Summit 2022 attendees

Sorenson Impact Summit 2023

A curated convening of the top changemakers in global impact investing where transformative ideas meet actionable opportunities in a unique, breathtaking, all-inclusive environment.

Feb 26-March 1st, 2023
Snowbird Ski Resort
Outside Salt Lake City, Utah

A Paradigm Shift in Impact. Now is the Moment to Lead.


We are all aware of the challenges our world faces and are collectively working toward a promise of a brighter future. With global change in overdrive, the time is now for a shift in how we think, lead, innovate and invest. The carefully curated 2023 Sorenson Impact Summit will inspire transformational thinking and paradigm-shifting design to spark the big-picture innovations that will drive investment in urgent, actionable solutions.

To get this work done at scale and meet the urgency of the moment, we are convening leaders from across the ecosystem of impact, finance, business, government and academia to share their vision for transformational global change.

Summit 2023 poster

Impactful Outcomes, Memorable Experiences


The Summit takes place amid the unparalleled beauty of the Utah mountains at Snowbird Ski Resort.

Summit guests will enjoy thoughtful discussions and inspiring natural beauty, as well as the intimacy and togetherness that comes from a small, curated event, with carefully designed meals, a focus on relationship building, and provocative, highly credentialed speakers. We will incorporate winter activities designed to foster socializing and introductions, headlined by world-class skiing while including activities non-skiers can enjoy.


This year’s programming will be organized around and delve deeply into two high-level themes:

Investing for the future through innovation, economic development and scale

  • Rural economic development
  • Regenerative cities
  • Transforming the global supply chain
  • Entrepreneurship and community development

Achieving social and environmental justice through capital markets

  • Building the economy of the future
  • Investing in and lifting up diverse entrepreneurs
  • Reimagining our institutions for a peaceful, just, and equitable future
  • Investing in transformative infrastructure

Keynote Speakers

Zita Cobb

Renowned Social Impact Entrepreneur

Zita Cobb is an eighth-generation Fogo Islander, Founder and CEO of the registered charity Shorefast, and Innkeeper of the award-winning Fogo Island Inn. Zita graduated high school on Fogo Island, Newfoundland before studying business in Ottawa, Canada. Following a subsequent successful career in high-tech, Zita returned to Fogo Island and established Shorefast to put another leg on the Island’s struggling economy to complement its ever-important fishery. With an enduring commitment to Fogo Island, Shorefast is expanding its mission through its pan-Canadian Community Economies initiative to strengthen place-based economic development within the global economy. Zita has been a Member of the Order of Canada since 2016 and was a 2020 inductee to Canada’s Business Hall of Fame. She holds honorary doctorates from McGill University, Memorial University of Newfoundland, the University of Ottawa, and Carleton University. She volunteers her full time and energy for Shorefast’s charitable initiatives and community businesses.

Van Jones

Van Jones

Media Personality and Entrepreneur

Van Jones is widely known as a U.S. media personality, an entrepreneur and a world-class change maker. Outside of his roles as a CNN contributor and host of Amazon Music Podcast, Uncommon Ground, Jones has a rare track record in the modern era of bringing people together to do hard things — in areas as diverse as clean energy solutions, criminal justice reform and racial inclusion in the tech sector. In 2007, Van was the primary champion of the Green Jobs Act, signed into law by George W. Bush. In 2009, he worked in the Obama White House as the Special Advisor for Green Jobs. In 2018, he helped pass the FIRST STEP Act – which the New York Times calls the most substantial breakthrough in criminal justice in a generation. In 2021, Jones was one of the first two recipients of Jeff Bezos’ Courage & Civility Award. Over the past 25 years, Van has founded and led many successful social enterprises, including REFORM Alliance, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, Green For All and the Dream.Org. He worked with Prince to launch #YesWeCode (now called Dream.TECH) to get jobs in the tech sector for scores of low-opportunity young people. A world-class communicator of world-class ideas, Van is also a CNN host, an Emmy Award-winning producer and a 3X New York Times best-selling author.

Stephen Gyllenhaal<br />

Stephen Gyllenhaal

Impact Filmaker and Producer

Stephen Gyllenhaal has been directing and producing tv and film for over 40 years. Stephen directed Dennis Hopper in Paris Trout, which was nominated for 5 Emmy Awards and won him a DGA Award. In addition, he directed Family of Spies, which was nominated for 2 Golden Globe Awards and an Emmy, Waterland starring Jeremy Irons and Ethan Hawke, and numerous television series, including Twin Peaks, Numb3rs, The Mentalist, Hawthorne, Army Wives, Blue Bloods, Billions, and the Peabody Award-winning Rectify. In 2012, he was nominated for a DGA Award for the television film, Girl Fight, starring Anne Heche and in 2017 he directed Alfre Woodard and Cloris Leachman in So B. It, based on the NY Times bestseller. Stephen’s poetry has been published in literary journals such as Prairie Schooner and Nimrod. He chaired the DGA’s Independent Directors Committee for many years, and he currently serves on the Social Impact Advisory Board of the San Diego International Film Festival with Susan Sarandon and Cecelia Peck. He is the director of the upcoming documentary, Uncharitable, based on the ground-breaking book by Dan Pallotta.

More about our location and schedule


The Summit is an all-inclusive, invitation-only event that includes resort lodging, all meals and hospitality, lift tickets and programming. Everything is taken care of — from morning yoga to evening receptions — so guests can focus on each other and solutions for the planet and people in a breathtaking setting.


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Averaging more than 500 inches of snowfall a year, Snowbird is celebrating 50 years as North America’s most accessible alpine resort destination. Located just outside Salt Lake City, Snowbird provides year-round big mountain experiences at the top of Utah through its iconic Aerial Tram and 2,500 acres of legendary terrain.


Our curated attendee list comprises institutional investors, family offices, industry experts, nonprofit government organizations, and entrepreneurs.

Schedule and itinerary

The event will take place Sunday evening through Wednesday morning, Feb. 26 to March 1st, 2023. Our itinerary is in development but will include:

  • All-inclusive stay at Snowbird Ski Resort, one of Utah’s top ski-in/ski-out resorts
  • Optional pre-event ski weekend with room blocks and lift tickets
  • Ski pass & lift tickets during Summit
  • Incredible meals and full-service hospitality
  • Welcome reception and wine tasting
  • Intentional time set aside for connection
  • World-class speakers
  • Workshops, breakout sessions, and curated conversations
  • Morning yoga & other activities
  • Shuttle service to and from SLC

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Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the 2022 Sorenson Impact Summit.