Take Action! BOSTONSEPTEMBER 15-17, 2010
Join industry leaders and trustees, CFOs and investment staff of foundations, family offices, pension funds and corporations for intimate and proactive peer conversations. Leading practitioners and global financial experts share their candid experiences, and engage in pointed conversations about the unresolved and debated issues and potential evolution of impact investing.
We are delighted to announce that Take Action! is going national! Due to the resounding success of our last event and the conference series, a number of our past participants invited us to Boston to further catalyze investors on the East Coast.
It is our first East Coast event and our fourth consecutive year of events focusing exclusively on investments that generate premium- or market-rate investments while creating social and environmental value.
Sneak Peek! Harmony, Narrated by HRH The Prince of Wales
We are honored to host a sneak peek of Harmony, A Movie inspired and narrated by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. The film captures The Prince of Wales’ view that people have lost the understanding of how to live in harmony with the natural world and with each other. It features business and environmental leaders working for a better balance. While The Prince of Wales is one of the most recognized individuals in the world, many are unaware of his work as an environmentalist, including urging the P8 – the largest pension funds in the world – to make sustainable investments.
Harmony is produced and directed by Julie Bergman Sender and Stuart Sender, award winning filmmakers with Academy Award and Directors Guild nominations, respectively, to their credit. We are delighted that the Senders will be present to introduce the film clip and that they are creating a customized clip for the Take Action! community.
For the better part of three decades, The Prince of Wales has worked side by side with a surprising and dynamic array of environmental activists, business leaders, artists, architects and government leaders on organic farming, sustainable building and corporate social responsibility.
Time recently included the Prince of Wales as and leader and visionary on their list of “Heroes of the Environment.” Vanity Fair’s environmental issue named him “The Example” for his work on climate change. Harmony will be aired in November 2010, as part of NBC Universal’s fourth annual week of programming promoting green lifestyles.
What are people saying about Take Action!?
“The main objective for me at the Take Action! Summit is to make new connections to people that I otherwise would not meet, be inspired by what they do, and share what I am doing. I have been able to accomplish all of those.” -
- Charly Kleissner. Co-Founder, KL Felicitas Foundation
“I’m taking a lot of excitement from the people I’ve met here and the stories I’ve heard about new ways of thinking and deals that are on the horizon and that’s really energizing.”
- Richard Woo. CEO, The Russell Family Foundation
“What I have seen here is 150 people who have an incredible sphere of influence. I met so many wonderful people here with whom I plan to connect after the conference.”
- Herta von Stiegel. Executive Chairman, Ariya Capital
“There’s such a strong community here of like minded folks and it’s almost like coming out to get a fix. The spirit is strong.”
- Bob Pattillo. Founder, Gray Ghost Ventures
“I am taking away a much broader network of relevant investors which has been particularly valuable for me because the space has been expanding but it’s not always easy to find investment partners or thought partners who have the same broad set of interests and certainly harder to find the specific strategically aligned partners.”
- Stephen DeBerry. CIO, Kapor Enterprises, Inc.
Take Action! Conference Overview
Over the past three years, the Take Action! Impact Investing Conference Series has established itself as the premier venue in the United States for intimate and proactive peer conversations with professional decision-makers and institutional asset managers on impact investing. Impact investments seek to generate financial returns while also creating social and environmental value across all asset classes. This conference series is the only one in the United States that focuses on premium and market-rate returns.
Now in our fourth year, we have accepted a warm invitation to expand nationally to Boston. This by-invitation-only gathering brings together global financial experts, industry leaders and decision-makers – both experienced practitioners and those newly entering the impact investing arena. We engage in pointed discussions about the unresolved and debated issues and potential evolution of impact investing. These conversations are geared for trustees, CEOs, CFOs and investment staff of foundations, family offices, major pension funds and corporations, who manage a minimum of $10M in assets. Last year, participants represented $2.4 trillion of investment capital.
Far from a “kumbayah” conference, participants are expected to bring their hard questions and candid experiences. Our goal is to enable constructive, intensely useful dialogues about opportunities and challenges as this field evolves.
Take Action! Boston aims to provide the following to participants:
- An overview of current financial trends;
- Strategies for allocating sensibly to impact investing;
- Current best thinking of measurement of social and environmental impact;
- A sample of premium investment opportunities across asset classes; and,
- Most importantly, a chance for participants to name their next steps and Take Action!