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10:00-10:15 AM

Welcome Remarks

Bruce Usher

Bruce Usher
Co-director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise; Elizabeth B. Strickler '86 and Mark T. Gallogly '86 Faculty Director; and Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Business School

Bruce Usher is a Professor of Professional Practice and the Elizabeth B. Strickler '86 and Mark T. Gallogly '86 Faculty Director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School. Professor Usher teaches on the intersection of finance, social and environmental issues, and is a recipient of the Singhvi Prize for Scholarship in the Classroom, the Lear Award, and the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

Professor Usher has written numerous cases for use in business school courses, with a primary focus on climate change and business. In 2019, Usher published Renewable Energy: A Primer for the Twenty-First Century (Columbia University Press), the first in the Earth Institute’s sustainability series of books.

Prior to his work at Columbia, Professor Usher was CEO of EcoSecurities Group plc, which developed greenhouse gas emission reduction projects in developing countries. EcoSecurities was acquired by JP Morgan in 2009. Professor Usher was previously the co-founder and CEO of TreasuryConnect LLC, which provided electronic trading solutions to banks and was acquired in 2001. Prior to that, he worked in financial services for twelve years in New York and Tokyo. Professor Usher is an active investor and advisor to entrepreneurial ventures focused on climate change and clean energy (UsherWorks.com). He is a board member of Community Energy, OptiRTC, and CapShift, and is Chair of the Tamer Fund for Social Ventures. Usher earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Co-director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise; Elizabeth B. Strickler ’86 and Mark T. Gallogly ’86 Faculty Director; and Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Business School

10:15-11:15 AM

Impact Investing: Leveraging Capital Markets for Social Change

Can you do financially well by doing good? Amy Domini, founder and chair of Domini Impact Investments, would argue yes. A pioneer for socially responsible investing, Amy will share key insights on the field of impact investing and its growth over the past few decades. Now, more than ever, investor demand for corporations to be socially responsible and equitable is driving asset managers to rethink how they are evaluating potential investments. Where will the field go from here?

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Amy Domini

Amy Domini
Founder and Chair of Domini Impact Investments

Amy Domini is founder and chair of Domini Impact Investments. She is widely recognized as the leading voice for socially responsible investing. In 2005, Time magazine named her to the Time 100 list of the world’s most influential people. In 2006, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree from Northeastern University College of Law. Yale University’s Berkeley Divinity School presented Ms. Domini with an honorary doctorate in 2007. In 2008, Ms. Domini was named to Directorship magazine’s Directorship 100, the magazine’s listing of the most influential people on corporate governance and in the boardroom.

Ms. Domini is a past board member of the Church Pension Fund of the Episcopal Church in America; the National Association of Community Development Loan Funds, an organization whose members work to create funds for grassroots economic development loans; and the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, the major sponsor of shareholder actions. She is a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society. She has been a frequent guest commentator on CNBC’s Talking Stocks and various other radio and television shows.

Ms. Domini holds a BA in international and comparative studies from Boston University, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Founder and Chair of Domini Impact Investments

Bruce Usher

Bruce Usher is a Professor of Professional Practice and the Elizabeth B. Strickler '86 and Mark T. Gallogly '86 Faculty Director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School. Professor Usher teaches on the intersection of finance, social and environmental issues, and is a recipient of the Singhvi Prize for Scholarship in the Classroom, the Lear Award, and the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

Professor Usher has written numerous cases for use in business school courses, with a primary focus on climate change and business. In 2019, Usher published Renewable Energy: A Primer for the Twenty-First Century (Columbia University Press), the first in the Earth Institute’s sustainability series of books.

Prior to his work at Columbia, Professor Usher was CEO of EcoSecurities Group plc, which developed greenhouse gas emission reduction projects in developing countries. EcoSecurities was acquired by JP Morgan in 2009. Professor Usher was previously the co-founder and CEO of TreasuryConnect LLC, which provided electronic trading solutions to banks and was acquired in 2001. Prior to that, he worked in financial services for twelve years in New York and Tokyo. Professor Usher is an active investor and advisor to entrepreneurial ventures focused on climate change and clean energy (UsherWorks.com). He is a board member of Community Energy, OptiRTC, and CapShift, and is Chair of the Tamer Fund for Social Ventures. Usher earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.</p>

Co-director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise; Elizabeth B. Strickler ’86 and Mark T. Gallogly ’86 Faculty Director; and Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Business School

11:30 AM-12:30 PM

Is the American Dream Still Attainable?

In this keynote discussion, Debbie Wright will share her outlook on the United States job market and how the current pandemic and movement for social justice may affect economic mobility. She will discuss her own career path from the NYC Department of Housing, Preservation, and Development to The Rockefeller Foundation, as well as how to work with local communities to be an effective leader for both business and the nonprofit sector.

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Debbie Wright

Debbie Wright
Board Member of Citigroup and Memorial Sloan Kettering; Former Senior Vice President for US Jobs and Economic Opportunity at The Rockefeller Foundation; Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Carver Federal Savings Bank; Former Commissioner of Housing, Preservation and Development

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Board Member of Citigroup and Memorial Sloan Kettering

Doug Bauer

The Clark Foundation focuses on helping people out of poverty and assisting individuals to lead independent and productive lives and supports nonprofits and programs in New York City and Cooperstown, NY. Doug is also executive director of The Scriven and Fernleigh Foundations and senior vice president with The Clark Estates, Inc. Prior to Clark, Doug was a senior vice president with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) from 2002 to 2009. Prior to joining RPA, Doug held management positions at Goldman, Sachs and Co., SmithKlineBeecham (now GlaxoSmithKline), and The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Doug’s opinions and ideas on philanthropy have been featured in the Associated Press, Bloomberg, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, City and State, The Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Wall Street Journal; and on CNBC, NPR, and PBS. Doug co-authored, with Steven Godeke, Philanthropy’s New Passing Gear: Mission Related Investing, A Policy and Implementation Guide for Foundation Trustees. Doug serves on boards for The Leatherstocking Corporation, The Melalucca Foundation, The National Council on Nonprofits, Partners for Health Foundation, and is a past chair of Philanthropy New York. He is also a member of the Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania and the Columbia Business School where he teaches about philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.

Doug is a graduate of Michigan State University. He also has an MJ from Temple University and a MS from Penn.</p>

Executive Director at The Clark Foundation; Professor at Columbia Business School

12:45-1:45 PM

Income Equality in the United States: Pathways to Economic Mobility for Marginalized Communities

A long-time philanthropist and social activist for women’s rights and poverty alleviation, Abigail will discuss the current economic climate, pay equity reform, and the pursuit for economic mobility. She will discuss her view on the power imbalance in the current economy and the responsibilities of business leaders to take bold actions to provide increased economic opportunity.

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Abigail Disney ’94GSAS ’87GSAS

Abigail Disney ’94GSAS ’87GSAS
CEO and Co-founder of Fork Films

Abigail E. Disney is a filmmaker, philanthropist, activist, and the Emmy-winning director of The Armor of Light. As president and CEO of the documentary production company Fork Films, she produced the groundbreaking Pray the Devil Back to Hell and co-created the subsequent PBS series Women, War & Peace. She is also the Chair and Co-Founder of Level Forward, a new breed storytelling company focused on systemic change through creative excellence. The companies and stories that have most meaning for Abigail are the ones that foster human understanding. She has executive produced and supported over 100 projects through Fork Films’ funding program and created the nonprofit Peace is Loud, which uses storytelling to advance social movements, focusing on women’s rights and gender justice.

CEO and Co-founder of Fork Films

S. Mona Sinha ’93BUS

S. Mona Sinha ’93BUS
Board Chair of Women Moving Millions and the ERA Coalition Fund for Women’s Equality

S. Mona Sinha is an advocate for gender equality in business and society. She has parlayed a career in finance (Morgan Stanley), marketing (Unilever), and restructuring (Elizabeth Arden/Unilever) to work at the intersection of social justice and women’s leadership. Mona uses business tools to build organizational capacities for sustainability that unlock the economic potential of women/girls across different sectors. She has been described as having a muscle for finance and a passion for justice.

She is co-founder of Raising Change to address the funding gap in mission-driven organizations for social change. She also founded the Asian Women's Leadership University, to bring liberal arts pedagogy to train future women leaders.

She is currently the board chair of Women Moving Millions, a community of women who fund big and bold ($1 million+) to create a gender equal world. She is also the board chair of the ERA Coalition Fund for Women’s Equality, which seeks to codify the 28th constitutional amendment of equal rights on the basis of sex. She is an executive producer of Disclosure, a documentary film on the representation of trans peoples, which premiered at Sundance in January 2020 and was released on Netflix during Pride month in June 2020.

Mona serves on several nonprofit boards including Breakthrough USA, which uses media and popular culture to shift prevalent norms of violence against women, and the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania. She is on the advisory boards of Apne Aap International to end sex trafficking; the Museum of Natural History, which, among many educational efforts, sponsors science education for inner city girls; and Columbia Business School’s Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, which pioneered the concept of connecting business leaders to purpose beyond profits. She also works with Women Creating Change at Columbia University, supporting the dissemination of diverse voices in teaching and pedagogy; and the Columbia Global Mental Health program, which aims to destigmatize mental health through research and global collaboration. She is a trustee emerita of Smith College, where she was vice chair of the board of trustees and co-led the $486 million Women for the World capital campaign, the largest to-date for women’s education.

Mona is a financial investor in women-led businesses and mentors several hundred young people. She has a BA in economics and art history (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Smith College and an MBA in finance and marketing (beta gamma sigma) from Columbia Business School. She is a published contributor to What I Told my Daughter - Lessons from Leaders on Raising the Next Generation of Empowered Women, edited by Nina Tassler and Cynthia Middleton. Her story is featured in She is Me, by Lori Sokol.

In April 2021, Columbia Business School will recognize Mona with the Horton Award for Excellence in Social Enterprise. Women's eNews is naming her one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century. In 2019, Breakthrough honored Mona with a lifetime inspiration award. She received the 2018 Exemplary Leadership in Development award from Smith College. In 2017, Mona was awarded The Last Girl Champion award by Gloria Steinem on behalf of Apne Aap. In 2015, she received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which is presented annually to US citizens whose accomplishments in their field and service to the world are cause for celebration.

Board Chair of Women Moving Millions and the ERA Coalition Fund for Women’s Equality