HBS, Impact Investing And The Power Of Story – The Rise Fund’s Maya Chorengel
When Maya Chorengel applied to Harvard Business School in the mid 1990s, the school had nine essays – you can see the full list of questions here.Twenty years later, she is a partner at the world’s largest impact investment fund, The Rise Fund, and co-founder of the innovative impact investing firm Elevar Equity. A graduate of the HBS Class of ‘97, Chorengel has dedicated her career to tackling the world’s toughest problems with the meticulous rigor she honed during her 20-plus year career in private equity, venture capital and investment banking.
She has been an instrumental force in proving that delivery of positive impact can exist alongside competitive financial returns, mobilizing the investing market to advance social and environmental benefits at scale. Her perspectives are shaped by her German-Filipino upbringing (and the unusual distinction of being raised between the Singapore hotel that her father managed and her mother’s gritty Manila).
In an interview with Fortuna Admissions, Chorengel speaks to the value of business school, importance of mentorship, breaking cycles of unconscious bias, bringing more rigor to impact investing and being a frustrated novelist at heart.