Women Leading Change Event in Providence Features Jackie VanderBrug

Jackie VanderBrug will speak about gender lens investing in Rhode Island on June 7.

The world of gender lens investing has yet to be even marginally explored for all its potential, especially given that  only 1.1% of assets under management in the asset industry are controlled by women and minorities.

That’s why it’s exciting to learn that the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island is hosting an event on June 7, 2017 featuring Jackie VanderBrug, gender lens investing expert. I featured Jackie VanderBrug in my list of 9 leaders to know in gender lens investing. Here is my capsule on her:

Jackie VanderBrug, Senior Vice President and Investment Strategist, US Trust

VanderBrug is one of the earlier and most dedicated leaders in the new field of gender lens investing. She comes from Criterion, another pioneer in the field where she helped develop the Women Effect. VanderBrug’s awareness of the interrelated nature of social change began when she was a domestic policy analyst for the U.S. Congress. Along with Sarah Kaplan, VanderBrug recently authored an article entitled the Rise of Gender Capitalism, published in the Fall 2014 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review, which discussed in detail how investing with a gender lens creates financial and social impacts, while also helping women.

The title of VanderBrug’s presentation in Rhode island is “Uncovering Opportunities for Growth and Impact through Gender Lens Investing.” This event will take place at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.

From the event invitation:

Managing director and investment strategist at U.S. Trust, Jackie VanderBrug is the co-author of the book Gender Lens Investing: Uncovering Opportunities for Growth, Returns, and Impact. She is a regular speaker and presenter at conferences including the Nantucket Project, Clinton Global Initiative, Aspen Ideas Festival, and Social Capital Markets (SOCAP). VanderBrug co-founded WORK IN PROGRESS, a non-profit social enterprise focused on career development for underpriveleged youth.

In addition to VanderBrug’s presentation, WFRI will present its inaugural Leadership Award to founding board member and volunteer, Susan Rittscher. As President and CEO of the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE), Susan provides leadership to support over 8,000 women and men in envisioning, starting and growing their businesses in the New England Region. She has 25 years of experience as a CEO of small and large not for profits.

This celebration includes networking, access to the museum’s Main Gallery, cocktails and appetizers. Event sponsors include U.S. Trust, Blue Cross & Blue Shield RI, Citrin Cooperman, Delta Dental and Partridge, Snow & Hahn. For sponsorship opportunities or to purchase a virtual ad to be shown at the event, please contact Kelly Nevins at knevins@wfri.org.

More info and tickets here.

Kiersten Marek

Author: Kiersten Marek

Kiersten Marek, LICSW, is the founder of Philanthropy Women. She practices clinical social work in Cranston, Rhode Island, and writes about how women donors and their allies are advancing social change.

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