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Building the Field: Hiring A Next Generation of Diverse Impact Investing Professionals

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In recent months, our country confronted once again the reality of systematic racism—the history and continued disenfranchisement of people of color. Impact investing offers the potential to create more equitable communities, but to accomplish this work, we must prioritize diverse perspectives including hiring diverse talent at every level of our organizations. Our shared future requires us to prepare the next generation of professionals who are equipped with both technical skills and, most importantly, understanding of the complex realities of disenfranchised communities. Join us as we talk about the future of impact investing through the lens of the next generation of leaders. This will be an interactive discussion with leading internship sponsors and intern alumni on how internship programs are helping to advance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in all aspects of the impact investing profession. Topics include DEI in hiring, the importance of experiential learning and how DEI is enhancing the investment discipline to create more inclusive capital markets and communities.

Confirmed Panelists

Anita Foster Washington is an Analyst at Avivar Capital. Previously, Anita served as a Development Specialist at The Center for Working Families (TCWFI), an Atlanta nonprofit organization providing skills training, childcare assistance and wrap around services to local residents. Anita managed TCWFI’s fundraising, including individual donor cultivation and solicitation. Previously, Anita served as a Development Consultant to Boys Speak Out in Atlanta and a Development Intern for Students First in Sacramento. Prior to that, she provided research, fundraising, marketing and project support to the United States African Development Foundation in Washington, DC, The Potomac Research Group Holdings in Washington, DC (acquired by Hedgeye Risk Management), and the Ghandi Manav Kalyan Society in Rajasthan, India. In 2016, she was recognized as an Apex Society and Porsche Cars of North America Power 30 Under 30 awardee for professional and community excellence. Anita holds an MA in Sustainable Development: International Policy and Management from the School of International Training Graduate Institute and was selected to participate in the Yale School of Management Global Pre-MBA Leadership Program. She earned her BA in International Studies from Spelman College, where she served as Student Government Association President and a Student Representative on Spelman College’s Board of Trustees.

Unconfirmed Panelists

Hadiyah Mujhid is a software engineer and entrepreneur. Her personal mission is to help others through entrepreneurship and technology. As one of the founders of HBCU to Startup, she’s created a bridge to connect both people and opportunities in tech to students and alumni of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). In the summer of 2016, she lead the inaugural code bootcamp at Delaware State University, an HBCU. Hadiyah holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from University of Maryland Eastern Shore and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems from Drexel University.

Calvin Selth self-identifies as an experienced QPOC philanthropy and non-profit leader with a passion for advancing intersectional and meaningful change in the diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice space. He has the privilege of working with talented individuals, community members, and business leaders who are partnering to create a more inclusive tech sector in LA. Calvin currently serves as Program Lead of PledgeLA.

Carlos Pena is an impact investor at The Beacon Fund, where they focus on removing barriers that exist at all levels – for people, communities and systems – that can limit success. The Beacon Fund’s integrated approach combines philanthropic and business investments along with our expertise and the power of networks and partnerships. Before joining Beacon, Carlos earned an MBA at CU Boulder’s Leeds School of Business and managed the Deming Center Venture Fund, a graduate student-run investment fund that provides capital and resource support for emerging companies based in the Colorado market. In his second year of business school, Carlos interned at Avivar Capital as a Summer Associate. Prior to Leeds, Carlos was a Senior Loan Officer at non-profit microlender Accion Chicago, where he coached startups and secured over $1,000,000 in financing for 100+ small business owners. Carlos started his career as an analyst in Deloitte’s Financial Advisory Services, conducting research and performing valuations of public and private businesses. Originally from Ecuador, he came to the U.S. to attend the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated with a double degree in Finance and Economics.

 

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