works, ancient to contemporary.


08 February  |  Friday

MORNING: Skiing, Snowboarding, and Snowshoeing Solitude Mountain Resort 

AFTERNOON: Ski-In Ski-Out Networking Lodge

Click here for Solitude Mountain Resort ski and snowboard gear rentals. Please reserve your gear in advance. 






Bold social enterprises and innovative nonprofits will compete to pitch before a panel of high-profile banks, national foundations, family offices, corporations, and independent investors—as well as an audience of influential individuals and peers—during the 2019 Winter Innovation Summit.


Recommended Lodging

While we have sold out of our discounted room blocks, we recommend the following hotels:


Additionally, we have a room block at The University Guest House. Please call 801-587-1000 and use the booking code “2019 Winter Innovation Summit” to make reservations.



 Letter from Jim Sorenson

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Sorenson Impact Center, we are truly pleased to invite you to the fifth annual Winter Innovation Summit taking place February 6–8. It is shaping up to be a one-of-a-kind event full of engaging and thoughtful guests holding a wide range of expertise, ideas, and enthusiasm for discussions.

As many of you know, we pride ourselves on bringing together disparate sectors, including government, impact investors, social entrepreneurs, non-profits, and foundations. More than ever, solving challenging issues requires honest and active collaboration. Our gathering, which has become the largest and most dynamic of its kind, gives each of us the opportunity to connect with professionals across myriad roles, industries, sectors, and communities to share challenges, to brainstorm solutions, and most importantly, to support each other in achieving outsized, positive impact.

Much of what has united our disparate approaches to problem-solving is a laser focus on results. These measurable, defined outcomes have become the lodestar by which we guide the contribution of our resources, making sure we help the most people by doing the most good with the time and resources we have.

We look forward to a full agenda, reflecting the importance of our movement. However, there is also time for fun, including receptions, world-class film premieres, and a day of skiing the greatest snow on Earth! Please join us in advancing the innovation agenda and in making a positive impact on the lives and communities that need it most.


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Jim Sorenson,

Founder Sorenson Impact Center


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For Summit-related inquiries, please email info@sorensonimpact.com