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Fordham Impact Investing Conference Agenda

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7:30 – 8 a.m.

Registration, Arrival, and Coffee

8 – 8:30 a.m.

Greeting from Ariel Fishman, Office of Provost, Fordham University
Event Introduction from Peter Lupoff, GABELLI ’86, Fordham University, Lupoff Family Office

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

Can We Do Good and Do Well? Issues, Unintended Consequences, Hope


  • Chris Bullard, Senior Associate, Acumen
  • Pearline Yum, Manager, The ImPact
  • Sharadiya Dasgupta, Managing Director, Good Capital Project

Moderator: David Stevens, Director of Strategy, World Policy Institute

9:15 – 10 a.m.

Blended Finance Mechanics: Can All Constituents Win?


  • Amy Wang, Investment Manager, PG Impact Investments
  • Alice Catalano, SVP, Sarona Funds
  • John Larkin, Head of Impact Investments, Avenue Capital Group

Moderator: Esther Pan Sloane, Head of Partnerships, UNCDF

10 – 10:15 a.m.


10:15 – 11 a.m.

ESG, Materiality and Measurement


  • Jeffrey Gitterman, Co-Founder, Gitterman Wealth Management
  • Jeff Cohen, Product Strategist, SASB
  • Christina Alfandary, Managing Director, Gabelli Funds ESG

Moderator: Linda H. Zhang, Ph.D., CEO, Purview Investments

11 – 11:45 a.m.

Financial Inclusion via Alternative Credit Strategies


  • Bhakti Mirchandani, Managing Director, FCLT Global
  • Arjun Batra, CIO, Lendable Marketplace
  • Wole Coaxum, CEO, Mobility Capital Finance

Moderator: Obie L. McKenzie, Managing Director, BlackRock

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker – Danielle Kayembe, Greyfire Impact
The Rise of the Female-Driven Economy—How Women are Driving Innovation, Impact, and the Future of Economics

Danielle Kayembe is a female futurist and serial entrepreneur dedicated to empowering women through her global work in business and social impact and through her writing and public speaking. She has been featured on CNBC and in Forbes. She is an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow for 2018, and is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at Nike.

12:30 – 1 p.m.

Lunch Buffet (Please return to seats by 1 p.m.) Generously sponsored by Deutsche Bank Wealth Management 

Deutsche Bank logo, the sponsor of the Lunch at the Impact Investing Conference

1 – 1:45 p.m.

Safe Spaces, Sustainable Cities and Communities


  • Derwin Sisnett, Partner, Maslow Development Inc.
  • Avi Telyas, Founder, Makerhoods
  • Katherine St. Onge, Director, Calvert Impact Capital

Moderator: Mickey Penzer, Vice President, Penzer Family Office

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.

Keynote – Blockchain for Good

Paul Johnson, Fordham University, Nicusa Investment Advisors

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.


2:45 – 3:30 p.m.

Harnessing the Power of, and Returns from, Gender Lens and Inclusive Investing


  • Jarrid Tingle, Co-Founder, Harlem Capital Partners
  • Leslie Harwell, Managing Partner, Alante Capital
  • Chinedu Enekwe, Managing Partner, Affiniti VC

Moderator: Bahiyah Robinson, Founder, VC Include

3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

Evolving Impact Product Landscape—What’s New, What’s Next?


  • Catarina Schwab, Co-Founder, CEO, NPX
  • Abigail Steinberg, Associate, BFA
  • Ethan Powell, Founder, Impact Shares

Moderator: Marcia Nelson, Managing Director, Alberleen Family Office

4:15 – 4:30 p.m.


4:30 – 5 p.m.

Screening of PLANETARY, Introduced by Co-Producer Andrew Appel, Gitterman Wealth Management

5 – 8 p.m.

Fordham Impact/UNCDF Cocktail Party - Generously sponsored by the United Nations Capital Development Fund
Welcome and Introductory Remarks by Judith Karl, Executive Secretary, UNCDF

UNCDF logo