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Social Enterprise Conference, Capital for Good

October 30, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

This year’s conference committee is committed to bringing you the same experience and event line-up in our Digital Event Series that will be spread out over the 2020-2021 academic year. Programming will feature keynotes and breakout sessions covering a range of topics in the social impact capital space.

We can’t wait to welcome you virtually to one of our events. Make sure to save the date and sign-up to receive updates on our latest event programming!


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2020 | 9:45 AM – 1:00 PM ET

9:45 AM

Welcome Remarks
with Bruce M. Usher, co-director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, Elizabeth B. Strickler ’86 and Mark T. Gallogly ’86 Faculty Director, and professor of professional practice at Columbia Business School

10:00 AM

Capital for Justice: Using Impact Investing for Racial Equity
with Kesha Cash ’10BUS, founder and general partner of Impact America Fund,
with more speakers to come!

Only 3% of all venture funding goes to Black and Latinx founders as venture capital investments have quadrupled and the growth of diverse businesses have skyrocketed. The disparities of who is receiving and cutting the checks have long been known in the space. However, the murder of George Floyd and the impacts of a global pandemic on marginalized communities have brought to the forefront the persistent problems of racial and economic inequities that exists across America and in many countries.

How can the flow of social impact capital from asset holders to Black and underrepresented founders and entrepreneurs be accelerated to generate systemic solutions to diversity, equity, and inclusive economies? Can impact investing be more effectively used as a tool to generate economic opportunity and mobility for Black and marginalized communities?

10:50 AM

Coffee Break

11:00 AM

The .06%: Founding and Fundraising as Women of Color
with Kiara Butler, CEO + founder of Diversity Talks, Amanda DoAmaral, founder and CEO of Fiveable, Shani Dowell, founder and CEO of Possip, and Beverly Leon ’20BUS ’14CC, founder and CEO of Local Civics; moderated by Aaron T. Walker, founder & CEO of Camelback Ventures

According to ProjectDiane 2018, less than .06% of the $424.7 billion in venture funding since 2009 went to Black women. In light of the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on Black and brown communities and the renewed focus on the Movement for Black Lives, how has the founding and fundraising environment for Black, Indigenous, Women of Color (BIWOC) CEOs changed? What challenges do BIWOC founders face and how the pandemic and recent social unrest?

11:50 AM

Coffee Break

12:00 PM

Book Talk, Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope
with Sheryl WuDunn, author and journalist, in conversation with Bruce M. Usher, co-director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, Elizabeth B. Strickler ’86 and Mark T. Gallogly ’86 Faculty Director, and professor of professional practice at Columbia Business School

Join this session for a live virtual conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sheryl WuDunn who will discuss their new book and film, Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope, which explores solutions for the systemic inequality facing America’s hometowns.

With stark poignancy and political dispassion Tightrope addresses the crisis in working-class America while focusing on solutions to mend a half century of governmental failure. Drawing us deep into an “other America,” the authors tell this story, in part, through the lives of some of the people with whom Kristof grew up, in rural Yamhill, Oregon. It’s an area that prospered for much of the twentieth century but has been devastated in the last few decades as blue-collar jobs disappeared. About a quarter of the children on Kristof’s old school bus died in adulthood from drugs, alcohol, suicide, or reckless accidents. While these particular stories unfolded in one corner of the country, they are representative of many places the authors write about, ranging from the Dakotas and Oklahoma to New York and Virginia. With their superb, nuanced reportage, Kristof and WuDunn have given us a book that is both riveting and impossible to ignore.

Purchase the book from a local bookstore:
Bronx River Books
(914) 420-6396

12:50 PM

Closing Remarks
with Sandra Navalli ’03BUS, OAM, managing director of The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise and adjunct assistant adjunct professor at Columbia Business School


October 30
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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