The LFA Summit is for student leaders from across the country to access must-know information for doing microfinance in the U.S. Attendees will walk away with practical, relevant advice they can implement right away. See photos and videos from the 2014 Summit online here.
All photography of the 2014 Summit provided by Eli Zaturanski
GrOW YOUR IMPACT
Learn how social business works, up close and personal in sessions co-led by experts and students. This year will feature member-only advanced training opportunities and sessions on how race, class and gender affect our work.
network with student leaders
Meet students leading campus MFIs from across the US during the interactive sessions and ample networking time throughout the Summit.
engage with industry professionals
Get practical and actionable advice on jobs and internships in the social sector and develop the skills and the know-how to start a new MFI at your campus.
People who attend.
Undergraduate and graduate college students make up most of the attendees each year. Students travel from across the country to attend Lend for America's conferences. Universities represented last year include:
- Arizona State University
- Bentley University
- Brigham Young University
- Claremont McKenna College
- Saint Francis University
- Georgetown University
- Hamilton College
- Haverford College
- Northwestern University
- University of the Pacific
- Boston University
- Tulane University
- UNC-Chapel Hill
- University of Alabama
- University of Houston
- University of Michigan
- Wesleyan University
- Yale University
- Emory University
- Indiana University
- Morehouse College
- Swarthmore College
- University of New Hampshire
- Monterey Institute of International Studies
- Santa Clara University
Reviews from past attendees
"The sessions provided insight into the world we live and work in. This summit completely changed my view on what defines "poor" and "wealthy."
"I think it is safe to say that the amount of information that we learned was more than we would have learned in a year of trial and error."
"I loved the variety of topics, especially the sessions on power and privilege and the importance of building relationships. It reminds us of the human aspect of the work, which is really the whole point."
"The speakers were experienced and knowledgeable, and it was a great opportunity to meet peers from other campus MFIs across the nation."
THE LEND FOR AMERICA SUMMIT IS INSTRUMENTAL IN TRAINING STUDENTS involved in campus microfinance, UNIQUELY PREPARING THEM TO EFFECTIVELY LEAD THEIR ORGANIZATIONS.
LFA members serve low to moderate income individuals and business owners. Ninety-one percent of clients served in 2013 were low income, defined as at or below 80% average median income (AMI). The graphs below showcase the gains LFA members have made in the past four years working with Lend for America: