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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Wednesday
    March 10
    2021

    Energy Storage at Scale: Alternative Batteries & the Grid

    Energy storage is still largely dependent on fossil fuel-powered electricity. The high demand and uncertainty of the renewable energy supply puts a strain on the power grid. In order to reduce this strain, storing excess renewable energy during low-demand hours is critical. Bloomberg New Energy Finance expects annual expenditures in this sector to nearly quadruple over the next decade, from $8.6 billion in 2020 to $30.1 billion in 2030.

    This webinar will provide insights into emerging technologies in the grid-scale energy storage industry.  Featured speakers include grid-scale battery expert Ian Whyte, Eos Energy CFO Sagar Kurada, and Boundless Senior Research Analyst Fernanda Avila Swinburn.

    Ian will provide a compelling overview on some of the most promising market opportunities in grid-scale battery and energy storage. Sagar will dive into Eos’ Zynth battery technology, which is made of highly recyclable materials and designed to last 5,000 cycles, or 15 years. Fernanda will present Boundless’ Climate Impact Assessment of Eos Energy. You won’t want to miss this fascinating and topical discussion on the future of grid-scale energy storage.

    Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Thursday
    March 11
    2021

    What Will It Take to Build a Truly Inclusive Economy?

    The Role of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Impact Capital in Fostering an Economy that Works for All

    The U.S. and global economy does not work for everyone. It was never meant to. We know the failings: climate change, racial injustice, gender inequities, extremes of poverty and food insecurity, and more. The innovation and scalability at the heart of capitalism should serve as a wellspring of solutions to these challenges. Some companies, like B Corps, use their business as a force for good can and are actively reducing inequality, lowering levels of poverty, building a healthier environment, strengthening communities, and creating high quality jobs with dignity and purpose. But B Corps are still the exception. 

    There are billions of impact investment dollars – and millions of Black, Indigenous, People Of Color and women-led ventures and entrepreneurs with highly fundABLE business ideas  – and yet very little of the available investment capital makes it to them. Why? What can we do to close the gap? 

    Join leaders from Social Venture Circle, Common Future (formerly BALLE) and B Lab for this dynamic discussion exploring what we can do as business leaders, entrepreneurs, systems change agents, and investors to make sure our capital flows and societal structures are lining up to support the kinds of communities and businesses that will lead us to the just, equitable, and regenerative future our children deserve.

    More about the speakers…
    Valerie Red-Horse Mohl

    Native American Entrepreneur, CFO, East Bay Community Foundation

    Of Cherokee ancestry, Valerie is the CFO of East Bay Community Foundation which works to eliminate structural barriers, advance racial equity/racial justice, and transform political, social, and economic outcomes. She is also the owner/founder of Red-Horse Native Productions, Inc., a film and television production company primarily focused on bringing important documentaries to the screen for which Red-Horse Mohl directs, produces, and writes, and owner/founder of Red-Horse Financial Group, Inc. Red-Horse Mohl has more than 30 years of in-depth experience in the financial services and investment banking industry with a unique expertise in the Native American tribal government sector. She is also the former Executive Director and CEO of Social Venture Circle, a non-profit leading the way in the field of social impact; building and galvanizing the business world to create social, economic, and environmental change. Red-Horse Mohl has raised, structured and managed over $3 billion in capital for tribal nations and holds seven FINRA registrations.

    Red-Horse Mohl was inducted into the NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) Hall of Fame in 2008. She is an Advisory Board Member of Stanford University’s Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity and teaches an undergraduate course on Entrepreneurship for Social Impact and Racial Equity at Stanford. She also serves as a Board Member for the Northern California Chapter of the International Women’s Forum and the National Boys and Girls Clubs Native American Division. Red-Horse Mohl earned a B.A. with Cum Laude honors from UCLA and has founded several nonprofit ministries on reservations nationwide.

    Red-Horse Mohl has been married since 1982 to former NFL professional Curt Mohl and they have three children, Courtney-Stanford University ’07; Derek-California Lutheran University ’12; and Chelsea-Stanford University ’20.

    Rodney Foxworth

    Executive Director, Common Future (formerly known as BALLE)

    A nonprofit leader and social entrepreneur, Rodney Foxworth is CEO of Common Future, formerly known as BALLE, a network of entrepreneurial leaders working to advance equitable economic opportunities through entrepreneurship and local business ownership in marginalized communities throughout the U.S. and Canada.

    Notably, Rodney has shared the stage with field leaders and spoken at the AEO Conference, Conscious Company Global Leaders Forum, Mission Investing Institute, Social Finance Forum, Confluence Philanthropy Convening, Open Markets Institute, Skoll World Forum, and Global Philanthropy Forum.

    Previously, he was CEO and Founder of Invested Impact, a consulting firm focused on economic development, philanthropy, and social innovation, and co-founder and Strategy Advisor of Impact Hub Baltimore. Prior to founding Invested Impact, Rodney was community manager at BMe, a national network of black male leaders and entrepreneurs. Rodney has also served as program manager at Job Opportunities Task Force, a policy advocacy and workforce development organization. Additionally, he has been a consultant to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Calvert Impact Capital, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, among others.

    Rodney is a BALLE Fellow, Next City Vanguard, and Baltimore Business Journal “40 under 40” honoree. He is featured in the Washington Post bestseller, “Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding.” Rodney serves on the board of Justice Funders, SOCAP, and NFF.

    Kim Coupounas

    Entrepreneur and Global Ambassador, B Lab

    Kim is a passionate entrepreneur and change agent who is advancing B Lab’s mission around the world by engaging CEOs and other key leaders to mobilize for collective action on some of the most pressing issues of our time. From 2014 to 2018, Kim led a collaborative effort to grow and engage the community of responsible businesses in Colorado with the goal of making Colorado a shining example of an innovation- and impact-based economy. Prior to B Lab, Kim co-founded and served as CEO of GoLite, an outdoor products brand that was beloved by customers around the world and was one of the earliest Certified B Corps. Kim is past Chairman of the Board of the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), the trade association representing the $887 billion+ active outdoor recreation industry. She co-founded and served as founding Chairman of the Outdoor Industry Political Action Committee (OIAPAC) and helped launch and lead the OIA Sustainability Working Group, a collaboration of hundreds of companies that created the groundbreaking Higg Index. She has served on the alumni board of Harvard Business School, Princeton Women in Leadership, Outward Bound, and numerous other boards of directors. Kim spends her free time with her family, doing martial arts and yoga, trail running, singing, and climbing big mountains. Kim and her husband have climbed four of the Seven Summits, many Colorado 14ers, and the highest mountain or molehill in all 50 United States.

    Time: 2:00 PM ET  /  11:00 AM PT

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  • Virtual - 2 Days
    Wednesday
    April 7
    2021

    EMERGE Workplace: The Future of Financial Workplace Health

    Looking for a more substantive conversation about making an impact with workplace financial wellness programs? Get ready to dive deeper and gain a better understanding of what works to improve employee financial health, and how the future of workplace financial health is taking shape. Explore effective strategies for improving employee financial health, how they can benefit employers, and how innovators and HR leaders are shaping benefits to meet the changing needs of our diverse workforce.

    Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM EST / 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM CT 

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  • Virtual - 4 Days
    Thursday
    April 8
    2021

    2021 Global Health and Innovation Conference (GHIC)

    Presented Annually by Unite For Sight

    The Global Health & Innovation Conference (#GHIC) is the world’s leading and largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, with nearly 2,000 professionals and students from all 50 states and more than 55 countries. This must-attend, thought-leading conference convenes leaders, changemakers, and participants from all sectors of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.

    Attend social innovation sessions by the CEOs and leaders of innovative organizations. The conference also includes cutting-edge ideas in development presented in innovative social enterprise pitch sessions.

    Join the e-mail list, or join Unite For Sight’s Facebook page

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  • Virtual - 2 Days
    Thursday
    April 22
    2021

    17th Annual Global Microfinance Forum

    Summary

    DEVELOPING THE MICROFINANCE INDUSTRY IN THE NEW REALITY

    The current economic environment has significantly affected the microfinance sector: MFIs’ operations, portfolio, and liquidity, as well as ways of cooperation and information exchange with the other microfinance stakeholders. Many financial markets see the changing value of the local currencies, prices for goods and services, and costs of hedging, and decreasing opportunities of attracting the new investments. Microfinance sector players struggle with debt repayments, meanwhile moratoriums and restructurings become a widespread measure introduced to support the sector development. In addition, a slowdown in the real economy makes the clients of MFIs even more vulnerable, hence it requires the respective transformation of existing systems, policies and approaches.

    The 17th Annual Global Microfinance Forum by Uniglobal will cover a range of topics that make this forum appealing to MFIs, investors and other industry players from all over the world. It will bring on board a solid network of professionals and senior level experts who will share their experiences and views on the current sector challenges and opportunities, as well as expectations and predictions about future trends in microfinance. During multiple sessions the participants will discuss how MFIs adapt to and run in the new reality, current complications for microclients, specificity of moratoriums on debt repayments, rising importance of digital transformation and many other important topics.

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Monday
    May 3
    2021

    Designing an Effective Stakeholder Survey to Improve Impact Performance

    Now is the time to start listening better to end customers and beneficiaries to improve performance and scale impact. Join them for the next webinar in their 2021 series, New Approaches to Scaling Social Change. This conversation is best suited if you are interested in continuous learning from your stakeholders.

    Part II
    Lindsay Smalling, Head of US Sales, 60 Decibels, and former CEO of SOCAP, is joining them in advancing their journey to scale social change. 60 Decibels is a pioneer in remote surveys to measure impact, collect customer insights, and deliver actionable feedback. We will have an opportunity to learn from 60 Decibels’ experience with over 400 companies in designing surveys, collecting data, and analyzing the results.

    Lindsay will take them through tips and tricks of remote surveys, and case studies of effective stakeholder surveys that helped companies deepen their impact and grow the business.

    Learning objective:
    1) What are the essential elements of a stakeholder survey?
    2) How can you build an effective stakeholder survey for impact learning?
    3) How can listening better be a key practice for scaling social change?

    Join them for the discussion of challenges and solutions to scaling impact. Thank you.

    Time: 12:00 PM EST / 9:00 PT

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Thursday
    June 3
    2021

    The Growth Stage Impact Ventures Finalists Virtual Pitch

    The SDG Finance Geneva Summit (SGS Geneva) is an initiative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to promote SDGs aligned investments. The event promotes best in class, catalytic and bankable innovation from developing countries that focuses on reducing inequality through better access to health and energy services and on supporting circular economy by reducing and recovering waste. Twelve advanced growth stage entrepreneurs – sourced through global accelerators, impact funds, family offices, and venture philanthropists – will pitch products and services that advance the implementation of the SDGs. An invitation-only event, the SDG Finance Geneva Summit offers unique and valuable networking opportunities. Some 250 participants are due to attend, including innovative start-ups, impact investors, development finance actors, Fortune 500 representatives, development agencies, and more. In the past, more than 100 investors participated.

    Register to attend the virtual presentations of the 12 exceptional finalists of the Growth Stage Impact Ventures (GSIV) initiative on three main topics: Access to health, Renewable energy or Reducing/Managing waste. Each of them will pitch to a diverse jury of investors, youth activists, and UN experts, among others.

    With 240 nominations in 2020 (99% increase compared to 2019) from curated portfolios, the 12 finalists went through an extremely competitive process and represent 2021 best in class solutions for the SDGs.

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