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 is below:


Dan Ratner is CEO and co-founder of Public Good, which helps people take action on the topics in the news. Prior to Public Good, Dan was part of the technology leadership team for Obama 2012 and before that he was co-founder and CTO at Sittercity, the nation’s largest service dedicated to helping parents find quality childcare online. In addition to his startup and campaign work, Dan is on the board of Open Books, a Chicago literacy organization and Impact Engine, an early stage investment fund for social enterprises. When not working, he loves to write and has published two non-fiction books on nanotechnology and is working on an upcoming novel. He lives in Chicago with his wife Genevieve Thiers and their amazing twin sons Ari & Leo.


Date Info
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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