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Social Innovation Luncheon Series (SILS)

The Social Innovation Luncheon Series presents big ideas for doing good better. 


SILS is an annual event series presented by Social Venture Partners Dallas and partnering organizations. Each year the series connects innovators and leaders from every sector and features new methods for challenging the status quo. Each event features a 30 minute talk from a leading social innovator, highlights a local non-profit related to the speaker’s big idea, and lunch with over 100 of Dallas’ brightest minds and biggest hearts.

The Social Innovation Series and bigBANG! have become the go-to events for social innovators in the region. Started nearly a decade ago, an average of 150 attendees are expected at each event in the speaker series in 2018. The series culminates in the bigBANG! conference in the Fall where more than 500 attendees are expected.

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All luncheons are hosted from 11:30am to 1:00pm on the last Wednesday of the month.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 || 11:30am – 1:00pm

Thursday, March 29, 2018 || 11:30am – 1:00pm

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 || 11:30am – 1:00pm

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 || 11:30am – 1:00pm

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 || 11:30am – 1:00pm



SILS17-Heading3Sponsors of the Social Innovation Speaker Series support and gain access to a unique forum for leaders from all sectors to learn about and share best practices for making our communities better places to work, live and play – for all.

Sponsorship for the 2018 Social Innovation Luncheon Series are now available. Sponsors are welcome to partner with SVP Dallas for a particular event or the entirety of the series. Promotional benefits include tickets to the event, special recognition at each event, inclusion in cross-channel promotions by SVP Dallas, and the opportunity to introduce speakers. Please contact us at dogoodbetter@svpdallas.org to find out what sponsorship can do for your organization.



The Social Innovation Luncheon Series hosts national and local leaders with deep subject matter expertise and catalytic new ideas. Last year’s series was focused on how equity might underpin our shared efforts in Dallas and its speakers and topics are listed below.

February 22, 2017SILS17-Levere

Let’s Get to Business: The Economics of Investing in Social Impact

Andrea Levere, President of the Corporation for Enterprise Development and a member of the Community Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve


March 29, 2017

Human-Centered Design: Beginning with People in Mind

Kate Canales, Director of the Master of Arts in Design and Innovation at SMU


May 31, 2017SILS17-Graphics-FJ

Criminal Justice in Dallas

The Honorable Faith Johnson, Dallas County District Attorney


August 30, 2017

Water Rights: Drinking from the Common Pool

Charles Porter, PhD, Real Estate, Water Rights, & Construction Expert


September 27, 2017

A World Without Hate & How We Get There

Rais Bhuiyan, Founder & President of World Without Hate