Speaking

Here are some of my past and future speaking engagements. I’ll post slides and materials here, too, when possible.

My headshots are here and here. If you are looking for my professional bio, it’s below:


Dan Ratner is a serial entrepreneur, technologist, writer, and impact investor. He’s co-founder and CEO of Public Good, the leader in connecting the news with actions people can take to make a difference in the world. He’s also co-author of two books on nanotechnology, an investment committee member of Impact Engine, and a proud board member of Open Books, Chicago’s biggest literacy non-profit. Previously, he was the Director of Technology at Obama for America 2012 and CTO of Sittercity, America’s first and largest service dedicated to finding quality care online. He lives in Chicago with his incredible wife Genevieve Thiers and amazing twin sons Leo and Ari.

Dan’s previous speaking engagements include invited talks at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the McCormick Foundation, CUSP, Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business, the Brown University Entrepreneurship Center, and the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. His writing has been published globally in six languages in outlets ranging from USA Today to The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Dan is passionate about using technology to make the world a better place by empowering everyone to make a difference.


Date Info
January 11, 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas
Using artificial intelligence to scale social impact.
October 3, 2017 Brown University Entrepreneurship Center, Chicago
TED-style thoughts on entrepreneurship, impact, and the like.
April 5-6, 2017 Greater Giving Summit, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle
Discussion of new giving platforms and how to engage supporters.
April 28, 2016 Collision Conference, New Orleans
Discussion of customer engagement for tech companies.
March 2, 2016 Digital Hollywood Conference, New York
Panel discussion about the future of advertising and monetizing content for big publishers.
November 18, 2015 Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Chicago
Panel discussion about nonprofits, impact companies, and careers in doing good.
November 12, 2015 Northwestern Kellogg School of Management, Chicago
Impact investing from both sides of the table – as an angel and an entrepreneur. [video]
October 8, 2015 CUSP Conference 2015, Chicago
Design for Giving: The challenge of connecting problems with solutions for nonprofits.
September 17, 2015 Impact Engine Angel Network, Chicago
Impact investing from both sides of the table – as an angel and an entrepreneur.
September 16, 2015 JP Morgan Chase Invited Talk: Social Media 2.0, Chicago
How social media and online giving is changing how nonprofits gather support online.
May 6, 2015 CleverBridge Conference Keynote, San Francisco
A mix of topics about entrepreneurship, impact, product market fit and being a little bit crazy.
April 30, 2015 Booth School Private Wealth Management
Impact investing panel discussion.
April 22, 2015 Impact Capitalism Summit, Panel Discussion
Comments and questions about impact investing, particularly with a Chicago lens.
September 28, 2014 NABE Skills Seminar: Big Data
Discussion of how we used big data approaches at Sittercity, Obama 2012 and Public Good Software. [DECK]
June 30, 2014 Chicago Tribune Blue Sky Innovation Panel
Panel discussion about tech in Chicago.
June 27, 2014 Chicago Tech Week Social Innovation Summit
Discussion of non-profit and social enterprise technology.
May 6, 2014 Nonprofit Seminar at Chase Bank
Session on engaging supporters online. Invitation only.
March 27, 2014 Panel Discussion at Northwestern Law School
General conversation about writing and communicating across disciplines.
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