Dear Impact Aficionados,
Our first official event of 2017 will take place on Friday, Jan. 27 from 6:00-8:00pm at the MIT D-Lab building.
As I mentioned in my 12/30 message (see Message Board under Discussions for past emails I've sent), each of our NEIII sessions will consist of presentations by leaders in the impact investing space, constructive conversations between stakeholders, and practical application of concepts learned. For our 1/27 session, I'm thrilled to announce that Laurie Lane-Zucker (https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurielanezucker?authType=name&authToken=nXok), of Impact Entrepreneur, will be our keynote speaker. Since this is our first learning session, Laurie plans to put impact investing in context for us, and share the story of its evolution as an effective tool for social and environmental change. Here's more about him:
Laurie Lane-Zucker is Founder and CEO of Impact Entrepreneur, LLC, a consulting company that works with blended value companies and impact investors; the Impact Entrepreneur Center for Social and Environmental Innovation, which is focused on advancing the social entrepreneurship and impact investing universe; and the Impact Entrepreneur Network, which has 13,000+ members in over 150 countries. For over 25 years, Laurie has been a “pioneer” (Forbes) and recognized leader in sustainability, social enterprise and education. Laurie was the long-time Executive Director of the international environmental organization and thought leading magazine, Orion, as well as founder of a global environmental citizenship think-tank and one of the world’s first (“Founding”) B Corporations, which was the first company to complete a transaction on a designated impact investing exchange (Mission Markets). Laurie is a systems-thinker and movement builder, having co-founded the place-based education movement as well as the first network of environmental and social justice organizations in the United States. Laurie is also the publisher, editor and introduction-writer of a number of bestselling and award-winning books as well as the author of numerous articles on sustainability, social change, entrepreneurship and impact investing, and has spoken at a wide range of leading educational institutions and conferences. He did his undergraduate studies at Middlebury College and the University of Edinburgh, and his graduate work at Columbia University and the Bread Loaf School of English.
Regarding constructive conversations and practical application, the Steering Committee is planning two interactive activities involving mapping the impact investing players in our region and a discussion of some of the challenges they face. Light food and beverages will be provided, and we will head to Asgard (http://www.classicirish.com/asgard-home.php) afterwards for libations and continued conversation.
We look forward to seeing you there!