practitioners institute

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9TH, 2016

(Open to Practitioner Members only)

Times & Sessions Subject to Change

7:30AM

BREAKFAST IN THE BALLROOM, THE CHARLES HOTEL


9:00AM

KEYNOTE: Shifting Systems

A thought leader in the field of contextual economics who inspires the philanthropic community to push the boundaries around impact investing, Neva Goodman will address the question of systems change and facilitating a pathway towards a sustainable and just economy.

Speaker:

  • Neva Goodwin, Co-Director, Global Development and Environmental Institute, Tufts University, Former Trustee, Rockefeller Brothers Fund

10:00AM

PLENARY: SHIFTING VALUES

In order to change systems, we must first look at how to change ourselves. In this session Practitioners will share stories about their personal journey from grantmaker to impact investor. Why do they believe that a holistic approach makes for more effective philanthropy? Let’s hear about the barriers that they have faced and the sometimes surprising personal rewards they have found along the way.  Audience discussion with the panelists will be encouraged.

Speakers:

  • Betsy Dietel, Senior Partner, Dietel Partners (Moderator)
  • Andy Lower, Co-Founder & Board Chair, Visible Clothing
  • Liesel Pritzker Simmons, Co-Founder & Principal, Blue Haven Initiative
  • Kelly Ryan, CEO, Incourage Community Foundation

11:00AM

BREAK


11:15AM

PLENARY: SHIFTING INSTITUTIONS

Shifting systems requires that we of course change institutions. Not until investment managers and financial firms, alongside the regulatory environment that supports the industry, has evolved, will we experience the full promise of impact investing. This panel discussion brings together the experiences of large institutional investors as they integrate the practices of impact investing. The challenges they face with governance issues and deal flow will be discussed, grounded in an articulation about why they are committed to the practice.

Speakers:

  • David Wood, Director, Initiative for Responsible Investment, Harvard Kennedy School (Moderator)
  • Phil Henderson, President, Surdna Foundation
  • Ashby Monk, Executive and Research Director, Stanford Global Projects Center
  • Ramsay Ravenel, Executive Director, Grantham Foundation
  • Sandra A. Urie, Chairman & CEO, Cambridge Associates, LLC

12:30PM

LUNCH IN THE BALLROOM, THE CHARLES HOTEL


 

SMALL SESSIONS (CHOOSE ONE)

1:45PM

Break Down Silos and Maximize Impact: Investing Across Financial Resources and via Intermediaries

Mission-related investors have both the opportunity and the ability to play a catalytic role in the impact investing space by utilizing different types of capital to enhance social and environmental outcomes. In fact, utilizing funds across the capital spectrum is critical in developing and providing financial solutions to problems that persist in broken markets. What is possible when philanthropic resources and investment strategies across asset classes are integrated? How can co-investment become more feasible and strategic? What role can and do intermediaries play? Panelists representing both the intermediary and the investor perspectives will discuss the successes and challenges they have experienced in establishing and participating in innovative funding partnerships. This includes pooled financing vehicles and pioneering grantmaking models that challenge traditional barriers in philanthropy and combine more than one type of capital to support holistic impact.

Speakers:

  • Rachel Serotta, Investor Relations Officer, Root Capital (Moderator)
  • Catherine Covington, Client Development Manager, RSF Social Finance
  • Deborah Frieze, Managing Partner, Boston Impact Initiative
  • Maya Winkelstein, Executive Director, Open Road Alliance

1:45PM

MISSION ALIGNED INVESTING - ACTUAL IMPLEMENTATION

A panel of investment professionals will provide actual portfolio examples illustrating specific implementation of a range of client objectives. The session will be designed to provide very concrete and actionable illustrations to attendees and examples will include both simple and complex portfolios and a range of mission objectives. The session will also include presentations from  investment professionals so that attendees get a diverse set of views.

Speakers:

  • Matthew W. Patsky, CEO, Trillium Asset Management (Moderator)
  • George Bachrach, President, The Environmental League of Massachusetts
  • Andree Saulnier, Chair of the Investment Committee, Episcopal City Mission
  • Fran Seegull, Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director, ImpactAssets

3:00PM

BREAK


 

SMALL SESSIONS (CHOOSE ONE)


3:15PM

Navigating the Advisory Landscape: Finding the Investment Professional That's Right for You

The business of investing can be opaque to say the least.  The various roles investment professionals play, the way these professionals get compensated, and the nuances in the impact investing world create a "black box" approach for most.  This session will shed some light on this subject.  The session will include an overview of how the investment industry is structured from Advisors featured in Confluence Philanthropy’s new resource, “Finding Your Way to the Right Investment Advisor".  At the end of this session you will proudly know the difference between asset manager, asset owner, wealth advisor, wealth manager, consultant, multi-family office, investment banker, fund manager and many more.  You will know the different ways these functions get compensated and the trade-offs between different models of compensation.

Speakers:

  • Michael Whelchel, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Big Path Capital (Moderator)
  • Natasha Lamb, Director of Equity Research and Shareholder Engagement, Arjuna Capital
  • David Lynch, President, Athena Capital
  • Kate Simpson, Research Consultant, Confluence Philanthropy
  • Chitra Staley, Managing Director and Partner,  Beacon Pointe Wealth Advisors

3:15PM

To Own What You Own - KNOW What You Own

Democratizing Finance means owning what you own. That is impossible if you don’t know what you own. This session provides secure access and training to As You Sow’s new web-platform that enables you, with a few mouse clicks, to see the fossil fuel holdings hidden within mutual funds in your 401k or 403b. You will leave empowered by your own definition of “fossil free” and the ability to clean up and align your retirement plans as well as with practical knowledge, training, and a password to access tools so you can own what you own by knowing what you own.

Speakers:

  • Andy Behar, CEO, As You Sow
  • Lisa Renstrom, Trustee, Bonwood Social Investments, Confluence Board Member

4:30PM

BREAK


 

WORKING GROUP MEETINGS


4:45PM

DIVEST-INVEST WORKING GROUP

Foundations can amplify their impact on climate change by using the power of their portfolios synchronized with their grantmaking.  This panel will look beyond the Paris UN Climate Summit to the 2016 election and how the divest-Invest movement is building into a political force bringing “Power to the people” in more ways than one. We will bring you up to date on Divest-Invest strategy and discuss PRI/MRI projects bringing clean and just power to the people needing energy access. We will debate the marriage of Divest and Engage and the need for fossil fuel companies to freeze/stop capital expenditures. The session will inform, inspire, and help you understand your critical role in bringing about a just and clean energy present and future.

Speakers:

  • Anne Stetson, Trustee, John Merck Fund (Moderator)
  • Carol Dahl, CEO, Lemelson Foundation
  • Amanda Hanley, Co-Founder and Director, Hanley Foundation
  • Jenny Russell, Executive Director, Merck Family Fund

4:45PM

PLACE-BASED INITIATIVES

A new generation of collaborative economics requires sources of capital that connect with communities at the regional level. While there are many historical and deeply embedded barriers to this work, there is a growing field of entrepreneurs, investors, philanthropists and public officials willing to take this challenge head-on. This session will explore specific examples of this new multi-stakeholder paradigm through the work of several regional initiatives. Panelists will highlight the challenges, lessons learned, and opportunities to expand on this work in other regions. 

Speakers:

  • David Sand, Chief Investment Strategist, Community Capital Management (Moderator)
  • Angel Braestrup, Executive Director, The Curtis & Edith Munson Foundation
  • Aimée Christensen, Executive Director, Sun Valley Institute For Resilience And CEO, Christensen Global Strategies
  • Sayer Jones, Director of Finance and Mission Related Investing, Meyer Memorial Trust

6:00PM

Philanthropists-Only Reception


7:00PM

Philanthropists-Only Dinner at henrietta's table, the charles hotel

Welcome Address with Jeff Rosen, Chief Financial Officer, Solidago Foundation and Confluence Board Member