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REIMAGINING CAPITALISM

Visualizing the World we Want
Net Impact's Virtual Event Series

Join us on this new journey

You are invited to join us for a series of connected conversations and opportunities featuring thought leaders and visionaries from various fields of work.

Throughout this connected series, you will have the option to step in or step out as you decide the role you want to play in the new story that we are creating. Join us to cultivate new relationships with members of the global Net Impact chapter network as well as our allies and friends. Together we'll explore difficult questions, challenge our assumptions, discover our blind spots, un-learn, deconstruct, pause, reset, and re-imagine.

Check out the Reimagining Capitalism Resource Page for all slides and recordings from previous events.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Reimagining Community Partnerships: How Microsoft Builds Relationships Rooted in Trust

Thursday, May 13, 2021, 1:00 pm PST/4:00 pm EST - 2:00 pm PST/5:00 pm EST

What becomes possible when partnerships are rooted in trust? What can partnerships between funders and nonprofit organizations create in communities if there is a shared commitment to building relationships based on transparency, dialogue, and mutual learning? By exploring how these questions have shaped the development of capacity-building programs and services in Cheyenne, Wyoming, this conversation will highlight key practices that are necessary to build effective community partnerships. 

Net Impact is excited to dive into a conversation with Dennis Ellis, who leads Microsoft's TechSpark program in Cheyenne, along with Eric Trowbridge, the co-founder of both Array School of Technology and Design and Wyoming Technology Coronavirus Coalition (WTCC), and also Robin Bocanegra, the Executive Director of COMEA Shelter. Together, they will look back at 2020 and explore how their trust-based relationships created an opportunity to respond to the challenges of COVID with creative care and innovation.

Dennis Ellis

Dennis Ellis

Microsoft TechSpark Manager, Wyoming

Eric Trowbridge

Eric Trowbridge

Co-Founder and CEO of Array School of Technology and Design

Co-Founder of Wyoming Technology Coronavirus Coalition (WTCC)

Robin Bocanegra

Robin Bocanegra

Executive Director, COMEA Shelter

PREVIOUS EVENTS

Good Work: Designing a Career for a Just and Sustainable World

March 13, 2021: Full Schedule Now Available! 

8:00 am PST/11:00 am EST - 1:30 pm PST/4:30 pm EST

The challenges we face at the societal and planetary levels are many, but they are not insurmountable. The time is now to create a more just and sustainable world and Millennials and Gen Z are keen on finding sustainable solutions to impact social change. In response to the growing need and interest in social impact and sustainability, Net Impact is excited to host a FREE half-day long conference for our innovative partners and talented network of merging social impact leaders. 

This conference will expose participants to the changing landscape within environmental, social, and governance (ESG) areas, and also provide valuable insight into the key skills and experiences that are needed to effectively work on these issues. Through a variety of content and formats, there will be opportunities for engaging conversation, career skills-building, and networking with industry leaders, and connecting with chapter members. 

Here is what you'll walk away with by attending any part of this special event: 

  • New professional contacts and relationships in the social impact and sustainability fields
  • Insights from social impact and sustainability career coaches and executive recruiters 
  • An overview of the changing landscape of ESG and CSR and how non-traditional roles are also playing key roles in social impact
  • Insights into the day-to-day responsibilities of social impact professionals, including what skills and experiences are valuable for their work
  • Clarity and concrete action steps to build your career in social impact and sustainability

Speakers Include:

Mohan Sivaloganathan

Net Impact Board Member

CEO, Our Turn

Paul Wolfe

Paul Wolfe

Program Officer

Environmental Program, Walton Family Foundation

Shannon Houde

Shannon Houde

Founder

Walk of Life Coaching

Lauren Phipps

Lauren Phipps

Director and Senior Analyst on Circular Economy

Greenbiz

The New American Dream: Exploring How NextGen Leaders are Reshaping the Vision

February 24, 2021 10:00am PST/1:00pm EST

For many, the old American dream evokes an image of a white picket fence, a neatly manicured green lawn, a two-door garage, and a happy family of four sitting together around the dinner table. Given the enormous challenges confronting our society and our planet, this image hardly feels relevant anymore, even if attainable. 

The mindset of Millennials and Gen Z, their values, and their choices may be reshaping the American dream for the better so that it's a positive and constructive response to our society and our planet's needs. What is the new dream and how does it look different across diverse racial or ethnic perspectives and experiences? What are the barriers and what is the role of the public and private sectors in helping to remove barriers? How will this new dream change the landscape of America, and influence our global community and how we respond to global challenges? 

In collaboration with the Walton Family Foundation, join us in a thought-provoking conversation on February 24th at 10:00 am PST/1:00 pm EST. Joining our panel to engage in these questions are Kristen Soltis Anderson, pollster and co-founder of Echelon Insights, Emma Pengelly, the Deputy Director for the Home Region Program at Walton Family Foundation, Cedrik Chavez, a Gen Z recent college graduate and former President of the Texas State University Undergraduate Net Impact Chapter, and Elizabeth John, an MBA student at NYU Stern specializing in Sustainable Business, Innovation and Marketing. 

Emma Pengelly

Emma Pengelly

Deputy Director for the Home Region Program at Walton Family Foundation

Kristen Soltis Anderson

Kristen Soltis Anderson

Co-Founder of Echelon Insights

Nayancie Matthews

Nayancie Matthews

Undergrad Student, International Business and Finance

Baruch College

Liz John

Elizabeth John

MBA, NYU Stern

Sustainable Business, Innovation and Marketing

Creating Value in a Changing World

January 28, 2020 10:00am PST/1:00pm EST

Imagine that it's 2030. COVID is behind us but its long-term damage has hastened the impact of inequities on various segments of society. Injustice created through racial inequity, climate change, and wealth disparity has increased. As Rebecca Henderson described in our first Reimagining Capitalism event, the world is on fire...and it's burning very quickly. 

Is a different world possible? Can business, as a force for good, drive tangible change? In her recent book, "The Six New Rules of Business: Creating Value in a Changing World", Judy Samuelson explains that we are sitting at a critical juncture in history where "business as usual" is no longer a viable option and the rules are dramatically changing. 

"From technology to supply chains, social impact to environmental limits, the landscape for business and the definition of success have both been upended. Income inequality is rife, social discord is high, and the demand for business to create real value for all its stakeholders has become a loud and rallying cry." 

In our sixth Reimagining Capitalism event, we invite you to join a thought-provoking conversation with Judy Samuelson, vice president at the Aspen Institute, and founder and executive director of The Aspen Institute's Business and Society Program, and Yusuf George, Managing Director for Corporate Engagement at Just Capital. 

Judy Samuelson, Author

Judy Samuelson

Founder and Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program

Vice President, Aspen Institute

Yusuf George

Yusuf George

Managing Director of Corporate Engagement at JUST Capital

From Farmers Markets to Carbon Markets: What is the future of zero carbon agriculture?

November 12, 2020 10:00am PDT/1:00pm EDT

If anyone has a vested interest in being part of the solution to climate change, it's farmers. Their lives and businesses depend on the weather, making them highly affected by drought, flooding, and extreme conditions, especially in developing nations. Sustainable agriculture, through techniques such as cover cropping and grazing management, may have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by sequestering carbon in the soil. That's why the agriculture industry is reimagining climate-smart business models that reward farmers for capturing carbon, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and increasing biodiversity. During this virtual session, panelists will examine the challenges, opportunities, and viability of carbon markets, and the innovation, collaboration, and reimagination it will take for these new models to succeed. 

Cintia Ribeiro

Cintia Ribeiro

Digital Business Insights Lead, Crop Science, Bayer

Michelle Lancaster

Michelle Lancaster

Director, Sustainability Engagement and Partnerships, Microsoft

Logan Yonavjak

Logan Yonavjak

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Provenance Capital Group

Mark Heckman

Mark Heckman

President, Main Street Ag and Heckman Properties

Designing for All: Bridging the Digital Divide

October 8, 2020

The social and economic gap is growing between the privileged and the marginalized, especially the poor, elderly, and handicapped portions of the population who do not have, or have limited access to computers or the internet. How might our current global crisis create the impetus for businesses, nonprofits, community-based organizations, government, and academia to develop innovative solutions to bridge the digital divide, and in so doing, reduce the also growing wealth gap? Is it possible that designing for inclusivity can create a win-win for businesses and for people? Joining us in conversation were the Walton Family Foundation and Cox Communications to understand how trust-based philanthropy and designing for all can work together to bridge the socio-economic gap created by the digital divide. 

Mohan Sivaloganathan

Net Impact Board Member and CEO, Our Turn

Ebonee Younger

Ebonee Younger

Product Manager, Cox Communications

Romy Drucker

K-12 Education Program Deputy Director, Walton Family Foundation

The Color of Law, the Color of Money - Restorative Solutions to Redress the Racial Wealth Gap

August 27, 2020

COVID has laid bare the inadequacies of capitalism dealing with large-scale problems impacting marginalized people. For Black communities in particular, the impact of historic racial inequality has widened gaps in healthcare, adequate housing and education. But the most challenging issue is the racial wealth gap. Capitalism must be reimagined to work for all. What needs to happen in the area of racial equity? How best to address the persistence of the racial wealth gap? Joining us in conversation were speakers Tynesia Boyea-Robinson and Darrick Hamilton, moderated by Net Impact Board Chair, Cecily Joseph.

Tynesia Boyea-Robinson

Tynesia Boyea-Robinson

Founder and CEO of CapEQ

Darrick Hamilton

Darrick Hamilton

Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity

Cecily Joseph

Cecily Joseph

Net Impact Board Chair

Profitability with Principles: Reimagining the Chocolate Industry

July 29, 2020

Two chocolate companies, Theo Chocolate and Tony’s Chocolonely, are revolutionizing the chocolate industry by hard-wiring their values into business objectives, thus creating fair and equitable business models in the chocolate industry. Featured Speakers: Joe Whinney, founder and former CEO of Theo Chocolate, Paul Schoenmakers, Head of Impact at Tony’s Chocolonely. Moderated by Stephanie Westhelle, Development Manager of Sustainability & Partnerships at Fairtrade America

Joe Whinney

Theo Chocolate 

Paul Schoenmakers

Paul Schoenmakers

Tony's Chocolonely Chocolate

Stephanie Westhelle

Stephanie Westhelle

Fairtrade America

Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire

July 9, 2020

Capitalism is starting to be reimagined. A generation of business owners and operators, students and educators, employees, community, consumers, even some legislators, are beginning to question the longer-term harm that may be a consequence of the objective to maximize profits today, with little regard for the people and planet of the future. The flaws in capitalism may be reparable, and perhaps evolve to be a better, more equitable version. Watch Rebecca Henderson, Professor at Harvard Business School, and author of the just-released book “Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire”, in conversation with PBS News Anchor, Paul Solman.

Rebecca Henderson

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