Sheena Strawter-Anthony is the Director of Impact Investing Strategy at William Casper Graustein Memorial Fund here in New Haven. She shares their efforts to manage their endowment in a way that is in line with their mission. Doing so requires them to ask tough questions about where their money is going to generate wealth that they then invest in the community. Is it possible to manage wealth in a way that can also create positive social and environmental benefits? Who is participating and who is benefiting? These are some of the tough questions we discuss in this episode.
I reflect with this semester's teaching fellows, Lily Engbith and Victoria Bush, on how they apply social innovation principles in the for-profit world. Their roles at Connecticut Innovations (a state owned and run VC fund) and Inbox Health (a local medical billing startup) are driven by their values and vision for collective well-being. Business & society don't have to be two separate things. Business can be one of many tools, if applied with the mindset described in this episode, to help achieve societal well-being for all.
Ony Obiocha, Executive Director of CTNext, reflects on his team's work in building an innovation ecosystem for the state of Connecticut. It's about who you include and invest in, how they play together, and what kind of place you're creating for them to live and thrive in.
Patricia Melton, President of New Haven Promise, reflects on the various roles she has played in strengthening the education system. She discusses the interconnectedness of the health and education systems, and the importance of clarifying your value proposition as a social change maker.
Erik Clemons returns to share his work as founding CEO of ConnCorp, a sister organization of ConnCAT which has acquired and is revitalizing commercial properties in underinvested neighborhoods in New Haven. Their ultimate goal is to catalyze and support a place-based impact investing ecosystem in the city.
Song Kim, co-founder and CEO of KovaDx, empowers patients with sickle cell disease and other rare blood disorders, while changing our perceptions of what it means to be a CEO and the many paths to entrepreneurship.
Brita Roy, Multiple Principal Investigator of TRUE-HAVEN, innovates within and across the boundaries of existing institutions to tackle gun violence in New Haven.
Ashlee Wisdom, Founder and CEO of Health in Her Hue, navigates venture capital and the tech start up world, to provide culturally relevant health care for Black women.
Lutfi Lokman, founder of Hospitals Beyond Boundaries, mobilizes resources for access to health care among the Cham population in Cambodia.
Daisy Rosales, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Brio, co-designs global mental health programs with community partners.