Submittable’s 2022 Impact Studio Conference

Purpose built

Six episodes on how to build your CSR program (and career) around a clear purpose.

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6 episodes packed with practical advice.

Sam Caplan, host of Impact Audio, teams up with industry leaders to create blueprints for navigating a CSR career, building a social impact program, and adapting to changing times. Together, we’ll tackle tough issues like:

  • Anchoring your CSR program in authenticity

  • Measuring the success of a social impact program

  • Building a social impact career

The theme: Purpose built

“Purpose” ties the world of social impact together. It's what keeps us all pushing toward a vision of a better world. Let's explore what it means to build upon this greater purpose day-in and day-out.

Speakers and Topics


Constructing a purpose-built career

Angela Parker, CEO and co-founder of Realized Worth

How do you create a career path that aligns with your values? Angela Parker, CEO and co-founder of Realized Worth, shares insights about what skillsets are most in demand, how to pitch and get approval for your ideas, and how to keep your life’s purpose front-and-center, no matter what your career throws at you.


What is the ‘S’ in ESG, and how do you measure it?

Carmen Perez, founder and partner at Better Next

You need the right frameworks to define and measure the effects of your social impact program. Carmen digs into how to build these frameworks, exploring the nuances of outputs versus outcomes, how CSR and ESG terminology is evolving, and the standardization of social impact data.


What the data says about the future of social impact

Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas, managing director of corporate insights & engagement for CECP

To understand the future of corporate purpose, we need to look to the data. Kari guides you through the numbers, insights, and new trends revealed by CECP’s 2022 Giving in Numbers and Investing in Society reports. 


A blueprint for high-engagement CSR programs

Patricia Toothman, social impact manager at Splunk

Get an inside look at a growing social impact program. Patricia walks through the innovations she’s pioneered and lessons she’s learned leading Splunk’s volunteering, giving and matching, and community investment programs.


Lessons from the future of CSR and corporate volunteering 

Jen Carter, global head of technology & volunteering at shatters the traditional CSR mold in a variety of ground-breaking ways. Jen gives you a glimpse into the future of corporate philanthropy as she explains how to tap into every employee’s unique potential.


Replay of the live panel discussion

Watch the replay of the live panel discussion with our guest speakers as we take a moment to process what we’ve heard and get a peek at what the following episodes have in store.

Your host: Sam Caplan

Sam Caplan is the Vice President of Social Impact at Submittable. He has served as founder of New Spark Strategy, Chief Information Officer at the Walton Family Foundation, and director of technology at the Walmart Foundation. Driven by an interest in the intersection of technology and philanthropy, he consults and writes prolifically, recently publishing a series of whitepapers titled “The Strategic Role of Technology in Philanthropy.”


Join an exclusive peer community

All listeners will receive an invitation to an exclusive Impact Studio Community LinkedIn group where you can connect with other social impact professionals, discuss the ideas from each episode, and share resources.

Unlock the episodes

Get immediate access to all five Impact Studio: Purpose Built episodes and a recording of the live webinar for free.

What is Impact Studio?

Impact Studio is a new home for social impact professionals to explore the complex ideas that underpin social change. Impact Audio was the first step, and it’s now expanding to include a conference (this one!), an upcoming community, and more.

Who is Submittable?

Submittable is a social impact platform that empowers you with tools to launch, manage, measure, and grow your social impact programs. From grants and scholarships to awards and CSR programs, we partner with you so you can start making a difference, fast.