Join us for an evening of food, drinks, and inspiring stories about purpose at work.

Sum+Substance shares the stories of people who have created purpose and meaning in their jobs. These are the stories of bucking the trend, listening to your gut, failing gloriously, working hard, and finding opportunity in inopportune times. Every story is different and every story offers a challenge. These challenges will propel you as you go forth and do good work.

We are coming to you.

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    June 23
  • San Francisco

    September 29
  • Dallas

    November 2
  • New York

    December 5
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“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
- The Writing Life by Annie Dillard

Watch some of our latest story tellers &
take them up on their challenges.

Michael Sorrell

Michael Sorrell

Paul Quinn College
Chad Houser

Chad Houser

Cafe Momentum
Carol Peppe Hewitt

Carol Peppe Hewitt

Slow Money NC
Pierce Freelon

Pierce Freelon

ARTVSM
Casey Dilloway

Casey Dilloway

Community Sourced Capital
John Tucker

John Tucker

Dave's Killer Bread
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What's your challenge?

  • “Leadership is a way of life, it’s not a title or position.”

    - Colleen Barrett
    President Emeritus of Southwest Airlines

  • “Finding your calling is disruptive, it is scary and it may look like nothing that you planned.”

    - Michael Sorrell
    President of Paul Quinn College

  • “If you are not living a fulfilled life, what are you willing to do to make a change?”

    - Gail Warrior
    CEO of Warrior Construction & Warrior Elements

  • “Think about what you do and how you can spread that experience to others.”

    - Chad Houser
    Founder of Cafe Momentum

  • “Have a relentless commitment to curiousity.”

    - Pierce Freelon
    Founder of ARTVSM

  • “Give a little more to something that energizes you.”

    - DeLisa Alexander
    Executive VP & CPO of Red Hat

  • “Enough is plenty.”

    - Leon Grodski de Barrera
    Co-Owner of Cocoa Cinnamon

  • “It’s okay to feel uncomfortable, to feel vulnerable and to not know.”

    - Kim Hunter
    Owner of Kimbap Café

  • “Identify what makes you special and bring it to work to make things better.”

    - Casey Dilloway
    COO of Community Sourced Capital

  • “Take incremental steps in a future that is interesting.”

    - Jimmy Jia
    CEO of Distributed Energy Management

The most powerful predictor of happiness is having a good job surrounded by people who we care about. Join us in-person when we come to your city or follow the stories via our social networks. Sign up for updates to be the first to hear about speaker announcements and ticket sales.

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