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High Water Women Investing for Impact Symposium

High Water Women's 2017 Investing for Impact Symposium

November 30, 2017
8:30AM-5:30PM (followed by cocktail reception)
CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Since 2013, High Water Women's Investing for Impact Symposium has evolved into an important gathering for impact investors who want to connect with other investors, advisors, and investment professionals. Past attendees have been impressed with the unique opportunities to network, our expertly curated program, and the breadth of experience brought by our speakers and discussion leaders, allowing for a closer examination and in-depth discussion of key impact topics and issues.

See our 2017 Agenda

2017 Speaker Biographies

2017 Agenda and Sponsor Acknowledgments

2017 Attendance List (will be updated after event)

2017 Sspeakers

    • Monique Aiken, Vice President Programs, Mission Investors Exchange | Laura Albarracin, Senior Analyst, oekom research | Jonathan Asmis, Chief Executive Officer, Landed | Vicki Benjamin, President, Calvert Investments | David Bank, Editor and CEO, ImpactAlpha | Dana Bezerra, Senior Vice President, Heron Foundation | Suzanne Biegel, Founder, Catalyst at Large | Sara Brand, Founding General Partner, True Wealth Ventures | Emily Chasan, Sustainable Finance Editor, Bloomberg | Melissa Cheong, CIO, Zoma Capital | Ron Cordes, Co-founder, Cordes Foundation | Lisa Davis, Director, Pembrook Capital Management | Rob Day, General Partner, Spring Lane Capital | Olympia DeCastro, Partner, Community Investment Management | John Duong, Managing Director, Lumina Impact Ventures | Kaela Gallo, Lead Designer, Propel | Sada Geuss, Investment Manager, Trillium Asset Management | Matt Greenfield, Managing Partner, Rethink Education | Susan Hammel, President, Cogent Consulting | JoAnn Hanson, President, Church Investment Group | Erin Harkless, Senior Investment Director, Cambridge Associates | Joshua Humphreys, President and Senior Fellow, Croatan Institute | Stephanie Kater, Consultant, The Bridgespan Group | Karen Karp, President, KK&P | Joseph Kinard, Investment Committee, Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church | Doug Lawrence, Managing Principal, 5 Stone Green Capital | Michael Lear, Vice President, Bernstein Wealth Management | Angela Lee, Founder, 37 Angels | Kareen Laton, Partner, Head of Marketing & COO Asset Management, Greentech Capital Advisors | Christina Leijonhufvud, Managing Partner, Tideline | Jay Lipman, Co-founder, Ethic | Hunter Lovins, President, Natural Capitalism Solutions | Caroline MacGill, Managing Director, Armonia | Torsten Marshall, Partner, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe | Debbie McCoy, Managing Director, BlackRock | Allyson McDonald, CEO, Work Capital | Aria McLauchlan, Co-founder, Land Core USA | Elisa Miller-Out, Managing Partner, Chloe Capital | Cynthia Muller, Program and Portfolio Officer, Mission Driven Investments, W.K. Kellogg Foundation | Mina Pacheco Nazemi, Founder and Managing Partner, Aldea Capital Partners | Marc Oshima, Co-Founder + Chief Marketing Officer, Aero Farms | Governor Deval Patrick, Managing Director of Double Impact, Bain Capital | Jameela Pedicini, Director, Asset Management, Perella Weinberg | David Press, Partner, Confluence Partners | Rebecca Price, Program Officer, Investors' Circle | David Richardson, Executive Director, Global Head of Marketing and Client Service, Impax Asset Management | Lyneir Richardson, CEO, Chicago TREND | Alicia Robb, Founder & CEO, Next Wave | Valerie Rockefeller, Trustee, Chair, Rockefeller Brothers Fund | Michael Saadine, Director, Bridges Fund Management | David Sand, Chief Investment Strategist & Chief Impact Investment Officer, Community Capital Management | Ommeed Sathe, Vice President, Impact Investments, Prudential Financial | Rachel Schneider, SVP, Center for Financial Services Innovation | Steffen Schneider, Director of Farming Operations, Hawthorne Valley Farm | Debra Schwartz, Managing Director Impact Investments, MacArthur Foundation | Jason Scott, Partner Encourage Capital | Fran Seegull, Executive Director, U.S. Impact Investing Alliance at Ford Foundation | Ruth Shaber, President, Tara Health Foundation | Greg Shell, Managing Director, Bain Capital | Imogen Rose Smith, Investment Fellow, University of California | Candace Smith, Managing Director of Risk, MicroVest | Madji Sock, Partner, Dalberg Global Development Advisors | Laurie Spengler, President & CEO, Enclude Solutions | Kate Starr, CIO, Flat World Partners | Dr. Gitanjali Swamy, Managing Director, IoTask | Quyen Tran, Vice President and Equity Portfolio Specialist, Wellington Management | Brace Young, Partner, Arabesque

2017 Symposium Sponsors 

MacArthur FoundationOrrickChatham ImportsBlackRockDeutsche BankTreehouse InvestmentsKKRTrillium Asset ManagementCalvertColumbia Threadneedle InvestmentsImpax Asset ManagementMicrovestoekom researchTara Health FoundationTideline

Big Path Capital | EMM Wealth | Fidelity Charitable | Foundation Source | Gartland & Mellina Group | Nia Global Solutions | UVI Research & Technology Park | Walden Asset Management

2017 Network Partners Confirmed to Date

AboutMicrofinanceBig Path CapitalGreenMoneyGovernance and Accountability InstituteInspiring CapitalIntentional Endowments NetworkInvest with ValuesSRI ConferenceTBLI ConferenceConfluence PhilanthropyArabella Advisors37 AngelsGlobal InsightReal LeadersCatalyst

Financial Women's Association | Foundation Source | GIIN | Mission Investors Exchange |NEXUS | Toniic | 100 Women in Finance | Women Moving Millions

2017 Investing for Impact Symposium


High Water Women's 2016 Investing for Impact Symposium

    Video and Audio from Panels and Breakout Sessions
  • Keynote: Impact Investing – The Road Forward (video) — The importance of policy developments and how we move forward with different stakeholders.
    • Elizabeth Littlefield, President & CEO, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
    • Followed by a conversation with Laurie Spengler, President & CEO, Enclude
  • Intergenerational Impact (audio) – How will Impact Investing & millennials change philanthropy? What are some intergenerational approaches to structuring a portfolio for impact?
    • Hilary Irby, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley (Moderator) | Eric Jacobsen, Co-founder, Gratitude Railroad | Justina Lai, Director of Impact Investing, Wetherby Asset Management | Anna-Marie Wascher, CEO & Co-Founder, Flat World Partners
  • Diversity and Impact Investing: The Aspirational Gap (video) — In light of the international focus on gender equality and diversity as well as a number of new solutions in the market, what is needed to create greater impact?
    • Sara Brand, Founding General Partner, True Wealth Ventures (Moderator) | Steven Godeke, Trustee, Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation | Gayle Jennings O'Byrne, General Partner, Maya Ventures Partners | Linda-Eling Lee, Managing Director and Global Head of ESG Research, MSCI | Pat Zollar, Managing Director, Neuberger Berman
  • Public Market Investing: From Integration to Materiality to Impact (video) — Discussion around the different approaches to investing in public equities and fixed income. Innovations in data and tools and what you need to know.
    • Jamie Silver, Managing Director, Mariner Investment Group (Moderator) | Erica Lasdon, Vice President Research and Advocacy, Calvert Investments | James Dearborn, Head of Municipal Investing, Columbia Threadneedle | Karina Funk, Portfolio Manager, Large Cap Sustainable Growth, Brown Advisory | Kristina Rueter, Head of Research, oekom research AG
  • Entrepreneurs: Challenges & Importance to Accessing Aligned Capital for Growth (video) — Where do you go after you received initial funding? The struggle of getting funding that supports your impact mission. Women face an even higher hurdle in follow-on funding. The fragmentation of the funding market offers benefits for investors.
    • David Bank, Editor & CEO, ImpactAlpha (Moderator) | Michelle Gonzalez, Managing Director and Co-founder, The Influencer Series | Molly Morse, Chief Executive Officer, Mango Materials, Inc. | Rehana Nathoo, VP of Social Innovation, Case Foundation | Kerry Rupp, Partner, True Wealth Ventures | Nate T. Yohannes, Senior Advisor, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Moving Ahead (video) — The leading voices in Impact will weigh in on the state of the industry and the steps forward for achieving integration and scale.
    • Anna Snider, Head of Due Diligence for the CIO, Merrill Lynch and US Trust, (Moderator) | Christina Leijonhufvud, Managing Partner, Tideline | Tracy Palandjian, CEO, Social Finance | Debra Schwartz, Managing Director, MacArthur Foundation
  • Mobilizing Women Investors and Influencers (video)
    • Drianne Benner, Managing Director, Appomattox Advisory | Bonny Moellenbrock, Executive Director, Investors’ Circle | Ellen Remmer, Senior Partner, The Philanthropic Initiative
  • Direct Private Investing: The Hot Topic, But How Do You Do It Well? (audio) — How to access the right deal flow, importance of networks, deal due diligence, important lessons.
    • Amy Wildstein, Managing Director, Springboard Growth Capital (Moderator) | Dr. Joan Fallon, Founder & CEO, Curemark | Will Poole, Managing Partner, Capria Ventures & Unitus Seed Fund | Cynthia Ringo, Managing Partner,  DBL Investors | Barbara Raho, Private & Angel Investor; Managing Director, Golden Seeds
  • What’s New: Development Finance in the Developing World (audio) — Current innovations in lending, micro-finance 3.0, SME financing. What is needed and how to build for investment results and impact.
    • Georgia Levenson Keohane, Executive Director, Pershing Square Foundation (Moderator) | Vivina Berla, Co-Managing Partner, SaronaAsset Management | Peter Bernard, COO, Root Capital | Candace Smith, Managing Director of Risk, MicroVest
  • Investing for the Environment: Local vs Global, Private vs Public (audio) — How are different investors approaching this space, what has been effective? How do we combine these approaches to maximize impact?
    • Imogen Rose-Smith, Staff Writer, Institutional Investor (Moderator) | Taryn Goodman, Director of Investment Partnerships, NatureVest | Paulus Ingram, Managing Partner, Arc Fiduciary | Cindy Nawilis, Director of Investor Relations and Operations, SunFunder | Conor Platt, Co-founding CEO and CIO, Etho Capital | Ashley Shulten, Director, BlackRock
  • Investing in Cities (audio) — Innovative uses of investment structures and unique partnerships. The decentralized economy and development of local/regional models. Living cities and the role of infrastructure investment.
    • Eric Glass, Senior Portfolio Manager, AllianceBernstein (Moderater) | Lisa Davis, Director, Investor Relations & Specialty Investment Originations, Pembrook Capital Management | Ivan Frishberg, First Vice President Sustainability Banking, Amalgamated Bank | Eileen Neely, Director of Capital Innovation, Living Cities | Debra Schwartz, Managing Director, MacArthur Foundation | Taj Tabassoom, Associate, SeaChange Capital Partners
  • Global Economic Inclusion (audio) — Evaluating policy, development and tech approaches to this issue. What is being done to expand the investment options and is there a tension here between scale vs impact.
    • Jalak Jobanputra, Founder/Managing Partner, Future Perfect Ventures (Moderator) | Arlyn Davich, Founder/CEO, PayPerks | Monica Brand Engel, Partner, Quona Capital | Joan Trant, Director of Marketing and Impact, TriLinc Global | Kathleen Utecht, Managing Partner, Core Innovation
  • Sustainable Food Investments (audio) — Understanding food as a continuum; growing, distribution and waste. What is needed to make this accessible for everyone and not just for the 1%?
    • Kim Fortunato, Director-Community Affairs and President, Campbell Soup Foundation (Moderator) | Michael Hoelter, Africa Agriculture and Trade Investment Fund, Deutsche Bank | David Nicola, Founder and CEO, Blackdirt Capital | Anastasia Cole Plakias, Founding Partner, Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm | Lisa Sebesta, Founder and Managing Partner, Fresh Source Capital

2016 Symposium Sponsors

Calvert InvestmentsThe John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur FoundationOrrick Herrington SutcliffeCrop OrganicBank of the WestBlackRockKohlberg Kravis RobertsMicroVestNia Global SolutionsTreehouse InvestmentsTriLinc Global Impact FundWetherby Asset ManagementBrown AdvisoryEtho CapitalFidelity CharitableGratitude RailroadImpax Asset ManagementMariner Investment Groupoekom research AGWalden Asset Management

Alston & Bird | Columbia Threadneedle | Cornerstone Capital Group | EMMNY | Farmland LP | Foundation Source | Golden Seeds | Neuberger Berman | Trillium Asset Management

2016 Network Partners

Confluence Partners37 AngelsBig Path CapitalGovernance and Accountability InstituteFalk Marques GroupInspiring CapitalNew York Hedge Fund RoundtableTiger 21

Arabella | Aspen Institute | Bioneers | Calvert Foundation | Catalyst Catalytic Women | Philanthropy | Connecticut Council for Philanthropy | Connext Consulting | Convening the Conveners | Council on Foundations | Global Insight International | Inspiring Capital | Invest with Values | Maximpact | Microfinance Club of New York | National Center for Family Philanthropy | Quartz | Rachel's Network | Real Leaders | SIFMA | Slow Money | Sponsors for Educational Opportunity | Triangle MFG | WISE | Women's Advancement Compact | World Post


High Water Women's 2015 Investing for Impact Symposium

    Thanks to Our 2015 Sponsors
  • THOUGHT LEADERS: Reed Smith
  • MARKET MAKERS: Calvert Investments  |  Crop Harvest Earth Organic  |  Nuveen Investments  |  John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • GAME CHANGERS: Ardsley Partners  |  Goldman Sachs Asset Management | KKR  |  Mariner Investment Group  |  MicroVest Capital Management  |  Omidyar Network  |  TriLinc Global  |  U.S. Trust
  • STEWARDS OF CHANGE: Alston & Bird  |  Columbia Threadneedle Investments  |  Gratitude Railroad  |  Impax Asset Management  |  Rockefeller & Co.  |  RPCK  |  Skopos Impact Fund
  • CHANGING HEARTS & MINDS: Bank of the West BNP Paribas  |  Chilton Capital Management  |  DivestInvest  |  EMMNY  |  Foundation Source  |  Green Century Capital  |  Laura Kind McKenna |  Perrett Laver

Thanks to Our Network Partners

Abernathy MacGregor  |  Caldy Group  |  Governance & Accountability Institute  |  Tiger 21  |  AboutMicrofinance.com  |  Bioneers  |  Connext Consulting  |  Global Insight International  |  Invest with Values  |  Maximpact  |  New York Hedge Fund Roundtable  |  Rachel’s Network  |  SIFMA  |  Wealthrive

2015 Advisory Board

Saundra Gibson, Credit Suisse  |  Lisa Kleissner, Felicitas Foundation  |  Brace Young, Mariner investment Group  |  Adam Wolfensohn, Wolfensohn Fund Management

2015 Symposium Steering Committee

Drianne Benner, Appomattox Advisory  |  Ariane de Vienne, Cornerstone Capital  |  Diane Keating, High Water Women  |  Amy Patel, Imprint Capital  |  Alexandra Poe, Reed Smith  |  Imogen Rose-Smith, Institutional investor  |  Anna Snider, Merrill Lynch  |  Kate Starr, Starria

Investing for Impact Symposium Panel


High Water Women's 2014 Investing for Impact Symposium

    2014 Symposium Press Coverage
  • Wall Street Journal Video InterviewThe Wall Street Journal's Veronica Dagher interviewed Clara Miller, President of the FB Heron Foundation, Laurie Spengler, President Enclude Holdings and Candace Smith, COO Microvest – all speakers at HWW's 2014 Investing for Impact Symposium.

2014 Symposium Sponsors

Omidyar Network  |  Anonymous  |  Barclays  |  MicroVest  |  Reed Smith  |  Alberleen Group  |  Blackrock  |  Ecotrust Forest Management  |  Withers Worldwide  |  Calvert Investments  |  Ellevate  |  Trillium Asset Management

2014 SymposiumLab

An innovative feature of this year's event was our SymposiumLab. The SymposiumLab demonstrated technology resources available to the conference participants including platforms for investing, trading, educational and networking groups, impact measurement solutions and other technology solutions. The SymposiumLab demonstrated the increasingly important role that technology plays in encouraging investments in this sector via educating the investor, analyzing and gaining insights into problems, expanding market coverage and industry networks around the globe, more effective measurement of financial and impact performance and creating new standard for fund transparency and financial reporting.

2014 SymposiumLab Exhibitors

Boundless Impact  |  HealRWorld  |  InvestOrbit  |  Plum Alley  |  PROSEEDER

2014 Media and Network Partners

Abernathy MacGregor  |  Foundation & Endowment Intelligence  |  Institutional Investor Forums  |  Wealthrive  |  AboutMicrofinance.com  |  Bioneers  |  Capital Good Fund  |  Catalyst  |  Connext Consulting  |  Governance & Accountability Institute  |  Maximpact  |  New York Hedge Fund Roundtable  |  eal Leaders  |  Sponsors for Education Opportunity  |  Wealth & Giving Forum  |  Women's Advancement Compact


High Water Women's 2013 Investing for Impact Symposium