Community Events

Events on this page are hosted by organizations who share our mission to support leaders and their organizations to accelerate the shift to Conscious Capitalism throughout Chicagoland and the Midwest.


Presented by: Impact Engine
Supported by:The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Chicago Impact Investing Showcase 2021The 2021 Showcase will highlight impact investors, entrepreneurs, and other leaders who are intentionally leveraging business to positively impact Chicago through people, place, process, product or paradigm (The 5Ps). The format will be three virtual sessions, on three different days. 

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Session #1: Investing in People and Place to Close the Racial Wealth Gap in Chicago
February 10, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CT

In this session, we will explore the various forms that the racial wealth disparity takes in Chicago and how different types of investment capital and approaches are intentionally creating more equity.

Speakers include:

Jim Casselberry, Chief Investment Officer, 4S Bay Partners LLC

Dr. Helene Gayle, President & CEO, The Chicago Community Trust

Julian Posada, President, LiftUp Enterprises

Debra Schwartz, Managing Director, Impact Investments, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Don Thompson, CEO & Founder, Cleveland Avenue

Session #2: Any Company Can Be an Impact Company: Using Business Process to Create Impact
February 17, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CT

In this session, we will demonstrate how any company, through being intentional and positive in their business practices, can be impactful. To see the breadth of possibility, you will hear from panelists representing a B-Corp, a Fortune 500 company with a team of sustainability professionals, and a software company with no official certifications and fewer resources, but lots of intentionality.

Speakers include:

Steven Dyme, Co-Founder & CEO, Flowers for Dreams

Jenny Farver, Co-CEO, 8th Light

Jenny McColloch, Corporate Vice President of Sustainability, McDonald's Corporation

Session #3: Investing in Health Equity: How Chicago Companies are Building Products to Improve Outcomes and Access
February 24, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CT

In this session, we will highlight how investing in and building companies with products that intentionally improve health access and outcomes can improve equity, and how this way of thinking about product-based impact can apply to any equity gap.

Speakers include:

Will Boeglin, Co-Founder & CEO, TimeDoc

Nate Pelzer, Founder & CEO, Clinify Health

Justine Mitchell, Vice President of Inpathy, Insight+Regroup