impact chats



Jim Sorenson & Jeremy Keele discuss social impact investing

The Sorenson Impact Center's founder, Jim Sorenson, and the Sorenson Impact Center's president & CEO, Jeremy Keele, discuss Jim's role in pioneering Impact Investing as well as social change, data, measuring impact, and social innovation.

Moment to watch for: when Jim Sorenson reminisces on his environment growing up which led him to wanting to become an entrepreneur.


Impact Measurement with Matthew Weatherly-White + Nicholas Fritz

The CAPROCK Group's Matthew Weatherley-White and the Sorenson Impact Center's Nick Fritz discuss the future of impact measurement, quantifying risk, and impact integrity. 

Moment to watch for: when Weatherly-White evokes Lord of the Rings to describe the state of impact measurement.



George Hawkins of DC Water Discusses the Country's First Green Bond

In honor of Earth Day, George Hawkins, CEO and General Manager of DC Water, talks with Lisa Cox, manager at Sorenson Impact Center, about the first green bond in the US and how it catalyzed innovation in DC's water management system. 

Moment to watch for: when Hawkins gesticulates exploding sidewalk manholes from combined sewer overflows (CSOs).



Solutions Journalism with David Bornstein & Jack Robinson

David Bornstein of the New York Times "Fixes" column and co-founder of Solutions Journalism Network, talks with Jack Robinson, director of research at Sorenson Impact Center, about the importance of solutions journalism and inspiration by example. (See our blog post about this Impact Chat here.)

Moment to watch for: when Bornstein references Harry Potter to describe the problem-solving journey.



Gender Lens Investing with Jacki Zehner and Jackie VanderBrug

Jacki Zehner of The Jacquelyn & Gregory Zehner Foundation and Jackie VanderBrug of U.S. Trust and Bank of America Corp. talk with us about the strategies and future of Gender Lens Investing. (See our blog post about this Impact Chat here.)

Moment to watch for: when VanderBrug says she sees "finance as the new frontier of feminism."



Impact Investing Is Transforming Entrepreneurship & Finance

Shawn Lesser, cofounder and partner of Big Path Capital, and Patrick Mullen, former managing director of impact investing at Sorenson Impact speak on the future of impact investment, social finance, social capital, social entrepreneurship, entrepreneur advice, the economy, and social change. 



Using Data Science to Create & Measure Change

Hear our Chief Data Scientist, Daniel Hadley, discuss the challenges and opportunities of data in the social sector with Rayid Ghani, Director of the Center for Data Science & Public Policy at the University of Chicago.



Telling the Story of Impact

Soledad O’Brien of Starfish Media Group and executive director Mikaela Beardsley of the What Works Media Project discuss both the excitement and challenge of telling the story of "what works" in policy today in America.



Making an Impact on Early Childhood Development

Janet Froetscher of the Pritzker Family Foundation and Dr. Jack Shonkoff of Harvard's Center on the Developing Child discuss building a foundation so children can benefit from rich experiences, develop resiliency, and learn effectively.