impact chats



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. 



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.)



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.)



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.