Speaking Engagement

CapShift: Driving Change Through Social Capital

18 Nov 2019 11:30 a.m. - 03:00 p.m.

Morrison & Foerster
425 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Join us to learn about and meet compelling, values-aligned firms whose investment products are driving critical environmental and social change.

Through a series of panels over lunch, you'll hear from these firms about the role capital can play in addressing two major challenges: tackling climate change and empowering women. A keynote speaker and networking hour will accompany the panels.

11:30 am to 12:00 pm: Registration and Lunch

12:00 - 12:40 pm: Mitigating Climate Change: It Takes a Village

Moderator: Suz Mac Cormac, Morrison & Foerster


  • John Larkin, Avenue Capital
  • Kim Foley, Ecotrust Forest Management
  • April Mendez, Greenprint Partners

12:50 - 1:30 pm: The X-Factor: Advancing Women's Economic Empowerment

Moderator: Justina Lai, Wetherby Asset Management


  • Catherine Covington, MCE Social Capital
  • Will Jacobsen, Kiva Capital
  • Michael Hokenson, Community Investment Management
  • Cat Berman, CNote

1:30 - 2:00 pm: Keynote Speaker

2:00 - 3:00 pm: Networking Hour

Panel 1: Mitigating Climate Change: It Takes a Village

Hear how different leaders are taking diverse approaches towards one shared goal: mitigating climate change. From driving ecological solutions through forestry, to accelerating energy efficiency and storage, to developing sustainable infrastructure, the panelists will share and compare how they address one of the biggest challenges of our time.

Panel 2: The X-Factor: Advancing Women's Economic Empowerment

Women's economic empowerment boosts productivity, increases economic diversification, and advances income equality – in addition to other positive development outcomes. However, women are broadly underfunded and face greater challenges in accessing capital and financial services. This panel explores how to financially empower women across refugee communities, small businesses in the U.S., and rural communities around the globe.



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