5th Annual Impact Investing Symposium Series

The Olin Business School and Brown School of Social Work are excited to present the Midwest’s leading impact ​investing conference. Join fellow professionals, academics, and students to learn about this growing industry and opportunities to accelerate positive change by leveraging capital for good. There is a role for all types of organizations in this conversation – asset managers, financial advisors, public and private corporations, community members and organizations, philanthropists and foundations.


Have you ever wondered…

I’ve heard so many terms: ESG, SRI, Impact Investing. What do they all mean?

What does impact look like in a portfolio of public equities? How do these fund balance impact and financial return?

How can I better reflect my values or clients’ values in an investment strategy? How do I invest with a racial equity lens?

I really want to keep my investment dollars within the people I know. How can I help uplift my community?

COVID-19 is reshaping our world. How is it changing the impact investing space?


Find the answers to these questions and more at the 5th Annual Impact Investing Symposium Series.


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Program and Speaker Details

Previous Session:  Impact Investing 101 & Building an Impact Portfolio

Our first session in the series provides an introduction to the impact investing landscape, a dynamic and growing field within investing. The second panel will provide insight into three distinct impact strategies. Managers will share how they think about constructing an impact-focused portfolio including the challenges and benefits, how data supports decision making, and performance reporting. 8:00am CST - Impact Investing 101 Peter Lupoff, CEO, Net Impact 9:00am CST - Building an Impact Portfolio Chris McDonald, Portfolio Manager, Kennedy Capital Liz Michaels, Chief of Staff, Aperio Group Jessica Zarzycki, CFA, Portfolio Manager, Nuveen Jake Barnett, Manager, Sustainable Investment Services, Wespath Learn more about our speakers - Full bios available here. View the recording here

Previous Session: Investing with a Racial Equity Lens & Innovative Financing Solutions

8:00am CST - Investing with a Racial Equity Lens Jochebed Bogunjoko, Founder, J Aduke Consulting Paul Campbell, Co-founder, Brown Venture Group Rachel Reilly, Director of Impact Strategy, Economic Innovation Group Phillip Sangokoya, Co-Founder, BRAND of St. Louis 9:00am CST - Innovative Financing Solutions Tara Campbell, Business Impact Group - Product Manager, U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation Alex Dang, Director of Product Management, Partnerships - Small Business , Opportunity Fund Patrick Davis, Director of Program and Strategy, Community Reinvestment Fund Elaine Rasmussen, CEO, Social Impact Strategies Group Click here to register.

Previous Session: Impact Investing in Emerging Markets & Local Investing

8:00am CST - Impact Investing in Emerging Markets Walé Adeosun, Founder, CEO, Chief Investment Officer, Kuramo Capital Amie Patel, Managing Director, Elevar Capital Clarisa De Franco, Managing Director, CDC Group Suresh Samuel, Head of Origination & Investment Director, Lendable 9:00am CST - Local Investing David Desai-Ramirez, Senior Director, Western Region Market Leader at Primary Care Development Corporation Dara Eskridge, Executive Director, InvestSTL Erica Henderson, Executive Director, St. Louis Promise Zone and VP Community Investment & Real Estate, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership Stephen Westbrooks, Executive Director - Southern Region, IFF Click here to register.

Previous Session: COVID-19 and Impact Investing

Jeremy Degenhart, Professor of Practice, Washington University in St. Louis Mike Eggleston, Senior Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Sandra M. Moore, Managing Director, Advantage Capital Shayna Hetzel, Social Impact Investment Director, American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact