On February 13th, 2018 our President and Co-Founder Steve Feldman was privileged to attend the Bernstein 2018 IMPACT Conference in West Palm Beach, Florida. The conference focused on the growing “impact-investing” movement and how businesses are balancing potential financial gains with social good.
The program began with a welcome from Evan C. Deoul, Senior Managing Director of Bernstein. The evening was an education in the diverse efforts within the wealth management industry to foster investments in companies and non-profits with a positive social impact.
The keynote speaker was globally recognized leader in sustainable investing, Barbara Krumsiek. Her professional background spans four decades in the asset management field. Most recently, she was President, CEO and Chair (1997-2014) of Calvert Investments, Inc., a $12 Billion asset management firm known for its focus on environmental, governance and corporate social responsibility performance of companies.
Ms. Krumsiek was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mutual Fund Industry Awards in March, 2016. She received Columbia University Business School’s Botwinick Prize in Business Ethics in 2012 and is a Washington Business Hall of Fame Laureate. She was named in Ethisphere’s 2015 list of the 100 Most Influential in Business Ethics.
You can view her TEDxBayArea talk below.
Balancing Financial Prosperity with Social Good
The panel discussion focused on how organizations (and individuals) can balance the pursuit of financial prosperity with social and ethical good.
The panel included:
Travis A. Allen, Senior Portfolio Manager and Director, Bernstein
Erin Bigley, CFA, Senior Portfolio Manager — Fixed Income, Bernstein
Vincent J. Spiziri, Senior Managing Director — Bernstein Philanthropy
Barbara Krumsiek, Former CEO — Calvert Investments
Our President Steve Feldman felt the evening was an enlightening experience:
Bernstein has become a leader in the social philanthropy world.” He continued, “As an internationally recognized financial firm of the highest caliber their leadership in this area speaks volumes about their ethical efficacy. It was a frank yet inspiring discussion that left me feeling very encouraged.”
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