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    Wednesday
    April 14
    2021

    Shift 2021

    Shift 2021 is an exciting new virtual event from some of the most passionate players in the social and environmental impact space rallying to make business a force for good. Over three days, this event will cover personal development (shifting within), business development (shifting the way we do business), and overall systems change (shifting the industry). 

    Shift 2021 will feature dynamic speakers, action-oriented workshops, and invaluable networking opportunities for business leaders, social entrepreneurs, and anyone working to support and grow the impact ecosystem. All main event sessions will be recorded and attendees will have 6 months access to watch the recordings. 

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Wednesday
    April 14
    2021

    Innovating for Food & Agriculture: Resilience in the Age of Climate Change

    CORNELL BUSINESS IMPACT SYMPOSIUM 2021

    Resilience through sustainability is needed more than ever. As the line between business and social and environmental issues is disappearing, the private sector is learning how it can be a productive partner in promoting solutions to issues such a social and environmental justice, food insecurity, climate change, supply chain transparency, overconsumption, and more. They are coming to the realization that addressing these issues through core business strategies is not only good for society but also good for business. Attend one or all of the panels to hear from those leading efforts to create a more resilient world.

    As climate change accelerates and disasters like the pandemic, drought, and hurricanes become more prevalent, global agricultural and food systems must adapt to survive, working towards resiliency and sustainability. This panel will focus on Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) a relatively new, high-tech sector of agriculture with a bright future and its role in the evolution of agriculture.

    A distinguished panel representing multiple aspects of the CEA ecosystem, including greenhouse production, vertical farming, urban agriculture, CEA consulting, and controlled environment fruit production, will explore how their technology helps create a more robust and resilient food system. Student host: Cornell Sustainability Consulting club.

    Time: 8:00 PM EDT

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Wednesday
    April 14
    2021

    Rich Remote Data: How to Run Your Social Science Research From Afar

    In the past year, researchers across the globe have shifted from primarily face-to-face to a variety of remote data collection modes. This has resulted in a new research paradigm that embraces modern digital solutions. However, evidence on the trade-offs between different remote surveying methods, and data quality constraints, remains limited. We are bringing together expert research organizations to share their findings on questions related to remote research approaches.

    During this webinar on April 14, 2021, the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), and IDinsight will take you through emerging methods research findings on:

    • What sort of response rates can you expect and how can you increase these?
    • How can you increase representativeness of your remote research? Specifically, how can you effectively reach different segments of the population, such as women?
    • How do different remote survey methods such as phone vs. SMS compare?
    • How can we ensure high-quality data when it is collected remotely?

    There will be 30 minutes for Q&A following the presentations.

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    Time: 8:00-9:30AM EDT

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Wednesday
    April 14
    2021

    Energizing Global Aqua Supply Chains with Disruptive Tech

    Innovation is the game-changer: from cleaning the ocean bed with artificial algae, to growing cell-based seafood, and converting methane into aquafeed, to powering aqua supply chains with tech. Startups, venture capitalists, and visionary enterprises are pushing to reimagine disruptions for sustainability.

    Dialogues is a chance for everyone across the startup industry to interact and collaborate online to build upon collective solutions.

    Ankur Capital has been passionate about resolving core problems that affect the next billion Indians, they see this as a positive way of stimulating ideas and thoughts.

    Please check your email for the link to join the webinar and do not forget to add it to your calendar.

    Time: 5:00 PM IST / 7:30 AM EST

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Thursday
    April 15
    2021

    The Next Frontier for Business: Social Justice & Sustainability

    CORNELL BUSINESS IMPACT SYMPOSIUM 2021

    Resilience through sustainability is needed more than ever. As the line between business and social and environmental issues is disappearing, the private sector is learning how it can be a productive partner in promoting solutions to issues such a social and environmental justice, food insecurity, climate change, supply chain transparency, overconsumption, and more. They are coming to the realization that addressing these issues through core business strategies is not only good for society but also good for business. Attend one or all of the panels to hear from those leading efforts to create a more resilient world.

    Justice for our planet and justice for all people are two profound conversations that are happening simultaneously. Panelists will explore the intersection of social justice, the environment, and resilience in business decisions. They will share valuable insights into how businesses can take responsibility for their impact on communities, especially among low-income and minority communities. They will explore how businesses can innovate to not only profit, but better serve communities.

    What is the next frontier for businesses in their approach to sustainability and social justice? Join us as we dive into these critical issues facing businesses today. Student host: Sustainable Global Enterprise club.

    Time: 6:00 PM EDT

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Thursday
    April 15
    2021

    Pathways to Social & Environmental Careers

    CORNELL BUSINESS IMPACT SYMPOSIUM 2021

    Resilience through sustainability is needed more than ever. As the line between business and social and environmental issues is disappearing, the private sector is learning how it can be a productive partner in promoting solutions to issues such a social and environmental justice, food insecurity, climate change, supply chain transparency, overconsumption, and more. They are coming to the realization that addressing these issues through core business strategies is not only good for society but also good for business. Attend one or all of the panels to hear from those leading efforts to create a more resilient world.

    Are you working and trying to figure out how to pivot so you can have more impact in your job? Are you wrapping up your studies and wondering how to pursue a career with social or environmental impact? There is no single definition of a “sustainability” career nor is there a single path to follow. We will explore various pathways to finding mission-driven careers beyond non-profits, what those jobs look like, and some practical career advice.

    Panelists will bring a wealth of perspectives and experiences to the conversation. Student host: Social Enterprise Group.

    Time: 8:00 PM EDT

     

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Thursday
    April 15
    2021

    How Racial Equity Finance Is Reversing Gentrification & Displacement

    A live, virtual fireside chat and audience Q&A with Bree Jones, Kevin Doyle Jones and Lyneir Richardson.

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    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.

    How Racial Equity Finance is Reversing Gentrification & Displacement

    Gentrification often means people of color get forced out of their homes and businesses as increasing property values attract affluent white people to move into their neighborhoods. In a new study, Stanford University Professor Jackelyn Hwang and Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Lei Ding report that “If we look at where people end up if they move, poor residents moving from historically Black gentrifying neighborhoods tend to move to poorer non-gentrifying neighborhoods within the city, while residents moving from other gentrifying neighborhoods tend to move to wealthier neighborhoods in the city and in the suburbs.” The authors add that, “The issue of how gentrification affects different racial groups is particularly relevant right now in light of the increased instability people are facing due to the pandemic and incidents bringing attention to the unnecessary use of policing against people of color in the United States.”

    In response, some startups are activating latent social capital in order to reverse the trends. Lyneir Richardson of Chicago Trend has built community investment vehicles that enable Black and brown business owners to buy into their strip malls, and Bree Jones of Parity Homes raised more than $2 million to enable groups of 30 prospective homeowners to move in and transform whole blocks in Baltimore. Property values go up but the residents don’t have to move and, instead, they share in the upside, creating assets and intergenerational wealth rather than succumbing to the old model of gentrification and displacement.

    In this live webinar panel and audience Q&A, Impact Entrepreneur’s Laurie Lane-Zucker welcomes Lyneir RichardsonBree Jones and Neighborhood Economics co-founder Kevin Doyle Jones to explore the ways in which place-based, racial equity finance and impact investing can and is transforming old paradigms that have reinforced inequality, while improving quality of life and livelihoods for people and communities of color.

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    BREE JONES is the founder of Parity, an equitable development company that rehabilitates abandoned properties by the block to create affordable homeownership opportunities. At the core of her work is development without displacement – she aims to revitalize distressed neighborhoods while ensuring that legacy residents are able to participate in and benefit from reinvestment.

    Prior to founding Parity, Bree had a career in finance and investments where she was an analyst at Morgan Stanley, a vice president at Point72 Asset Management, and an investment associate at venture capital firm, Anthemis Group. These roles included deal structuring, capital raises, conducting due diligence, advanced data analysis, and deal management. Bree has been a lifelong social justice advocate, focused primarily on economic justice, affordable housing, anti-displacement, anti-gentrification, and anti-recidivism. As an advocate, Bree played a pivotal role in the creation of a Community Benefits Agreements in her hometown, and advocated for community protections in local legislation and zoning.

    KEVIN JONES, working with his wife and business partner, the Rev. Rosa Lee Harden has been successful startups, in the media, information and events businesses. Starting as a country weekly newspaper editor in the poorest country in Mississippi, his reporting put a sheriff in prison on 53 counts of fraud. He went on to write for the New York Times and was a columnist for Forbes. They sold their dotcom business and co-created SOCAP, the world’s largest impact investing and social enterprise conference.

    He has been working with his wife on events, new financial instruments and an online community focused on re engaging people of faith in creating a network of interdependent, neighborly economies. He is co-founder on a community equity fund that is solving the problem of friends and family funding for Black and brown entrepreneurs who don’t have a rich uncle.

    LYNEIR RICHARDSON is an entrepreneur working to empower urban entrepreneurs and strengthen economic conditions in ethnic and underserved areas across the United States. He wears multiple hats, investing in commercial real estate, educating and advising urban entrepreneurs and MBA students, and structuring deals that increase resources for urban entrepreneurs. Lyneir is the Executive Director of the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CUEED) and an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the Department of Management and Global Business at Rutgers Business School. Lyneir is also CEO of The Chicago TREND Corporation, a social enterprise funded by prestigious impact investors to stimulate and invest in urban retail development. Chicago TREND has raised over $17M of capital from impact investors. It owns two shopping centers and has invested over $11M in commercial real estate in urban neighborhoods.

    Lyneir served as the Chief Executive Officer of the primary economic development corporation in Newark, NJ, for two different mayoral administrations. As Vice President of Urban Development at General Growth Properties, Inc., he led the national initiative to bring quality shopping centers to ethnic neighborhoods in large U.S. cities. Early in his career, Lyneir founded his first company and was named a U.S. Small Business Administration “Young Entrepreneur of the Year”. Lyneir started his career as a corporate attorney at the First National Bank of Chicago.

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    LAURIE LANE-ZUCKER is Founder and CEO of Impact Entrepreneur, an impact economy business that hosts the Impact Entrepreneur Network, a 27,000 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 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

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Saturday
    April 17
    2021

    Cornell Impact Investing Competition Finals & My Journey Into Impact Investing

    CORNELL BUSINESS IMPACT SYMPOSIUM 2021

    Resilience through sustainability is needed more than ever. As the line between business and social and environmental issues is disappearing, the private sector is learning how it can be a productive partner in promoting solutions to issues such a social and environmental justice, food insecurity, climate change, supply chain transparency, overconsumption, and more. They are coming to the realization that addressing these issues through core business strategies is not only good for society but also good for business. Attend one or all of the panels to hear from those leading efforts to create a more resilient world.

    The Cornell Impact Investing Competition is an online pitch competition that allows undergraduate Cornell students in teams of 2-4 people, to identify, research, and recommend an existing early stage company that addresses a social or environmental problem for a hypothetical investment of up to one million dollars. Come listen to the finalists as they make their final pitch to the judges.

    While waiting for the results, hear from Sarah Howe (BS ’07), Senior Portfolio Manager, Open Road Alliance as she talks about her journey in impact investing. Student host: Impact Investing at Cornell.

    Time: 1:00 PM EDT

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