You are invited

to the future

The future is good.

Join 1000 Social Entrepreneurs for two of the most hopeful days of the year. Claim a seat to a view of opportunity, anticipation and connections every way you turn. Expect to give a standing ovation and gain a glimpse of a better tomorrow.


"Every Plywood Presents I have attended has either provided insights, clarity, and/or confirmation towards my projects. It is a non-negotiable idea-generator for my annual calendar."  - Dr. Jerome D. Lubbe

Everything you

work for

is possible

“We are called

to be architects

of the future;

not its victims”

— Buckminster Fuller

Future Works

Atlanta Symphony Hall

August 2—3, 2017


Joel Cohen


Emmy Award Winning Writer for The Simpsons

CJ Casciotta


Writer, Director and Make Believer


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Flynn Coleman


Human Rights Attorney and Founder of Malena


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Dallas Clayton


Children's Book Author, Illustrator and Muralist


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Mimi Valdes


Chief Creative Officer, i am OTHER
Executive Producer of Hidden Figures


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Jason and Danica Russell


Creators of Invisible Children

Founders of a Little Radical


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Horst Schulze


Former President of The Ritz Carlton: Luxury Hotels and Resorts

Jeff Shinabarger


Founder of Plywood Presents


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Christena Cleveland


Social Psychologist, Author and Professor
Duke University Divinity School


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Eryn Erickson


Founder of So Worth Loving


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Branden Harvey


Storyteller and Photographer

Founder of Sounds Good Podcast and Good Newsletter


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Inky Johnson


Inspirational Speaker

Former University of

Tennessee Football Player


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Nashville recording artist


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Kaiwei Tang.


A designer and entrepreneur

Creator of Light phone


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August 2, 2017

August 3, 2017


5:30 PM Registration & Opening Reception

6:30 PM Session One

7:45 PM Intermission

8:00 PM Session Two

9:30 PM Opening Night Party

7:30 AM Coffee

8:30 AM Session Three

10:00 AM Intermission

10:30 AM Session Four

12:00 PM Lunch

1:30 PM Session Five

2:30 PM Intermission

3:00 PM Session Six

4:00 PM Closing Party

“Plywood Presents is THE gathering for entrepreneurs, activists, change-makers and culture-shapers. It serves as the hub of inspiration for social innovation. If you are looking to meet people with a passion for solving problems, and doing it together, do not miss Plywood Presents.”


 - Brittany Thoms, See Spark Go

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Atlanta Symphony Hall

1280 Peachtree Street NE

Atlanta, Georgia 30309

Direction Hotline (404) 733-4900

Plywood Presents has a partnership with Delta Airlines to receive a discounted fare when traveling to the conference. Reservations and ticketing are available via Select Book Your Flight. Enter the meeting code below.

For this year's Plywood Presents, we've negotiated a deal at one of Midtown's finest hotels, W Atlanta Midtown. Only a few blocks away from the Atlanta Symphony Hall and Woodruff Arts Center, W Atlanta Midtown offers a luxury experience for our Plywood Presents guests. The rate is $155 per night for members of Plywood's community. You can reserve your room here.

Reservations may also be made by calling our Delta Meeting reservations at 800-328-1111

Mon-Fri 7am-7pm CDT.



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General Admission

5.19.17 - 6.29.17

Late Adopter

6.30.17 - 8.1.17


Individual Ticket


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VIP 5-person Group Experience


Student Ticket


VIP 10-person Group Experience


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Do you lead a community of start-up leaders and problem solvers outside of the Atlanta area? If so, we invite you to bring Plywood Presents 2017 to your community as a Plywood Presents Local Partner. You provide the space and the attendees, and we will provide marketing material, a host guide and engaging recorded video content from our presenters. Local partners will share the best of the best presentations in a one-day event hosted in your own community on Friday, August 4.

Plywood Presents:
The 2017 Idea Competition


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Who is Plywood?

Plywood People is a non-profit in Atlanta that leads a community of start-ups doing good. Funded by our events and donors, we are able to connect small business and nonprofit leaders with resources, tools and relationships to help them build sustainable organizations that ultimately put more “good” back into our communities. We believe that “Better is Possible,” and we work hard to support people that are bringing that to communities.


Get a free E-book

Join our Plywood Presents Mailing List and you’ll receive a free E-Book from Founder, Jeff Shinabarger titled “7 Challenges Impacting Work as We Know It.” You’ll also be entered into a drawing to receive a pair of Pharrell Williams Hu Race NMD Shoes.

August 2—3, 2017

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