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High Water Women to Hold Fourth Symposium on Impact Investing


Elizabeth Littlefield, President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, to deliver Keynote Address

NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / October 7, 2016 / High Water Women (HWW), the not for profit volunteer organization with a focus on empowering women and youth, is holding its fourth annual Symposium on Impact Investing in New York at the City of New York Graduate Center, on October 18, 2016. Featuring keynote speaker Elizabeth Littlefield, President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

This year's Symposium builds on the themes which HWW has been developing since it first launched its impact symposium program in 2013: the practical realities of building an impact portfolio, the opportunities, challenges and latest developments in impact investing and women in the impact investment market-place.

HWW has been a thought leader in impact philanthropy since its founding in 2005. The Symposium brings together family offices, foundations and their advisors, as well as asset managers, academics, and other key stakeholders to engage in dynamic conversations on investing for impact.

"The High Water Women Investing with Impact Symposium has become a true highlight of the impact investing calendar," says Anna Snider, the Chair of the HWW Board of Directors, Managing Director and Head of Due Diligence for the Chief Investment Office within Global Wealth & Investment Management, Merrill Lynch. "We are delighted to have so many great speakers in this year's lineup."

Snider co-chairs the HWW Investing with Impact Symposium with HWW board President Ariane de Vienne, head of North America for German-based ESG rating agency oekom research AG. "HWW supports the New York Community by bringing financial literary training and other support to a large number of low-income teens and women. This work provides rewarding volunteer opportunities to hundreds of professionals in financial services. As an extension, we designed the Symposium to create a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges in impact investing. Our panels will explore cutting-edge topics around investment themes and capital deployment," says de Vienne. "We are very lucky that we have such a fantastic committee of volunteers, who come together every year and put on this symposium. It is their dedication and expertise, as well as the support we receive from the impact community, that gives this event its unique perspective and allows us to go deeper into the issues and opportunities around impact investing."

The daylong program starts at 9:00 am with keynote speaker Elizabeth Littlefield. Her remarks will be followed by a plenary session focused on wealth transfer and intergenerational impact. Attendees will then choose between four breakout sessions. A networking lunch will be followed by four afternoon breakout sessions, then afternoon plenary sessions on entrepreneurs, the future of impact investing and women and impact. The program will conclude at 5:30 PM.

Panelists and workshop moderators includes such industry leaders and experts as:

Vivina Berla, Sarona Asset Management | Vicki Benjamin, Calvert Investments | Drianne Benner, Appomattox Advisory | Peter Bernard, Root Capital | Monica Brand, Quona Capital | Sara Brand, True Wealth Ventures | Heather Cairns, Coastal Streets | Arlyn Davich, PayPerks | Lisa Davis, Pembrook Capital Management | James Dearborn, Columbia Threadneedle | Dr. Joan Fallon, Curemark | Ivan Frishberg, Amalgamated Bank | Kim Fortunato, Campbell Soup Foundation | Karina Funk, Brown Advisory | Eric Glass, AllianceBernstein | Steven Godeke, Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation | Michelle Gonzalez,The Influencer Series | Taryn Goodman, NatureVest | Tara Higgins, Orrick Herrington Sutcliffe | Michael Hoelter, Africa Agriculture and Trade Investment Fund | Summerly Horning, Tau Investments | Paulus Ingram, Arc Fiduciary | Hilary Irby, Morgan Stanley | Eric Jacobsen, Gratitude Railroad | Jalak Jobanputra, FuturePerfect Ventures | Justina Lai, Wetherby Asset Management | Linda-Eling Lee, MSCI | Christina Leijonhufvud, Tideline | Georgia Levenson Keohane, Pershing Square Foundation | Paul Lightfoot, Bright Farms | Elizabeth Littlefield, OPIC | Bonny Moellenbrock, Investors' Circle| Molly Morse, Mango Materials | Rehana Nathoo, Case Foundation | Eileen Neely, Living Cities | David Nicola, Blackdirt Capital | Gayle Jennings O'Byrne, Maya Ventures Partners | Tracy Palandjian, Social Finance | Conor Platt, Etho Capital | Will Poole, Capria Ventures & Unitus Seed Fund | Ellen Remmer, The Philanthropic Initiative | Cynthia Ringo, DBL Investors | Imogen Rose-Smith, Institutional Investor | Kristina Rueter, oekom research AG | Kerry Rupp, True Wealth Ventures | Debra Schwartz, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation | Lisa Sebesta, Fresh Source Capital | Ashley Shulten, BlackRock Jamie Silver, Mariner Investment Group | Candace Smith, MicroVest | Anna Snider, Merrill Lynch | Laurie Spengler, Enclude | Joan Trant, TriLinc Global | Kathleen Utecht, Core Innovation | Anna-Marie Wascher, Flat World Partners | Amy Wildstein, Springboard Growth Capital | Nate Yohannes, U.S. Small Business Administration | Pat Zollar, Neuberger Berman

HWW invites individuals, organizations and firms already involved in or seeking to explore the field of values-based investing to attend, send clients, or help sponsor this event. Information on sponsorship levels and attending the event can be found on HWW website: or contact

Sponsors include Calvert Investments, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Orrick Herrington Sutcliffe, Bank of the West, BlackRock, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, MicroVest, Nia Global Solutions, Treehouse Investments, TriLinc Global, Wetherby Asset Management, Brown Advisory, Etho Capital, Impax Asset Management, Fidelity Charitable, Mariner Investment Group, oekom research, Walden Asset Management.

About High Water Women

High Water Women (HWW) is a 501(c) (3) organization founded in 2005 by women in the hedge fund and investment industries to promote the economic empowerment of women and youth. We are a volunteer-driven organization with more than 4,000 business professionals participating in a wide range of volunteer opportunities with nonprofit partners, and through our own programs in financial literacy, microfinance and other initiatives for children and families in need. HWW is a leader in financial literacy for teens and young adults through the High Water Women Muriel Siebert Campaign for Financial Literacy. In addition, HWW's Global Microfinance Consultancy connects private-sector volunteers with finance and risk management skills to microfinance institutions to provide growth, risk management and consulting. In 2013, HWW launched the HWW Symposium on Investing for Impact for family offices, endowments foundations and other investors.

The Symposium Steering Committee includes:

Drianne Benner, Appomattox Advisory * Moya Connelly, Deutsche Bank * Ariane de Vienne, oekom research * Darcy Garner, Channel Family Assets * Diane Keating, High Water Women * Amie Patel * Marcela Pinilla, Christian Brothers Investment Services * Imogen Rose-Smith, Institutional investor * Delores Rubin, Deutsche Bank * Anna Snider, Merrill Lynch

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SOURCE: High Water Women