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Center for Socially Responsible Business

Past Lectures From Our Public Lecture Series

We usually host two or more lectures per year, in addition to our Spring Conference. This year, however, we focused our organizational efforts on supporting the National Net Impact conference in San Jose (Oct 2013) in which we hosted two panels

Last year (2012) we hosted two exciting lectures around the theme of Creating Shared Value and Evaluating Social Impact. Please read about them below.

February, 11, 2013

How Do Financial Organizations Evaluate Social Ventures?

Social enterprises that want to make both a financial and social impact have to balance both goals. Investors, funders and lenders have to look at how to evaluate impact beyond just financial return.  This lectured featured two leaders of funding organizations and explored what they look for in funding social enterprises. Stay tuned for the video of this session.

Kat Taylor, CEO, One Pacific Bank

Kat TaylorKat Taylor’s life has been dedicated to serving social justice and environmental health. Kat is active in a variety of social business, public benefit and philanthropic ventures in the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently, she serves as CEO of One PacificCoast Bank, a Community Development Financial Institution whose mission is to bring beneficial banking to low-income communities in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner. Kat is also a Founding Director of TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation (TKREF) dedicated to sustainable food production through ranching, tours, research, and school lunch and garden programs. TKREF owns the social business LeftCoast GrassFed, which raises cattle in ways good for people and planet

Penelope Douglas, Chair of the Board, Social Capital Markets

Penelope DouglasPenelope Douglas co-founded and served as CEO of Pacific Community Ventures for the first 12 years of the organization’s life. PCV, a non-profit whose mission is to invest human, intellectual, and financial capital in small businesses for the benefit of economically underserved communities, has helped to create more than 5,000 jobs for lower-income workers at 250 small businesses throughout California. Penelope was additionally a partner in Pacific Community Ventures LLC, with $60 million of committed capital. Penelope also serves as Executive, Chair of the Board of Mission HUB LLC.

Assessing Impact: Empowering Girls and Women for Business Success
November 2012

This lecture featured two leaders of social enterprises that focus on empowering girls and women in ways that increase their ability to succeed in business. Girls for A Change focuses on teen girls, and Women’s Initiative focus on entrepreneurial women from underserved communities. During this lecture, Whitney H. Smith and Liz de Renzy addressed how they view, evaluate and communicate their impact on these communities. Stay tuned for the video of this session.

Whitney SmithWhitney H. Smith is the visionary Founder of Girls For A Change (GFC). Her inspiration for GFC springs from over 18 years of experience in the leadership of innovative and progressive programs for girls and women. Her experience working with girls in juvenile detention and group homes has shaped her vision for a different world for girls and women. Envisioned as a highly collaborative and community-based model, Girls for a Change has evolved from a local organization serving 100 girls to an international organization training thousands of young women to be change agents and leaders. Under her leadership GFC has served over 10,000 young women in the US and internationally.

Elizabeth deRenzyElizabeth de Renzy—Research and Public Policy Manager, Women’s Initiative
Elizabeth joined Women’s Initiative in August 2007. With over 10 years’ experience in social science research and program evaluation, she leads Women’s Initiative’s ongoing efforts to assess their impact on clients, and on their clients’ families and communities as well. She publishes research about microentrepreneurs and microenterprise development. Elizabeth is passionate about economic justice and financial empowerment! Her goal is for microenterprise to become a household word in the US and for business development services to be accessible to all high potential women entrepreneurs, regardless of income.

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