There are immense challenges facing the world—food insecurity, inadequate health care and education, climate damage, economic inequality—but we have within our grasp the power and capital to create the future that we want.

Our region—the American Heartland—is essential to this conversation because of the contributions our communities make through agriculture, entrepreneurship, and innovation and the longstanding values of Indigenous Communities—culture, sovereignty, diversity—are values key to creating an investable future.

Organized by Travois and AltCap, Impact Investing Day is specifically to introduce the why, how, and what of impact investing to investment leaders, fund managers, investment firms, foundation staff, and others who can drive positive social and environmental change through capital deployment.

Join us as we grow our collective understanding of how impact investing builds regenerative economies. We can inform and influence the future of impact, together.

May 1, 2019

Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110

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8:00 am Registration + Breakfast

8:10 am Welcome + Land Recognition + Investing in Impact
Phil Glynn, Travois
Dr. Daniel Wildcat, Haskell Indian Nations University

8:20 am Aligning Values and Investment
Morgan Simon, Candide Group and author of Real Impact: The New Economics of Social Change

9:00 am What it takes to build an ecosystem of impact investing
Mark Beam, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

9:20 am The role of investors in the impact ecosystem
Discussion Leader: Marianne Vermeer, Vermeer Consulting Group
Justin Conway, Calvert Impact Capital
Chrystel Cornelius, First Nations Oweesta
Larry Jacob, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Guillaume Mascotto, American Century Investments
Imogen Rose Smith, University of California

10:30 am Sessions
Community funding models and Opportunity Zones
Discussion Leader: Ruben Alonso, AltCap
Kim Arnone, Cutting Edge Capital
Little Fawn Boland, Ceiba Legal
Korb Maxwell, Polsinelli
Adam Northup, LOCUS
Jeff White, Columbia Capital Management

Artists, culture, and new investment models
Discussion Leader: Penelope Douglas, CultureBank
Deborah Cullinan, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Ebony Edwards, PhD, Co-Founder and CEO, MovementKC
Phil Kirshman, Cornerstone Capital Group

Impact in Indian Country
Discussion Leader: Chrystel Cornelius, First Nations Oweesta
Marc Diaz, TerViva
Nathaniel Doyno, JumpScale
Lance Morgan, Ho-Chunk Inc.

Investing in climate resilience through food and water systems
Discussion Leader: Joshua Humphreys, Croatan Institute
Dave Archambault II, First Peoples Investor Engagement Program
Reggie Hall, The Conservation Fund
Emily Lecuyer, Chess Ag Full Harvest Partners
Gretchen Waddell Barwick, Sierra Club

Investing towards comprehensively healthy and equitable communities
Discussion Leader: David Desai-Ramirez, IFF
Jean-Paul Chaurand, Marion And Henry Bloch Family Foundation
Drustva Delgadillo, KaBoom!
Tim Ferguson, Next Street
Jessica Stago, Change Labs
Eric White, Cogent Consulting

11:30 am Lunch + themed table conversation

12:00 pm Shaping our new economy through regenerative capitalism
John Fullerton, Capital Institute

12:45 pm Investing in our future
Ruben Alonso III, AltCap


1:00 pm Moral Economy, spoken work by Nika Renee

1:05 pm Power Talk Mashup: Investing with purpose - American Heartland & Indigenous Communities
Sustainable and engaged investing can be positively influenced by the values and action coming from the American Heartland. Influencers and innovation within Indigenous Communities and emerging economies model the building of regenerative ecosystems. This session showcases ecosystem leaders who are shaping our path toward a moral economy.
- Joshua Humphreys, Croatan Institute
- Dana Lanza, Confluence Philanthropy
- Tom Light, WaterEquity
- Lance Morgan, Ho-Chunk Inc.
- Ramon Murguia, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Transition to afternoon symposium at MRIGlobal

2:30 pm Renewables & Native Energy Sovereignty Symposium
Hosted by MRI Global in the Mag Auditorium, the Impact Investing Day closing symposium is an investment-friendly space to hear from innovators and influencers. Co-chairs will facilitate rotating small group conversations featuring renewable initiatives and Native energy sovereignty projects. We will learn and engage in the spirit of rotating credit and cooperative idea sharing. Dr. Thomas Sack, CEO of MRI Global, will open and artist and energy entrepreneur, AY Young with the Battery Tour will close. 

Discussion Co-Chairs: Little Fawn Boland, Ceiba Legal and Danny Kennedy, CA Clean Energy Fund

- Navajo Power, Brett Isaac
- Native Renewables, Wahleah Johns
- Invest in Energy Corporation, Terry Kibbe
- MRIGlobal and Travois, John Stanley, Frank Pendelton, and Phil Glynn
- Spokane Tribe and Sovereign Power, Mike Tedesco and Jason Campbell

4:00 pm Happy hour featuring Ioway Bee Farm honey (Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska), Bedré Fine Chocolate (Chickasaw Nation), Kansas City's Stockyards Brewing Co., and Lal's Sweet Chili Sauce.



A dialogue on water protection
and ending the global water crisis

April 30 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm | Travois | RSVP

Join us for the Impact Investing Day opening reception at Travois headquarters in the heart of Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District. Justice and community consent are some of the guiding principles of impact investing. On the evening of April 30th, from 6-8pm, you will hear stories about water protection and ending the global water crisis from leaders who have inspired communities to act and, as a result, leveraged new and diverse sources of capital investment. Attendees will receive a DVD of the film, The Cherokee Word for Water. We will start this dynamic dialogue with a message from Congresswoman Sharice Davids (Kansas-03) followed by the keynote speakers:

Dave Archambault II, 45th Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. In 2016 Dave emerged as a global leader for indigenous rights when he led his Nation’s opposition to the construction of the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline. 

Charlie Soap, film producer, Navy veteran and activist dedicated to strengthening the communities of the Cherokee communities with his wife of 30 years, Wilma Mankiller, former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

Gary White co-founded and WaterEquity with actor Matt Damon. Gary dedicated his life's work to ending the global water crisis and as CEO, Gary supports financial enterprises that finance or provide water and sanitation. 

Travois First Fridays featured artist, Holly Wilson, will share her exhibition series, 'Below the Surface.' Kansas City Indian Center Executive Director, Gaylene Crouser, will share the opening land recognition and Kansas City based Amado Espinoza will perform contemporary Indigenous music. 

Please note this event requires separate registration.

Thank you to the sponsors of the opening reception:



Founding Partner, Candide Group and author of Real Impact: The New Economics of Social Change. Attendees of Impact Investing Day receive a copy of the book.


Impact Investing Day 2019 is organized by Travois, a mission-driven business and Certified B Corporation, focused on promoting housing, economic development, and impact opportunities for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities across the country, and AltCap, a Community Development Financial Institution that deploys capital in underestimated communities through innovative financing products and economic development programming that help build an inclusive ecosystem of entrepreneurship. 

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