As an Innovation columnist and podcast host, I get invitations to some of the coolest entrepreneur events for start-ups, tech, and business growth. But when business acceleration is combined with social consciousness and you announce Ashton Kutcher is going to speak, I'm all in. Not because I'm a fan girl, but because I know better than to miss the rare chance to learn from a "buccaneering visionary" like Ashton Kutcher, who combines creativity and celebrity power to influence the growth of tech and innovation.
Ashton Kutcher will headline a stellar (and jam-packed) line-up of speakers and entrepreneurs at the 3rd Annual City Summit on March 3rd, 2018 at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. City Summit is a world class, socially conscious business acceleration experience. The entire event takes place the weekend of the Academy Awards helping to pack in even more celebrity to expand the entrepreneurial and social conscious influencer draw.
Beyond the Pretty Celebrity Face
For those of you only familiar with the actor-side of Ashton Kutcher, you are missing out. Kutcher has been named one of TIME Magazine's "100 Most influential People in the World" and is one of the innovative elite 50 included on Vanity Fair's New Establishment List. His power, creativity and capital investments means he has done more than endorse brands, he has had direct influence in the growth of many creative companies you admire today.
Since the 2011 inception of A-Grade Investments with co-creators Ron Burkle and Guy Oseary, they have invested in multiple tech companies including Airbnb, Spotify, Uber, Flipboard, Oscar Health, Warby Parker, Nextdoor and Houzz. Kutcher and Oseary founded another fund, Sound Ventures, in 2014, which has since invested in Zenreach, Hooked, Gusto, Acorns, Mark43 and more. So, what makes Ashton Kutcher and the City Summit such an exciting match?
A Match Made For Social Good
You may remember that I wrote about the 2017 City Summit and City Gala events featuring business advice from Halle Berry, John Travolta, Russell Simmons, and John Paul DeJoria, What you may not remember though is that Dale Goldboldo, founder of the International Arts & Philanthropy Foundation and City Summit & Gala founder Ryan Long have a vision to advance community through humanitarian events and activities.
The events are designed to support worthy nonprofits and get them off the ground, funded, and making a social difference as fast as possible. This year one of the selected nonprofits that will be launched, The Child Liberation Foundation, is in perfect alignment with where Kutcher makes his own social difference.
Ashton Kutcher is a passionate fighter against the sexual exploitation of children and is using technology innovation and broad collaboration as weapons. He is the co-founder of Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children. Thorn drives technology innovation to fight the sexual exploitation of children.
Sign Me Up For The City Summit
I speak and attend events every month and the most common thing I hear is that entrepreneurs like you have a passion project on the side. You might be doing your core business to support your nonprofit venture or you are working toward selling your product or business so you can pursue that passion. If an event can get you inspiring knowledge and education about how to overcome adversity and accomplish inconceivable goals while doing social good now, shouldn't the City Summit & Gala make your list of must-attend events? If that's not enough, come for a rare chance to hear Ashton Kutcher talk business acceleration, investment and social consciousness.