In partnership with Wendy Moomaw, founder and President of Conscious Capitalism of Central Maryland and The Conscious Collaboratory and Tracy Turner, Campus Director with 1776 @ Greencourt Innovation Center, Startup Grind, Columbia is excited to present a highly educational virtual fireside chat, webinar, and panel discussion with Catherine Griffin, Aaron Velky, and Wendee Wolfson to talk about using conscious impact as part of their selection and due diligence process.
Catherine Griffin, founder and CEO of Impact.able Analytics and Managing Director of GoodCompany Ventures, a social entrepreneurship incubator/accelerator in Philadelphia. She is a powerful force in the social entrepreneurship ecosystem, building organizations, and companies that are addressing our biggest global problems.
Wendee Wolfson is the founder of Brickworks Advisors and serves as a leadership coach and consultant to corporate executives and entrepreneurs; Wendee is a lead investor for Next Wave Impact Fund, an early-stage fund that invests in women-led for-profit social enterprises, as well as building capacity in their limited partners, all women, and its predecessor pilot fund, Rising Tide. She helped Next Wave create the Founders of Color Showcase in May 2020, to highlight several companies across the country being led by women and men of color seeking early-stage financing, and to bring together potential investors to work collaboratively to bring capital to those entrepreneurs.
Aaron Velky co-founder and CEO of Ortus Academy. The world they imagine is full of individuals and businesses that are Financially Intelligent - making financial decisions that support their values, goals, and communities because they understand their beliefs, emotions, habits, and mindset. Ortus Academy is a member of Conscious Capitalism of Central Maryland and graduates of the Conscious Venture Lab. Aaron will be providing real-world examples of how they implement conscious capitalism in their business.
Impact.able Analytics' mission is to drive capital and innovative energy towards the greatest good. Their approach is to use a few simple assumptions about a company's business model and technology, then using data and AI, the Impact.able platform draws from leading data and research to build a powerful, forward-looking model of its impact metrics, outcomes, values, and multiples. Impact.able Certification ensures a standard of consistency, clarity and caliber of impact measurement, analysis, and reporting.
Catherine, through GoodCompany Ventures, and Impact.able Analytics has helped portfolio companies increase their valuations by 8X within 2-3 years of graduation. They have gone on to raise more than $75MM in early-stage private capital from leading impact investors and VCs including Kleiner-Perkins, Kapur Capital, a16z, and thirty5Ventures. Most importantly, however, they've gone on to serve critically vulnerable populations, preserve limited resources, and demonstrate meaningful contributions within new, emerging markets.
Catherine says "If we're really going to address our biggest global problems, we're going to need our most powerful technologies delivered via business models with massive potential to scale. We need to drive innovative and financial capital towards solutions with the greatest potential for meaningful, material impact from the very beginning.
Of the hundreds of founders I've served, nearly all of them have great aspirations for impact. Their passion for their mission drives them at a fundamental level, yet they crave a deeper understanding of how exactly, and to what degree, their work materially affects our resources and vulnerable populations and contributes to the resolution of our greatest challenges. They crave data to validate it and speak to its potential over time."
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Moomaw PEP, Conscious Collaboratory
Catherine Griffin is a powerful force in the social entrepreneurship movement. She is the founder and CEO of Impact.able Analytics and Managing Director of GoodCompany Ventures.
She has built award-winning programs with partners that include the Obama Administration's Climate Data Initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Wharton Social Impact Initiative, IDEO, and The City of Philadelphia. Catherine is a powerful force in the social entrepreneurship movement.
She is the founder and CEO of Impact.able Analytics. The company empowers founders' stories with analytical legitimacy, grounding, and validation, enabling them to build their businesses with impact data rather than intentionality, and tell much more powerful stories about their contributions to a better world.
Catherine is also the Managing Director of GoodCompany Ventures located in Philadelphia PA. GoodCompany Ventures builds innovation engines that give social entrepreneurs the tools and resources to envision persistent social problems as market opportunities, design business models that support long term change, and mobilize capital to accelerate their impact.
Under her leadership, GoodCompany Ventures has built award-winning programs with partners that include the Obama Administration's Climate Data Initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Wharton Social Impact Initiative, IDEO, and The City of Philadelphia, among others. Our graduates' valuations have appreciated by 8x in the 2-3 years post graduation. They've raised over $75MM in early-stage private capital from leading impact investors and VCs alike. Most importantly however, they've gone on to serve critically vulnerable populations, preserve limited resources and demonstrate meaningful contributions within new, emerging markets.
Catherine has served as an Adjunct Professor at Temple University and as the Associate Program Manager. Wharton Small Business Development Center. She holds a BS Degree in Political Science and Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and served as an Intern at the United Nations and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
Wendee Wolfson is a Leadership Coach and Consultant to corporate executives, entrepreneurs, non-profit directors, and family business leaders through her individual practice at Brickworks Advisors. In addition, she has coached and facilitated training through an affiliation with Mobius Executive
?Leadership, Georgetown University Executive Masters in Leadership program, and for Fellows in the Halcyon Incubator Program for social entrepreneurs. Her focus in the last two decades has been to support women stepping into leadership roles, both in the US and beyond, and most recently to ensure that social entrepreneurs focus on what they must do to actually accomplish the mission they are trying to fulfill.
?In addition to her work as a leadership coach, Wendee is a lead investor for the Next Wave Impact Fund, an early-stage fund that invests in women-led for-profit social enterprises, as well as building capacity in their limited partners, all women, and its predecessor pilot fund, Rising Tide. She helped Next Wave create the Founders of Color Showcase in May 2020, to highlight several companies across the country being led by women and men of color seeking early-stage financing, and to bring together potential investors to work collaboratively to bring capital to those entrepreneurs.?
I'm Aaron - and I'm here to uplift others to a place of freedom, awe, and artistry. I do this in a variety of ways, building educational businesses, speaking across the world, writing, coaching, and volunteering in an effort to make people better. Part of that work has led to co-founding Ortus Academy, and I can't be more thrilled to make an impact through what we've created.
We offer Financial Intelligence education to entrepreneurs, business owners, youth organizations and educators with Millennial and Gen Z members through online courses, virtual and in-person Financial Wellness workshops, speaking engagements, and coaching.
At Ortus Academy, we believe that in order to have a meaningful life, an individual needs to be financially intelligent. Meaning they understand the basic concepts of money and how it works, but more importantly, the habits and emotions driving their financial behaviors.
We know that money matters, but we believe that Financial Intelligence matters more.
Wendy is the founder of a leadership development company, Moomaw PEP, where she leverages her experience as an executive coach, software engineer, embodied athlete, adventurer, and a community-igniter.
She is also the founder of the Conscious Collaboratory and is the Executive Director of Conscious Capitalism of Central Maryland.
Wendy is known for her unique ability to navigate ambiguity, helping leaders and their teams develop a clear vision for what they want and how they want to do it.
She helps business leaders integrate the practices of conscious leadership, conscious culture, higher purpose, and stakeholder orientation to create positive change, do good, and elevate humanity.
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