Oct
30
4:25 PM16:25

Global Impact Investing Network: Investor Forum 2018

Panel Session | Diversity, Inclusion

Achieving diversity beyond the workplace 

  • How investors are seeking to deepen their impact
  • How systematic change can be driven through investment vehicles
  • Examples of successful investments and the metrics tracked

Moderator: Suzanne Biegel 

Panellists: Giles Gunesekera

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Nov
7
1:05 PM13:05

Women's World Banking - Making Finance Work for Women

On November 7, 2018, Women’s World Banking will host its Making Finance Work for Women one-day event in New York City. More than 125 leaders from the financial services, investor, philanthropy, and technology communities will examine key issues in financial inclusion and advance innovations for low-income women through a variety of panel discussions and workshops.

Suzanne will be moderating the Investing with a Gender Lens” Panel.

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Sep
11
10:20 AM10:20

FT Investing for Good Europe 2018

Whether it is closing the digital divide, increasing access to education and healthcare, or reducing income disparities, increasing equity and inclusion will help millions of people lead healthy, fulfilling lives. Meanwhile, opportunities are emerging for investors to use their funds to support some of these developments.

From enterprises providing education to poor communities in developing countries to affordable housing companies in mature markets, FT Investing for Good Europe 2018 will explore the ways in which investors can contribute to promoting global equality and inclusion while also generating a financial return.

Panel Discussion: Gender Lens Investing

For gender lens investors, the prism through which they assess potential investments is how those businesses advance or support women and girls. And it is a type of investing that has been growing rapidly in recent years. From companies promoting women as senior executives to those providing services to women girls in developing countries, what are the opportunities for investors to promote gender equality?

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Jun
20
1:45 PM13:45

Taking Impact Investing to Scale (Confluence 2018)

Plenary Discussion | Equity, Nonviolence, and Inclusion for All: Expecting More from Investors!

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the workplace have long been focus areas for impact investors, but have gained urgency and prominence in recent times. Social movements such as #Metoo, Black Lives Matter, and the dynamic community of investors seeking solutions to social/environmental market failures, have forced us to examine the homogeneity of prevailing industry paradigms. At the same time, the importance of Diversity as a value-driver is being widely recognized.  In this session, Geeta Aiyer, a pioneer in SRI and ESG, will lead a spirited discussion with two influential investors about the significance of investing for inclusivity, how this perspective can reshape capital markets, and what today’s Impact Investor should know about addressing Gender Equality and Racial Justice.

Speakers:

  • Geeta Aiyer, CEO, Boston Common Asset Management (moderator)
  • Suzanne Biegel, Catalyst at Large
  • Daryn Dodson, Managing Partner, Illumen Capital
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May
2
4:20 PM16:20

FSD Sponsored Panel: Seeking Alpha – Invest in women

It is said that women represent the largest disruptive force in business.  Investing in women, and in gender diverse teams, presents a significant global business opportunity: Recent McKinsey research estimates that investing in women could add up to $28 trillion to GDP globally by 2025.  Yet despite this, women persist in being the largest unserved market, with investment promoting gender diversity in businesses and in economies remaining marginal and often difficult to access, not least in Africa.  This session will debate what these challenges are and why they still exist and above all, explore what needs to be done to enable the investment community to seize this opportunity.

Moderator

Dolika Banda CEO- African Risk Capacity Insurance (ARC)

Speakers

Anne-Marie ChidzeroPrincipal Partner- Alitheia Identity

Maria LargeyDirector & Head of Financial Institutions, Equity Investments- CDC

Suzanne BiegelChief Catalyst- Catalyst At Large

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May
1
2:00 PM14:00

2x OPIC Event

A Case Study on Global Partnerships

Presented by: Tara Murphy Forde, Vice President, Impact & Research, Global Partnerhips & Loren Rodwin, Managing Director, Social Enterprise Team

Moderated by Carey Bohjanen

With expert guest panelists: Joy Anderson, Suzanne Biegel, Laurie Spengler, Carey Bohjanen

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Apr
10
9:30 AM09:30

Acumen Beyond Dialogue Panel at Skoll World Forum

Gender Lens Investing - PLENARY PANEL

The McKinsey Global Institute estimates that narrowing the global gender gap could add US $12 trillion in annual gross domestic product. Bridging the gap will require leadership and investment by the public and private sectors. We will explore gender lens investing in its three major forms: investing in women-led businesses, investing in companies that promote gender diversity in their workplaces, and investing in companies that advance gender equality through their product and service offerings. This session will explore the role that corporations play as investors and as targets of investment, and the role that gender integration can play in creating new opportunities for investment and business growth.

Facilitator: Suzanne Biegel, Catalyst at Large

Speakers: Joanna Bichsel, Kasha; Rebecca Marmot; Unilever; Wendy Anderson, Investor; Robert Wells, GE

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Mar
8
12:00 PM12:00

Webinar: Gender Lens Investing, Observations & Insights

Celebrate International Women's day by joining Veris and gender lens leaders as we explore the state of the field of Gender Lens Investing (GLI). We will reflect on the astounding impact that GLI has already created, and offer highlights on the expanding investment opportunities for designing portfolios that empower women and girls. 

Register here for the webinar at 1pm EST on 8 March

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Mar
2
3:00 PM15:00

Sankalp Africa 2018

Lessons Learned from Investing in Women & Girls Impact Enterprises

3:00pm - 4:30pm Mar 2

Join us for a smart and engaging session with entrepreneurs from the SPRING Accelerator, Investment Director Suzanne Biegel, and investors, talking about how human centred design, and girl and women centred insights work, has shifted these businesses over the past year. Hear directly from entrepreneurs and investors about what it takes to build and invest in businesses with positive impact with and for women and girls, and share your own insights.

 

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Feb
19
to Feb 20

Impact Investing Forum 2018 | Japan

  • Sasakawa Peace Foundation Forum (11F SPF Building 1-15-16 Toranomon, Minato-ku (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Coined 10 years ago, the term impact investing has now grown into a USD 114bn industry with more and more investors willing to allocate investment capital towards social impact across a variety of asset classes and investment strategies designed to unlock private capital to address societal challenges. 

Suzanne will speak at the spotlight panel "Gender Matters: Impact Investing with a Gender Lens" on Tuesday 20th February at 10.40am

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Feb
13
8:30 AM08:30

SPRING Accelerator Business Innovation & Impact Investing for Female Empowerment

SPRING will be in Rwanda to discuss and celebrate innovation for empowering adolescent girls and women.

Speakers will be drawn from innovative businesses, international donors, local investors, and the SPRING team, bringing together expertise on the following:

Business Innovation & Human Centered Design for girl social impact: creating value by designing products and services that serve the needs of girls

Investing in Girls: why investing in girls makes good business sense and how SPRING supported businesses and partners are demonstrating impact

This is also the capstone event for SPRING’s 3rd cohort of 19 East African businesses which have worked with SPRING over the last 9 months to create innovation and bring girls to the centre of their business model. The agenda and more details are forthcoming. If interested in attending or following the event, please contact Sara Leedom sara@inkomoko.com 

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Jan
31
8:00 AM08:00

Toniic Annual Global Gathering

GENDER LENS INVESTING COMMUNITY BREAKFAST & WORKSHOP

Suzanne Biegel, The RAISE Collective, and Toniic invite you to join us on Wednesday, January 31st for an engaging and impactful morning focused on gender lens investing! This event for both men and women will focus on women and impact investing, women and finance, investing with a gender lens and the empowerment of women as investors.

More information about this event here

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Jan
25
7:00 AM07:00

World Economic Forum - Coming of Age - Maturing Solutions to Girls Empowerment

How can we ensure that girls everywhere feel confident, able to pursue their education and to lead healthy lives as equal members of their communities?

KOIS Invest is convening a breakfast panel at the occasion of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, to explore collaborative models to meet girl’s needs in conversation with global business, policy and development leaders:

Which solutions already exist and how can they be scaled?

How might innovation in technology and infrastructure help to create new solutions?

How can the investment community best work with governments and development organisations, to scale effective approaches to MHM and work towards a better future for girls, in India and elsewhere?

Speakers

· Suzanne Biegel, Founder, Catalyst At Large and Investment Director, SPRING Accelerator

· Alexander de Croo, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium and Minister of Development Cooperation, the Digital Agenda, Telecommunications and Postal Services

· Marisa Drew, CEO, Impact Advisory and Finance Department, Crédit Suisse International

· Prabhat Pani, Project Director, Tata Water Mission

Moderator:

· Trisha de Borchgrave, writer and artist 

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Jan
24
5:00 PM17:00

World Economic Forum - All Rise: The Era of Gender Lens Investing

All Rise: The Era of Gender Lens Investing 

Welcome and Special Address: 

Chetna Gala Sinha, Co Chair, World Economic Forum 2018 and Founder / Chair Mann Deshi Bank and Mann Deshi Foundation 

Speakers: 

Jenny Anderson, Reporter, Quartz (Moderator)

Kathy Calvin, President and CEO, United Nations Foundation 

Suzanne Biegel, CEO, Catalyst at Large

Olga Miller, Managing Director, UBS Wealth Management

 

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Dec
8
to Dec 10

UBS Global Philanthropy Forum

  • St Moritz, Switzerland (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

"Supporting women and girls - applying a gender lens to your philanthropy" ( subject to change)

Moderator

  • Rina Kupferschmid-Rojas, Head of Sustainable Finance, UBS & Society, UBS Group

Speakers

  • Alice Goncalves Freitas, Founder, Red Asta, Brasil,
  • Theo Sowa, CEO, African Women's Development Fund, Ghana,
  • Suzanne Biegel, Senior Gender Lens Investing Adviser: Wharton Social Impact Initiative and Catalyst at Large

*This session takes place at 9am on Saturday 9th December

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Nov
30
4:15 PM16:15

High Water Women's 5th Annual Investing for Impact Symposium

  • CUNY Graduate Center, NEW YORK CITY (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

4:15 – 5:00 Panel Discussion: IMPACT! Impact investing in the new age of social activism.

The place of impact investing in social and environmental activism. The intersection between consumer activism and impact. The role of impact investing and the media. Confronting todays challenges from the treatment of women in society to immigration reform and confronting climate change – where impact can play a part, and where other actions are needed. The relationship between impact investing and government. 

More information about this event here

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Nov
20
5:30 PM17:30

Gender Lens Program Wharton Social Impact Affinity Group

  • Huntsman Hall 3730 Walnut Street Room F55 Philadelphia, PA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Presented by The Wharton Social Impact Initiative, The Wharton Club of Philadelphia, The Wharton Social Impact Initiative Alumni Affinity Club (WSIIAAC), and Beacon (formerly the Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group) and Beacon's Women's Network

Get tickets here

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Nov
15
12:00 PM12:00

Global Banking Alliance for Women Summit

Suzanne shall be facilitating the following panel:

THE STATE OF PLAY IN GENDER LENS INVESTING

Parallel Session (Plenary - Interpretation Provided)
Gender lens investing has the transformational potential to mobilise capital ows to bene t the Women’s Market. This panel showcases the current state of gender lens investing, why it’s important to nancial institutions and its potential as a new asset class. The panel will explore various strategies that nancial service providers can use to leverage gender lens investing and integrate into their own Women’s Market programme, including targeting High Net Worth women as a strategic segment.

Panelists:

– Anne Tolmunen, Portfolio Manager, AXA Investment Managers

–  Olga Miler, Global Program Architect, UBS Unique

–  Gema Sacristan Postigo, Chief Investment Officer, IDB Invest, Inter-American Development Bank 

More information about this event here

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Nov
8
to Nov 10

EVPA Annual Conference

Suzanne will be participating in two sessions at EVPA.

Experts: Investing with a Gender Lens - in 2017, who is doing the most advanced work, what is needed, and how can we collaborate more effectively? which takes place on Thursday, November 9 at 16:30-18:00 at Guldhullen.

and

General/Practicing: Advancing the economic empowerment of women by Investing with a Gender Lens – Lessons learned and alliances built which takes place on Friday, November 10 at 11:15-12:45.

More information here

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Oct
13
10:30 AM10:30

SOCAP 2017

Barriers and Solutions to Accessing Funding

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, October 13 2017 | Southside Theater

Impact investing is exploding around the world, and we have thousands of accelerators, incubators, and support programs. But for most impact entrepreneurs, the quest to find capital to fuel their growth seems just as tough as ever. What are the barriers that keep impact entrepreneurs from accessing the funding they need to succeed? What solutions are being tried? And what can entrepreneurs do to tip the odds in their favor?

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Oct
11
1:15 PM13:15

SOCAP 2017

Women, Leadership & Power: What Will It Take?

Women are still vastly underrepresented in leadership and spheres of influence including media, finance, politics and business. With heightened awareness of the social and economic consequences of persistent gender inequities, advancing women in leadership requires a fresh, transformative, and cross-sector approach to address the challenges and opportunities. We’ll tackle important questions related to women’s pathways to leadership, what cultural and structural changes are needed, and how women can model new paradigms of leadership and power.

More information about this event here

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Oct
2
11:00 AM11:00

Grand Challenges Annual Meeting 2017

The annual Grand Challenges meeting aims to build momentum for global health and development innovation and foster scientific collaboration among international groups and researchers. This year’s meeting will be co-hosted by Grand Challenges Canada, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Wellcome Trust, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, along with others. The meeting will consist of scientific tracks, with sessions running in parallel, and a series of complementary plenary sessions and strategic side meetings.

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Sep
28
12:40 PM12:40

GYEO Summit: USAID’s Lunch Plenary Roundtable on Young Women’s Livelihoods

Session Summary: Young women comprise more than half of the world’s population. Failure to support their access to economic opportunity has significant implications for growth and competitiveness, and is a key indicator of gender equality more broadly. Nevertheless, while the economic and rights-based case for advancing livelihoods for young women is clear, the best strategies for doing so effectively are less obvious. This plenary will bring the challenges facing young women and livelihoods programming into sharper focus, and against the background of a rapidly changing world of work. Speakers will debate what they view to be the most promising strategies, and identify for the Summit audience where we need to go from here to achieve gender parity for young women globally.

Speakers: Michelle Bekkering, DAA Gender, USAID (Moderator) | Esther Eshiet, youth speaker, social worker/innovator and Founder, Afterschool Centre for Career Development in Nigeri | Suzanne Biegel, SPRING Accelerator

More information about this event here

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Sep
20
4:30 PM16:30

3rd Sankalp Southeast Asia Summit 2017

"Gender Lens Investing – Uncovering Opportunities for Growth, Returns, and Outcomes" 

Investing in Women partners with Sankalp Forum. The session will explore how investing in women expands into currently untapped market opportunities, whether in: women-owned and women-led businesses lacking access to productive capital; companies that promote workplace equity (in staffing, management, boardroom representation, and along their supply chain); or businesses that offer products and services that significantly improve the lives of women and girls.

More information about this event here

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Sep
9
10:15 AM10:15

Women Moving Millions Annual Summit: The Power of Community

  • The Conrad Hotel 102 North End Ave New York, (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This three-day event brings together over 130 of our members, prospective members and partners to learn, share and connect with each other and external experts in gender-lens philanthropy. Participants should come ready for a compelling weekend of sharing knowledge, building skills and meeting friends new and old.

Session Title: Finance: Feminism’s New Frontier

Speaker Title(s): Suzanne Biegel, Founder, Catalyst At Large, Elizabeth Phillips, Executive Director, Phillips Foundation and Abigail Noble, CEO, The ImPact. Moderator: Jacki Zehner, Chief Engagement Offer, Women Moving Millions.

More information about this event here

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Jul
28
6:45 PM18:45

Resnick Aspen Action Forum | “Gender Re-Set”

Suzanne will be a panelist at the Gender Re-Set, taking place at the Resnick Aspen Action Forum, 

How can we use the ripples of “The Great Re-Set” as opportunities for gender equality at the conference table, the board table, and the dinner table?  How can leaders take advantage of shifts in work, advances in technology and health, and changes in marriage and parenting roles to create a more just and equal society -- for women and men alike -- now and for future generations?

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Jul
4
4:00 PM16:00

Innovation in Inclusive Finance (FIF and EY)

Power of digital in reaching the unbanked

The flagship Financial Inclusion Forum and EY event will delve into the recent trends and developments in inclusive finance through the lens of impact investors, local practitioners and FinTechs. Two interactive panels featuring industry leaders and movers and shakers will facilitate the discussion.

Suzanne will be part of the Investor Perspective panel.

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Jun
7
to Jun 9

AVPN (Asia Venture Philanthropy Network)

Suzanne will be speaking on the topic of Growing Women Entrepreneurship to fuel Social Change and Economic Growth on 9th June at 11.30am - 1pm.

The session will highlight not just the key building blocks for fostering women entrepreneurship but also the barriers that constrain the ability of women to maximize their economic potential. Through the discussion, the panel will look at the role of women entrepreneurs in economic development and how the various stakeholders support their efforts.

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Jun
7
11:00 AM11:00

AVPN Fringe Session: Gender Lens Investing Gathering

The AVPN Conference will see expert practitioners, funders and investors coming together with a common interest around gender in investment and venture philanthropy.

Through this short gathering, attendees will be able to get a broader context and will be able to meet each other and connect, uncover intersections in their work, and stimulate further conversations throughout the rest of the Conference.

The session with cover highlights from a Global as well as an Asian context. It will also pull together the threads across AVPN and help people see who else is around with this lens. This will enable attendees at the AVPN Conference to use their time to more effectively connect, collaborate, and learn together.

Register here

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Apr
25
8:00 AM08:00

Philanthropy Impact's Financial inclusion for women – opportunities to maximise social impact.

Culture, tradition, laws and lack of education are just a few of the factors that contribute to the financial exclusion of women. 145 million women are unbanked in sub-Saharan Africa and women entrepreneurs face barriers accessing financial support. This has negative implications for women’s businesses, families and communities.

“Women reinvest 90% of every dollar earned into their families’ education, health and nutrition.” Harvard Business Review, 2013

This event will explore the barriers and solutions to financial inclusion for women with a focus on low income countries. The panel will discuss the role that financial institutions, SMEs, private investors, philanthropists, microfinance institutions and charities can play in addressing the gender imbalance and bringing about social change.

Suzanne Biegel will be chairing this event. 

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