Leading Disability Advocate Christopher Soukup Returns to SXSW With Solo Presentation on Deaf Entrepreneurship

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Christopher Soukup returns to SXSW with his solo speaker presentation titled: Deaf Entrepreneurs: Stories That Change Perception. Mr. Soukup is Chairman of the CSD Social Venture Fund, one of the nation’s first venture funds for deaf owned businesses, and CEO of Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD), the world’s largest deaf-led social impact organization.

Christopher Soukup, Chairman, CSD Social Venture Fund

It's an honor to be returning to SXSW to speak again and give visibility to issues impacting the deaf community, and by extension, the rest of humanity.

Leading disability advocate Christopher Soukup returns to SXSW with his solo speaker presentation titled: Deaf Entrepreneurs: Stories That Change Perception. Mr. Soukup is Chairman of the CSD Social Venture Fund, one of the nation’s first venture funds for deaf owned businesses, and CEO of Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD), the world’s largest deaf-led social impact organization. He is scheduled to present at SXSW 2020 on March 13 in Austin, TX.

South by Southwest is one of the most diverse, collaborative and inventive conferences in the world. Mr. Soukup joins numerous and notable speakers scheduled to appear at this year’s 34th annual conference, including: keynoters Janelle Monáe, Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, and Carrie Brownstein, and other luminaries including Judd Apatow, Kenya Barris, Stephen Colbert, Gayle King, Michael Moore and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters.

Soukup, a third-generation deaf man, is one of the world’s leading human rights and disability advocates. He has been featured extensively in numerous national media outlets as a leading voice on key issues impacting the deaf and disability communities, including ongoing societal bias, employment, leadership and universal design.

“It's an honor to be returning to SXSW to speak again and give visibility to issues impacting the deaf community, and by extension, the rest of humanity,” said Mr. Soukup. “SXSW is one of the most influential platforms in the world to accelerate social change, and I will be using this opportunity to help broaden societal concepts of entrepreneurship, leadership, diversity and investment.”

Mr. Soukup’s Deaf Entrepreneurs: Stories That Change Perception will take an inside look at the CSD Social Venture Fund, one of the nation’s first for deaf-owned and operated businesses. He will share some of the fund’s success stories and how those deaf entrepreneurs are generating social impact, changing perceptions and redefining what leadership and investment mean. His presentation also will demonstrate how social-minded companies and their investors can accelerate social change in greater society. His presentation will be delivered in American Sign Language and English on March 13 at 11:00 a.m. CST in Salon J at the Hilton Austin Downtown, 500 East 4th Street. This presentation is open to all SXSW Interactive, Music, Film and Platinum badge-holders.

South by Southwest, dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. An essential destination for global professionals, the event features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together.

For more information about Christopher Soukup please visit CSD SVF and CSD.

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