Laurie Lane-Zucker, Founder & CEO

Laurie Lane-Zucker, Founder & CEO

 

Laurie Lane-Zucker is Founder and CEO of Impact Entrepreneur, LLC, an impact economy business that includes the Impact Entrepreneur Center for Social and Environmental Innovation; the Impact Entrepreneur Network, a 21,000 member global network of entrepreneurs, investors and scholars; and a consulting company that works with blended value companies, impact investors and academic institutions.

For nearly 30 years, Laurie has been a “pioneer” (Forbes) and recognized leader in sustainability, social enterprise and impact investing. Laurie was the founding Executive Director of the international environmental organization, Orion Society, which publishes the celebrated Orion Magazine, as well as the founder of a global sustainability think-tank, Triad Institute, and Hotfrog, a Founding B Corporation, GIIRS Pioneer Company, and the first company ever to complete an equity transaction on an impact investment exchange.

With Impact Entrepreneur, Laurie has successfully accomplished a first in business: establishing a brand that has become a ubiquitous symbol for sustainable and equitable business transformation, and a vocational identifier for thousands of "systems-minded" innovators — impact entrepreneurs — around the world. Never before has a brand successfully launched a transformational social movement in its own name. Laurie speaks on impact entrepreneurship, impact investing and impact economy at a wide range of venues (universities, sustainable business conferences, family wealth summits, and more), and hosts two popular webinar series that attract a global audience and feature the leading thinkers and practitioners in impact investing and entrepreneurship.

Laurie is the bestselling and mutiple award-winning publisher and editor of books and magazines on sustainability and social impact, having published, edited and written the introductions for celebrated works by Wendell Berry, Terry Tempest Williams, Barry Lopez and David James Duncan. He is the author of numerous articles on entrepreneurship and impact investing, and is the co-founder of the Place-Based Education movement, having coined the term (with Dr. John Elder) and published, edited and written the foreword for the first book on that growing pedagogy. His current writing projects include a chapter (co-written with Andrea McGrath) on Entrepreneurship and Sustainability for a forthcoming textbook, Sustainability: Business and Investment Implications by World Scientific Publishing.

Laurie has organized over 80 conferences in his career, including programs with Harvard, Yale, Bowdoin, Grinnell, Emory, U of Washington and several dozen other universities, as well as with Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Nathan Cummings Foundation, and other notable partners. He created (with former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass) the Watershed: Writers, Nature and Community conference at the American Libarary of Congress, which was the largest gathering ever held at that institution. He also created the 1999 Fire & Grit: Working for Nature and Community conference at the National Conservation Training Center, a millennium celebration on environmental writing and activism.

Laurie is a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Vermont's Top-Ranked Sustainable Innovation MBA program. He did his undergraduate studies at Middlebury College and the University of Edinburgh, and his graduate work at Columbia University and the Bread Loaf School of English.