Reporting on Impact With David Bank

A virtual fireside chat with Impact Alpha’s David Bank.

About this Event

Note: This program is a Live Webinar and Q&A that is accessible from any web-enabled computer or mobile device. Premium members of Impact Entrepreneur get complimentary admission to all live and archived webinars.

Reporting on Impact with David Bank

Lately, leading journalists in the impact space have been tracking the shift from ESG to impact, which is roughly the shift from operational metrics to actual social outcomes, and from these outcomes to broad-based systemic transformation. In a recent post, Impact Alpha’s CEO and editor David Bank writes, “Every day, with their commitment and their capital, impact investors and other Agents of Impact are writing a new narrative for business and finance. As the world grapples with COVID and climate, racial injustice and income inequality, it’s arriving at purpose-built vehicles and approaches incubated, in some cases for decades, by communities and impact investors. Impact investing and sustainable finance are generating prototypes for a new financial system and a new economy.”

Moreover, as the universe of social impact continues to grow exponentially, particularly with regard to impact investing and ESG capital inflows, concerns about “impact washing” have also grown. While impact measurement and management has been evolving successfully to meet these concerns on a fund and individual business level, the role of impact media and journalists — as discerning researchers and storytellers of the space — has emerged as a vital touchstone for the impact space’s authenticity. In this essential role, the onus is placed on these journalists to look critically, beyond the hype.

In this live webinar and audience Q&A, Impact Entrepreneur’s Laurie Lane-Zucker welcomes ImpactAlpha’s founder and CEO David Bank to discuss the role of impact journalism in helping to inform and inspire, as well as supporting the growth, sophistication and rigor of impact investing and conscious business. We will also discuss the latest investment trends in the age of Covid, including:

  • Catalytic capital
  • Climate finance
  • Small business financing
  • Racial justice
  • ESG

Featured Guest

DAVID BANK is CEO and editor of ImpactAlpha, “Investment news for a sustainable edge.” ImpactAlpha’s quality content serves investors and entrepreneurs seeking to outperform on positive social and environmental impact. The Brief, ImpactAlpha’s daily newsletter, is the go-to source for the growing community of “Agents of Impact” across the capital markets. As a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, David wrote the book on Microsoft (“Breaking Windows,” 2001) and broke stories across tech and philanthropy. At, he helped establish “encore careers,” second acts for the greater good. A Nieman Fellow at Harvard, David is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and UC Santa Cruz.


LAURIE LANE-ZUCKER is Founder and CEO of Impact Entrepreneur, an impact economy business that hosts the Impact Entrepreneur Network, a 26,000 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 EST

Location: Virtual

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020