Symposium 2018

 

 

2018 Symposium Agenda

Our 2018 Symposium used the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals to build on the themes that HWW has been exploring since it first launched its impact symposium program in 2013: the practical realities of building an impact portfolio, the opportunities and challenges for acting, the latest developments in impact investing, and women in the impact investment marketplace.
 
8:00 - 8:45amRegistration and Breakfast
MORNING PLENARY SESSIONS
8:45 - 9:00amIntroductory Remarks
Anna Snider, Managing Director and Head of Due Diligence for the Chief Investment Office within Global Wealth & Investment Management, Bank of America; Board Chair, High Water Women
9:00 - 9:50am2030: Exploring the Sustainable Development Goals Three Years In — How are they being used as an investment framework?
Moderator: Yana Kakar, Global Managing Partner, Dalberg Advisors; Robert Brown, Senior Partner, Atlas Impact Partners; Adam Heltzer, Head of ESG and Sustainability, Partners Group; Roelfien Kuijpers, Head of Responsible Investments & Strategic Relationships, DWS; Anna Pot, Manager, Responsible Investments, APG Asset Management; Eric Rice, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, Wellington Management
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9:50 - 10:35amChange Makers Remarks and Interview with Andrea Jung President & CEO, Grameen America, Inc.
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11:00 - 12:30pmMORNING WORKSHOPS (Pick One of Five Sessions)
A. Gender — Panel working session will explore different approaches to investing in gender equality.
Moderator: Darcy Garner, Managing Partner, Channel Family Assets; Anna Falth, Manager, We Empower UN Women; Laura LaRosa, Executive Director of Client Development, Glenmede; Jessica Matthews, Managing Director, Head of Sustainable Investing, J.P. Morgan; Katherine St. Onge, Director, Syndications and Institutional Partnerships, Calvert Impact Capital; Diana van Maasdijk, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Equileap
B. Climate and Resilience — We will present two 45 minutes panels.
Panel — Where are we since Paris? Where are the capital gaps?
Moderator: Margot Kane, Advisor, Quantified Ventures/Circulate Capital; Paul O'Connell, Founder and CEO, Sanolas, LLC; Leah Wood, Associate Director, Client Service, Impax Asset Management; Christie Zarkovich, Managing Director, Cambridge Associates
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Panel — Creating Impact across asset classes. How is impact being communicated? What needs to change?
Moderator: Bill Davis, Founder and Managing Director, Stance Capital; Sarah Kearney, Founder and Executive Director, Prime Coalition; Zachary Knight, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Blue Forest Conservation; Asha Mehta, SVP, Director, Portfolio Manager, Acadian Asset Management; Jennifer von Bismarck, Managing Director, Arena Investments
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C. Achieving Impact and Its Measurement — Why do we measure impact? How do you measure impact? What tools do you use? What have been the lessons to date and what do you see as challenges going forward?
Moderator: Sasha Dichter, Chief Innovation Officer, Acumen Fund; Jane Bieneman, Senior Director, Tideline; Anisa Dougherty, Investment Analyst, Tiedemann Wealth Management; Hannah Schiff, Director of Impact, Responsible Investing, Nuveen; Jennifer Signori, Senior Vice President, ESG and Impact Investing, Neuberger Berman
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D. Sustainable Cities — We will present two 45 minutes panels.
Panel 1 — Investment frameworks, what are the expectations for returns/impact.
Moderator: Lori Scott, Chief Credit Officer, Impact Investments, MacArthur Foundation; Quinn Moss, Partner, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe; John Townsend, Board of Trustees, Altman Foundation; Miriam Wrobel, Consultant, Miriam Wrobel Consulting
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Panel 2 — Investment choices, addressing goals/objectives of the investor with fiduciary-viable, investment options.
Moderator: David Sand, Chief Impact Strategist, Community Capital Management; Chloe Byruck, Senior Project Manager, Lela Goren Group; Imogen Carr, Advisor, Jail Reduction Strategies, Open Society Foundations; Kristin Koch, Director of Investor Relations, Jonathan Rose Companies; Derwin Sisnett, Managing Partner, Rethink Community
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E. Food — The differences between a food value system and a conventional food supply chain, and which aspects of the evolving food value systems present opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors.
Moderator: Charlotte Kim, Partner Wilson, Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati; Louisa Burwood-Taylor, Head of Media/Editor, AgFunder; Sanjeev Krishnan, Managing Director & CIO, Seed 2 Growth Ventures; Nadja Pinnavaia, Founder & CEO, Euphebe Healthcare; Shen Tong, Managing Partner, FoodFutureCo
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12:30 - 1:30pmNetworking Lunch
1:30 - 3:00pmAFTERNOON WORKSHOPS (Pick One of Five Sessions)
A. Diversity — Panel working session will explore different approaches to investing in diversity and inclusion.
Moderator: Nicole Bouquet, Vice President, Institutional Shareholder Service; Daryn Dodson, Managing Director, Illumen Capital; Olympia de Castro, Partner, Community Investment Management; Tim Volk, Managing Partner, T. Volk & Company; Rye Young, Executive Director, Third Wave Fund
B. Climate and Resilience — Audience breaks into small groups to explore case studies assisted by speakers.
Adam Connaker, Senior Program Associate, Rockefeller Foundation; Bill Davis, Founder and Managing Director, Stance Capital; Rob Day, Founding Partner, Spring Lane Capital; Margot Kane, Advisor, Quantified Ventures/Circulate Capital; Sarah Kearney, Founder and Executive Director, Prime Coalition; Zachary Knight, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Blue Forest Conservation; Asha Mehta, SVP, Director, Portfolio Manager, Acadian Asset Management; Paul O'Connell, Founder & CEO, Sanolas, LLC; Jennifer von Bismarck, Managing Director, Arena Investments; Leah Wood, Associate Director, Client Service & Business Development, Impax Asset Management; Christie Zarkovich, Managing Director, Cambridge Associates
C. Achieving Impact and Its Measurement — Discussion led by leading practitioners on lessons from the front lines. What are the tools available in the market? How do we achieve authenticity? How to balance authenticity and maintain simplicity and succinctness? What can be and should be the verification process?
Moderator: Veronica Olazabal, Director, Measurement, Evaluation & Organizational Performance Rockefeller Foundation; Anne Amanda Bengasser, Director, Treehouse Investments; Priya Parrish, Chief Investment Officer, Impact Engine; Olivia Prentice, COO, Impact Management Project; Tom Woelfel, Director, Impact Advisory Services, Pacific Community Ventures
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D. Sustainable Cities — Remarks from speakers Lori Scott and Rosemary Ripley will kick off the session, followed by group case studies.
Chloe Byruck, Senior Project Manager, Lela Goren Group; Imogen Carr, Advisor, Jail Reduction Strategies, Open Society; Kristin Koch, Director of Investor Relations, Jonathan Rose Companies; Rosemary Ripley, Managing Director, NGEN Partners; David Sand, Chief Impact Strategist, Community Capital Management; Lori Scott, Chief Credit Officer, Impact Investments, MacArthur Foundation; Miriam Wrobel, Consultant, Miriam Wrobel Consul
E. Regenerative Agriculture —What is regenerative agriculture and what are the investment opportunities and obstacles to scaling. Two case studies will be explored with companies in this space that are currently raising capital using very different financing mechanisms.
Moderator: Aaron Niederhelman, Co-Founder and CEO, OneHealthAg; Heather Eisenlord, Partner, RPCK; Karen Karp, President, KK&P; Lisa Sebasta, Founder, Sitari Capital; Ridge Shinn, Founder & CEO, Big Picture Beef; Renee Vassilos, Founder, Banyan Innovation Group; Briana Warner, CEO, Ocean Approved
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AFTERNOON PLENARY SESSIONS
3:15 - 4:00pmGender Investing Spotlight Presentations — Moderated by Rita Kakati Shah, Founder and CEO, Uma
Public Equities: Diana van Maasdijk, Co-founder and Executive Director, Equileap
Venture Capital: Dr. Gitanjali Swamy, Managing Partner, IoTask
Achieving Gender Equity: Katherine St. Onge, Director, Syndications and Institutional Partnerships, Calvert Impact Capital
The Billion Dollar Fund for Women: Shelly Porges, Co-Founder and Managing Partner
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3:30 - 4:00pmFOCUS ON THE FUTURE: Winning the War, Impact Investing, Collaborative Capitalism and the Fight for a Sustainable Future — Institutional Size and Capital Flows.
Moderator: Rehana Nathoo, Founder and CEO, Spectrum Impact; Sasha Brown, Principal, Ecosystem Integrity Fund; Marc Diaz, Finance Leaders Fellow, Aspen Institute; Diana Propper de Callejon, Managing Director, Cranemere; Jonathan Rose, President, Jonathan Rose Companies
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4:50 - 5:00pmWrap up
5:00 - 7:00pmCocktail Reception
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