Recap: 2016 Cause Conference™

For knowledge-sharing, inspiration and connections between cause marketing experts, purpose-driven brands and nonprofits, we couldn’t have wished for a better day than the 2016 Cause Conference™.

Check out the highlight video and full-day recap below.

Kickoff Cocktail Reception

#CauseSD started with Wednesday evening purpose-driven preview. First, we were thrilled to award our annual Parker Pike Nonprofit Marketing Scholarship to UCSD student Rhianna Basore.

Then, Katie Wallace shared how purpose is at the very core of New Belgium Brewing’s company culture.

And Bea Boccalandro of Veraworks described the way smart brands are engaging employees through job purposing.

AM Keynote

Globally-recognized social entrepreneur Aaron Hurst got us kicked off Thursday morning by telling us all about “The Purpose Economy”. Aaron made a strong case that humans are genetically wired for purpose!

Breakout Sessions

A variety of interactive presentations and panels throughout the day gave attendees a chance to explore all aspects of cause marketing, employee engagement and for-profit/nonprofit partnerships.

Lunch Keynote

Bethany Joy Clark explained how purpose is at the heart of everything TOMS does. The company was founded on the promise of “one to one”. For every pair of shoes purchased, another pair is delivered to a person in need. TOMS has expanded the promise from shoes to eyewear, and is now trying its hand at coffee.


Attendees got a chance to kick the tires on their marketing knowledge and strategies through the mid-day Unconference and LOUDtables.

Afternoon Panel

An all-star group of purpose-driven businesswomen explained how their brands have embedded purpose into their company cultures and how this has benefited them in terms of brand reputation, employee engagement and ROI. Our thanks go to Karen Archipley of Archi’s Acres, Victoria Fiore of Plum Organics, Darcy Shiber-Knowles of Dr. Bronner’s and Katie Wallace of New Belgium Brewery for this fascinating discussion.

Video Contest Winner

Congratulations go to Workshop for Warriors, which provides veterans and transitioning service members advanced manufacturing training and industry-recognized certification for careers in welding, machining and fabrication at no cost to our veterans. Workshop for Warriors won a $5,000 professional video production package courtesy of M2 Digital Post.

Throughout the Day

Attendees had plenty of time to network and find out how our sponsors could aid their cause marketing efforts. All the while, our friends at Groovy Like a Movie chronicled the goings-on.


On Friday, our first-ever #CauseSD bootcamps gave attendees a chance to develop and refine their cause marketing strategies and plans.

Thank you!

Once again, our utmost gratitude goes to all the speakers, sponsors, attendees and volunteers without whom the West Coast’s premier cause marketing event just wouldn’t be the same!

San Diego AMA Cause Conference volunteers


Find speaker presentations on San Diego AMA’s Slideshare page.