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Palmer Center Hosts Revolution through Social Enterprise Conference

RevolutionSpeakers to include Alex Counts, Jonathan Greenblatt,
John Picard, and Sam LaBudde

Pepperdine University's Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law will host academics, entrepreneurs, lawyers, and nonprofit and corporate leaders from around the world for a groundbreaking social enterprise conference on Sept. 12, 2008, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Villa Graziadio Executive Center in Malibu, California.

Speakers will include Alex Counts, the president and CEO of the Grameen Foundation and the author of Small Loans, Big Dreams; Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of GOOD magazine and the co-founder of Ethos Water; John Picard, a sustainability expert and one of the preeminent environmental consultants in North America; and Sam LaBudde, a wildlife biologist who helped end the slaughter of dolphins by tuna boats in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Other speakers are Matt Flannery, the cofounder and CEO of Kiva, the world's first person-to-person micro-lending Web site, and Jim Emerman, the vice president and director for the Purpose Prize and Encore Leadership Network at Civic Ventures. Tim Barkow and Craig Garner, the co-founders of Compete to Conserve will also speak.

In addition to two keynote speeches, the conference will feature roundtable discussions on how to alleviate poverty, implement solutions to environmental problems, and earn a financial return on investments while benefitting the global community.

"This conference showcases individuals who have made an impact," says Melanie Howard, assistant professor of law and the conference director. "They are visionaries who have taken steps to effectuate change. I hope attendees will be inspired to think about the impact they are having on the world and to ask themselves if that impact is the one they want."

For more information or to join the revolution, visit the revolution conference Web site.