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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, sustainability and governance, where to invest and how to measure the impact.

SPEAKERS

Lord John
Browne

Former BP CEO

Lord John Browne is the Former CEO of BP.

Lord John Browne

Lord John Browne is former BP CEO, where he engineered the Aramco merger, and gained access to Russian oil reserves with the creation of TNK-BP. He is current Senior Advisor to General and BeyondNetZero He has served on the Boards of Intel, Goldman Sachs and Daimler Benz, and is also the author of “Make, Think, Imagine” and “The Glass Closet”.

Jean
Case

National Geographic Society

Jean Case is Chairman of National Geographic Society and CEO of Case Impact Network.

Jean Case

Jean Case has a long and diverse track record of innovation and transformation as a business builder, tech pioneer, investor, policy advocate and philanthropist.

Since 2016, Jean has served as Chairman of the National Geographic Society, an organization she has been actively involved in for more than a decade. Under her leadership as Chairman, National Geographic has dramatically expanded its digital strategy and global reach. Nat Geo now reaches hundreds of millions of people each month, and is the #1 social media brand in the world. Jean helped create and serves on the Board of National Geographic Partners, a $5 billion global media and travel joint venture with the Walt Disney Company.

Since 1997, Jean has served as CEO of The Case Foundation, which is widely regarded as one of the most innovative philanthropic entities in the world. In that role, Jean has led cross-sector partnerships that have brought business, government and nonprofits together to drive impact in areas including inclusive entrepreneurship, impact investing, citizen engagement and the digital divide. In January 2020, Jean launched the Case Impact Network to build on her leadership in impact investing and identify and support opportunities for companies to more fully integrate impact into their business approaches. In 2021, Jean launched For What It’s Worth (FWIW) to expand interest in investing for social good and to provide the resources, news and trends new investors need to confidently invest for both profit and purpose.

Throughout her career, Jean has remained true to her business and entrepreneurial roots by maintaining investments and board seats in startups, by mentoring the next generation of entrepreneurs, and by collaborating with a wide range of Fortune 500 CEOs and leading business coalitions. Jean has spent decades building and providing leadership at innovative tech-driven businesses. She was a pioneer in bringing the Internet to the masses, having joined the nation’s first online service early in her career, and later serving as a top executive at AOL for nearly a decade, where she oversaw all marketing and communications that established AOL as the #1 Internet brand and the first Internet company to go public. Her passion for all things
digital is reflected in her continued board roles on innovative tech startups. In 2019, Simon & Schuster published Jean’s book, B e Fearless: Five Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose. The book immediately rose to become a National Bestseller. Be Fearless highlights principles proven to
drive innovation and breakthroughs, with storytelling of great founders, companies and movements that have
helped to change the world.

Jean has led the Advisory Council of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative and served on advisory boards at Harvard Business School, Stanford and Georgetown, and as an Executive in Residence at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. She was named as an advisor to the U.S. National Advisory Board to the Social Impact Investing Task Force, established by the G8. Jean also led the President’s Council on Service and Civic
Participation, where she was appointed Chair by President George W. Bush, and the U.S.-Palestinian Partnership, which she co-chaired with Sandy Weill and Walter Isaacson. A regular guest lecturer at leading business schools, Jean has also been a sought-after speaker at leading companies and associations across the United States. A passionate believer in the power of business as a positive force for good, Jean has been profiled extensively in media including the New York Times, CBS, CNN, FOX and PBS NewsHour. Jean was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016 and her extensive achievements have been recognized with honorary degrees from Indiana University and George Mason University.

Gabby
Cazeau

Harlem Capital

Gabby Cazeau is a Principal at Harlem Capital.

Gabby Cazeau

Gabby Cazeau is a Principal at Harlem Capital where she focuses on deal sourcing, due diligence, internal operations, and building partnerships across the tech and entrepreneurship ecosystem. At the firm she focuses on ecommerce, fintech, and software. Gabby was featured in the HBCUvc’s 31 under 31 list. Gabby received her MBA in 2020 from the Yale School of Management. At Yale, Gabby was a fellow in the Forte and Management Leadership for Tomorrow MBA Programs. She also served as an advisor in Yale’s startup incubator and accelerator. Prior to Yale, Gabby worked in R&D and Innovation at General Mills where she built and launched several products for iconic brands like Cheerios, Nature Valley, Epic, and FiberOne. She is Haitian and originally from Maryland. She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis where she was a John B. Ervin Scholar. In her free time she is an avid reader, gets very competitive playing Connect-4, and enjoys salsa dancing, especially finding a good dance spot while traveling to a new city.

Sir Ronald
Cohen

The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment

Sir Ronald Cohen is Chairman of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment and The Portland Trust.

Sir Ronald Cohen

Sir Ronald Cohen is Chairman of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment and The Portland Trust. He is a co-founder director of Social Finance UK, USA, and Israel, and co-founder Chair of Bridges Fund Management and Big Society Capital.

For nearly two decades, Sir Ronald’s pioneering initiatives in driving impact investment have catalyzed a number of global efforts, each focused on driving private capital to serve social and environmental good. These efforts are leading the global impact investment movement towards an Impact Revolution.

He chaired the Social Impact Investment Taskforce established under the UK’s presidency of the G8 (2013-2015), the Social Investment Task Force (2000-2010) and the Commission on Unclaimed Assets (2005-2007). In 2012 he received the Rockefeller Foundation’s Innovation Award for innovation in social finance.

He co-founded and was Executive Chairman of Apax Partners Worldwide LLP (1972-2005). He was a founder director and Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association and a founder director of the European Venture Capital Association.

He is a member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School and a Vice-Chairman of Ben Gurion University; a former member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers; a former director of the Harvard Management Company and the University of Oxford Investment Committee; a former trustee of the British Museum; and a former trustee of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

He is a graduate of Oxford University, where he was President of the Oxford Union and serves as an Honorary Fellow of Exeter College. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School to which he was awarded a Henry Fellowship.

He is the author of 'IMPACT: Reshaping capitalism to drive real change,’ published by Penguin Random House in 2020, which became a Wall Street Journal Bestseller. His previous book 'The Second Bounce of the Ball,' published in 2007, was described by the Financial Times as “one of the best books written on entrepreneurship in recent years.״

Sir Ronald lives in Tel Aviv, London, and New York with his wife of more than thirty years, Sharon Harel-Cohen, who is a film producer. They have two children, Tamara and Jonny.

Paul
Polman

Former Unilever CEO

Paul Polman is a former CEO of Unilever.

Paul Polman

Paul Polman is a former CEO of Unilever.

Sarah
Bloom Raskin

Former Deputy Treasury Secretary

Sarah Bloom Raskin is Former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Sarah Bloom Raskin

Sarah Bloom Raskin has served both as the as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury and as a Governor of the Federal Reserve Board.

As the second-in-command of the United States Treasury, Deputy Secretary Raskin oversaw the entire Treasury Department and its various agencies and departments. Deputy Secretary Raskin is known for her tireless pursuit of innovative solutions to enhance American’s shared prosperity, the resilience of our country’s critical financial infrastructure, particularly as it relates to climate risk and cybersecurity, and the defense of consumer safeguards in the financial marketplace.

Immediately prior to her confirmation as Deputy Secretary, Ms. Raskin served as a Governor of the Federal Reserve Board where she helped conduct the nation’s monetary policy and promote financial stability.

Before joining the Federal Reserve Board, Ms. Raskin served as the Commissioner of Financial Regulation for the State of Maryland. As Commissioner, she and her agency were responsible for regulating Maryland’s financial institutions, including all state-chartered depository institutions, banks, credit unions, mortgage lenders, mortgage servicers, and trust companies, among others.

Within the United States and throughout the international community, Ms. Raskin was a champion of cybersecurity in the financial sector, helping to elevate this critical issue to C-suites and boardrooms. Her efforts, including leading the development of the G-7 Fundamental Elements of Cybersecurity for the Financial Sector, contributed to a more secure and resilient financial sector in the face of increasingly frequent and sophisticated threats.

She is also a leading voice in understanding climate change as it pertains to the financial sector. She recently appeared at the Green Swan Conference, in which she gave a keynote speech called “Climate Change and the Precautionary Imperative”. She was chosen to be a member of the Regenerative Crisis Response Committee, the work of which is described in “These Economic All-Stars Want to Crack the Climate Code” (E&E News, May 21, 2021).

She currently is a Professor of the Practice at the Duke Law School, a Distinguished Fellow at the Duke Global Financial Markets Center, and a Senior Fellow at the Duke Center of Risk.

Ms. Raskin has been recognized by several organizations for her public service and has engaged with the media and myriad audiences to discuss fiscal, economic, monetary policy, climate risk, and national security issues. She has spoken for organizations and events including the National Consumer Law Center, Women in Homeland Security, the New America Foundation, the Levy Economics Institute, the National Association of Business Economics, the Private Equity Growth Capital Council, the Ditchley Foundation, the Society of Government Economists, the Mid-Winter Housing Finance Conference, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, NeighborWorks America, several community banking groups, and numerous institutions of higher learning, among many others. Ms. Raskin received her B.A. in economics from Amherst College, and she received her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is married to U.S. Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD 8th District).

SPEAKERS

  • Lord John Browne

    Former BP CEO

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    Lord John Browne

    Lord John Browne is former BP CEO, where he engineered the Aramco merger, and gained access to Russian oil reserves with the creation of TNK-BP. He is current Senior Advisor to General and BeyondNetZero He has served on the Boards of Intel, Goldman Sachs and Daimler Benz, and is also the author of “Make, Think, Imagine” and “The Glass Closet”.

  • Jean Case

    National Geographic Society

    Read Bio ⟶

    Jean Case

    Jean Case has a long and diverse track record of innovation and transformation as a business builder, tech pioneer, investor, policy advocate and philanthropist.

    Since 2016, Jean has served as Chairman of the National Geographic Society, an organization she has been actively involved in for more than a decade. Under her leadership as Chairman, National Geographic has dramatically expanded its digital strategy and global reach. Nat Geo now reaches hundreds of millions of people each month, and is the #1 social media brand in the world. Jean helped create and serves on the Board of National Geographic Partners, a $5 billion global media and travel joint venture with the Walt Disney Company.

    Since 1997, Jean has served as CEO of The Case Foundation, which is widely regarded as one of the most innovative philanthropic entities in the world. In that role, Jean has led cross-sector partnerships that have brought business, government and nonprofits together to drive impact in areas including inclusive entrepreneurship, impact investing, citizen engagement and the digital divide. In January 2020, Jean launched the Case Impact Network to build on her leadership in impact investing and identify and support opportunities for companies to more fully integrate impact into their business approaches. In 2021, Jean launched For What It’s Worth (FWIW) to expand interest in investing for social good and to provide the resources, news and trends new investors need to confidently invest for both profit and purpose.

    Throughout her career, Jean has remained true to her business and entrepreneurial roots by maintaining investments and board seats in startups, by mentoring the next generation of entrepreneurs, and by collaborating with a wide range of Fortune 500 CEOs and leading business coalitions. Jean has spent decades building and providing leadership at innovative tech-driven businesses. She was a pioneer in bringing the Internet to the masses, having joined the nation’s first online service early in her career, and later serving as a top executive at AOL for nearly a decade, where she oversaw all marketing and communications that established AOL as the #1 Internet brand and the first Internet company to go public. Her passion for all things
    digital is reflected in her continued board roles on innovative tech startups. In 2019, Simon & Schuster published Jean’s book, B e Fearless: Five Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose. The book immediately rose to become a National Bestseller. Be Fearless highlights principles proven to
    drive innovation and breakthroughs, with storytelling of great founders, companies and movements that have
    helped to change the world.

    Jean has led the Advisory Council of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative and served on advisory boards at Harvard Business School, Stanford and Georgetown, and as an Executive in Residence at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. She was named as an advisor to the U.S. National Advisory Board to the Social Impact Investing Task Force, established by the G8. Jean also led the President’s Council on Service and Civic
    Participation, where she was appointed Chair by President George W. Bush, and the U.S.-Palestinian Partnership, which she co-chaired with Sandy Weill and Walter Isaacson. A regular guest lecturer at leading business schools, Jean has also been a sought-after speaker at leading companies and associations across the United States. A passionate believer in the power of business as a positive force for good, Jean has been profiled extensively in media including the New York Times, CBS, CNN, FOX and PBS NewsHour. Jean was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016 and her extensive achievements have been recognized with honorary degrees from Indiana University and George Mason University.

  • Gabby Cazeau

    Harlem Capital

    Read Bio ⟶

    Gabby Cazeau

    Gabby Cazeau is a Principal at Harlem Capital where she focuses on deal sourcing, due diligence, internal operations, and building partnerships across the tech and entrepreneurship ecosystem. At the firm she focuses on ecommerce, fintech, and software. Gabby was featured in the HBCUvc’s 31 under 31 list. Gabby received her MBA in 2020 from the Yale School of Management. At Yale, Gabby was a fellow in the Forte and Management Leadership for Tomorrow MBA Programs. She also served as an advisor in Yale’s startup incubator and accelerator. Prior to Yale, Gabby worked in R&D and Innovation at General Mills where she built and launched several products for iconic brands like Cheerios, Nature Valley, Epic, and FiberOne. She is Haitian and originally from Maryland. She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis where she was a John B. Ervin Scholar. In her free time she is an avid reader, gets very competitive playing Connect-4, and enjoys salsa dancing, especially finding a good dance spot while traveling to a new city.

  • Sir Ronald Cohen

    The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment

    Read Bio ⟶

    Sir Ronald Cohen

    Sir Ronald Cohen is Chairman of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment and The Portland Trust. He is a co-founder director of Social Finance UK, USA, and Israel, and co-founder Chair of Bridges Fund Management and Big Society Capital.

    For nearly two decades, Sir Ronald’s pioneering initiatives in driving impact investment have catalyzed a number of global efforts, each focused on driving private capital to serve social and environmental good. These efforts are leading the global impact investment movement towards an Impact Revolution.

    He chaired the Social Impact Investment Taskforce established under the UK’s presidency of the G8 (2013-2015), the Social Investment Task Force (2000-2010) and the Commission on Unclaimed Assets (2005-2007). In 2012 he received the Rockefeller Foundation’s Innovation Award for innovation in social finance.

    He co-founded and was Executive Chairman of Apax Partners Worldwide LLP (1972-2005). He was a founder director and Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association and a founder director of the European Venture Capital Association.

    He is a member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School and a Vice-Chairman of Ben Gurion University; a former member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers; a former director of the Harvard Management Company and the University of Oxford Investment Committee; a former trustee of the British Museum; and a former trustee of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

    He is a graduate of Oxford University, where he was President of the Oxford Union and serves as an Honorary Fellow of Exeter College. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School to which he was awarded a Henry Fellowship.

    He is the author of 'IMPACT: Reshaping capitalism to drive real change,’ published by Penguin Random House in 2020, which became a Wall Street Journal Bestseller. His previous book 'The Second Bounce of the Ball,' published in 2007, was described by the Financial Times as “one of the best books written on entrepreneurship in recent years.״

    Sir Ronald lives in Tel Aviv, London, and New York with his wife of more than thirty years, Sharon Harel-Cohen, who is a film producer. They have two children, Tamara and Jonny.

  • Paul Polman

    Former Unilever CEO

    Read Bio ⟶

    Paul Polman

    Paul Polman is a former CEO of Unilever.

  • Sarah Bloom Raskin

    Former Deputy Treasury Secretary

    Read Bio ⟶

    Sarah Bloom Raskin

    Sarah Bloom Raskin has served both as the as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury and as a Governor of the Federal Reserve Board.

    As the second-in-command of the United States Treasury, Deputy Secretary Raskin oversaw the entire Treasury Department and its various agencies and departments. Deputy Secretary Raskin is known for her tireless pursuit of innovative solutions to enhance American’s shared prosperity, the resilience of our country’s critical financial infrastructure, particularly as it relates to climate risk and cybersecurity, and the defense of consumer safeguards in the financial marketplace.

    Immediately prior to her confirmation as Deputy Secretary, Ms. Raskin served as a Governor of the Federal Reserve Board where she helped conduct the nation’s monetary policy and promote financial stability.

    Before joining the Federal Reserve Board, Ms. Raskin served as the Commissioner of Financial Regulation for the State of Maryland. As Commissioner, she and her agency were responsible for regulating Maryland’s financial institutions, including all state-chartered depository institutions, banks, credit unions, mortgage lenders, mortgage servicers, and trust companies, among others.

    Within the United States and throughout the international community, Ms. Raskin was a champion of cybersecurity in the financial sector, helping to elevate this critical issue to C-suites and boardrooms. Her efforts, including leading the development of the G-7 Fundamental Elements of Cybersecurity for the Financial Sector, contributed to a more secure and resilient financial sector in the face of increasingly frequent and sophisticated threats.

    She is also a leading voice in understanding climate change as it pertains to the financial sector. She recently appeared at the Green Swan Conference, in which she gave a keynote speech called “Climate Change and the Precautionary Imperative”. She was chosen to be a member of the Regenerative Crisis Response Committee, the work of which is described in “These Economic All-Stars Want to Crack the Climate Code” (E&E News, May 21, 2021).

    She currently is a Professor of the Practice at the Duke Law School, a Distinguished Fellow at the Duke Global Financial Markets Center, and a Senior Fellow at the Duke Center of Risk.

    Ms. Raskin has been recognized by several organizations for her public service and has engaged with the media and myriad audiences to discuss fiscal, economic, monetary policy, climate risk, and national security issues. She has spoken for organizations and events including the National Consumer Law Center, Women in Homeland Security, the New America Foundation, the Levy Economics Institute, the National Association of Business Economics, the Private Equity Growth Capital Council, the Ditchley Foundation, the Society of Government Economists, the Mid-Winter Housing Finance Conference, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, NeighborWorks America, several community banking groups, and numerous institutions of higher learning, among many others. Ms. Raskin received her B.A. in economics from Amherst College, and she received her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is married to U.S. Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD 8th District).

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