Transformation & Impact Investing with Erika Karp

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Transformation & Impact Investing: A Fireside Chat with Erika Karp

In a May 3, 2019 New York Times article where she was featured, Cornerstone Capital's Erika Karp says that she sees "environmental, social and governance analysis as a critical investment discipline, akin to quantitative or fundamental research." Cornerstone, which Karp created to catalyze the flow of capital toward a more regenerative and inclusive global economy, seeks to optimize investment performance together with social impact through rigorous research that systematically integrates Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors into portfolio design.

Transparency, in other words, is crucial for transformation.

In this virtual fireside chat, Erika Karp and Impact Entrepreneur's Laurie Lane-Zucker will discuss Karp's leading edge work in impact measurement as well a range of related topics, such as:

  • The importance of transparency in impact investing
  • Impact entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship
  • Quality impact investing and the challenge of product growth
  • How impact investing is being embraced by capital markets
  • Greenwashing
  • Impact and diversity
  • Systems change strategies

ERIKA KARP is Founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Inc. Cornerstone was created to catalyze the flow of capital toward a more regenerative and inclusive global economy. In seeking positive societal impact at scale, Cornerstone offers investment advisory and capital markets advisory services, underpinned by rigorous research. Prior to launching Cornerstone, Erika was Managing Director and Head of Global Sector Research at UBS Investment Bank, where she chaired the UBS Global Investment Review Committee and managed a global team of analysts and strategists. Erika served on the UBS Securities Research Executive Committee and the Environmental and Human Rights Committee of the UBS Group Executive Board.

Erika is a founding Board member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), a member of CECP’s Strategic Investor Initiative Advisory Council, and an advisor to the Omidyar Network’s Know the Chain initiative. She served as an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Market-Based Approaches initiative, a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Financing and Capital, and as a member of the Program Design Advisory Council for Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program on Innovating for Sustainability. Erika speaks at events including those of the OECD, the UN Global Compact and PRI, Oxford University, The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investing, Ceres, The Aspen Institute, and the White House. She holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School.

Erika presents and writes extensively on topics including: sustainable investing and finance, corporate strategy and business models, transparency and excellence in the areas of Environmental, Social and Governance performance, and employee engagement/diversity in the workplace. Her work has been featured by Bloomberg Businessweek, Barron’s, Euromoney, the Financial Times, Investor Relations Magazine, The Guardian, and Forbes. For driving collaboration across the capital markets, she has been named among the nation’s “Top 50 Women in Wealth” by AdvisorOne; one of the “Purpose Economy 100,” the “Good 100” and one of 50 “Conscious Capitalists” who are “Transforming Wall Street.”

LAURIE LANE-ZUCKER is founder and CEO of Impact Entrepreneur, LLC, an impact economy business, and its Center for Social and Environmental Innovation, where he curates the global Impact Entrepreneur Network of entrepreneurs, investors and scholars, produces educational in-person and online programming with the leading individuals and organizations active in impact economy building, and consults with early stage impact companies, investors and educational institutions. He is an award-winning editor and publisher of bestselling, sustainability-oriented books and magazines, including works by Wendell Berry, Terry Tempest Williams, Barry Lopez and David James Duncan, and is a prolific writer on entrepreneurship and impact investing. He was the founding executive director of The Orion Society, which publishes the acclaimed Orion Magazine, a journal focused on people, nature, and place, and is the former executive director for the Seven Pillars House of Wisdom, a nonprofit organization focused on cultivating wisdom that informs social transformation and environmental healing. He is also the co-founder of the Place-based Education movement, which laid essential groundwork for the emerging practice of place-based investing. Lane-Zucker did his undergraduate studies at Middlebury College and Edinburgh University and graduate work at Columbia University and the Bread Load School of English.

This webinar is co-sponsored by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors as part of its Scaling Solutions initiative.

Impact Entrepreneur's Luminarias Webinar Series features reflective conversations with the leading lights in impact investing and entrepreneurship.

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