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Jennifer Djaferis Michaud, Arabesque - GCP Candid Series

Jennifer is a Director of Client Services for the United States and is based in Boston, Massachusetts. She is responsible for the execution of sales, marketing and business development initiatives for the region. Jennifer joins Arabesque with significant experience working with institutional clients in North America in sales and trading capacities while at Goldman Sachs & Co.

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Valerie Red-Horse Mohl, Social Venture Circle - GCP Candid Series

At Social Venture Circle, our strength as a merged entity is having a sense of local community with the advantages of a national network regarding peer-to-peer, investor, and national networking. In the non-profit and social impact space, we focus on supporting and empowering businesses with profit and purpose. Our goals relate to the way we support our membership companies and their networks of entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, thought leaders, and educators.

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Total Impact Boston Highlights (Day 1)

On the first day of Total Impact Boston, panelists focused on ESG and impact investing strategies across asset classes. The day started with a powerful statement from Ian Simmons quoting his co-founder and wife, Liesel Pritzker Simmons, “We don’t invest in products and companies that, when used properly, kill people.”

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Total Impact Boston Highlights (Day 2)

On Day 2, in addition to continuing to explore strategies and emerging opportunities across asset classes and sectors, Total Impact Boston featured key Boston stakeholders, local impact success stories, and innovative place-based opportunities. The importance of developing strong local ecosystems and fostering cross-sector collaboration was reiterated time and again over the day.

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Liesel Pritzker Simmons and Ian Simmons, Blue Haven Initiative - GCP Candid Series

Our approach is simple: avoid investing in the bad stuff and find opportunities for good stuff. The field is always evolving so it takes a commitment to being open to new opportunities. Impact investing is treated as novel, but most of it is traditional business strategies with more standards.

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Jackie VanderBrug, Bank of America Merrill Lynch - GCP Candid Series

Greater adoption of impact is driven by a combination of value alignment, risk mitigation, and growth opportunities. Clients are motivated by holding corporations accountable, supporting specific issue areas, and having a positive impact. In our research, 8 out of 10 investors believe companies should seek responsible growth by making a profit while taking responsibility for impact.


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Deborah Frieze and Mark Watson, Boston Impact Initiative - GCP Candid Series

Our work at BII sits at the intersection of activism and finance. Finance and capital have key roles in perpetuating economic disparities. We are using the tools of finance to redirect wealth into the hands of people from whom wealth has been extracted.

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Carolina Henriquez-Schmitz, The Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship - GCP Candid Series

There is a critical and pioneering role for lawyers to play in advancing the field of social entrepreneurship and impact investing. As social entrepreneurship and impact investing become mainstream, as companies and investors look not only to financial performance, but also to social and environmental impact, there is a growing need for new legal systems, new legal structures, new legal thinking and innovation.

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Aaron Bourke, Reed Smith Global Corporate Group - GCP Candid Series

For any industry to grow, eventually lawyers need to be involved to create the legal framework and structures that allow an efficient market to flourish. There needs to be a rule of law, set of market norms, and legislated regulatory framework which is necessary for an industry to achieve scale. Otherwise, the sector will become the Wild West.

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Daniel Pianko, University Ventures - GCP Candid Series

Our goal is to reimagine the future of higher education. We utilize a design-thinking approach, which means we start with the ‘answer.’ In our case, the ‘answer’ for the vast majority of people who enroll in higher education institutions is they want a good first job, or a better job.

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July Newsletter - ESG in the Mainstream

As responsible investing gains momentum, the world’s most influential asset managers are expanding the application of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principles as a strategic investment tool. Asset managers, such as Blackrock and Wells Fargo, are about to launch their first-ever ESG funds for retirement savings plans, in a validation of the remarkable growth in demand for responsible investment options.

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