ACADEMIA & INDUSTRY

In addition to direct client engagements, we seek to build the field of impact investing through our work educating students and practitioners, ongoing active engagement in industry forums and networks, and our volunteer service on the boards of philanthropic and non-profit organizations.  

For the past ten years, Steven has led in the education of the next generation of impact investors. He is an adjunct professor of finance at New York University’s Stern School of Business where he currently teaches MBA courses in Investing for Environmental and Social Impact and Impact Investing in Family Offices. 

Steven is also Board Chair and has led the finance committee of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, a family foundation that focuses on social justice and has a long history of aligning its investment and mission goals. 

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UPCOMING
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Participant
Bridging the Gap Between Investors and Academics
PRI Live and Academic Network Conference 2018
September 2018

Participant
Confluence Advisors Forum
June 2018

Participant
Legal Issues in Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing - In the US and Beyond
The Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship + NYU School of Law
June 2018

Panelist
"Bringing Boards on Board:  Impact Investing as a Philanthropic Strategy"
The Exchange 2018 - Social Impact Exchange Annual Conference
May 2018

Moderator & Trustee Forum Participant
Education Investment Panel
”Mission Forward” - Mission Investors Exchange Annual Conference
May 2018

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2018
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Panelist
The Business School Curriculum and Impact Investing
Yale International Center for Finance - Impact Investing Conference 2018
April 2018

Guest Lecturer
Critical Issues Lecture
New York University School of Professional Studies and Center for Global Affairs
April 2018

Presenter
Experiential Learning Education
NYU Stern Family Office Council Annual Dinner
April 2018

Panelist
"ESG Integrations - Are All Missions Being Met?"
Outsourced Investment Management for Institutional Investors (OCIO) 7th Annual Summit
March 2018

Participant
8th Annual Practitioners Gathering
Confluence Philanthropy
March 2018

Panelist
Measuring the Effectiveness of Systems-Level Investments
The Investment Integration Project (TIIP) + Morningstar
February 2018

Participant
Credit Suisse Conservation Finance Investor Conference
Credit Suisse
January 2018

Adjunct Professor
Impact Investing Experiential Learning Seminar with Family Offices & Wealth Managers
New York University Stern School of Business
Spring Term 2018

Member
Confluence Philanthropy Network
2018

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2017
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Moderator
SDGs and Portfolio Impact Measuring
Responsible Investors Americas 2017 Conference
December 2017

Participant
2017 Investing For Impact Symposium
High Water Women
November 2017

Participant
PRI Academic Network 2017 Conference
Principles for Responsible Investment
September 2017

Guest Judge
NYU Summer Launch
NYU Stern Graduate School of Business
August 2017

Participant
Impacting Investing: A Global Faculty Convening
Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management
June 2017

Panelist
Philanthropy’s New Frontier
Fundraising Day 2017, Association of Fundraising Professionals - NY Chapter
June 2017

Panelist
Symposium on Diversity and Inclusion in Social Finance
NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
April 2017

Guest Lecturer
Business and Its Publics
New York University Stern School of Business
April 2017

Adjunct Professor
Investing for Environmental and Social Benefits
New York University Center for Global Affairs
April 2017

Speaker
After You Hire Your Impact Investing Advisor: Best Practices in Investment Committee-Advisor Relationships
Confluence Philanthropy - 7th Annual Practitioners Gathering
March 2017

Panelist
How Investors Can Identify the Big Picture Issues which Influence Portfolio Returns
The Investment Integration Project
March 2017

Guest Lecturer
Initiative For Responsible Investment Next Generation Program
Harvard Kennedy School - The Hauser Institute for Civil Society
March 2017

Adjunct Professor
Impact Investing Experiential Learning Seminar with Family Offices & Wealth Managers
New York University Stern School of Business
Spring Term 2017

Moderator
Educational Innovation in New York City
New York University Social Innovation Symposium
February 2017

Speaker
Community Impact Investing
Columbia University, Seminar on Sustainable Finance
January 2017

Panelist
Family Offices: Catalyzing Impact Investing and Microfinance
NY Microfinance Club
January 2017

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2016
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Webinar Guest Expert
Integrating ESG Investing into Your Practice
Global X
December 2016

Panelist
The Great Debate: ESG Ratings & Rankings for Funds and Managers
Responsible Investors Americas 2016 Conference
December 2016

Panelist
Performance by Numbers: Diversity Driving Returns
Bloomberg Black Professional Community - Power of Difference Summit
December 2016

Panelist
Impact Investing via Alternatives
Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association
November 2016

Webinar Guest Expert / Moderator
Finding Your Way to the Right Impact Investing Advisor
Confluence Philanthropy
November 2016

Participant
Launch Event: Report on US Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends 2016
US SIF Foundation
November 2016

Participant
New York University Symposium on Responsible Classes
NYU Center for Sustainable Business
November 2016

Participant
Responsible and Impact Investing Symposium
Fordham University
November 2016

Participant
Corporate Innovation for Impact: Unique Partnerships for Developing Markets
SOCAP 365
November 2016

Panelist
Diversity and Impact Investing: The Aspirational Gap
High Water Women - Investing for Impact Symposium
October 2016

Guest
Investor Dinner
Contact Fund LLC
September 2016

Adjunct Professor
Investing for Environmental and Social Impact
New York University Stern School of Business
Fall Term 2016

Participant
July 2016 Convening
The Investment Integration Project
July 2016

Guest Lecturer
Summer of Social Impact
Inspiring Capital
July 2016

Moderator
The SEC's Regulation SK and What It Means for Impact Investors
Confluence Philanthropy
July 2016

Panelist / Moderator
Endowment Carve Outs: Mission Alignment, Ownership Responsibility & Managing Along ESG Criteria - 2nd Annual ESG Conference
Skytop Strategies
June 2016

Participant
Accelerating Innovation in ESG Investing Conference
The Intentional Endowments Network / Bloomberg LP
June 2016

Panelist
Legal Issues in Impact Investing: U.S. and Abroad
Reed Smith LLP
May 2016

Panelist
Sustainable Finance Shaping the Future of Investing
Bloomberg - Equity Forum 2016
May 2016

Participant
The 5th Annual OCIO and Investing Outsourcing Summit
Financial Research Associates
May 2016

Adjunct Professor
Investing for Environmental and Social Benefits
New York University Center for Global Affairs
April 2016

Participant
Nespresso Sustainability Innovation Fund Inaugural Dinner
NYU Sustainable Business Center
April 2016

Participant
Signatory Gathering
Divest Invest
March 2016

Panelist
A Brief History of Social Investing
Confluence Philanthropy: 6th Annual Practitioners Gathering
March 2016

Participant
2016 Federal Policy Briefing
Environmentalist Grantmakers Association
March 2016

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2015 and Earlier
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Adjunct Professor
Social Capital Markets: Creating Philanthropic / Investment Hybrids
New York University Center for Global Affairs
2012 - 2014

Speaker
Structuring Impact Investments: A View Across Asset Classes
TBLI Conference
May 2014

Speaker
Capital as a Catalyst for Impact
Impact Texas Conference
January 2014

Speaker
Innovation at the Intersection of Philanthropy and Government
NYU Wagner Philanthropy Conference
May 2013

Speaker
Innovations in Philanthropy
NYU Wagner Innovations in International Development Conference
April 2013

Speaker
SUS Social Impact Investment Conference
April 2013

Webinar Guest Expert
Building a Healthy & Sustainable Social Impact Bond Market
Global Impact Investing Network
March 2013

Speaker
Social Impact Bonds
IMN Impact Investing Summit
March 2013

Speaker
Measuring Impact
NYU Law Series on Impact Investing
May 2012

Adjunct Professor
Microfinance and Social Entrepreneurship
New York University Center for Global Affairs
2006 - 2012

Speaker
Capital Ideas for Money, Meaning and Impact
SOCAP
September 2011

Speaker
Microfinance Law & Practice
New York County Lawyers’ Association, Global Law Week Symposium
May 2011

Speaker
Investing for Impact
Carleton University Centre for Community Innovation, Symposium on Leveraging Private Capital for Public Good
March 2011

Speaker
Sustainability and Underserved Communities
Sustainability Practice Network
February 2011

Speaker
Exploring the Relationship between Philanthropy, Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) and Impact Investing to Identify Parallels and Ways in which to Manage Multiple Interests
Impact Investing Summit
December 2010

Speaker
Defining Impact and Developing an Impact Policy Statement
Take Action Conference
September 2010

Speaker
Microfinance as a Model for Social Impact Investing
Global Microfinance Investment Congress
May 2010

Speaker
Designing a PRI Program That Is Right for Your Foundation
PRI Makers National Conference
May 2010

Speaker
Solutions for Impact Investors
Conference Plenary, Miami Social Venture Capital / Social Enterprise Conference
March 2010

Speaker
Maximizing Impact: From Strategy to Implementation-Solutions for Impact Investors
Conference Plenary, Take Action Impact Investing Conference
October 2009

Speaker
Sustainability and Personal Values
Sustainability Practice Network
February 2009

Speaker
Mission-Related Investing: A Fundamentals Workshop – The Upside of Mission-Related Investing in a Down Market
New York Regional Association of Grantmakers
November 2008

Panelist
Social Investing 101
SoCap 2008 Conference
October 2008

Speaker
Philanthropy’s New Passing Gear: A Workshop on Harmonizing Giving and Investing
Environmental Grantmakers Association Fall Retreat
September 2008

Speaker
Tools for Change: A Dialogue on the Challenges of Adding MRI to Your Toolbox
Taking Action on Mission-Related Investments Conference
September 2008

Speaker
Philanthropy’s New Passing Gear: An Overview of Mission-Related Investing
New York Regional Association of Grantmakers’ Decision Makers Series Panel
June 2008

Speaker
Placing a Value on Ecosystem Services
Sustainability Practice Network
May 2008

Speaker
Philanthropy’s New Passing Gear: Workshop on Mission-Related Investing
Philanthropy Northwest and Russell Family Foundation
February 2008

Speaker
Program-Related Investments in Canada’s Communities
Symposium sponsored by Carleton University and Human Resources and Development
March 2007