Bay Area ESG Happy Hour
Dec
17
5:00 PM17:00

Bay Area ESG Happy Hour

  • 500 Washington Street Suite 325 San Francisco, CA 94111 (map)
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Join us on Monday, December 17th as we celebrate Holiday Cheer and Sustainable, Responsible, Impactful Investing Innovations -- with the San Francisco Bay Area ESG Happy Hour community.

Green Santa will be there (but no "clean coal") to take selfies with sustainable investors and 401(k) fossil-free investors -- and share food, wine and good cheer, make you laugh, and overall jolly-ness

This annual HIP tradition connects the "nice people network" together -- and weather permitting, introduces our shared outdoor redwood deck with our partners Silicon Private Wealth and Viant Capital.

Let's eat tasty treats, build and deepen lasting relationships, celebrate the holidays, and the beginning of HIP's lucky 13th year!

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Dec
11
6:30 PM18:30

Week to Week Politics Roundtable and Holiday Social

Let's gather together and talk politics past, present and future. It's our year-end political roundtable and holiday social.

We will discuss the biggest, most controversial and sometimes the surprising political issues with expert commentary by panelists who are smart, are civil and have a good sense of humor. We'll review some of the major events of 2018, plus we'll provide an update on the results and effects of the November elections, and we'll talk a bit about what to expect in 2019. Our panelists will provide informative and engaging commentary on political and other major news; and we'll have audience discussion of the week’s events and our live news quiz!

Come early before the program for our holiday social hour (open to all attendees). Enjoy light nibbles, our homemade holiday cookies, and a hot cocoa bar. Revel in the year past and talk about the future year to come. 

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Reel Impact Film Festival in San Francisco on Dec 6
Dec
6
3:30 PM15:30

Reel Impact Film Festival in San Francisco on Dec 6

Join us for an extraordinary afternoon of storytelling which celebrates social entrepreneurs and impact organizations through filmmaking, intimate conversations and networking with like-minded people.

We will explore how mission driven organizations (both for-profit and not-for-profit) use film and short videos to spread positive messages, drive change, and achieve strategic goals.

You will be inspired by the social impact different these organizations are driving and have the opportunity to meet amazing people taking on some of the world's biggest challenges in innovative ways.

For more information visit our website: Reel Impact Film Festival.

***Check out our video from last year's RIFF***

AGENDA

3:30 PM - Green Carpet Networking Reception

4:00 PM - Welcome by ONE WORLD & Mama Hope

4:15 PM - Social Impact Video Storytelling opening interviews with

5:00 PM - RIFF finalists video screening round I

5:30 PM - Screening Round Debrief Spotlight

6:00 PM - Break

6:30 PM - RIFF finalists video screening round II

7:15 PM - Three workshops

Workshop 1: Stop the Pity, Unlock the Potential - A movement to shift the narrative: How can authentic, community-driven storytelling build a media movement?

Workshop 2: Documentary style promotional filmmaking

Workshop 3: How to create a successful campaign raising money via kickstarter - tricks and best practices

8:30 PM - Award Ceremony moderated by

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Nia Milestones Celebration
Nov
29
6:30 PM18:30

Nia Milestones Celebration

We are thrilled to invite you to celebrate with us as we mark the big 2018 milestones on our journey toward creating a more just world by aligning our assets with our values. 

We launched the Nia Global Solutions equity portfolio in 2015, and this year we celebrate the 3rd year anniversary of this flagship gender lens portfolio. In June of this year, our women-led firm was awarded "Best for the World" among all B Corp companies. And in August, we became the first company in the United States to earn the Gender Equity Now certification. Despite all that is going on in our world, there are reasons to celebrate. 

Join us as we raise a glass to the growing conscious investing movement, to our efforts to bring impact investing to the public markets, and celebrate with us this journey to change the face of finance.

We look forward to seeing you Thursday, November 29th!

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Millennials in ESG & Impact Investing Happy Hour
Oct
24
6:30 PM18:30

Millennials in ESG & Impact Investing Happy Hour

Join us for our third annual informal happy hour with drinks and light snacks!

This event is open to anyone working in ESG & impact investing who either identifies as a millennial or would like to support millennials working in the industry. Attendees will include SOCAP18 attendees and people working in and around the Bay Area.

Beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks, and light snacks will be provided but you are also welcome to also bring dinner and eat it at the venue.

We are asking all attendees to contribute a small fee (the ticket price) that will go toward the cost of the venue. Please buy your ticket in advance to reserve your spot and so that we can get a good sense of attendance early on.

We hope to see you there!

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Location and directions: San Francisco Sailing Club - 2800 Leavenworth St., Ste 210.

From Leavenworth St. don't go to the front door buzzer - instead, walk up the stairs next to the bike rental company and into the main courtyard. Walk toward your right and look for SF Sailing Company signs or Suite 210.

If you have any questions about the event, please reach out to Bryan Locascio at bryan@tideline.com.

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San Francisco Fall Regenerative Agriculture Investor Network (RAIN) Happy Hour
Oct
23
4:00 PM16:00

San Francisco Fall Regenerative Agriculture Investor Network (RAIN) Happy Hour

Join us in SAN FRANCISCO as SOCAP launches to connect with like-minded regenerative agriculture investors, practitioners & philanthropists.

Connect, network, and share ecological insights with investors, philanthropists and entrepreneurs focused on moving beyond "sustainable" to focus on investments in agricultural enterprises that are truly regenerative.

These gatherings held around the country are intended to increase our shared literacy, understanding of deal flow, and quality of relationships for working together. How do we capture the carbon farming potential of restoring and enhancing ecosystem and soil health while providing food, fiber and other human material needs? Through short presentations by partner organizations and open networking we will make sure you come away with a clearer understanding of the investment and philanthropic opportunities within regenerative, climate-beneficial agriculture and land conservation. This happy hour will instill hope about the future of regenerative agriculture investment opportunities.

Light appetizers and one free drink per person will be provided. This event is meticulously curated to catalyze a safe space for investors to share best practices and learnings. As such, your RSVP is critical to ensuring the success of the event.

4pm Doors open

5pm Program begins

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SOCAP 18
Oct
23
to Oct 26

SOCAP 18

SOCAP18 is the world's leading conference on impact investing and social enterprise. Held in San Francisco, SOCAP18 will convene innovators in finance, entrepreneurship, business, government, and philanthropy from across social and environmental issue areas to accelerate the market at the intersection of money and meaning.

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Post VERGE Conference Happy Hour with Presidio Graduate School
Oct
17
5:30 PM17:30

Post VERGE Conference Happy Hour with Presidio Graduate School

Kickoff the VERGE conference with Presidio Graduate School! Join current students, alumni, prospective students, and friends attending the VERGE conference for a chance to connect across cohorts, campuses, and sectors. We will be gathering at the back bar area of The Trappist located around the corner from the Oakland Convention Center. See you there!

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FROM CLIMATE REALITY TO PROJECT DRAWDOWN: IS THIS HAPPENING TO US OR FOR US?
Oct
15
6:00 PM18:00

FROM CLIMATE REALITY TO PROJECT DRAWDOWN: IS THIS HAPPENING TO US OR FOR US?

This program will serve as a way-finding event that balances the realism of climate change with the practical solutions currently at work with the Buckminster Fuller Institute and Project Drawdown. The density and intensity of the presentations inspire action. The audience will be challenged to find their own voices and amplify the work of the team of experts already on the front lines of climate solutions. 

Amanda Ravenhill and Malcolm Walter bring their diverse backgrounds and experience to deliver a powerful and inspiring presentation that will engage and empower. Malcolm Walter, a graduate of Al Gore’s Climate Reality leadership training, will explore with attendees the current state of climate change and policy as he asks: Can we change, and will we change? Amanda Ravenhill will present some of Project Drawdown's 100 most substantive, existing solutions to address climate change. Following a Q&A session, attendees will have the hands-on opportunity to learn more specifics from experts and work to identify individual contributions to this important work. The intention is to provide a message of hope and instill urgency. We hope all guests will leave feeling poised to take action. 

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Banks: Climate Action Friend or Foe?
Sep
13
6:00 PM18:00

Banks: Climate Action Friend or Foe?

Ready for some climate change REAL TALK? Join us for a lively conversation among climate justice activists and triple-bottom-line bankers to discuss the critical roles banks play in relation to equity and climate change. Featuring:

Rev. Lennox Yearwood, CEO & President, Hip Hop Caucus
Kat Taylor, Co-Founder & CEO, Beneficial State Bank
Ken LaRoe, Chairman & Founder, First GREEN Bank

At this definitive moment, businesses MUST be accountable to society and will have to choose whether they will maintain the status quo by accelerating climate change, or stop it. In a frank conversation, our speakers will discuss the central role that banks have historically played in creating and protecting a fossil fuel economy, and directly address why and how they must divest, as well as prioritize capital to an emerging and equitable advanced energy economy.

You'll leave with a deeper understanding of the role banks play in driving societal and environmental outcomes and you'll be challenged to take up YOUR agency and accountability in the banking system!

This Global Climate Action Summit affiliate event is presented by Beneficial State Foundation and the Global Alliance for Banking on Values.

Special thanks to Brigade for providing our venue.

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SASB Open House 2018
Sep
11
3:00 PM15:00

SASB Open House 2018

SASB welcomes PRI In Person attendees to our Open House 2018 in San Francisco!

Learn more about SASB's sustainability standards and how standards can help support a range of ESG integration activities.

Join us for a brief presentation at either 15.15 or 16.15, on how SASB Standards enable the PRI Principles. Connect with SASB and industry experts for a Q&A discussion. Enjoy refreshments and browse literature and publications!
 

"Using SASB Standards to Apply the PRI Principles" Presentation at 15.15 or 16.15

Speakers:

  • Moderator: Katie Schmitz Eulitt, Strategic Advisor, Stakeholder Outreach, SASB

  • Janine Guillot, Director of Capital Markets Policy and Outreach, SASB

  • David S. Post, Director of Research, SASB

  • Bruno Bertocci, Managing Director, UBS

  • Tim Coffin, SVP, Breckinridge

Q&A Sessions Available:

  • SASB Standards Update with Verity Chegar, ESG Integration and Sustainable Investing, BlackRock; David S Post, Director of Research, SASB;

  • Investor Use of SASB with Elizabeth Seeger, Director of Sustainable Investing, KKR; Bruno Bertocci, Managing Director, UBS; Tim Coffin, SVP, Breckinridge; Emir Borovac, ESG Analyst, Nordea Asset Management

  • SASB Standards & SDGs with Dr. Robert Eccles, Professor Costanza Consolandi, and Himani Phadke, TruValue Labs

  • Educational Resources with Nicolai Lundy, Director of Education and Partnerships, SASB; Jeff Cohen, Institutional Product Strategist, SASB

 

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Accelerate Change Featuring Rise Up: Cocktails & Social Investing
Sep
6
5:30 PM17:30

Accelerate Change Featuring Rise Up: Cocktails & Social Investing

In 2006, the Economist proclaimed that women are “the world’s most underutilised resource.” Ten years later, Fast Company stated that "advancing women’s equality could add $12 trillion to the global GDP by 2025."

Spark and Rise Up are invested in improving the lives of women globally. We believe in the power of girls and women to drive exponential change, and believe young people are a catalyst to move this work forward.

On September 6th, join Spark -- SF's largest community of young philanthropists invested in gender equality -- and Rise Up -- activating women and girls to transform their lives, families, and communities for a more just and equitable world -- for an evening of cocktails, conversation and a chance to accelerate social investment in women's grassroots organizations.

Spark’s monthly Investment Committee has been engaging young professionals in philanthropy for over a decade. Our model makes it easy and fun for the next generation to get involved in grantmaking in accessible and meaningful ways. During this special night, we will have the chance to learn about Rise Up's work from Founder and CEO, Denise Dunning and choose which Rise Up partner will be Spark's next grantee!

Please RSVP before 5PM on Wednesday, September 5th. The security in the building will be letting people in according to the guest list. We will reach capacity, RSVP early.

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PROGRAM:

5:30-6:30 PM - Cocktails, Appetizers, and Conversations with DJ

6:30-7:05 PM - Fireside chat w/ Rise Up CEO, Denise Dunning in conversation with Spark CEO, Amanda Brock, about Rise Up's work including how they created a powerful network of over 500 leaders that has directly benefited 7 million girls, youth, and women. Denise will provide an overview of the three Rise Up partners Spark members will vet in the next hour. (Partner details below)

7:05-7:20 PM - Q & A with Rise Up

7:20-8:00 PM - Discuss Rise Up partners in groups (20 minutes break out/20 minutes regroup w/more Q&A)

8:00-8:10 PM - Spark Members Vote (Inspired and want to accelerate change? Become a member at the event! Membership starts at $100)

8:10-8:20 PM - Pluses & Wishes

8:20-9:00 PM - Cocktails & Conversations Continues w/ DJ

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Building the FinTech Ecosystem
Aug
30
5:30 PM17:30

Building the FinTech Ecosystem

The FinTech industry is booming - and within it an ever-growing ecosystem of businesses that interact through both competition and cooperation to help the industry thrive. Increasingly, business leaders are looking to ecosystems to create barriers to entry, improve customer experience and drive innovation.

What does it take to cultivate such an ecosystem, and how can we leverage these relationships to help our companies and the industry grow? On August 30th we’ll hear from three of our industry leaders on the opportunities and challenges inherent in building out a high-performing ecosystem.

The panel will be led by:

  • Christine Loredo, Vice President, Financial Technology Evangelism at Envestnet | Yodlee, Founder, Yodlee Incubator

  • Jamie Ramenofsky, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank

  • Christine Yip, Vice President, Partner Solutions, SigFig

  • Moderator: Joanna Karger, US Head of Capital Markets, Funding Circle

Doors open at 5.30 PM and we’ll be kicking the panel off promptly at 6 PM. Guests are welcome to hang around for further networking after the panel until 7.30 PM.

This event is hosted by Women in FinTech in collaboration with Evestnest | Yodlee and Silicon Valley Bank.

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August 29 ESG Happy Hour - sponsored by RBC Global Asset Management
Aug
29
5:00 PM17:00

August 29 ESG Happy Hour - sponsored by RBC Global Asset Management

Between raging forest fires, regulating tailpipe emissions (or not), and a huge amount of alarming mainstream media attention, climate change has never been a hotter topic. But despite the prospect of rising sea levels flooding our airports, it’s not all bad news in the Bay…

With both the Global Climate Action Summit and PRI in Person taking place here in a few short weeks – well, suffice it to say, we can expect some heated ESG-related conversations and action.

Before the global crowds arrive, we thought it would be a great time to get together locally to “Take Ambition to the Next Level” – by cooling off with a few drinks at the next Bay Area ESG Happy Hour!

Join us to discuss the carbon impact of conference travel and summer camping plans ruined by heavy smoke. Or just get in some face time in with your favorite ESG colleagues before the madness of September begins in earnest.

This edition of the happy hour is generously sponsored by RBC Global Asset Management, who will be covering the evening’s first refreshments.

When? Wednesday, August 29th, from 5:00 pm
Where? Hawthorn, 46 Geary St, San Francisco, 94108
Why? Because this may well be the last time we’ll see Earth Overshoot Day in August!

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Crowdfund Mainstreet Launch Party
Aug
24
6:30 PM18:30

Crowdfund Mainstreet Launch Party

You’re invited to the celebration of the year! Please join us for the live launch of Crowdfund Mainstreet, a regulation crowdfunding platform that connects America’s unsung entrepreneurial heroes with everyday people who want to invest in them. At the event, you will have an opportunity to learn about the movement to democratize finance and the power we all hold to ignite the most disruptive financial tool of our time—regulation crowdfunding.

A group of diverse entrepreneurs will be featured on the platform as we witness the live launch of their crowdfunding offerings. You will be able to engage with each of the founders, learn more about them and their companies, and invest on the spot. Companies featured on the platform are making bold moves and taking a stand to make a positive impact on their communities, the environment, and the lives of others. Invest at your discretion; even modest levels will help move money.

This event is free to attend and open to the public; however, space is limited and you must RSVP. There will be live entertainment, great food and drink, and stimulating dialogue. You DON’T want to miss this momentous community event!

Even if you can’t attend in person, you can still participate. Go to www.crowdfundmainstreet.com and subscribe to receive an email the night of the launch when the campaigns are revealed, and you will be able to invest online.

Presented by Jenny Kassan and Michelle Thimesch, Co-Founders, Crowdfund Mainstreet

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Breaking Into Investing: Women in VC
Aug
21
6:15 PM18:15

Breaking Into Investing: Women in VC

  • One Market Plaza, 1 Market St San Francisco, CA 94105 (map)
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**This is an IN-PERSON Event**

Join us at Venture University for a fireside chat with Jillian Manus, Managing Partner of Structure Capital, and Victoria Fram, Co-Founder & Managing Director of VilCap Investments. They will share their insight on breaking into venture capital and being a women in VC.

Come join us at VentureU!

Speaker Backgrounds -

Jillian Manus is an experienced banking and media executive, a technology investor and entrepreneur. She is Managing Partner of Structure Capital; “Architects of the Zero Waste Economy." Structure is a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that invests in early-stage companies. In her role with Structure, Jillian provides strategic support to founding teams focused on creating value in underutilized assets and excess capacity.
She serves on the boards of several of her portfolio companies, including Hyp3r, Workpath, Revelar and Liquiglide. Also, Stanford University Digital Health, Stanford University School of Medicine Board of Fellows, Advisory Board of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center Board of Directors, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and Communities in Schools.
Prior to Structure Capital, Jillian was Founder of Broad Strategy, Manus Media and Global Goal Sports Management.

Earlier in her career, Jillian worked in banking and media, as M&A co-director of TMT for Credit Suisse Zurich, and later as Director of Development for Universal and Warner Bros. Studios. She became interested in technology investing after serving as Associate Publisher of Upside, a San Francisco-based business and technology magazine for venture capitalists.

Jillian chaired The Women's Conference, where she joined California’s then First Lady, Maria Shriver, to create the world’s largest conference addressing issues important to women.

As a frequent global public speaker, Jillian provides business and political commentary at events and in the media, primarily Bloomberg and Fox News. She serves as a co-host on the podcast “The Pitch." Jillian attended The University of Oxford & NYU, where she served on the Board of Trustees. She was named one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business by the San Francisco Business Times.

She is the mother of four children who are her breath, smile and inspiration .

https://structure.vc/

 

Victoria Fram has had a varied career in early stage venture capital, private equity fund-of-funds, entrepreneur support and training, and international development. Since 2012, Victoria has been a Co-Founder at Village Capital and is Managing Director of VilCap Investments, a seed-stage investment fund. VilCap Investments invests in companies that are addressing the world’s greatest social and environmental challenges. As the founding fund manager, Victoria is responsible for all fund functions including structuring investments and fund strategy, providing portfolio support, investor relations and reporting, and fund administration. Prior to Village Capital, while in business school, Victoria was on the Program Related Investments team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; previously she was an Investment Associate at Metropolitan, a real estate focused private equity fund-of-funds acquired by Carlyle.

Victoria started her career as an Insight Fellow, living and working in China, the Netherlands, Kenya, and Uganda designing and implementing projects focused on international development and conflict resolution. She also later lived in Tanzania while acting as an interim advisor to MatchMaker Associates, an agricultural financing fund.

Victoria attended Stanford University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a minor in Mandarin, and later returned to earn an MBA at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where she also received a certificate in Public Management. Victoria sits on various corporate and nonprofit boards, including Pear Deck and Coupa Foundation. She is a Kauffman Fellow, and an independent investment committee member for Stanford GSB’s Student Impact Fund and advisor to Gray Matters Capital coLABS. Originally from Colorado, she now lives in San Francisco with her husband and three-year-old son.

https://vilcap.com/person/victoria-fram/

More on Venture University -

Venture University is a multi-stage investment fund that invests initially $20K-$1M+ per company, up to $15M in follow-on rounds, and develops 3-6 investment thesis's every 4 months.

Venture University is redefining the value of an investment fund by leveraging a large investment team that is capable of covering markets broader, deeper, and faster than a typical fund, providing a network that can better support portfolio companies, and offering greater value to LPs. Our mission is to develop and curate top investor and entrepreneur talent for the benefit of the innovation ecosystem.

Venture University offers an Investment Apprenticeship Program to angel investors, family offices, first time fund managers, entrepreneurs, undergrad and grad students, experienced professionals, and extraordinary individuals. Investors are sourced from over 4,000+ applications per year (<3% acceptance rate), making it more competitive to get into than the top ivy league schools and MBA programs.

Individuals that are accepted into the Investment Apprenticeship Program join Venture University's investment team, gain quality investment experience, build a deep network within the industry, and share in the financial upside from the investments made.

https://www.venture.university/

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FWSF Member Mixer
Aug
9
5:00 PM17:00

FWSF Member Mixer

Join us for a night of networking and drinks at our quarterly mixer.
This quarter's happy hour will be co-hosted by IWIN, Ipreo's Women's
Network. Ipreo is a financial technology company with leading software
to automate and manage clients across every capital financing stage.
Come meet other FWSF and IWIN members

Light appetizers and drinks.

Free (but please register for planning purposes)

Contact is Katherine Markova at 917-573-1582.

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Sustainability 2018 - A Community Convening
Jul
26
6:00 PM18:00

Sustainability 2018 - A Community Convening

  • 981 Mission Street San Francisco, CA, 94103 United States (map)
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Sustainability 2018: How Everyday Actions can Save the World

While much of the world’s attention when it comes to climate change has focused on governmental action, changing consumer behavior is equally important in making an impact on how we use our world’s resources. In this interactive panel discussion, we will examine people and organizations that are affecting behavior change in ways that benefit our environment.

Join us for this multi-disciplinary discussion about what drives consumers to activate. You can expect our experts to explore innovations that drive adoption of sustainable practices as well as eco-conscious movement building within diverse communities.

Our Speakers

Chris Cochran
Executive Director - ReFED

Emma Stewart
Director, Urban Efficiency & Climate - World Resources Insitute

Rue Mapp
Founder - Outdoor Afro

 

 

Our Co-Sponsors

COVO is a community of thinkers, doers, and collaborators committed to making change in the world while living life to the fullest. They have generously donated their space for this event to help ensure everyone in the greater Bay Area community has access to thought leaders supporting this important work.

Broke-ass Stuart and his team write for busboys, poets, social workers, students, artists, musicians, magicians, mathematicians, maniacs, yodelers and everyone else out there who wants to enjoy life not as a rich person, but as a real person. Namely, we write for you. They serve as Full Circle Fund's media partner for our Community Convening series where they help draw attention to the un-sung social impact innovatorsbuilding a better Bay Area.

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Jul
25
6:00 PM18:00

Women’s Environmental Network (WEN) Speed Networking

Networking can be stressful, especially when the stakes feel high! Whether you are looking for work, building a movement, or simply wanting to connect with like-minded women, the Women’s Environmental Network (WEN) Speed Networking event is the place to be!

At this event:

  • Make new connections or rekindle old ones
  • Learn more about amazing women working in the environmental field as a facilitator guides you through a set of engaging questions
  • Interact in a safe, welcoming space and truly get to know others as we talk within small, rotating groups

Conveniently located close to BART, this Oakland event will be held at Spice Monkey. Come enjoy delicious appetizers and wine in this beautiful loft space as you mingle with new friends!

When: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Venue: Spice Monkey, serving globally inspired cuisine in the historic and distinctively tiled Howden Building, a 1925 treasure with a Spanish baroque interior on the main floor.  Delicious hot appetizers, salads, and wine provided, including wonderful vegetarian options.

Location: 1628 Webster Street, Oakland CA 94612  [MAP]

Cost: $30 early bird (limit 15), $35 advance; $40 day of event. Note: Food and wine are included in cost.

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Oakland Blockchain Meetup
Jul
16
6:30 PM18:30

Oakland Blockchain Meetup

  • 2323 Broadway Oakland, CA, 94612 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We host a regular blockchain meetup that targets underrepresented folks in the blockchain ecosystem - particularly women and people of color - and is open to everyone.

The first 20 minutes of each meeting are dedicated to “Introduction to Blockchains” so all newcomers can feel welcome; next, fellow members can bring their expertise to bear with 1-minute-each "community lightning talks" for anyone who wants to introduce themselves or pitch an idea or company; the main chunk of 30-60 minutes is for invited speakers presenting on the latest topics in the field, with Q&A; the meeting closes with mingling & networking.

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brunchwork w/ Lightspeed Ventures & Calm
Jul
12
6:30 PM18:30

brunchwork w/ Lightspeed Ventures & Calm

  • 25 Taylor Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)
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You're invited to an unforgettable sweetgreen dinner with Lightspeed Venture's Partner Jeremy Liew and Calm VP of Product & Growth Dun Wang. Enjoy an intimate conversation with Jeremy and Dun, curated connections, a business challenge and pitch off...over a seasonal, locally-sourced meal.

SPECIAL GUESTS 

Jeremy Liew is a Partner at Lightspeed Ventures, joining the firm in 2006. Jeremy was the firm’s first consumer specialist, focusing on massive-scale social media, commerce, new media, and financial services. Jeremy has funded several companies that have since been acquired or gone public, most notably Snapchat, where he made the first investment. It’s a track record that has landed him on the Forbes Midas List several times.

Dun Wang has been a product leader and growth marketer for 10 years. She's currently VP of Product & Growth at Calm, the #1 app for meditation and sleep.  Calm was named Apple's 2017 App of the Year and Google Play's 2018 Editors Choice.  Prior to Calm, Dun led the product team at OMGPOP that developed the viral game DrawSomething, one of the Top 10 most-downloaded games of all time in the US, and was acquired by Zynga

OUR PARTNERS

sweetgreen serves simple, seasonal, healthy salads and grain bowls made in-house from scratch, using whole produce delivered that morning.

brunchwork is a global network of workspaces where companies and people grow together. We transform buildings into dynamic environments for creativity, focus, and connection. More than just the best place to work, though, this is a movement toward humanizing work. 

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Legal Considerations of Growing a Social Impact Business
Jul
10
6:00 PM18:00

Legal Considerations of Growing a Social Impact Business

DESCRIPTION

Come learn about the legal considerations of starting/growing a social impact business and how to evaluate the type of entity, including social enterprise options, that suits your business model so you can be more effective at making legal decisions that match your values.

About the Speaker

Amanda is passionate about supporting ethically-conscious leaders in building thriving, values-centric businesses. Founder of Ethica Legal Counsel, she serves as an outsourced General Counsel to principles, early and mid-stage companies, socially conscious businesses and nonprofits to support them through the legal complexities of growing a mission-focused company, such as entity election/formation, risk management, contract drafting and negotiations, and labor and employment issues.

Prior to founding Ethica Legal Counsel, Amanda was a public interest civil litigator, a human rights advocate in Mexico and Costa Rica, and a legislative aide in the California State Assembly. Amanda received her J.D. from the UCLA, with a certificate in Public Interest Law and Policy, and her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley. 

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The Next Generation of Impact Investing
May
23
5:30 PM17:30

The Next Generation of Impact Investing

Join the Just Invest, LENDonate, Orange Silicon Valley, Trillium Asset Management, and Triple Summit Advisors for a panel discussion on the next generation of impact investing. Our speakers will discuss what impact investing means to them and what they are doing to work with the next generation of investors who want to make meaningful change in their investments and businesses.

They will also speak about the overall growth and trends within the industry, and the differences between the public and private sector investments. They will examine the barriers to adoption and potential solutions to move greater amounts of capital to investments that maximize returns and have a positive impact on the overwhelming environmental and social issues of today. Each panelist will share impact investing perspectives and provide tips and ideas with the audience on how each individual can make an impact.

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Voting With Your Dollar: Ways to Spend, Save & Invest for Sustainable Impact
May
9
6:00 PM18:00

Voting With Your Dollar: Ways to Spend, Save & Invest for Sustainable Impact

  • San Francisco Department of the Environment (map)
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Voting with your dollar is about more than where you shop and what you buy. Join the Women’s Environmental Network and a panel of impact investing professionals to learn how the institutions you choose to save and invest with can enhance the health of our environment and communities too.

What You’ll Learn:

This event will cover an array of investment avenues – from community banks and credit union options in the Bay Area, to carbon neutral 401ks and socially-responsible index funds. We’ll also provide you with a digital resource guide to get you started in your impact journey.

Schedule:

Networking and light snacks will be provided from 6:00 to 6:30, with a quick briefing on the history of impact investing by Lucy Ta, a WEN member, before the discussion begins.

Our informational panel features guests such as Megan Morrice, of HIP Investor Inc. and Kristin Hull, Founder & CEO of Nia Impact Advisors, author of the Money Doula Blog. More panelists to be announced soon!

Please let us know what topics you’d like to see covered or your thoughts and possible questions by completing this survey (estimated completion time 3 minutes).

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
Time: 6:00-8:30pm
Location: San Francisco Department of the Environment, 1455 Market Street, #1200, San Francisco, CA 94103
Public Transit/Parking: Within walking distance from BART. Street parking available – free after 6pm.
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/voting-with-your-dollar-ways-to-spend-save-invest-for-sustainable-impact-tickets-45046106116

Buy your tickets now, as early bird registration ends April 30th!

 

Kristen Hull, PhD – Founder & CEO of Nia Impact Advisors

Kristin is founder and CEO of Nia Impact Advisors, a women-led Registered Investment Advisor leading the charge to change the face of finance by hiring and training women and people of color in sustainable and transformative investing. Kristin founded Nia Global Solutions, a gender-lens portfolio of solutions-focused companies, in her efforts to bring impact investing into the public markets.

An impact Investor since 2007, Kristin oversaw the investment process for one of the first family foundations as they moved their endowment assets into 100% alignment with their philanthropic mission. In 2010 Kristin went on to found Nia Community, a 100% mission-aligned impact investment fund focused on social change and environmental sustainability in her hometown of Oakland, California.

Kristin is also a co-founder of Impact Hub Oakland and of the North Oakland Community Charter School, and served on the founding board of George Mark Children’s House. Prior to devoting her career to transforming our financial system, Kristin was a full-time educator, teaching bilingual classes in Oakland and San Francisco. She earned her PhD in Education at University of California, Berkeley, her Masters in Research in Bilingual Education from Stanford University and her BA and teaching credentials from Tufts University.

Megan Morrice, MBA – VP of Client & Partnership Development at HIP Investor Inc.

Megan leads Client and Partnership Development at HIP Investor, where she identifies and creates partnerships with like-minded brands and educates clients on how HIP’s offerings can help them make more money and have a greater impact. Megan also is engaged with portfolio development and the publishing of the results of HIP partnerships. She has experienced firsthand the positive impact that companies have when investing where their values are.

Her financial services background working as a Financial Advisor for Metlife and as a wholesaler for Leisure, Werden & Terry Agency allowed her to work with clients and understand the internal challenges faced in the financial services industry. In 2015, she did a fellowship at Confluence Philanthropy, an international network that helps move philanthropic capital in the direction of mission-aligned investing. She holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School. Megan is passionate about helping individuals and organizations understand their financial options, align their money with their values, and create financial products that best serve the needs of people.

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Spring 2018 PGS Capstone Showcase & Sustainable Innovation Fair
May
5
6:00 PM18:00

Spring 2018 PGS Capstone Showcase & Sustainable Innovation Fair

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See the future of sustainable enterprise...


Join us at Presidio Graduate School's Capstone Showcase and Sustainable Innovation Fair on Saturday, May 5th. We welcome our PGS community and guests to attend this special event. Seating is limited and registration via Eventbrite is strongly encouraged.

 

6:00 - 7:00 PM Sustainable Product Innovation Fair

Come view original product innovations and prototypes that address a range of environmental and social challenges, while enjoying delicious sustainably-sourced food and a cash bar. Student teams from the Spring 2018 Sustainable Products & Services course will be presenting their project designs focused on upcycled products made from coconut shells, a digital tool to bring clarity to US tax spending, and other public and private sustainability purposes.

 

7:30 - 9:00 PM Capstone Showcase Presentations

The Showcase will begin with a talk from PGS SF alum "boomerang" speaker, Dan Kurzrock (C21). Dan is the Co-Founder and Cheif Grain Officer of ReGrained, an innovative company that upcycles spent grains from the beer-brewing process into hearty and delicious cereal bars in regenerative packaging. Graduating students will then present their new ventures and policy plans, developed as part of Presidio Graduate School's Integrative MBA and MPA Capstone courses. This semester's Capstone Showcase includes eight projects, in topics such as clothing restoration service, using drones for endangered species conservation purposes, developing intentional communities, and using Blockchain in the medical billing process, among other things. These ready-to-fund, ready-to-implement plans put sustainable management ideas into practice, with transformational business and policy models designed for launch and scale.

 

This event will be held at:

Broadway Studios, Grand Theater
435 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133
 

Questions? Please contact Sally Jernigan-Smith at events@presidio.edu or (415) 655-8936.

If you are interested in learning more about Presidio Graduate School, please contact our Admissions Department at admissions@presidio.edu.

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From Climate Reality to Project Drawdown
Apr
12
6:00 PM18:00

From Climate Reality to Project Drawdown

From Climate Reality to Project Drawdown is a fact-finding/way-finding event that balances realism of Climate Change with the practical solutions currently at work with Project Drawdown and the Buckminster Fuller Institute. The density and intensity of the presentations inspires action. Be prepared to find your own voice and amplify the work of the team of experts already on the front lines of climate solutions.

At any given moment, it is easy for one to become discouraged and even hopeless. Malcolm Walter has recently completed Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership training and will explore with attendees the current state of Climate Change and Policy as he asks the questions of if humanity can change and whether we will do so. Amanda Ravenhill, who worked tirelessly on Project Drawdown, a comprehensive plan to reverse global warming, through the implementation of the 100 most substantive, existing solutions to address climate change. Amanda, will present some of the leading solutions laid out within Drawdown. Read more on Malcolm and Amanda below. Following a Q&A session, attendees will have the hands on opportunity to learn more specifics from experts and work to identify individual contributions to this important work. The intention is for all guests to leave feeling poised to take action.

Start your own action challenge now by joining TEAM PRESIDIO GRADUATE SCHOOL Drawdown Eco-Challenge today! The challenge will last April 4 - April 25, and there is no limit to the ways you can engage in categories such as Electricity Generation, Food, Women and Girls, Buildings and Cities, Land Use, and Transport.

From Climate Reality to Project Drawdown is presented by Presidio Graduate School, with support from the NetImpact San Francisco chapter and the Buckminster Fuller Institute.

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Apr
11
6:00 PM18:00

Ladies Who Impact Happy Hour

Are you a woman who works in the social impact space? Or someone who supports women pursuing careers in the impact space?

Join us for a casual gathering of people who are passionate about working in the social impact space and want to connect with others in the field. No speakers, no official conversation topics, and no pitching. We hope to create a safe space for those seeking to meet others in a casual, supportive environment.

Looking forward to getting together with you all!

Cheers from your co-hosts,

Megan Morrice and Becca Shepherd

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Mar
26
6:30 PM18:30

Demo Oakland presented by Better Ventures on March 26th

Join us for our first Demo Oakland of 2018!

Demo Oakland is an opportunity for East Bay technologists to demo the fruits of their labor on the big screen - at the New Parkway Theater. Collaborate with fellow early-stage founders building a better world, and get to know Better Ventures, Alliance for Community Development, and ICA Fund Good Jobs.

This event is specifically for companies using technology to address one of the following impact goals:

  • to narrow the opportunity gap
  • to improve health outcomes
  • to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy

We highly encourage companies that are committed to boosting greater inclusion in tech entrepreneurship and in the tech ecosystem to attend.

Demos will begin at 7pm. Demos are 5 minutes, with an opportunity to project onto the big screen. If you apply for a demo ticket, you will receive an email confirming your slot by March 22nd with more instructions. Even if you are not selected to demo, we'd love if you still join us and participate in the event. The event is expected to sell out, and priority will be given to entrepreneurs who apply to demo.

Demo Oakland is presented by Better VenturesAlliance for Community Development, and ICA Fund Good Jobs, members of the Oakland Startup Network.

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Mar
22
4:30 PM16:30

March 22nd ESG Happy Hour - sponsored by JustInvest

We hope you're ready for a major ESG announcement - that's right, the next Bay Area ESG Happy Hour is coming up! 

ESG investing - also known as Excellent, Super, Good investing - is an approach to investing that just can't be beat. Which is why us industry professionals like to gather every once in while and pat ourselves on the back for being on top of trends before they hit the mainstream. 

Kind of like Bitcoin. 

So join us in a few weeks for some Excellent, Super, Good networking and share your latest crypto-strategy. Is it short? Is it long? Volatility may be the rage these days but one thing is stable: non-stop interest in the ESG world! Your colleagues have a lot of sustainable investing news to catch you up on so we hope to see you soon. 

This edition of the happy hour is generously sponsored by JustInvest, who in true East Bay spirit will be providing kombucha and kegs atop a co-working patio roof. 

When? Thursday, March 22nd, from 4:30pm
Where? The roof, The Port Workspaces, 344 20th St, Oakland, CA 94612
Why? Because Bay Area ESG Happy Hour wants to get out of the city!

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