Join SAP, Medtronic, National Association of Community Health Centers, Iowa Primary Care Association, and PYXERA Global on October 15, 12pm-1pm EDT to learn how cross-sector, cross-company partnership helped community health centers make telehealth more widely available in communities throughout the US.
In this 60-minute webinar, you will hear:
• How the Reimagine Series and this cross-sector and cross-corporate partnership was formed at the height of Covid-19;
• Employees sharing their experience of developing solutions for non-profit partners and the personal impact of their participation;
• The winning team solutions and what comes next!
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
Preview of Findings and Preliminary Recommendations From Understanding Systemic Social Risk: A Roadmap for Financial Industry Action
As of mid-September 2020, Covid-19 has killed more than 900,000 people worldwide, sickened 28 million more, created extreme volatility in global financial markets, and triggered the most devastating global economic depression in nearly 100 years. This, despite widespread stay-at-home orders and mandated business closures, and despite governments spending nearly $10 trillion dollars to support capital markets, workers, businesses, and families impacted by national shutdowns. And economists warn that the worst is yet to come.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and ensuing economic disaster – and in partnership with Moving the Market (MtM) – The Investment Integration Project (TIIP) launched the Understanding Systemic Social Risk project to help the financial industry understand why and how social and financial systems have been so quickly and easily devastated by a single social disruption and to recommend a way forward, one that rejects calls to “get back to [the] normal” that got us into this mess in the first place and that embraces major structural change.
TIIP and MtM are co-hosting a webinar on October 15th 2020 at 11:00am ET featuring a preview of preliminary findings and recommendations from the forthcoming project report. It is the second in a series of project webinars that aim to ensure that industry stakeholders are up to date on project activities and have an opportunity to provide feedback at various stages of project completion (watch the introductory project webinar here). It will feature a panel discussion with industry experts.
Time: London Time 4:00 PM / 11:00 AM ET
Women are major contributors to agriculture and rural economies, and their work and lives are not immune to the effects of the global pandemic. Restrictions on movement, increased caretaking duties, and increased incidences of gender-based violence all reduce livelihood opportunities during this time. Lower income can create secondary effects, as women typically invest in education, health care and business reinforcement.Every year, on October 15, the UN’s family of countries celebrate the social, economic, and political progress made by 1.7 billion women and girls who live in rural areas. Member countries also call attention the ways to prevent, mitigate and eliminate the discrimination, marginalization and violence faced by tens of millions of rural and indigenous women.Effective development and violence prevention interventions include supporting women’s livelihoods in smallholder farming, fishing, livestock-keeping and rural entrepreneurship; enabling greater access to land, credit and other productive resources; strengthening women’s representation in producers’ organizations and community decision-making bodies and working with rural men to create positive behavior change.To coincide with the United Nations’ International Day of Rural Women, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and Devex will host a virtual event to elevate the experience of rural women working in the agriculture and food sectors during COVID-19 and to explore effective response methods in this time of crisis.Time: 9:30 AM ET | 3:30 PM CET
COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, devastating impacts on the lives, livelihoods and learning of millions of people, particularly the most vulnerable. While efforts have rightly focused on mitigating the immediate impacts, we need to start thinking about efforts to recover and rebuild, because action taken now will have long-lasting effects on people’s well-being and resilience.
The pandemic has exacerbated deep inequalities and fragilities in the current system that have always been there. We as a community have the opportunity and the responsibility to act now to build a better future.
The Business Fights Poverty Virtual Summit Series builds on the success and experience of our recent online conferences, Business Fights Poverty Online 2020 and Business Fights Poverty NYC 2020, to dig deeper into a specific issue over the course of a day.
At this next event they will focus on health access for the most vulnerable, and look at this from a variety of different angles. The event coincides with World Handwashing Day 2020, and we will explore the Day’s theme of “Hand Hygiene for All” in our first panel discussion. We will then move on to self-care and, through our workshop session, we will look at how this can help health systems rebuild after COVID-19.
The day will provide us with the opportunity to collectively set out a vision for what “better” looks like – at the level of society, business and the individual, and spark collaborative action to make this a reality.
Participants will come away with fresh insights and new peer relationships.
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM BST / 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST
A virtual fireside chat with Ross Baird and Agnes Dasewicz.
About this Event
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Innovating Investment for Underserved Entrepreneurs
According to the Kauffman Foundation, 83% of U.S. entrepreneurs do not access traditional debt or equity. Many more are left behind due to race, ethnicity, gender or geography. For example, black entrepreneurs receive three times less venture capital then white-owned businesses and all-women founding teams receive only 2.2% of available venture funding. We need to rebuild our capital infrastructure to deliver capital to entrepreneurs on a much more equitable basis — especially if we hope to recover from the devastation of Covid-19.
In this live webinar and audience Q&A, Impact Entrepreneur’s Laurie Lane-Zucker welcomes Ross Baird (Blueprint Local, Kauffman Foundation’s Capital Access Lab, Village Capital) and Agnes Dasewicz (Kauffman Foundation’s Capital Access Lab, formerly Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, USAID) for an exploration of how the challenges faced by traditionally underserved entrepreneurs are inspiring new, innovative approaches to financing those businesses and unlocking new reserves of desperately needed capital.
ROSS BAIRD is the founder and CEO of Blueprint Local, a national platform for people to invest in their communities. Blueprint Local is a leading platform in the US for investors who want to invest in their communities for attractive returns and meaningful impact. Blueprint has invested in critical efforts to build wealth in distressed communities, such as the redevelopment of Baltimore’s historic Penn Station. In early 2020, Forbes named Blueprint as a top 10 Opportunity Zone fund.
Ross has been a leader in “one-pocket investing,” investing in sustainable and successful strategies while providing a positive impact to society, for over a decade. Prior to founding Blueprint, Ross was the co-founder and CEO of Village Capital. Village Capital has grown to the largest organization in the world supporting impact-driven, seed-stage startups, backing 1,000 entrepreneurs worldwide through programs, and invested in over 100 through its affiliated fund. Ross is also an Innovator-in-Residence with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he helped create the Capital Access Lab, a program to provide innovative ways to support the 83% of entrepreneurs who do not receive venture capital or a bank loan. He also is the author of the best-selling book, “The Innovation Blind Spot: Why we Back the Wrong Ideas, and What to Do About It.”
Ross serves on a number of local and national nonprofit boards. He is on the board of Village Capital, the American Economic Liberties Project, the University of Virginia Alumni Association and Social Enterprise @UVA. He has a MPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a BA from the University of Virginia, where he was a Truman Scholar and a Jefferson Scholar.
AGNES DASEWICZ has more than 25 years of experience in private equity and impact investing, including launching a new impact investing fund, and starting investment initiatives for the U.S. government and the World Bank Group. She is currently working with the Kauffman Foundation to scale up the Capital Access Lab, a new initiative to spur the formation of funds that increase capital investment to underserved entrepreneurs in the U.S. Agnes was a Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation, where she worked to bring private investment to underserved communities in the U.S and develop new capital models where private and public resources are combined to support local businesses and create economic growth in impoverished neighborhoods.
Agnes started her work in finance in the 1990s, when she was part of the founding team of the Small Enterprise Assistance Fund (SEAF) where she now sits on the Board of Directors. She worked as an investment officer for the first large private equity fund in Eastern Europe, AIG’s New Europe Fund, and as a manager at the International Finance Corporation (IFC). She was also the co-founder of the Grassroots Business Fund (GBF), a $60 million impact investing fund that provides sustainable economic opportunities to millions of people at the base of the economic pyramid. As Director at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Agnes was behind some of the most significant accomplishments in development finance – the launch of Power Africa and the establishment of the Office of Private Capital and Microenterprise at USAID. Agnes is also a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. and serves on the Funding Committee of Convergence Blended Finance.
LAURIE LANE-ZUCKER is Founder and CEO of Impact Entrepreneur, an impact economy business that hosts the Impact Entrepreneur Network, a 25,000 member global network of entrepreneurs, investors and scholars. Impact Entrepreneur is a cornerstone field building, research and educational player in the social impact space, and a consulting company that works with blended value companies, impact investors and academic institutions. For nearly 30 years, Laurie has been a “pioneer” (Forbes) and recognized leader in sustainability, social enterprise and impact investing. Laurie was the founding Executive Director of the international environmental organization, Orion Society, which publishes the celebrated Orion Magazine, as well as the founder of a global sustainability think-tank, the Triad Institute, and Hotfrog, a Founding B Corporation, GIIRS Pioneer Company, and the first company ever to complete an equity transaction on an impact investment exchange.
Laurie is the bestselling and multiple award-winning publisher and editor of books and magazines on sustainability and social impact, having published, edited and written the introductions for celebrated works by Wendell Berry, Terry Tempest Williams, Barry Lopez and David James Duncan. He is the author of numerous articles on entrepreneurship and impact investing, and is the co-founder of the Place-Based Education movement, having coined the term with Dr. John Elder, and published, edited and written the foreword for the first book on that growing pedagogy. His current writing projects include two chapters (both co-written) for a forthcoming textbook, Sustainability: Business and Investment Implications by World Scientific Publishing.
Laurie is also a lifelong student of world wisdom traditions and is the former Executive Director of Seven Pillars House of Wisdom, a nonprofit organization founded by Pir Zia Inayat Khan focused on advancing wisdom in service of social and environmental healing.
Impact Entrepreneur’s Luminarias Webinar Series features reflective conversations with the leading lights in impact investing and entrepreneurship.
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM EDT