Join us for a special webinar panel discussion and Q&A with five experts on place-based investing.
Note: This program is a Live Webinar & Q&A that is accessible from any web-enabled computer or mobile device.
Tackling Racial Bias and Marginalization Through Impact Investing
In the USA, there have been a number of focused and specialist efforts to direct impact funds at marginalized communities where there are concentrations of people of color. These efforts are important and potentially significant because they come after decades of urban blight, discrimination and regeneration that led to displacement. In this webinar, we will discuss and learn about:
Product development to directly channel finance to social justice and anti-racism not for profits and projects that focus on empowerment of people of color
Specialist funds launched by large institutional investors to reinvigorate marginalized communities
Social Venture funds deploying capital to founders who would otherwise have limited access to funds
Efforts to improve racial diversity in the impact investment community by promoting and
strengthening LPs, fund managers and other decision makers
This webinar is the second in a series of three programs focused on diversity, inclusion and accountability in impact investment designed in collaboration with Gillian Marcelle of Resilience Capital Ventures LLC. For more information on the series, visit this link.
GILLIAN MARCELLE, PhD is a senior leader in economic development and international business with a proven track record in attracting investment to emerging markets. She is currently the managing member of Resilience Capital Ventures LLC, an advisory firm in the blended finance space and serves as a non-Executive Director of Tafari Capital, an innovative fintech start-up in Joburg, South Africa. Her finance background includes development finance with the International Finance Corporation, as well as, equities and capital markets with JP Morgan Chase. She has also advised the United Nations on impact investment and innovation for the benefit of the global South. In July 2018, she completed a contract as the Executive Director of the UVI RTPark, a specialist economic development agency for the US Virgin Islands. In this role, she successfully transformed the organization; doubling the number of technology and knowledge based investors in three years and placing focus on deriving social investment contributions from the firms benefitting from generous tax incentives. A global citizen with wide networks and various communities of practice drawn from her personal and professional connections in Washington DC., London, Johannesburg and Trinidad & Tobago. Her educational background includes earning degrees in Economics from the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, and the Kiel Institute of World Economics, an MBA with a specialization in high technology management from the George Washington University and a doctorate in innovation policy from the Science and Technology Policy Research Unit, SPRU, University of Sussex. For her scholarly work, she is an affiliated researcher at the Tata Center for Technology and Design, MIT, Cambridge MA.
CHRISTINE LOONEY serves as the Ford Foundation's deputy director of Mission Investments. In this role, she supports investments under the Foundation’s two mission investment funds – the $280 million program related investment fund and the newly created $1 billion mission related investment fund. She supported Ford’s strategic planning efforts to develop a new line of work on impact investing which integrates grant and investment capital as well as the approval of the Foundation’s new mission related investment fund. Before joining the Foundation, Christine worked in nonprofit consulting and was an associate in Chase Manhattan's Structured Finance Group. Christine has a MBA in finance and management from New York University's Stern School of Business and a bachelor's degree in economics from College of the Holy Cross. She is on the board of Mission Investors Exchange and serves on a number of credit committees and limited partnership advisory committees.
ANGELA MATHENY is the Head of Diverse Manager Equity of Colonial Consulting. She works with consultants and the research department to drive the firm’s diversity initiative in an effort to attract and source diverse asset managers while monitoring protocol and the internal vetting process of (“MWBE”) minority-owned and women enterprises. She facilitates the constant communication between Colonial and fund managers as the firm continues to build a robust pipeline of what it believes is a largely under-followed segment of the manager community marketplace.
Angela spent a stint of her career at a financial services law firm, Schulte Roth & Zabel, assisting attorneys in preparing documents for filing with the SEC. Working along with human resources, she later moved into training and development where she worked toward the firm’s technical training, cultural awareness in the workplace, and diversity and inclusion initiatives. Angela received a Master’s of Public Administration at Metropolitan College of New York while volunteering in the evening at a non-profit organization in an underserved area of Brooklyn, NY where she implemented a character development and a college ready program. She also earned a Certificate in Human Resources Management from VillaNova University, which included studies in diversity and inclusion. Angela’s Bachelor’s degree is in Psychology from Bernard Baruch College of New York. She also serves on York College’s (CUNY) foundation board.
NATHALIE MOLINA NIÑO
is an investor and tech globalization veteran focused on high-growth businesses that benefit women and the planet. She is the author of LEAPFROG, The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs and a serial entrepreneur. Molina Niño launched her first tech startup at the age of twenty and is the co-founder of Entrepreneurs@Athena at the Athena Center for Leadership Studies of Barnard College at Columbia University, where she continues to lecture and advise.
Before her career in academia and impact investing, she spent 15 years advising organizations like Disney, Microsoft, MTV, Mattel, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. During that time she co-led the launch and growth of a multinational business with Lionbridge into a $100M operation in 30+ countries. Molina Niño serves as a Venture Partner at Connectivity Capital Partners and advises the WOCstar Fund. She also serves on the advisory board of WENYC and Vote, Run, Lead, and persistently connects entrepreneurship and the mission of getting more women into elected office.
ETHAN POWELL has spent over two decades in financial services, primarily in Hedge Fund and Private Equity. Most recently Ethan founded Impact Shares. Impact Shares is a collaboration of leading financial service and non-profit organizations providing single social issue ESG solutions. Impact Shares has issued exchanged traded funds in collaboration with The NAACP Minority Empowerment ETF, the YWCA Women’s Empowerment and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Additionally, Ethan serves as the Chairman of the board for a $4 billion mutual fund complex and is a finalist for 2016 mutual fund director of the year. Previously, Mr. Powell was the Chief of Product and Strategy at Highland Capital Management Fund Advisors, L.P. In this role he was responsible for evaluating and optimizing the registered product lineup offered by Highland Mr. Powell also served as the portfolio manager of the Highland ETFs and worked with other portfolio managers and wholesalers on the appropriate positioning of strategies in the market place. Prior to joining Highland in April 2007, Mr. Powell spent most of his career with Ernst and Young providing audit and merger and acquisition services. Mr. Powell received an MS in Management Information Systems and a BS in Accounting from Texas A&M University. Mr. Powell has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.
Impact Entrepreneur's Building an Impact Economy Webinar Series features presentations, conversations and panel discussions with the leading individuals and organizations in impact investing and entrepreneurship.
This webinar series and its companion series, Luminarias, are co-sponsored by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors as part of its Scaling Solutions Initiative.
Impact Entrepreneur’s Founder and CEO, Laurie Lane-Zucker, will be giving one of the two keynote addresses at the national Place-Based Education Conference at the University of Michigan Flint.
Join us for a live virtual fireside chat and Q&A with pioneering renewable energy entrepreneur and impact investor Jigar Shah.
Impact Entrepreneur’s Founder and CEO, Laurie Lane-Zucker, will be giving the keynote talk at this year’s Social Innovation Conference at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Join us for a live webinar & Q&A on Impact Measurement and Management with five of the world’s top experts in the field.
Join us for a live fireside chat and Q&A with impact investing leader Morgan Simon.
Join us for this live webinar and Q&A with John Elkington, who created the concept “triple bottom line.”
Join us for a historic social impact event — a fireside chat with Tom’s of Maine’s Founder Tom Chappell, Ben & Jerry’s Founder Ben Cohen and Seventh Generation’s Founder Jeffrey Hollender.
Impact Entrepreneur and the University of Vermont are pleased to announce the Impact Entrepreneur Network Scholarship at the University of Vermont's Sustainable Innovation MBA. A member of the Network, or someone nominated by a Network member, who is admitted to The Sustainable Innovation MBA program will be eligible for this $25,000 merit-based scholarship.
Join Impact Entrepreneur, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Rockefeller Foundation and Ford Foundation representatives as we discuss the building of an impact economy and philanthropy’s role in that effort.
Join us for a special virtual fireside chat and Q&A with pioneering impact investor Joel Solomon from Renewal Funds.
Join us for an authoritative webinar on Opportunity Zones. Moderated by Matthew Weatherley-White, with Fran Seegull, Elizabeth Garlow, Mark Berryman and Chantal Unfug.
WEBINAR The Year in Impact: A Fireside Chat with the Top Journalists in Impact Investing and Entrepreneurship
In this webinar, we welcome four of the most important and influential editors and journalists of impact to discuss the year's biggest developments, emerging trends in the space, and some important happenings that might not have received the attention they deserved. We will then look to the coming year of 2019 and, wearing prognosticator hats, share thoughts on what it coming down the pike, both for impact investing and impact entrepreneurship.
Join us for an authoritative webinar on transformation and systems change with SDG Transformation Forum's Steve Waddell.
Join us for this fireside chat with Clara Miller, one of the pioneering figures in impact philanthropy, as we discuss the future of philanthropy in an impact economy.
Join us for an authoritative webinar on benefit corporations with B Lab's Head of Legal Policy, Rick Alexander.
Impact Entrepreneur launches the first of two new webinar series with a virtual fireside chat featuring impact investing’s Jed Emerson.
One of the most inspirational and best-organized conferences in the impact space is Opportunity Collaboration’s annual summit in Mexico. IE attended last year and found the participating entrepreneurs and funders of extremely high quality. IE and OC are building a collaborative relationship and IE members are being offered up to $1500 off their registrations to the October 14-19, 2018 conference.
Impact Entrepreneur is pleased to be a partner for Opal Group's inaugural Impact Investing Forum North conference, on September 12-13, 2018 in New York City. Impact Entrepreneur's Founder and CEO Laurie Lane-Zucker will be a speaker on a featured panel on Mission Related Investments (MRIs) and Program Related Investments (PRIs). Impact Entrepreneur Network Members receive a 15% discount on registration
Impact Entrepreneur Center is pleased to be partnering with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors on a thought leadership summit to be hosted by IEC in the Berkshires. The meeting, Philanthropy Transforming Finance: Building an Impact Economy, is gathering several dozen leading figures from the philanthropy sector and impact economy systems thinkers for this two-day conference. (Due to limited space, this event is invitation-only)
Impact Entrepreneur is pleased to be a Premier Supporting Partner for the 2018 Africa Trade & Investment Global Summit (ATIGS), scheduled on June 24 to 26, 2018 at the World Trade Center – Ronald Reagan Building in Washington D.C. Impact Entrepreneur's Founder & CEO Laurie Lane-Zucker will be a speaker on two featured panels: Impact Investing in Africa and Africa and The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. IE members get a 20% discount on registration.
Impact Entrepreneur is pleased to be supporting Yale University's 2018 Impact Investing Conference.
On Friday April 27th, 2018, Impact on Record will host the inaugural Yale Impact Investing Conference at the Yale School of Management. The objective of this one-day event is to convene leaders with perspectives from all sectors of the impact investing space — fund managers, foundations, religious organizations, government, industry, and nonprofit—to reflect on the achievements of impact investing and to discuss the current opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. The event will be sponsored by the International Center for Finance at the Yale School of Management.
Impact Entrepreneur is pleased to be co-sponsoring and presenting at UMass Amherst's Social Innovation Conference on April 7, 2018. The conference is "a full-day event being curated by the UMass Social Entrepreneurship Club, with the intention of developing the social innovation ecosystem in the Pioneer Valley. By bringing together top social innovators in fields such as Tech and Finance, we hope to spark discussions that will foster higher understanding of the continuously growing field of social enterprise. The Conference's goal is to provide the education and tools to ultimately Inspire Impact and mobilize the next generation of social entrepreneurs."
Impact Entrepreneur Center is pleased to be designing and leading a session on the Sustainable Development Goals in higher education with host Babson College at Ashoka University's Exchange Conference.
Impact Entrepreneur's 2-day thought leadership summit and solutions design forum focuses on Sustainable Food & Agriculture Innovations and Finance. This is the inaugural event of IE's XVii program.