NY+Acumen Speaker Series & Fundraiser
Thursday, June 6, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM (EDT)
New York, NY
Join NY+Acumen for a discussion and celebration of Acumen's new manifesto. The event will feature short talks by four inspiring leaders who exemplify what it means to truly stand by the manifesto through their incredible work.
It starts by standing with the poor, listening to voices
unheard, and recognizing potential where others see
It demands investing as a means, not an end, daring to go
where markets have failed and aid has fallen short. It makes
capital work for us, not control us.
It thrives on moral imagination: the humility to see the world
as it is, and the audacity to imagine the world as it could be.
It’s having the ambition to learn at the edge, the wisdom to
admit failure, and the courage to start again.
It requires patience and kindness, resilience and grit: a
hard-edged hope. It’s leadership that rejects complacency,
breaks through bureaucracy, and challenges corruption.
Doing what’s right, not what’s easy.
Acumen: it’s the radical idea of creating hope in a cynical
world. Changing the way the world tackles poverty and
building a world based on dignity.
"It is an aspirational document, one we could not have written in the early stages of our “first chapter,” for we were only beginning to discover the many challenges and opportunities we would face as patient capital investors. It is a covenant of sorts, our moral compass to ground us in the kinds of leaders we hope to be. We wrote this to reflect the values of leadership required in an interconnected world. We urge others to stand with it, whether or not they use the word Acumen itself, for it is the hard-earned ideas and values that matter most to us."
- Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder & CEO of Acumen
Donna Campbell, Executive Director at Aravind Eye Foundation
Melissa Kushner, Founder & Executive Director of goods for good
Catherine Rohr, Founder & CEO of Defy Ventures
Donna Campbell | Melissa Kushner | Tricia Morente | Catherine Rohr
7:00 pm - Doors open (please bring a valid form of ID)
7:30 pm - Speaker Series begins
8:45 pm - Networking with light food and drinks
Cheese, doughnuts, wine and tea lovingly provided by Kashkaval Cheese Market, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Bubble Lounge, and Runa.
Floral arrangements donated by Kampo Floral Design.
Compostable tableware by Susty Party.
A huge THANK YOU to our chapter supporters and partners:
All event proceeds will benefit Acumen. Please note we do not offer refunds or exchanges.
When & Where
NY+Acumen is one of 20 +Acumen chapters worldwide. +Acumen chapters are deeply committed volunteer-led groups learning and sharing Acumen’s principles and approach to help create a world beyond poverty – a more inclusive and sustainable future for all. +Acumen is an important part of Acumen's work because creating a world beyond poverty will take all of us: an interconnected community of global citizens equipped with the moral leadership needed to meet the complex challenges of our time.