Speaker Series

The Impact Investing Club, in collaboration with SEE PIC and B&G PIC, is hosting leaders from the Impact Investing field to educate and discuss the field. Topics have ranged from the overall landscape and financial practice of impact investing, to the tension and collaboration between private markets and government policy. We anticipate further events with alumni, a pension fund CIO, investors working in international development, and a forum to situate what Impact Investing means at HKS.

Upcoming events:

Mar 25: HKS Alumni in Action Social Mixer
Apr 2: Hiromichi Mizuno, Exec. MD and CIO of Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), member of the Board, Asset Owner Advisory Committee of PRI
Apr TBD: Impact in International Development
Apr TBD: Impact Investing @HKS, a forum with John Haigh, Co-Director of Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government and former Executive Dean of HKS

 

In the January event we welcomed:

  • Annie Donovan, Former Director, CDFI Fund
  • Quyen Tran, VP & Equity Portfolio Specialist, Wellington Management Company
  • Brian Trelstad, Partner, Bridges Fund Management & Senior Lecturer, HBS
  • Jackie VanderBrug, MD & Investment Strategist, Chief Investment Office (CIO), Bank of America

The event featured a lively discussion covering the breadth of impact investing, finding the investment method that fits your theory of change, and their take on what experience and skills are needed in the field.

Impact Investing Panel

 

In February, we hosted a "fireside" chat with Fran Seegull, Executive Director of the US Impact Investing Alliance, where she laid out some of the advancements in US public policy around Impact Investing. Together we prodded the limits of both markets and government as the solution to societal ills, and the criticality of good public policy in the rush of private capital into the Opportunity Zones create by the recent tax law.

Fireside Chat - Fran Seegull