ESG Impact

It is an economic imperative for leaders, investors and society to maximize the return on investment of ESG strategies. While having comprehensive sustainable business plans that navigate issues like climate change, stakeholder capitalism and DEI efforts are now table stakes for most organizations; some companies are ahead of the curve when it comes to these efforts. When it comes to investing, there are quantitative and qualitative ESG investment strategies that have proven success when it comes to returns and impact.

CNBC’s ESG Impact conference convenes corporate leaders and noted investors who are succeeding in the space to share their best ideas when it comes to the environment, social and governance, where to invest and how to measure the impact.


Abigail Disney

Abigail E. Disney advocates for real changes to the way capitalism operates in today's world. She has worked with programs supporting low-income families, women's rights, and global poverty for thirty years. She is an activist and Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker. Her latest film, “The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales,” which she co-directed with Kathleen Hughes, made its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. She is co-founder of Fork Films, a nonfiction media production company, which produces the podcast "All Ears," where host Abigail Disney interviews bold, solutions-oriented thinkers from the front lines of America's urgent inequality and race crises. She is the Chair and Co-Founder of Level Forward, a new breed storytelling company focused on systemic change through creative excellence, balancing financial and social returns. She created the nonprofit Peace is Loud, which uses storytelling to advance social movements and the Daphne Foundation, which supports organizations working for a more equitable, fair and peaceful New York City.

Catherine Lenson

Catherine is a Managing Partner at SoftBank Investment Advisers, the world’s largest technology investment firm with $175 billion under management in the two SoftBank Vision Funds and SoftBank Latin America Funds.

She sits on the Investment Committee for the $100 million SB Opportunity Fund and is the executive sponsor of Emerge, SoftBank’s tech accelerator for underrepresented entrepreneurs.

An experienced and trusted executive coach at C-suite level, she works with companies within the Vision Fund portfolio on leadership, talent, and operating challenges, including as a Board Director. Lenson is a member of the SBIA Remuneration Committee; is a Director of SoftBank Israel; and oversees the HR, ESG and Real Estate teams.

Outside of SoftBank, Lenson is a Young Global Leader (World Economic Forum, Class of 2021); a founding member of Sustainability30 (which brings together Chief Sustainability Officers from 30 of the world’s leading companies), and an active participant in the UK angel investor community (particularly passionate about personally supporting ambitious diverse founders building companies with global scale).

Lenson grew up in Lincolnshire, studied at Cambridge University, and is active as a third sector advisor and trustee.

Ken Mehlman

Ken Mehlman (New York) joined KKR in 2008 and is a Partner, Global Head of Public Affairs & Co-Head of KKR Global Impact at KKR. Since joining the firm, Mr. Mehlman has architected KKR’s responsible investment efforts to create shared value for KKR investors and other stakeholders. He has also worked to identify investment opportunities by leveraging geopolitical, public policy & ESG trends. KKR Global Impact is the firm’s private market investing platform investing in commercial solutions to global challenges associated with climate change, lifelong learning, sustainable living & inclusive growth. Mr. Mehlman has focused on purpose & equity throughout his career in government, politics, business and philanthropy. He spent a dozen years in national politics and government service, including as 62nd Chairman of the Republican National Committee and Campaign Manager of President Bush's 2004 re-election campaign, the only Republican presidential campaign in 30 years to win the popular vote. Mr. Mehlman also served in high level positions in Congress and the White House. He holds a B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College and J.D. from Harvard Law School. Mr. Mehlman is a trustee of Mt. Sinai Hospital of New York, Franklin & Marshall College, Teach for America, the United Negro College Fund and Seizing Every Opportunity (SEO). Mr. Mehlman was active in the successful effort for marriage equality, employment non-discrimination and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Sylvester Turner

Sylvester Turner is the Mayor of Houston in Texas.


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