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Fordham Impact Investing Conference

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Costantino Room
Fordham Law School, 150 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
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This inaugural Fordham Impact Investment Convening (#ImpactFordham) is a 200-person, invitation-only event hosted by Fordham Gabelli School of Business and Fordham Graduate Net Impact, bringing together a curated group of individuals for a deeper discussion about unlocking the power of private capital to make both financial and social/environment impact returns. The mission of the event is to expose key players in the financial community, policy making, and academia to the current landscape and thinking regarding the opportunities, challenges, and developments affecting impact investing in an inexorable drive toward mainstream.

Cocktail party generously sponsored by the United Nations Capital Development Fund.


7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Registration, arrival, and coffee

8 – 8:30 a.m.
Greeting and introduction of Dean Donna Rapaccioli, Peter Lupoff, Fordham University, Lupoff Family Office

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.
Can We Do Good and Do Well? Issues, Unintended Consequences, Hope

  • Chris Bullard, Senior Associate, Acumen
  • Pearline Yum, Manager, The ImPact
  • Sharadiya Dasgupta, Managing Director, Good Capital Project

Moderator: David Stevens, Director of Strategy, World Policy Institute

9:15 – 10 a.m.
Blended Finance Mechanics, Can All Constituents Win?

  • Amy Wang, Investment Manager, PG Impact Investments
  • Alice Catalano, SVP, Sarona Funds
  • John Larkin, Head of Impact Investments, Avenue Capital Group

Moderator: Esther Pan Sloane, Head of Partnerships, UNCDF

10 – 10:15 a.m.

10:15 – 11 a.m.
ESG, Materiality and Measurement 

  • Jeffrey Gitterman, Co-Founder, Gitterman Wealth Management
  • Jeff Cohen, Product Strategist, SASB
  • Christina Alfandary, Managing Director, Gabelli Funds ESG

Moderator: Linda Zhang, Ph.D., CEO, Purview Investments

11 – 11:45 a.m.
Financial Inclusion via Alternative Credit Strategies

  • Gil Crawford, CEO, Microvest
  • Arjun Batra, CIO, Lendable Marketplace
  • Wole Coaxum, CEO, Mobility Capital Finance

Moderator: Obie L. McKenzie, Managing Director, BlackRock

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Boxed Lunch

12 – 12:45 p.m.
Luncheon Keynote Speaker — Danielle Kayembe, Greyfire Impact
The Rise of the Female Driven Economy: How Women are Driving Innovation, Impact and the Future of Economics
Danielle is a female futurist and serial entrepreneur dedicated to empowering women through her global work in business, social impact, writing, and public speaking. She has been featured on CNBC and in Forbes. Danielle is an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow for 2018, and is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at Nike.

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.
Safe Spaces, Sustainable Cities and Communities

  • Derwin Sisnett, Partner, Maslow Development
  • Avi Telyas, Founder, Makerhoods
  • Katherine St. Onge, Director, Calvert Impact Capital

Moderator: Mickey Penzer, Vice President, Penzer Family Office

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.
Keynote: Blockchain for Good
Paul Johnson, Fordham University, Nicusa Investment Advisors

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.
Harnessing the Power of and Returns from Gender/Race Lens Investing

  • Jarrid Tingle, Co-Founder, Harlem Capital Partners
  • Leslie Harwell, Managing Partner, Alante Capital
  • Chinedu Enekwe, Managing Partner, AffinitiVC

Moderator: Bahiyah Robinson, Founder, VC Include

3:15 – 4 p.m.
Evolving Impact Product Landscape: What’s New, What’s Next?

  • Catarina Schwab, Co-Founder, CEO, NPX
  • Abigail Steinberg, Associate, BFA
  • Ethan Powell, Founder, Impact Shares

Moderator: Marcia Nelson, Managing Director, Aberleen Family Office

4 – 4:15 p.m.

4:15 – 4:45 p.m.
Screening of “Planetary,” introduced by co-producer Andrew Appel, Gitterman Wealth Management

5 – 7 p.m.
Fordham Impact Cocktail Party, generously sponsored by the United Nations Capital Development Fund
Welcome and Introductory Remarks by Judith Karl, Executive Secretary, UNCDF


This event is open to alumni, faculty/staff, students, and the public.