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The Summit 15 took place in Denver several weeks ago and it was a huge success. The Colorado Chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance proudly hosted this annual national conference, which is now in its fifteenth year. According to Summit15’s website (https://summit15.org/), this year’s event was “among the best Summits yet, the 2015 convening brought bright ideas, new connections and tons of inspiration to social entrepreneurs who gathered for three days to learn and connect.” WorkLife Partnership was thrilled to attend this riveting and informative conference.

One of the primary focuses of the conference was on Social Enterprise. As WorkLife Partnership is defined as a Social Enterprise organization, we were particularly interested in these sessions. We’re a unique not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating socially sustainable communities and thriving workplaces in Colorado. Through partnerships with employers, WorkLife Partnership provides direct services and training to employees to help them overcome the barriers that keep them from getting to work, staying at work, and being productive at work.

The Summit conducted sold-out Social Enterprise tours covering such categories as Urban Agriculture, Community Development/Support Services, Empowering Women, Food For All & Job Training Opportunities, Sustainability and Job Training, and Recycling & Job Training.

Several other Summit15 events included an annual member meeting, organized group dinners, cross-sector collaboration and entrepreneurship sessions, strategies for using technology for social impact, and an Alternative Staffing Alliance Conference. Post summit activities were also scheduled.

All in all, Summit 15 was a vibrant, collaborative time of networking, mind melding, team building, and knowledge expansion. WorkLife Partnership both contributed and gleaned valuable knowledge, strategies, and talking points to the Summit15 conference. Learn more about Summit15 here.