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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Session speaker biographies:
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.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
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.