Nick Ashburn is the Senior Director for Impact Investing at the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, where previously he was also the Director of Special Projects for Impact Investing. Nick has worked on projects with major foundations, government agencies, large financial institutions, and corporations on diverse projects ranging from innovative finance for social impact, design thinking for poverty alleviation, and education in developing countries. Nick co-authored Great Expectations: Financial Performance & Mission Preservation in Impact Investing.
Rhonda Cohen serves as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Glenmede Trust Company and is an active member of the Philadelphia community. Previously, she was a partner in Ballard Spahr LLP, one of the largest law firms in Philadelphia. She holds board positions with several organizations, including Delaware Valley Friends School, the Christopher Ludwick Foundation, Visit Philadelphia, ESF Dream Camp Foundation and Swarthmore College.
Nina Farran has a strong background of developing new opportunities that make a positive impact. While at the University of Pennsylvania, she launched a humanitarian fashion effort that build schools in sub-Saharan Africa and, more recently, Nina initiated and successfully built the impact investing program at a national investment and wealth management firm.
Edie Fraser is Chairman and Founder of STEMconnector and Million Women Mentors, and serves as Vice Chairman of Diversified Search. Edie championed the STEM education and jobs framework and with her team has built the respected consulting and communications service. Formerly Edie build three best practices initiatives as CEO of the Public Affairs Group, Inc.
Cindy Gallop is both Founder and CEO of IfWeRanTheWorld.com, an enterprise marketing co-action software that enables businesses to implement the business model of the future: Shared Values + Shared Action = Shared Profit (financial & social profit). Cindy works as a consultant, and as an inspirational speaker on business innovation. Business Insider named her one of the 15 Most Important Marketing Strategy Thinkers Today, alongside Malcolm Gladwell and Seth Godin.
Samantha Katz is a community builder, connector, business advisor, investor and cocktail enthusiast. She launched the Ladies of American Distilleries, the first trade network for women in distilling. With a limitless supply of energy and a desire to keep bringing together fabulous women, Samantha formed Invest & Imbibe, a community of women investing in women.
Paula Luff serves as the Director of Sustainability & Impact at the Inherent Group. Previously, she served as CEO of Viso Strategies Corporation, a sustainability advisory firm, and vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility for Hess Corporation, where she established and led the global Social Responsibility and Philanthropy functions for the company. Luff also serves as a Senior Associate with the Project on Prosperity and Development for the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
As an early impact investor, Sari Miller’s strategies, experience and perspectives on angel investments offer others in the market a wealth of insight and guidance on investing with purpose in new markets. Sari Miller serves as CEO of Sarjay, Inc. and is currently piloting some of the biggest impact investment deals in the market. Notably, Sari Miller’s impact investments are not limited to a single geography, socio-economic climate or social issue.
Nancy Tellem is Executive Chairman and Chief Media Officer of Eko, a media network that reimagines storytelling by using proprietary technology to create interactive stories that respond and leverage the interactive nature of today’s media devices. Until October of 2014, Tellem was President of Xbox Entertainment Studios where she oversaw Microsoft’s TV strategy and created a studio focused on the development and production of interactive programming.
Tensie Whelan joined NYU’s Stern School of Business in 2015. She leads the school’s efforts around issues of business and sustainability, driving research and coursework on natural resource-based challenges including climate change, water scarcity, biodiversity loss, poverty and unsustainable development. She launched and currently serves as the Director for Stern’s Center for Sustainable Business, whose mission is to ensure current and future business leaders develop the knowledge and skills to embed sustainability in core business strategy.