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Wharton Social Impact Initiative talks with leading industry experts who are changing the world through social enterprises, impact investing, corporate social responsibility programs, social impact research, and more. Subscribe to the Dollars and Change Podcast today wherever you get your podcasts!
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Wharton Social Impact Initiative talks with leading industry experts who are changing the world through social enterprises, impact investing, corporate social responsibility programs, social impact research, and more. Subscribe to the Dollars and Change Podcast today wherever you get your podcasts!
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    Venture Capital that Builds Agency with Stefanie Thomas, Founding Member & Early Stage Investor at Impact America Fund

    Venture Capital that Builds Agency with Stefanie Thomas, Founding Member & Early Stage Investor at Impact America Fund

    Stefanie Thomas, Founding Member & Early Stage Investor at Impact America Fund, joins host and Vice Dean of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative Katherine Klein to discuss the fund’s investments in businesses delivering strong financial returns and economic opportunity for communities of color. Impact America Fund works with entrepreneurs who have direct knowledge of the communities, systems, and problems that the fund aims to address. Thomas also discusses a broader mission to set a new standard for venture capital—one where racial equity investing becomes standard.
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    • 28 min
    How Leaders Can Get Serious about Diversity with David Thomas, President of Morehouse College, and Robin Ely, Professor at Harvard Business School

    How Leaders Can Get Serious about Diversity with David Thomas, President of Morehouse College, and Robin Ely, Professor at Harvard Business School

    David Thomas, President of Morehouse College, and Robin Ely, Professor at Harvard Business School, join host and Vice Dean of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative Katherine Klein to discuss the “business case” for diversity – the idea that the more racial and/or gender diversity you have in your organization, the better it will perform financially. This idea sounds good, but it’s simplistic and not backed by research evidence, Thomas and Ely explain. Even worse, it lets leaders off the hook in creating the conditions within their organizations for all employees to thrive. Getting serious about diversity requires committed leadership from the top of the organization and alignment with the organization’s values and practices.
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    • 29 min
    How Google Leverages Technology as a Force for Positive Change with Brigitte Hoyer Gosselink, Director of Product Impact at Google.org

    How Google Leverages Technology as a Force for Positive Change with Brigitte Hoyer Gosselink, Director of Product Impact at Google.org

    Brigitte Hoyer Gosselink, Director of Product Impact at Google.org, joins host and Vice Dean of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative Katherine Klein to discuss what’s distinctive about Google.org in the world of corporate philanthropy. Through Google’s focus on technology and innovation, the company aims to bring their expertise to organizations that are working on pressing social and environment challenges. Gosselink discusses the Google.org Fellowship (where Google employees apply to work full-time pro bono for a nonprofit for up to six months), their AI Impact Challenge, and Google.org’s work with Give Directly, an organization that gives cash to low income families.
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    • 23 min
    Fueling Impact Investing Research with Shawn Cole, Professor at Harvard Business School, and Robert Gertner, Professor at Chicago Booth

    Fueling Impact Investing Research with Shawn Cole, Professor at Harvard Business School, and Robert Gertner, Professor at Chicago Booth

    Shawn Cole, Professor at Harvard Business School, and Robert Gertner, Professor at Chicago Booth, join host and Vice Dean of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative Katherine Klein to discuss the Impact Finance Database—a joint effort of HBS, Booth, and Wharton to dramatically increase the pace and scope of academic research on impact investing. Cole, Gertner, and Klein discuss the data they are collecting and the insights they hope to create. As researchers, they discuss the importance of being “honest brokers” to communicate what claims are or are not true in the field of impact investing.
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    • 21 min
    From Impact Investment to IPO with Karl Khoury, Co-Founder at Arborview Capital, and Russell Diez-Canseco, CEO of Vital Farms

    From Impact Investment to IPO with Karl Khoury, Co-Founder at Arborview Capital, and Russell Diez-Canseco, CEO of Vital Farms

    Karl Khoury, Co-founder and Partner at Arborview Capital, and Russell Diez-Canseco, President and CEO of Vital Farms, join host and Vice Dean of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative Katherine Klein to discuss their successful partnership. In 2014, Arborview Capital made an impact investment into Vital Farms, an ethical and sustainable food company that produces pasture-raised eggs and butter. Karl remains on the board of Vital Farms after the company went public in 2020. Karl and Russell reflect on why it’s important for investors to be aligned to the mission of the companies in which they’re investing. They also discuss why stakeholder capitalism makes business even more successful. 
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    • 29 min
    Social Justice Investing with Rachel Robasciotti, Founder and CEO of Adasina Social Capital

    Social Justice Investing with Rachel Robasciotti, Founder and CEO of Adasina Social Capital

    Rachel Robasciotti, founder and CEO of Adasina Social Capital, joins host and Vice Dean of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative Katherine Klein to discuss how her firm is serving as a bridge between social justice movements and the financial markets. She also discusses why she sees the potential for real impact in public markets. "If you're going to make systemic change, you're actually going to be required to have impact that extends well beyond your own portfolio. And the only real way to do that is by organizing other investors," Robasciotti said.
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    • 24 min

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