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Racism is a relic of an outdated economic operating system – and remains entrenched in almost every investment asset class, from alternatives to municipal bonds to public equities. Building on new research by Transform Finance, ImpactAlpha’s Agents of Impact Call No. 23 will explore how anti-racist investment strategies can help flip the economic algorithm from extraction and exclusion to regeneration – and justice.

When: Tuesday, September 22 at 10 am PT/ 1pm ET/ 6pm London.

How: RSVP today to receive the dial-in details the day before the call.

This is a subscriber’s only Call. Not a subscriber? Use code SEP100 at checkout and save $100 off your annual subscription.

The Call No. 22: ‘10x’ing the impact of systemic investing.

Overcoming systemic racism. Mitigating systemic risk. It seems everybody is talking about systemic investing. Living Cities’ Demetric Duckett, Cambridge Associates’ Sarah Hoyt, Sinclair Capital’s Jon Lukomnik and The Investment Integration Project’s Bill Burckart will join ImpactAlpha’s David Bank, Monique Aiken and other Agents of Impact to, yes, talk about how to take action on systemic investing.

When: Thursday, August 13 at 10 am PT/ 1pm ET/ 6pm London.

The Call No. 21: Election Impact.

Doesn’t ‘policy’ imply ‘politics’? Does civic engagement really mean get-out-the-vote? To keep the tent big, impact investing has long steered clear of partisanship. But this November’s election may represent a special case. Does systemic-risk mitigation, not to mention progress on sustainability and inclusion, require impact investors to rise to this political moment?

Who: Join Beeck Center’s Sonal Shah, Nonprofit Finance Fund’s Antony Bugg-Levine, Blue Haven Initiative’s Liesel Pritzker and i(x) investment’s Trevor Neilson in a provocative conversation with David Bank and Monique Aiken.

When: Thursday, July 30 at 10am PT / 1pm ET / 6 pm London.

Agents of Impact Call No. 20: Building impact investing portfolios with all stakeholders in mind.

Impact investing has grown in the past decade from niche industry to a diverse ecosystem of investors, intermediaries and strategies. It’s time to bring in new and unlikely allies to step up efforts to address systemic challenges like climate change, inequality and racial injustice. To guide new and existing impact investors along this path, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors has spent two years gathering the latest impact tools, frameworks and best practices to create the Impact Investing Handbook: An Implementation Guide for Practitioners, launching on June 25. Join co-authors Steven Godeke (Godeke Consulting) and Patrick Briaud (RPA), as well as Ford Foundation’s Margot Brandenburg, Alabama Power Foundation’s Myla Calhoun, Grove Foundation’s Rebekah Saul Butler and other special guests, who will share their journeys, challenges and useful tools.

When: Thursday, June 25 at 10am PT / 1pm ET / 6pm London.


The Call No. 19: 10x’ing investments in green infrastructure.

‘The pandemic-induced pause in greenhouse gas emissions has provided a glimpse of a low-carbon future. At the same time, long-term, steady yields have rarely looked so attractive. On ImpactAlpha’s Agents of Impact call, Climate Policy Initiative’s Barbara Buchner will share signals of the gathering market disruption. Greenbacker Capital’s David Sher, Equilibrium Capital’s Dave Chen, Caprock Group’s Matthew Weatherley-White and other special guests will explore how to ramp up investments in clean energy and green infrastructure.

When: Thursday, June 18 at 10am PT / 1pm ET / 6pm London.

THE CALL No. 18: Monitoring and managing for impact in the time of COVID.

The challenges of the pandemic present opportunities for impact investors able to help firms maintain operations and jobs and contribute to a sustainable and inclusive recovery. The International Finance Corp.’s new report, Growing Impact, assesses the potential for positive impact, especially in emerging markets. ImpactAlpha’s David Bank will talk with IFC’s Neil Gregory, DEG’s Julian Frede, Blue like an Orange’s Bertrand Badré and other Agents of Impact about managing for impact through the crisis.
When: Thursday, June 11 at 10am PT / 1pm ET / 6pm London.

THE CALL No. 17: 10x Community Capital

Small businesses and nonprofits will need capital, and lots of it, to re-open and recover from the COVID crash. The network of community development financial institutions, or CDFIs, built over decades, is rallying to extend loans to enterprises in low-income and rural communities, many led by women and people of color and the vast majority with fewer than 20 employees. Now, impact investors are rallying to help CDFIs fufill their mission. The Call will feature Calvert Impact Capital’s Beth Bafford and Community Reinvestment Fund’s Patrick Davis, along with representatives of local CDFIs and other Agents of Impact who are expanding the pipes for community capital to flow.

When: Thursday, May 21 at 10am PT / 1 pm ET / 6 pm London.

THE CALL No. 16: Impact Step Up Call

Impact investments can play a vital role in the economic recovery from the COVID crisis. Clusters of investors – individuals and institutions, families and foundations – are responding in a variety of ways. Can we bring existing and new efforts together to develop even deeper and more effective ways to channel capital to individuals and businesses most in need? Can we design and build a more inclusive and resilient financial system that will outlast the pandemic? Bring your initiatives, your ideas and your inspiration to ImpactAlpha’s Agents of Impact Call No. 16 to accelerate the arrival of that new financial system.

WhenThursday, April 30 at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET / 6 pm London.

THE CALL No. 15: Making the mark in impact management.

Join Tideline’s Christina Leijonhufvud, Nuveen’s Allison Spector, LeapFrog Investments’ Roshni Bandesha, and Alan Rousso of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for an inside look at the best practices in impact management. The Operating Principles for Impact Management, introduced a year ago by the International Finance Corp., have emerged as the north star for best practices in impact management with more than 90 signatories across public and private markets. Tideline is sponsoring The Call to share aggregated results from a dozen independent verifications of investor alignment with the principles. ImpactAlpha’s David Bank will host the discussion of common approaches and shared challenges, RSVP today.

When: Thursday, April 23 at 9 am PT / 12 pm ET / 5 pm London.

THE CALL No. 14: Resolve and resilience capital for small and growing businesses.

Innovative and intrepid entrepreneurs in emerging markets already were on the front lines of climate change, urbanization and access to basic services. Now, they’re on the front lines of COVID-19 recovery. Local capital providers are working to expand financing for small and growing businesses, or ‘SGBs,’ in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Join ImpactAlpha, the Collaborative for Frontier Finance and local fund managers who are mobilizing an SGB stabilization and liquidity fund.

Who: Join ImpactAlpha’s David Bank and Jessica Pothering, the Collaborative for Frontier Finance and local fund managers who are mobilizing for relief and recovery.

When: Thursday, April 2 at 11am PT / 2pm ET / 7pm London.

Agents of Impact The Call No. 13: ImpactAlpha U.

When it comes to sustainable finance, MBA and other graduate students are often ahead of their professors. What makes them so smart? Reading ImpactAlpha, of course. Our next Call will explore how sustainable finance and impact investing are disrupting graduate business and public policy programs. We’ll go to school with faculty and student ‘Agents’ to learn how to create high-impact curricula, win student competitions and ace career fairs from either side of the table. From Harvard to Stanford, Kellogg (Northwestern) to McCombs (University of Texas) and Oxford to Cape Town, graduate schools are using ImpactAlpha to bring impact on campus. Join The Call and share how you’re shaping the next generation of impact talent.

When: Thursday, March 12 at 10:00 am PT / 1 pm ET / 6:00 pm London