By Impact Alpha
Impact BriefingMay 26, 2023
Why employee ownership is the next big thing in impact, and America, with Jack Moriarty
Jack Moriarty of Ownership America chats with ImpactAlpha’s David Bank about employee ownership and new legislation to help investors back companies that are turning workers into owners. Host Brian Walsh has the headlines.
Funding African tech entrepreneurs with Eunice Ajim
Eunice Ajim, founding partner Ajim Capital speaks with David Bank about her personal journey to launch the fund and her mission to support tech entrepreneurs in her native Cameroon and across Africa. Host Monique Aiken has the headlines.
For more on Ajim Capital: https://www.ajimcapital.com/blog/ajim-capital-launches-10m-fund-for-african-companies-in-the-tech-space
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The long and winding road to responsible private equity with Tensie Whelan
Host Brian Walsh is joined by NYU’s Tensie Whelan to hear why more and more private equity firms are starting to embrace impact as a path to outperformance.
Tensie's article in ImpactAlpha: https://impactalpha.com/more-private-equity-firms-embrace-impact-as-a-path-to-outperformance/
Finding alpha in racial justice and the challenges women face raising a first fund
The BFM (Black Founders Matter) Fund’s Himalaya Rao speaks with David Bank about the alpha case for racial justice investing and the challenges faced by a woman manager when raising her first fund.
Our earlier VC Include interviews:
Neighborhood Economics with Kevin Jones
As the Neighborhood Economics conference wraps up in Jackson, Miss., Kevin Jones speaks with David Bank about startup capital for sole proprietors, Black churches as engines of economic development and how unusual strangers can become unlikely allies. Plus, host Brian Walsh has the headlines.
U.S. Financial regulations and over 40 years of Earth Days with Dianne Dillon-Ridgley
For Earth Day, Dianne Dillon-Ridgley joins host Monique Aiken to reflect on her four decades working in finance and on environmental and human rights issues. Dillon-Ridgley is the chair of the board of the Intentional Endowments Network, and has served on 23 US delegations to the UN, including the first United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Plus, Monique has the headlines.
Going beyond 'net-zero' in the public markets with Ariane Mahler
"Net zero is not going to get us anywhere,” Ariane Mahler of Veridien Global Investors tells David Bank on this week's podcast. “You need negative emissions, not just net zero.” Veridien’s forthcoming exchange-traded fund (ticker: CLIA) will include names in construction, waste management, agriculture and forestry as well as transportation and energy that “have as their main focus the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.” Plus, Brian Walsh has the headlines.
Veridien Global Investors: https://www.veridienglobalinvestors.com/
Climate Risk Analytics: https://www.urgentem.net/
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Training the next generation of impact investors with Adwoa Asare
The Turner Miint’s Adwoa Asare joins co-hosts Monique Aiken and Brian Walsh to talk about training the next generation of impact investors – and the winners of this year’s competition. Plus the headlines.
In spite of itself, Texas takes on mantle of climate leader
From Austin, ImpactAlpha’s Dennis Price joins host Brian Walsh to discuss Texas’s surprising role as the U.S.’s leader in clean energy – and how the oil-pumping state might still wrest defeat from the jaws of victory. Plus, the headlines.
Check up on this week's Agents of Impact Call at impactalpha.com/calls
How bank failures and interest rate hikes have changed the dynamics of impact investing.
Host Monique Aiken has the headlines and Atlas Impact Partners’ Robert Brown and ImpactAlpha contributing editor Imogen Rose-Smith join David Bank to parse how bank failures and interest rate hikes have changed the dynamics of impact investing – perhaps forever. “The current iteration of impact investors and advocates – those seeking to redirect large pools of capital – has thrived in the context of low rates, steady economic growth, stable geopolitical environment and favorable regulatory environment,” Brown says. “Throw all that out the window.”
Ben McAdams: Marrying public real estate and private capital (podcast)
As mayor of Salt Lake County a decade ago, Ben McAdams was frustrated that there wasn’t $500,000 in a $1.3 billion annual budget for a promising early childhood education program (instead he helped craft one of the country’s first social impact bonds). But an effort he led to map the value of the city’s underutilized real estate yielded an impressive number: at least $15 billion, and up to $45 billion if properties are developed thoughtfully. “I found out there is actually money under our mattress,” McAdams tells David Bank on this week’s Impact Briefing podcast. “It's real estate that is just forgotten.”
Sana Kapadia on the alpha opportunity for investors who are gender smart
2x Global’s Sana Kapadia joins host Monique Aiken to ring in Women’s History Month and talk about the state of gender-lens investing. Plus, the headlines.
Relevant links from Sana:Website Inclusive climate and gender finance report and launch event (March 14th) The Forum Currently hiring a climate lead
Scaling purpose built impact with Priya Parrish
Impact Engine’s Priya Parrish joins David Bank to explain why purpose built investment firms end up with better impact outcomes than purpose driven firms. Plus, host Brian Walsh has the headlines.
[Briefing] University of California’s rescue of Blackstone’s REIT
The roundtable – that’s Brian Walsh, Imogen Rose-Smith and David Bank – is back together to discuss private equity and, specifically, that $4.5 billion investment made by the investment office of the University of California’s Board of Regents into the Blackstone Real Estate Investment Trust. Plus, the headlines.
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How Project Equity is turning employees into owners by surfing the 'silver tsunami'
Project Equity’s Alison Lingane talks with ImpactAlpha’s David Bank about the growing popularity of employee ownership as a strategy for generating wealth and democratizing the economy. And, host Monique Aiken has the headlines.
Finding the opportunities for impact investors in Biden's SOTU
Fran Seegull of the Impact Investing Alliance joins David Bank to talk about jobs, climate and communities in this week’s State of the Union address and to preview Agents of Impact Call No. 49. Plus, the headlines.
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Finding the opportunities in (and the problems with) muni bonds
ImpactAlpha’s David Bank joins host Monique Aiken to share takeaways from this week’s Agents of Impact Call on how investors are working to advance racial justice through the municipal bond market. Plus, the headlines.
Why development finance institutions are being pressed to ‘publish what you fund’
Development finance institutions are essential to the mobilization of capital to slow climate change and to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. So why do these quasi-public institutions share so little data about their activities? Jessica Pothering breaks it down for host Brian Walsh. Plus, the headlines.
Next week's Call: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/520070213007
Backing new decision-makers for the new majority with Demetric Duckett of Living Cities
For the banker turned impact investor, building wealth for women and people of color is as much about numbers as it is about equity. “The reason we are the U.S. and we are at the top of the heap, globally, is because we've invested in our prior majorities, which has been primarily white men,” Demetric Duckett of Living Cities told ImpactAlpha’s David Bank in this Agents of Impact podcast.
How the Milken Institute is connecting disadvantaged communities with critical project development financing
Milken’s Dan Carol and Rachel Halfaker join host Brian Walsh to share how they are connecting historically disadvantaged communities with the huge sums of public and private financing looking for actionable green infrastructure projects. The portal, called the Community Infrastructure Center, launched this week at Milken’s Public Finance Forum.
How Dollaride is electrifying ‘dollar vans’ to boost livelihoods and cut carbon in New York’s transit deserts.
Host Monique Aiken and ImpactAlpha’s Roodgally Senatus chat with Su Sanni and Chris Coles of Brooklyn-based Dollaride, which is working with with climate and tech startups to electrify the city’s informal “dollar vans” and boost the livelihoods of drivers in New York’s transit deserts.
Why Kristin Hull, an early Tesla investor, sees Elon Musk as an ESG risk
Host Brian Walsh is joined by Kristin Hull of Nia Impact Capital, a long-time Tesla investor who says Elon Musk’s Twitter escapades threaten the electric vehicle maker’s climate mission. Hull spoke to Walsh spoke about Nia’s public markets impact strategy, why they’ve shifted Tesla from their client’s funds into a separate activist fund, and when they might start to consider divesting altogether.
Building Community Wealth with Aisha Weeks
Host Monique Aiken has the headlines and David talks with Aisha Weeks of the Dearfield Fund for Black Wealth about narrowing the racial wealth gap by expanding access to home ownership.
Closing the wealth gap through "ownership trusts" with Zoe Schlag, Cofounder of Common Trust
Host Brian Walsh catches up with Common Trust’s Zoe Schlag, who is taking aim at U.S. wealth gaps by helping employees become owners – while enabling business owners to retire with purpose. Plus, the headlines.
Stephan Nicoleau shares an update from COP27
Amy Cortese catches up with FullCycle’s Stephan Nicoleau at COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt to talk methane, governance and catalytic capital. Host Monique Aiken has the headlines.
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Ceres' Steven Rothstein on the midterm elections and COP27 and their impact on sustainable finance
Host Brian Walsh is joined by Steven Rothstein, managing director of the Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets, to chat about how climate investors are reacting to this week’s midterm election in the U.S. as well as the COP27 global climate summit. Plus, the headlines.
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Morningstar's Jon Hale on the midterm elections
Jon Hale, director of sustainability research at Morningstar, joins Monique Aiken to talk about what is at stake for impact investors in next week’s US election.
Bob Eccles on the ESG Wars
Brian Walsh has the headlines and Amy Cortese chats with Oxford’s Bob Eccles about why the distinction between ESG and impact in investing matters more than ever.
SOCAP is back in person
Host Monique Aiken is live and in person with Rodney Foxworth, CEO of Common Future, and ImpactAlpha’s David Bank at SOCAP22 in San Francisco. Plus, the headlines.
Insights from 20 years of deploying "patient capital" with Acumen's Daniel Waldron
Host Brian Walsh is joined by Daniel Waldron, head of insights at Acumen, to discuss lessons learned from the non-profit investor’s two decades of deploying “patient capital” in companies serving some of the world’s poorest customers. Plus, the headlines.
The Greening of the 401(k) with Zach Stein
ImpactAlpha’s David Bank catches up with Zach Stein, CEO of Carbon Collective, to talk about how average investors with 401(k) retirement accounts can start to shift trillions of dollars away from fossil fuels and toward climate solutions (3:00).
This month's Liist: https://impactalpha.com/the-liist-seven-impact-funds-that-are-raising-capital-now-october-2022/
Investing to support refugees and women
Dennis Price joins host Brian Walsh to talk about the new and growing opportunity in ‘refugee lens investing,’ (2:45). And, Brian shares some highlights from this week’s Agents of Impact Call (11:00)
Watch the Call replay on Youtube: https://youtu.be/I0kz0W0dCBI or at impactalpha.com
Fall is here, and that means it's Climate Week in New York
Host Monique Aiken is joined by David Bank, who has been on the ground with ImpactAlpha’s New York “bureau” (Amy Cortese, Roodgally Senatus and Dan Keller), taking the pulse of investors and other stakeholders at Climate Week. Plus, the headlines.
The state of impact in India with Shefali Anand
ImpactAlpha correspondent Shefali Anand joins host Brian Walsh from the Impact Investors Council in New Delhi to take stock of the surge in climate and impact investing in India. Plus, the headlines.
Agents of Impact Call replay: https://youtu.be/XlSfGZ7c9xE
Mapping Climate Capital and September's LIIST
ImpactAlpha’s David Bank joins host Monique Aiken to preview next week’s Agents of Impact Call. Luni Libes of Realize Impact stops by to discuss impact funds featured on this month’s edition of The LIIST. Plus, the headlines.
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This month's LIIST: https://impactalpha.com/the-liist-seven-impact-funds-that-are-raising-capital-now-september-2022/
How, and why, to decarbonize concrete
Host Brian Walsh is joined by Roody Senatus to hear about some of the concrete steps being taken to address a particularly hard challenge: reducing carbon emissions from concrete. Plus, the headlines.
More on Pakistan aid opportunities: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/kalsoomlakhani_the-floods-impacting-pakistan-right-now-are-activity-6969838421166989312-7s_X/
Havell Rodrigues on the democratic approach to fundraising that's putting wind in the sails of new impact fund managers
New Majority Capital is one of a new crop of emerging impact investment firms that are turning to crowdfunding platforms such as Republic and Wefunder to overcome historic barriers to fundraising. New Majority's Havell Rodrigues speaks with Dennis Price about how the approach has worked for them, and the strategy they're using to seed a new generation of diverse entrepreneurs (3:00). Plus the headlines.
The Roundtable takes on the anti-ESG ETF Strive, and more...
Host Brian Walsh welcomes back roundtable regulars Imogen Rose-Smith and David Bank to dissect the anti-ESG backlash and the Inflation Reduction Act. Plus, the headlines.
What the climate provisions of the IRA mean for investors.
Host Monique Aiken is joined by Amy Cortese, who has been talking to investors -- including Full Cycle’s Stephan Nicoleau -- about how the inflation reduction act is resetting the table on climate. Plus, the headlines.`
Introducing The LIIST with Luni Libes and Zuleyma Bebell
Realize Impact’s Luni Libes and ImpactAlpha’s Zuleyma Bebell join Brian Walsh to discuss the LIIST, an exciting new sampling of impact funds and companies that, based on public or accessible information, seem to be in active fundraising mode.
The LIIST: https://impactalpha.com/the-brief-the-liist-of-open-impact-funds-evs-as-a-service-impact-tech-in-africa-federal-policy-for-community-solar/
Luni's podcasts: https://www.lunarmobiscuit.com/podcasts/
What Airlift's crash says about pandemic era VC investing
Jessica Pothering joins host Brian Walsh to dissect the crash landing of Airlift, and chew over the broader Covid-fueled boom and bust in instant grocery delivery in frontier markets. Plus, the headlines.
Investing thoughtful catalytic capital for emerging managers with Margot Kane
Spring Point Partners’ Margot Kane joins host Monique Aiken to talk family offices, emerging managers and catalytic capital. Plus, the headlines.
Politics and Power in Asset Management
Roundtable regulars Imogen Rose-Smith and David Bank join Brian Walsh to draw a line from the massive fees in asset management to the recent raft of radical decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court.
Emerging fund managers gather in Dar es Salaam
ImpactAlpha’s Jessica Pothering joins Monique Aiken to share the work of equity and debt capital providers in emerging markets, whom she met with last week in Dar es Salaam at the Collaborative for Frontier Finance's annual convening.
Impact Investing and Coming Out
David Bank joins host Brian Walsh to discuss parallels between the LGBTQ+ community and the impact investing community. We also hear from Megan Kashner of the Kellogg School of Management about the genesis of Colorful Capital, the new LGBTQ+ focused venture capital firm that she has started with TIIP’s Bill Burckart. Plus the headlines.
Briefing: Stephan Nicoleau on Davos and Moving Forward on Climate
FullCycle’s Stephan Nicoleau deconstructs the climate conversation at the recent Davos meeting of the World Economic Forum with host Monique Aiken, and points to some surprising opportunities for climate investors. Plus the headlines.
Building the next-generation of diverse climate fund managers with Bahiyah Robinson of VC Include
CEO and Founder of VC Include, Bahiyah Robinson joins host Monique Aiken to talk about the social venture project's mission to increase the number of diverse-led climate funds 10-fold by 2030. Plus, the headlines.
Briefing: The politicization of ESG and some alternatives to VC
David Bank joins Monique Aiken to discuss the politics of ESG and the importance of flexible financing for startups and small businesses. Plus, the headlines.
Alternatives to VC, from Community Rounds to Neighborhood Economics
ImpactAlpha’s David Bank joins host Brian Walsh to preview next week’s Agents of Impact call (3:45). And Bank checks in with Kevin Jones from the Neighborhood Economics gathering in Indianapolis (7:00). Jones is this week’s Agent of Impact. Plus, the headlines.
Investment trends in Africa
Monique Aiken is joined by Jessica Pothering to explore the, yes, social impact of private investment trends on the African continent. Plus, the headlines.
Briefing: Carl Icahn, Elon Musk, and activist investing in the age of ESG
Host Brian Walsh is joined by roundtable regulars Imogen Rose-Smith and David Bank to decide which type of “activist investor” Carl Icahn is – and what that makes Elon Musk. We also hear from Jah Koh of Lightsmith Group and Benjamin Njenga of Apollo Agriculture, both of whom were guests on this week’s Agents of Impact Call. Plus, the headlines.
Briefing: Catalyzing climate capital for adaptation and equity
David Bank joins host Monique Aiken to preview next week’s call on catalyzing capital for climate adaptation. And we hear from Jonathan Phillips of the Rogers Energy Access Project at Duke University. Plus, the headlines.
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A Civilian Climate Corps in the Bronx, and Community Rounds replaces Crowdfunding
Roodgally Senatus joins host Brian Walsh to discuss his story – and photos! – from the frontlines of BlocPower efforts to train a civilian climate corps in the Bronx. Dennis Price checks in with Wefunder’s Jonny Price and Fanbase’s Ramiro Canovas to learn why startups are turning their fans and customers into investors. Plus, the headlines.
Roody's piece: https://impactalpha.com/inside-blocpowers-mission-to-upskill-workers-and-green-new-york-city-buildings-photo-story/
Political Risk and Impact Investing in Ukraine and Beyond
David Bank joins host Monique Aiken to recap this week’s call on how impact investors are approaching political risk and conflict in Eastern Europe and beyond, with call highlights from Jessica Bleyzer of SigmaBleyzer, Media Development Investment Fund’s Harlan Mandel, Daniel Kozlov of Global Venture Alliance and Open Road Alliance’s Caroline Bressan (3:20). And, TIIP has a new systems investing platform (9:45). Plus, the headlines (0:30).
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The SEC's new climate disclosure rules, Alicia Seiger's contrarian take, and next week's Call
David Bank joins host Brian Walsh to discuss the surprising breakthrough in the SEC’s new rules on corporate climate disclosure and preview next week’s Agents of Impact call on political and country risk. We also hear from Stanford’s Alicia Seiger, who has a contrarian take on the hot issue of Scope 3 accounting. Plus, the headlines.
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Briefing: Confluence's Dana Lanza on geopolitcal instability, climate change, and justice.
Monique Aiken is joined by Dana Lanza of Confluence Philanthropy to hear about their annual gathering, and to discuss the crisis in Ukraine, climate change, racial justice and more. Plus, the headlines.
Women Driving Alpha, "Live" from Cape Town
Host Brian Walsh catches up with ImpactAlpha’s Jessica Pothering from Cape Town, South Africa to talk about women driving alpha in emerging markets. And we hear from Harlan Mandel of Media Development Investment Fund on investing in a free press in countries that need it most. Plus, the headlines.
The Weaponization of Finance and the Green Way Forward
David Bank joins host Monique Aiken to share a conversation with Jon Lukomnik of Sinclair Capital about the swift fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the weaponization of finance and the Green Way Forward. And we get a preview of next week’s call from Duke’s Cathy Clark. Plus, the headlines.For all the headlines and more: impactalpha.com RSVP to The Call Jon's podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/outside-in-with-jon-lukomnik/id1587041255
Impact investing’s policy agenda, and the funky sounds and social impact of ElectroSpit
Host Monique Aiken and ImpactAlpha’s David Bank tee up impact investing’s policy agenda (and next week’s Agents of Impact Call), with comments from Satyam Khanna, ex- of the SEC, Cambria Allen Ratzlaff of the Human Capital Management Coalition – and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen (2:50). And Dennis Price introduces Bosco and Maya Kante and the innovative ‘impact note’ with which they financed their company, ElectroSpit (7:30). Plus, the headlines.
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More on ElectroSplit and the Kantes: https://impactalpha.com/impact-notes-help-entrepreneurs-recoup-equity-by-creating-good-jobs-and-community-wealth/
Carbon crypto, carbon markets and carbon quantitative easing
David Bank joins host Brian Walsh with updates from the carbon beat and highlights from this week’s Agents of Impact Call. Plus, the headlines.
The rising price of carbon and Kim Folsom of Founders First
Host Monique Aiken is joined by David Bank to preview next week’s call on the real world effects of a rising price of carbon (3:15). And, Dennis Price speaks with Kim Folsom of Founders First about flexible business financing to create jobs and wealth (5:15). Plus, the headlines (0:30).
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Mixed signals in ESG and impact, climate meets crypto, and impact management and measurement tech take off
Host Brian Walsh is joined by roundtable regulars David Bank and Imogen Rose-Smith to make sense of the mixed signals in impact investing and the broader economy (5:50). Dennis Price shares a story on impact-management tech (2:55). Plus, the headlines.
Larry Fink’s letter, BlocPower’s expansion, and Just Capital CEO Martin Whittaker
Monique Aiken and David Bank react to Larry Fink’s annual letter, BlocPower’s expansion and systemic approaches to income inequality. And, at (5:30), David catches up with Martin Whittaker about Just Capital’s “Just 100” rankings, stakeholder primacy and “Davos Man.”
The Roundtable looks ahead to 2022
Host Brian Walsh brings back roundtable regulars Imogen Rose-Smith and David Bank to take up private equity scandals, impending regulations, the tech reckoning, battling billionaires and, of course, “Don’t Look Up.” Plus, the headlines.Headlines: (0:30) Roundtable discussion: (2:45)
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December 17th: Diversity in Asset Management
Roundtable regulars Imogen Rose-Smith and David Bank join host Brian Walsh to talk about Imogen's Institutional Shift column, and Resilience Capital’s Gillian Marcelle and 1863 Ventures’ Melissa Bradley challenge impact investors to walk the talk. Plus, the headlines.
December 10: The Reconstruction This Time
Host Monique Aiken takes a look back on a year of conversations on The Reconstruction podcast with outtakes from Anne Price, Rodney Foxworth and Nwamaka Agbo. Aiken also looks forward to next week’s Agents of Impact Call on the series and what’s next. Plus, the headlines.
December 3rd: Stakeholder Activism and ReNewCos
Host Brian Walsh and roundtable regulars Imogen Rose-Smith and David Bank take up the corporate trend du jour: spinning off high-flying green business units, or ReNewCos, from legacy dirty assets, and chew over prospects for a “multi-movement engine” for corporate accountability.
November 19th: 4 Takeaways from COP26 with Stephan Nicoleau
On this week’s podcast, host Monique Aiken gets an investor’s takeaways from the Glasgow climate summit from FullCycle’s Stephan Nicoleau. Plus, the headlines.
November 12th: The Marks, the Gretas, and Inflation -- Oh, My!
Host Brian Walsh is back from Glasgow and joined for an institutional impact roundtable by Imogen Rose-Smith and David Bank. They sort out the Marks and the Gretas at COP26 and chew on inflation’s impact on… impact. Plus, the headlines
November 5th: Young Climate Leaders at COP26
Amy Cortese joins host Monique Aiken to share some of the powerful voices that have spoken so far at COP26. Plus the headlines.
October 29th: What's at Stake at COP26
Host Brian Walsh is headed to Glasgow for COP26, and looks to roundtable regulars David Bank and Imogen Rose-Smith for the lowdown on what to expect. Plus the headlines.
October 22nd: SOCAP Week
David Bank joins Host Monique Aiken to bring us some highlights of the many interviews and panels that the two hosted this week.
October 15th: Institutional Climate Investing in the UK
Ahead of COP26 in Glasgow, roundtable regulars Imogen Rose-Smith and David Bank join host Brian Walsh to talk UK climate politics and investing.
October 8th: Covering Black tech ecosystems, with The Plug's Sherrell Dorsey
Sherrell Dorsey, founder of The Plug, joins host Monique Aiken. The Plug launched a new site this week, and will be co-hosting next week's Agents of Impact Call.
October 1st: Infrastructure and Impact
John Cochrane from the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance joins host Brian Walsh to sort out at least some of the policy developments in Washington this week -- and what they mean for impact investors. Plus, the headlines.
September 24th: Climate Week
Full Cycle’s Stephan Nicoleau joins host Monique Aiken to talk about Climate Week, climate action and infrastructure justice. Plus, the headlines.
September 17th : Carbon Lock-in, Stranded Assets, and Harvard's Divestment
Roundtable regulars David Bank and Imogen Rose-Smith return this week to join host Brian Walsh for a conversation about Imogen’s latest Institutional Impact column on carbon lock-in, stranded assets and yes, Harvard’s endowment. Plus, the headlines.
September 10th: Universal Ownership and Active Stewardship
Host Monique Aiken is joined by ImpactAlpha’s David Bank to talk about universal ownership and active stewardship. And to preview next week’s Agent of Impact call, we hear a bit of David’s recent conversation with Hiro Mizuno. Plus, the headlines.
September 3rd: ‘Beta stewardship’ and hurricane resilience.
host Brian Walsh chats with ImpactAlpha’s Dennis Price and Amy Cortese to talk through some of their reporting from the week. And we hear from Sunwealth’s Jessica Brooks, this week’s Agent of Impact. Plus, the headlines.
August 27th: Building Back Better in Haiti
Guest host David Bank talks with Roodgally Senatus about the earthquake relief efforts and growing up in Haiti. And we revisit, “How I Stopped the Taliban From Shutting Down My School,” the TED talk by Sakena Yacoobi, this week’s Agent of Impact. Plus, the headlines.
August 20th: ESG Whistleblowers with Imogen and David
Brian Walsh enlists roundtable regulars Imogen Rose-Smith and David Bank to dissect ESG and Imogen’s latest column.
August 13th: BlocPower's Donnel Baird on the role of impact investors in equitable climate infrastructure
Donnel Baird, the founder of climate technology startup BlocPower joins Monique Aiken to talk about the latest IPCC Report, how he copes with climate grief, the Biden administration's infrastructure plans, and the role that impact investors can play in staving off the worst impacts of climate change.
July 30th: Some Reconstruction history and looking forward to Black Philanthropy Month
On this week’s podcast, host Monique Aiken checks in with ImpactAlpha’s David Bank, who is in South Carolina’s Lowcountry exploring the history of the original Reconstruction. We hear about some of that history in snippets from David’s conversation with Penn Center’s Miss Gardenia Simmons-White and preview Black Philanthropy Month with Philanthropy Unbound’s Renée Joslyn. Plus, the headlines.
July 23rd: Private equity and ESG, strange bedfellows?
Roundtable regulars Imogen Rose-Smith and David Bank join host Brian Walsh to discuss Rose-Smith’s latest column on how private equity learned to stop worrying and love ESG. We also hear from Netflix star Cooper Connelley – a nice guy, loyal husband and impact investor. Plus, the headlines.
July 16th: The SEC considers asset manager diversity disclosure
Monique Aiken brings us the headlines, and ImpactAlpha’s Dennis Price catches up with Illumen Capital’s Daryn Dodson about bias in asset management and what a new era of disclosure could mean for diversity in the industry.
July 9th: Investors Eye Nuclear Fusion
Nuclear fusion: a grand climate solution or a longstanding pipe dream? A number of startups claim to be on the verge of technological breakthroughs that could bring fusion energy to the grid by the 2030s -- and investors are buying it. Host Brian Walsh is joined by Amy Cortese and David Bank to hear more about the growing interest in fusion, and one MIT based startup that's trying to bring it to scale.
July 2nd: PolicyLink's Michael McAfee and "The Curb-Cut Effect"
Monique talks with PolicyLink’s Michael McAfee about “the curb-cut effect,” closing the racial wealth gap, and other takeaways from this week’s Agents of Impact Call No. 29: Capitalism Reimagined. Plus, the headlines.
June 25th: Reimagining Capitalism
David Bank joins host Brian Walsh to reimagine capitalism. We also hear from Rev. Dr. William Barber II, PolicyLink’s Mahlet Getachew and Omidyar Network’s Chris Jurgens for a preview of next week’s Capitalism Reimagined Call. Plus, the headlines.
June 18th: CDFI's and Juneteenth hit the big time
Lisa Mensah, CEO and President of the Opportunity Finance Network, joins Monique to reflect on our newest federal holiday, the sudden widespread interest -- or should we say investment -- in community lending, and today’s opportunity for a just Reconstruction.
June 11th: Reimagining Capitalism, Comptroller Elections, Toxic Masculinity in Impact and The Gates Foundation Falls Short
Roundtable regulars Imogen Rose-Smith and David Bank join Brian Walsh to re-imagine capitalism and review some of Imogen's recent and upcoming hot takes in her IA column. Plus, how the Gates Foundation’s strategy for global access to COVID vaccines worked -- or didn’t. And. as always, the headlines.
June 4th: Looking Back and Looking Forward
Monique brings us some highlights of her conversations with Tiffany Crutcher and Greg Robinson in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Anne Price of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development in Oakland, Calif. Plus, the headlines.
May 28th: Big Oil's Big Reckoning
Brian Walsh is joined by Amy Cortese and David Bank to break down the big news coming out of Exxon, Chevron and Shell. Plus the headlines
May 21st: Catalytic Capital and the Reconstruction
Host Monique Aiken is joined by David Bank to talk about financing the reconstruction with catalytic capital. Plus the headlines.
May 14th: Risks, Returns, and Innovative Financial Structures
David Bank and Jessica Pothering join host Brian Walsh to talk about risks and returns – and explore innovative financial structures that are unlocking new capital in emerging markets. Plus, the headlines.
May 7th: Generational Inheritance and Leadership
Host Monique Aiken is joined by David Bank to talk through some of this week's themes. Plus we hear from Kelli Saulney, a recent guest on the Reconstruction podcast. And, of course, the headlines.
April 30th: Truth in advertising when it comes to ESG
Brian Walsh welcomes back Imogen Rose-Smith and David Bank to discuss the heightened regulatory scrutiny of impact and ESG claims. Plus, the headlines.
Week of April 23rd
On this week’s podcast, host Monique Aiken checks in with Nathan Cummings Foundation’s Rey Ramsey and The Case Made’s Tiffany Manuel, and chats with ImpactAlpha’s Amy Cortese about climate action news. Plus, the headlines.
Friday April 16th
Host Brian Walsh takes stock of two of the premier showcases for student talent in impact investing and sustainable finance. He chats with Bridges Fund Management’s Brian Trelstad about this year’s competition. And Megan Kashner of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern recaps the Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge, which also staged its finals last week.
Week of April 9th
Host Monique Aiken speaks with B Lab’s Andrew Kassoy about why impact-driven businesses and investors are stepping up their policy advocacy. We also hear from Dr. Tiffany Manuel of The Case Made, next week’s guest on The Reconstruction podcast. Plus the headlines.
Week of April 2nd
Brian dissects former BlackRock exec Tariq Fancy’s recent takedown of ESG investing with roundtable regulars Imogen Rose-Smith and David Bank. Plus the headlines.
Week of March 26th
Jessica Pothering joins host Monique Aiken to discuss how African entrepreneurs are stepping up with tech solutions to the continent’s challenges in agriculture, climate change and financial inclusion. We also catch up with Unreasonable Group’s Pratibha Vuppuluri and hear a snippet of next week’s Reconstruction podcast with Illumen Capital’s Daryn Dodson. Plus, the headlines.
Week of March 19th
Brian Walsh talks with Amy Cortese about regulation crowdfunding’s big week, and we hear from Republic’s Ken Nguyen and Wefunder’s Jonny Price. Plus the headlines.
Week of March 12th
Monique is joined by Erika Seth-Davies, a social entrepreneur in residence at Common Future, and founder of The Racial Equity Asset Lab, and ImpactAlpha’s David Bank to talk about the American Rescue Plan and, perhaps, a bottom-up Reconstruction...
Week of March 5th
On this week’s podcast, host Brian Walsh discusses the big private equity funds looking to make a splash in impact with roundtable regulars Imogen Rose-Smith and David Bank. Plus, the headlines.
Week of February 26th
On this week’s podcast, host Monique Aiken chats with ImpactAlpha’s Roodgally Senatus about Bitwise Industries’ big raise and BlocPower’s Donnel Baird, this week’s Agent of Impact.
Week of February 19th
Amy Cortese joins Brian to bring us up to speed on soil carbon markets. We hear from Gregory Landua of the Regen Network, Mark Lambert of Re-Harvest, and this week's Agent of Impact: Charles D. King, the Founder and CEO of the global media brand Macro.
Week of February 12th
The headlines, Suzanne Biegel updates Monique on some highlights from this week's GenderSmart Investing Summit, and we hear from Bill Bynum, CEO of Hope Enterprise.
Week of February 5th
The headlines, plus Brian is joined by Professor Tensie Whelan of NYU Stern School of Business to discuss her latest research into corporate board members ESG credentials.
Week of January 29th
The headlines, plus Monique and David share a sneak preview of "The Reconstruction" our new podcast series and beat which drops on Monday.
Week of Friday, January 22nd
The word of the week is: creativity. Brian catches up with Upstart CoLab founder Laura Callanan, and we revisit the words of this week's Agent of Impact, Amanda Gorman.
Week of January 15th
Monique is joined by Jessica Barron and Marion Johnson of Frontline Solutions, a Black-owned social impact consulting firm, to discuss their recent report Demoocracy’s Powerbrokers: Political Power of Women of Color.
Week of Friday, January 8th
David joins Brian to chart the year ahead in impact investing with some help from Generate's Jigar Shah.
Week of December 18th
David joins Brian to round up the ImpactAlpha week of roundups, plus we hear a few of Dave Chen's predictions for 2021.
Week of December 11th
The word of the week is "science", and the agents of impact are scientists... and David joins Monique to discuss deep tech investing.
Week of December 4th
Dennis introduces Brian to refugee lens investing, and we remember Tony Hsie and his innovative community financing project in Las Vegas, plus the headlines.
Week of November 20th
Monique follows up on this week's Agents of Impact call, which put a gender lens on the COVID recovery. We hear from Secha Capital’s Kuhle Mnisi and Wukina’s Maureen Sibanda who are this week’s agents of impact.
Week of November 13th
Imogen and David join Brian to discuss the word of the week: transition.
Week of November 6th
What else? David and Dennis join Monique to discuss the impact investing narrative in a new political landscape... plus we hear from Amy Domini, Vikram Gandhi and the Rev. William Barber.
Week of October 30th
Amy joins Brian to discuss the energy transition, and we hear from Kesha Cash, who just raised $55 million for Impact America's second fund.
Week of October 23rd
Amy Cortese joins Monique to discuss some highlights from SOCAP. Plus this week's Agents of Impact, voters.
Week of October 16th
Brian welcomes back Imogen Rose-Smith and David Bank for a quick roundtable: ‘From ESG to impact.’ And, we meet this week’s Agent of Impact, the Nigerian activist Aisha Yesufu, who has been part of that country’s protests against police brutality.
Week of October 9th
The word of the week is Reconstruction, and Monique catches up with Anne Price, Ronald Cohen and Sherece West-Scantlebury. Plus, the Headlines.
Week of October 2nd
SPACs have come to Impact Investing... David and Jessica explain. Plus, we hear from this week's Agent of Impact Archana Soreng-- one of seven members of the UN’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change. And, of course, the headlines.
Week of September 25th
Monique brings us highlights from this week's Agent of Impact Call on racial justice investing, redefining pro-business with this week's Agent of Impact RBG, and the headlines.
Week of September 18th
It's a roundtable reunion with Imogen, David and Brian to talk about the latest efforts to re-imagine (or is it reset?) capitalism. Plus, Jeffery Ubben is this week's controversial Agent of Impact.
Week of September 11th
Melissa L. Bradley of 1863 Ventures joins Monique to discuss her call to action for entrepreneurs, plus this week's Agent of Impact, Dave Kirkpatrick SJF Ventures, and the headlines.
Week of September 4th
The headlines, plus Amy joins Brian to discuss small business financing in the COVID crisis and this week's Agent of Impact, Beth Bafford.
Week of August 28th
Headlines, The Democracy Collective's Jessica Rose on employee ownership, and this week's Agents of Impact: basketball players.
Week of August 21st
Why have there been so many agri-food deals lately? Plus, the headlines, and this week's Agent of Impact, Andrew Youn, co-founder and executive director of One Acre Fund.
Week of August 14th
This week's headlines, David and Monique round up our "systemic investing" call, plus Maurice Jones is this week's Agent of Impact.
Week of July 31st
The headlines, some audio highlights from our latest Agent of Impact call on impact and the 2020 U.S. election, plus Dennis explains this week's theme... "purpose-built."
Week of July 24th
The headlines, plus David and Monique talk about Agent of Impact "Aha!" moments, and we hear from this week's featured Agent of Impact, CEO of Native American Natural Foods, Dawn Sherman.
Week of July 17th
Blackrock falls short on climate commitments, the Trump administration takes on ESG, and a 1/10th challenge from Ceniarth's Diane Isenberg
Week of July 10th
Monique brings us the headines and David discusses the word of the week: topple. Plus, your agent(s) of impact.
Week of June 26th
The headlines, a new handbook aims to help scale up the amount of impact capital, and Dennis profiles Tynesia Boyea-Robinson.
Week of Juneteenth
Monique brings us the headlines, Jessica chats with Candide Group's Jasmine Rashid, and Amy Cortese profiles Aurora James
Week of June 12th
The headlines, plus Amy Cortese speaks with Philip Reeves and Todd Leverette about employee ownership as a way to help close the racial wealth gap. And Dennis Price profiles this week's Agent of Impact, Helen Adeosun.
Week of June 5th
Guest host Monique Aiken brings us the headlines, and leads a frank and personal discussion of the events triggered by the extrajudicial killing of George Floyd. She is joined by Living Cities’ Demetric Duckett, Colonial Consulting’s Angela Matheny and Castleberry’s Donray Von
Week of May 29th
The headlines, plus Jessica Pothering speaks with Aunnie Patton Power about redesigning venture finance, and Dennis Price profiles this week's Agent of Impact, Sarah Kerney from Prime Coalition.
Week of May 22nd
The headlines, plus David Bank and Amy Cortese on what to do with the mountains of cash corporations have been sitting on, as well as this week's Agents of Impact: Andrew Behar and Danielle Fugere.
Week of May 15th
The headlines, plus David Bank on "systems change," and Dennis Price profiles Heron's Dana Bezerra.
Week of May 8th
Featuring the headlines, plus Dennis Price on a forgiveness and patience as catalytic capital, and a special Agent of Impact birthday surprise...
Week of May 1st
The headlines, plus Jessica Pothering on a microfinance lenders lessons from the Ebola crisis, and Dennis Price profiles Paul Farmer and Jim Yong Kim, co-founders of Partners in Health
Week of April 24th
The headlines, plus Dennis Price on Social Bonds as COVID relief, and David Bank profiles Goldman's John Goldstein.
Week of April 17th
The headlines, plus David Bank on universal owners, and Lyneka Little on our Agent of Impact.
Week of April 10th
The headlines, plus Amy Cortese on CDFI's bridging the PPP's equity gap, and David Bank on this week's Agent of Impact.
Week of April 3rd
The headlines, plus Jessica Pothering on the affect of COVID on emerging market entrepreneurs, and Amy Cortese on this week's Agent of Impact.
Week of March 27th
Your briefing on resilience and disruption: headlines from ImpactAlpha, David Bank on “making this s***storm matter,” and Amy Cortese brings us this week’s Agent of Impact.
Week of March 20th
Amy Cortese on COVID0-19 impact small business loan stimulus, David Bank with this week's agent of impact plus your headlines.
Week of March 13th
The coronavirus pandemic has upended virtually everything. This week in the pages of ImpactAlpha, we focused on resilience. Featuring Amy Cortese on global energy markets, and Dennis Price with our Agent(s) of Impact.
Week of March 6th
Carbon capture, inclusive fintech, and creative arts investing. Plus, David Bank on how COVID-19 is affecting the field, and Jessica Pothering profiles this week's Agent of Impact.
Week of Feb 28th
Pandemics, leaks, and billion dollar funds. Plus, what investors are missing if they ignore emerging managers.
Week of February 21st
Featuring the week's headlines, new info on off-grid electricity in Africa, and this week's Agents of Impact.