#ImpactChats are a series of intimate and dynamic deep dives into various issues featuring innovative
leaders across different sectors including governments, non-profits, investors, and philanthropists.

Governor Gary Herbert Celebrates the work of Sorenson Impact in the State of Utah

Governor Gary Herbert shines the spotlight on our founder, Jim Sorenson

Sir Ronald Cohen Addresses the 2018 Winter Innovation Summit

In January 2018, Sir Ronald Cohen delivered this keynote address to the 2018 Winter Innovation Summit audience. Listen to hear his simple definition of social impact, milestones in the Impact Revolution, and his hope that in 30 years, every business decision will optimize not only risk and return, but also impact.

The pioneering of impact investing: Patrick Mullen & Jim Sorenson

Patrick Mullen, former Managing Director at Sorenson Impact talks with Jim Sorenson, the Founder of the Sorenson Impact Center. In this #ImpactChat, we hear about what led to Jim’s founding of the Center, the impact it has had on students, the risks the foundation has taken, how those risks have paid off, and the leaders in the social impact space that have come out of the Center.

Moment to watch for: when Jim discusses where he sees the space of social impact going.

Relationships in social entrepreneurship with Jim Sorenson & Lewis Hower

World-renowned entrepreneur, business leader, and societal innovator, James Lee Sorenson talks with Lewis Hower, the former Chief Production Officer at Village Capital. In this #ImpactChat, we hear about their journey in raising funds and starting a housing fund primarily deployed in India for attainable housing. We also learn about Jim's and Lewis' experiences that led to the then Sorenson Global Impact Investing Center and ultimately why collaborating in the space of social impact is critical.

Moment to watch for: when Jim discusses the secret to unlocking and building the ecosystem for the investment area.

The importance of government and innovation with Robyn Scott

Sorenson Impact's Lisa Cox talks government with Robyn Scott, the co-founder of Apolitical. In this #ImpactChat, we learn about Scott's motivation to start apolitical and its mission, the challenges that women entrepreneurs face, why government plays such critical role in finding solutions to big problems, tech innovation, helping ideas be shared and getting the right people connected.

Moment to watch for: when Scott discusses her vision with government and citizens.

Social entrepreneurship and evidence-based policy with Jay Barney & Anita McGahan 

Jay Barney of the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business talks data with Anita McGahan of the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management. In this #ImpactChat, we hear about evidence-based policy at the city level and international policy, the different methods of gathering evidence and their challenges.

Moment to watch for: when Barney shares what he believes is the most important thing an entrepreneur can do.

The different uses for data with Gretchen Anderson & Robert Doar

Robert Doar of the American Enterprise Institute talks data with Sorenson's Managing Director, Gretchen Anderson. In this #ImpactChat, we hear about Robert's experience with experimental programs and new approaches that inform the national policy discussion, as well as the benefits of using data and sharing data.

Moment to watch for: when Anderson asks Doar what he thinks are the best examples of data is being used.

Innovative new programs + breaking intergenerational cycle of poverty: Michele Jolin & Linda Gibbs

Michele Jolin, the CEO and Co-Founder of Results for America and Linda Gibbs, Principal at Bloomberg Associates, discuss innovative, poverty-fighting strategies, why strong evaluations of programs are important and important lessons learned in policy.

Moment to watch for: when Gibbs discusses data and evidence.

Bold + scalable solutions in Liberian education system with Minister George Werner & Jay Kimmelman

Jay Kimmelman, the Co-Founder and CEO of Bridge International Academies talks with George Werner, Liberia's Minister of Education about the challenges, possibilities and outcomes of crossing the public and private sector to improve education, and how to create a sustainable and scalable system.

Moment to watch for: when Minister Werner explains the impact of education gains in Liberia.

Impact measurement and evaluation + social innovation with Jack Robinson & John Gargani

John Gargani, the President and Founder of Gargani + Company chats with Jack Robinson, the Director of Research at the Sorenson Impact Center about the how the field of evaluation has changed over time, what the notion of 'did it worked or not?' really means, accountability and responsibility in the field of evaluation and the future of the field.

Moment to watch for: when Gargani explains why transparency is so critical and valued.

The role of universities in innovative solutions with Aunnie Patton Power & Stephan Chambers

Aunnie Patton Power of The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation chats with Stephan Chambers of The Marshall Institute about the pivotal role that universities play in the space of innovation and solutions; how millennials are demanding change and meaning; and how institutes like The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and The Marshall Institute influence those students.

Moment to watch for: when Stephan Chambers explains in depth how universities play an important role in creating solutions to problems and educating young people who are going to go on to implement and invent solutions to those problems.

Early education + evidence-based practices with Diana Rauner

Gretchen Anderson, Sorenson's Strategic Initiatives Managing Director talks with Diana Rauner, the President of Ounce of Prevention Fund about engaging in the quest to create access for all children to have the quality experiences they need in the first five years of their life, as well as leveraging scalable impact.

Moment to watch for: when Diana explains what it means to be bilingual in program and policy.

US and UK submarkets similarities/differences + pay for success with Brian Trelstad & Andrew Levitt

Brian Trelstad (U.S. based) and Andrew Levitt (London based), both partners at Bridges Fund Management talk about the origins of the UK Impact Bond Market; the opportunities from using Pay for Success contracts to drive better performance and better outcomes from existing services (rather than trying to find new services), as well as specific examples of successfully scaled-up services.

Moment to watch for: when Andrew explains what a rate card is and why it matters.

Bridging the gap between tech and government for scalable solutions: Beth Mitchell & Jennifer Pahlka  

Jennifer Pahlka, the Founder of Code for America talks with Beth Mitchell of the Salt Lake County Mayor's Office about the need for tech in government, what Code for America does and its future.

Moment to watch for: when Jennifer explores strategies to attract tech talent into government.


Change w/ outcome-based financing & PFS in disadvantaged communities: John Grossman & Andi Phillips

John Grossman, managing director at Third Sector Capital Partners talks with Andrea Phillips, co-founder and manager partner at Maycomb Capital LP, about outcome-based financing, pay for success contracts, how they differ from social impact bonds, and how those projects can be made easier and more appealing to service providers?

Moment to watch for: when Andrea explains why she is optimistic about data sharing across projects.

The future of sanitation: BORDA Director Stefan Reuter & Sorenson Impact Senior Fellow Michael Lindenmayer

Stefan Reuter, director of BORDA talks with Michael Lindenmayer, Senior Fellow at the Sorenson Impact Center, about sanitation and its profound impact. Reuter says, "Over the past hundred years, our life expectancy has grown by 30 years... and 25 of those 30 years of additional life expectancy comes from improved sanitation."

Moment to watch for: when Stefan shares his idea regarding data collection from 'smart toilet' samples.


Sustainable investing and its trends with Audrey Choi & Dave Chen

Audrey Choi of Morgan Stanley's Institute for Sustainable Investing talks with Dave Chen of Equilibrium Capital about the important changes in the field of sustainable investing, as well as whether an investment is fundamentally sustainable or not.

Moment to watch for: when Chen makes the comparison of an apartment building worth investing in when discussing investments analysis.

Pay for Success & Data to Scale a Social Change Movement: Tracy Palandjian and Gretchen Anderson 

Tracy Palandjian, CEO and Co-Founder of Social Finance, and Gretchen Anderson, Managing Director of Strategic Initiatives at Sorenson Impact speak on the history and future of Pay for Success / Social Impact Bonds, and the appetite for private capital to serve social good.

Moment to watch for: when Palandjian explains why Pay for Success is such an interesting and valuable tool with many uses.

Innovation in Workforce Development: Fraser Nelson & Carla Javits on Social Change & Data 

Carla Javits, President & CEO of REDF and Fraser Nelson of Sorenson Impact talk about innovations in workforce development and providing opportunities to those experiencing homelessness, those released after being incarcerated, or for those who can't attain or retain a job for any other reason. Themes of the chat include social change, triple bottom lines, and data.

Moment to watch for: when Javits illustrates the future of social enterprise, and how they're working in small towns.

U.S. Congressman John Delaney & Sorenson Impact Director Jeremy Keele discuss government innovation 

U.S. Congressman John Delaney of Maryland's 6th congressional district talks with Sorenson Impact Center President and CEO Jeremy Keele about using data to solve social problems, data innovation in government, and why the private and public sector should cross over.

Moment to watch for: when Delaney spells out why the private and public sector should cross over.

Performance and accountability with Rashad Young of Washington D.C. 

Beth Mitchell, the Director of Performance and Accountability at the Salt Lake County Government, talks with Rashad Young, City Administrator for the District of Columbia, about performance, accountability, and data in district government, and the work of The Lab at D.C.

Moment to watch for: when Rashad shares his experience starting the Lab at D.C, and how they're using evidence to evaluate their policies.


Jim Sorenson & Chid Liberty talk impact investing

The Sorenson Impact Center's founder, Jim Sorenson, and the co-founder and CEO of Liberty & Justice, Chid Liberty, sit down and discuss Impact Investing, the journey into the Sorenson Impact Foundation, and the challenges and opportunities in the entrepreneur's journey.

Moment to watch for: when Chid Liberty discusses his challenges during the ebola outbreak in Africa, and how—despite these challenges—he and his team found success.


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.