Speaker's Biography:

Marcia Stepanek
Founder and Publisher, Cause Global; Author, Swarms

Marcia Stepanek is Founder and Publisher of Cause Global, a group blog about the use of social media in social advocacy and innovation. She serves as social enterprise editor for Justmeans.com, and blogs for the Stanford Social Innovation Review, msnbc.com and PopTech. She has covered the evolution of the Internet and its impact on society, commerce and the workplace since 1994, and has received numerous awards, including a George Polk award for consumer journalism; a National Press Club award for Washington Correspondence; and a Society of Professional Journalists′ Sigma Delta Chi award for explanatory journalism. Stepanek produces New Conversations for Change, a forum series highlighting social entrepreneurs and innovation in social change advocacy. Most recently, she was the founding editor-in-chief of Contribute magazine. Her latest book, Swarms, about the rise and evolution of Web-wired, self-organized groups and their impacts on business, culture, philanthropy and society, is due out this year.