Indianapolis, Ind.  – Six dynamic speakers are confirmed for the Milliennial Impact Conference (MCON13) taking place on July 18, 2013, in Indianapolis. MCON13 unites leading Millennial experts, innovative global philanthropic leaders, and celebrities to explore cutting edge methods to help nonprofits and corporations communicate, connect, and involve Millennials as donors, volunteers, and leaders within their organization from across the country.

Hosted by Achieve, the Case Foundation, and Buckingham Foundation, MCON13 will include the following nationally recognized speakers and experts:

Jean Case – Case Foundation – As CEO of the Case Foundation and signatory of the Giving Pledge with Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, Jean was named by Barron’s as one of the 25 Best Givers in 2011. Her work includes spearheading strategic public‐private efforts, including the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation and serving on the National Geographic Society's Board of Trustees.  Since its inception, the Case Foundation has donated more than $100 million to non‐profits and issues solving and supporting complex social challenges.

Jose Antonio Vargas – Define American – A Pulitzer Prize winning journalist recently on the cover of TIME magazine profiling his work with Define America, a new campaign that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration. His work has appeared in the Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, New Yorker, Rolling Stone and he has appeared on CNN, ABC News and PBS NewsHour.

Mike Del Ponte – SOMA Water – As co‐founder of Soma Water, the glass carafe and 100% compostable water filter, Mike was named byForbes as an “Up and Comer” in 2012. He launched Soma on Kickstarter raising more than $100,000 in just nine days.   Mike is the founder and former CEO of Sparkseed, a global nonprofit investing in the most promising young social entrepreneurs. Mike’s leadership earned Sparkseed a Financial Times Social Innovation Award and recognition in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Inc Magazine, and CNN.

Paul Schmitz – Public Allies ‐ Awarded Social Capitalist Award for Innovation by Fast Company  Paul serves on the White House Council on Community Solutions. As CEO of Public Allies, he works to advance the leadership of over 4,000 diverse young adults to strengthen communities, nonprofits, and civic participation across the country.

Rachael Chong – Catchafire ‐ Racheal has received the prestigious Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award. As Founder and CEO of Catchafire, the nation's leading online pro bono network that connects talent and purpose, Rachael is a social entrepreneur and a visionary leader.

Ido Leffler – Yes to Inc. ‐ Leffler is co‐founder and “Chief Carrot Lover” of San Francisco based Yes To Inc. (the makers of Yes To Carrots, Yes To Cucumbers, Yes To Tomatoes, and Yes To Blueberries). In just four short years, Leffler and his team have built Yes To into one of the leading natural beauty brands in the world, achieving distribution in over 28,000 stores in over 25 countries. Today Yes To TM is the #2 natural brand in the USA and growing. Ido was named Women’s Wear Daily as one of the top five beauty industry whiz kids under 40.

Also announced were speakers from Twitter, YouTube, Deloitte, and Fifth Third Bank.  The remaining slate of speakers is scheduled to be announced in May, with headliners representing local and national celebrities and philanthropists.

“We are excited to announce our speaker lineup for the day program of MCON.  We have been curating leading experts that will help executives understand how to engage this generation to solve the most pressing issues in our communities,” said Derrick Feldmann, CEO of Achieve, the creative agency organizing the conference. “The speakers represent leaders from all sectors who are working closely with Millennials and/or are Millennials themselves who are challenging the methods of cause engagement.”

About Achieve

Achieve leads the research effort to understand the impact of Millennials (ages 20‐35) on nonprofit causes. Achieve is also the organizer of MCON, a national convening on Millennial engagement. Beyond helping nonprofits engage the next generation of leaders, Achieve is a creative fundraising agency helping nonprofits increase giving and engagement through creative campaigns. For more information on Achieve, visit

About the Case Foundation

Established by Jean and Steve Case in 1997, the Case Foundation invests in people and ideas that can change the world. In our efforts to address social challenges, we unite the principles of entrepreneurship, innovation and technology to identify, test, prove and scale ideas and models designed to create exponential impact. We are proud to support MCON13 as we seek to increase the effectiveness of fearless, next generation changemakers and to spark action among young, up‐and‐coming social citizens.

About Buckingham Foundation

Buckingham Foundation, based in Indianapolis, supports community engagement and believes that the millennial generation is critical to sustaining positive change to improve our civic and nonprofit communities. Buckingham Foundation seeks to engage Millennials to help make a significant impact on our community. Our partner, Buckingham Companies, has a history of visionary leadership whose passion has been responsible for turning Indianapolis’ possibilities into realities. We want to apply that same approach to leveraging our next generation of civicand philanthropic leaders.