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Bay Area Impact Summit

  • Cooley LLP 3175 Hanover St Palo Alto, CA 94304 United States (map)

2019 Bay Area Impact Summit:
Connecting Founders and Funders to Accelerate Impact

ONE WORLD is excited to host our 5th Bay Area Impact Summit (BAIS) on March 19th! 

If you're a social entrepreneur, impact or angel investor, fund or foundation manager, or are simply curious about how we can move more money to the companies solving problems that benefit people and the planet, you'll want to be there.

At BAIS, we will highlight examples of the inspiring ways Bay Area investors, entrepreneurs, and other professionals in the impact ecosystem are taking bold steps today to create a better world. We will create space for you to deeply connect with your mission-driven peers, learn from other founders and funders, and find potential collaborators or local companies to support.

The 2019 program will feature:

  • on-stage keynote presentations and interviews with thought leaders in the field of impact investing

  • fireside chat discussions and panel discussion with seasoned investors

  • breakout sessions on ways to raise capital, how to leverage the alternatives offered by the impact investment community, how to build diversity and inclusion into your business or investment portfolio, and more

  • a full slate of pitches from 10 of the best Bay Area-based social entrepreneurs

  • and an engaging reception to connect with local investors, entrepreneurs, and other partners sharing our interest in ramping up support for companies and investors that prioritize people and the planet, in addition to profits.

Check out the previous highlight video below + the 2017 Impact Summit blog & 2018 Impact Summit blog to learn more about the BAIS.


  • Learn – Gain exposure to the fundamentals of the industry and learn directly from practitioners

  • Network – Build relationships with other companies and impact professionals

  • Action – Identify opportunities to increase impact, as investor, entrepreneur, or corporate professional


  • Structure – Roundtable and discussions, entrepreneur pitch presentations, reception and networking time

  • Participants – Mix of entrepreneurs, investors, and corporate professionals

  • Focus – Bay Area based impact professionals so you can get to know your local community


10am-1pm: Morning roundtables (space permitting, by invitation)
1-1:30pm: Registration 
1:30 pm: Opening session with Joel Solomon, Founding Partner, Renewal Funds; Co-Author of “The Clean Money Revolution” and Kristin Hull, Founder & CEO, Nia Capital
moderated by Scott Saslow, CEO & Founder, ONE WORLD Training & Investments

2:30 pm: Social Entrepreneur Presentations Round I

3:30 pm: Break & Networking

4:00 pm: Breakout Sessions

Breakout I: Funding Social Impact Enterprises: From the Known to the Novel

Investors have several options in terms of both the sources of capital they deploy into social enterprises, as well as the tools they use in structuring the deals all of which help to manage financial return expectations. This roundtable discussion examines the options and allows participants to share what has worked for them- and what hasn't- in funding social impact companies. Presenters: Valerie Red-Horse Mohl, Executive Director, Social Venture Circle and Tony Stayner Board Member of SV2 / Managing Director at Excelsior Impact Fund. Moderator: Lisa Van Dusen, Chief Relationship Officer, SV2

Breakout II: Impact Investing Across The Asset Classes

Investors have a wide variety of choices in terms of impact investments in each of the major asset classes:  Equity, Fixed Income, Real Assets, Alternatives, and Cash.  Stephanie Cohn RuppCat Berman of CNote and Jase Wilson of Neighborly will provide an overview of options across the classes, as well facilitate a conversation with the participants on how best to identify and evaluate the performance of such investments.  

Breakout Panel III: The Social Entrepreneur’s Secret Weapon: Grants, Crowdfunding, and Non Dilutive Financing 
There are certain types of funding sources that only social entrepreneurs have access to, including grants, program related investment or low-interest loans. Where can you find these sources of capital, and how do you successfully apply for them? This breakout will explore these options in detail, and you will hear from entrepreneurs who have successfully raised this type of capital. Moderator: Catherine Crystal Foster, CEO, Give Local Silicon Valley
Panelists: Ken Tsunoda, Vice President of Development, TechSoupandMiranda Wang, Co-Founder and CEO of BioCellection

5:00 pm: Social Entrepreneur Presentations Round II 

6:15: Closing Remarks & Award Ceremony

6:30 pm: Reception


**Morning Roundtables:**
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM: SOCIAL VENTURE CIRCLE LOCAL NETWORK GATHERING, for accredited investors only. If you're an accredited investor and interested in joining, kindly reach out to Renata Hron Gomez to learn more:

10:15 AM - 1 PM: CEO ROUNDTABLE "Hiring Great Talent, Building Great Cultures" facilitated by Christa Quarles, former CEO, OpenTable and Kimberly-Clark Board member  and Meena Sankaran, Founder & CEO KETOS. Check with to learn more and register.

10:30 AM - 1 PM:  FUND MANAGER ROUNDTABLE "Building diverse teams and funding underrepresented CEOs" facilitated by Kristin Hull, Nia Impact Capital and Daryn Dodson, Illumen Capital. If you are a fund manager, kindly check with to learn more.

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Mindy ChristensenAmalgamated Bank / Andi KleissnerAmped InnovationMichael SteinrueckArtisan Partners / Thomas QuertonatlasGo / Linda ItskovitzAventi Group / Dr. Jin LeeBabyNoggin / Stephen MaltaBay Area Council / Rick MossBetter Ventures / Miranda WangBioCellection /Aishetu DozieBossy Cosmetics / Wanny HerseyBullis Charter School / Eric Brisson / Shelley SwanCarry The Vision / Larissa Robideaux, Center for Excellence in Nonprofits / Brittany HodgeClient Safety Services / Cat BermanCNote / Michael MearaCommunity Capital Advisors / Erik EdwardsCooley LLP / Jen BarnettCooley LLP / John ClendeninCooley / Arno HesseCredibles Carolina MirandaCultivating Capital / Rosemary Jordan, Elder Care Alliance / Nika DuanEmerson Collective Tony Stayner, Excelsior Impact Fund / John LevyFranklin Tempelton Investments / Andreas FreundDiveIn / Shannon McNairDiveIn / Cynthia Travis, Earth Altar / Arup Roy-BurmanElemeno Health / Peter Herzfs6 / Philipp StaufferFYRFLY Venture Partners / Catherine Crystal FosterGive Local Silicon Valley / Kathy JacksonGive Local Silicon Valley / Wendy Stern, Grief Support Network / Gagan Jared LevyGuru Media Solutions / Elizabeth Stelluto Dunaier, Gnu Foundation /Alison MartinGreat Guides / Gagan Jared LevyGuru Media Solutions Laure-Anne PirsonHult University / Daryn DodsonIllumen Capital / David FoxInternet Archive / James Fournier, JLINC Labs / David RosenheimJobs With Impact / Joe Bialowitz Kaiser Permanente Eric WilburnKaruna /Uriridiakoghene (Ulili) OnovakpuriKapor Capital / Meena Sankaran, KETOSYscaira Jimenez, LaborX / Jocelyn DeGance GrahamLEVERS / Logan YonavjakLift Economy / Andrew HillLiftEd Kristian RantaMeru Health / David FoxInternet Archive / Dolly Ngo, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship / Teri EyreMiller Center for Social Entrepreneurship / Tet SelvaMomWarrior / David CooperMontcalm Capital / Raymond HutchisonNationSwell / Karen MelendezNationSwell / Jase WilsonNeighborly / Kristin HullNia Capital / Paul Wythes, Oakdell Capital / Scott SaslowONE WORLD / Angie MertensONE WORLD / Bonnie CoberlyONE WORLD / Sri ArthamONE WORLD / Chuck BrownOrion Advising / Prashanthi RavanavarapuPayPal Donna SkyProject Equity / Alec WagnerPurple Maiʻa Foundation /Jordan HammondRelab Bay Area / Robert FishkinReframe It / Joel SolomonRenewal Funds / Shrina KuraniRepublic / Jill LindenbaumRoomily / Siggy RubinsonRoomily / Brendan RawsonSan Jose Jazz / Wisa Uemura, San Jose Taiko / Courtenay Carr HeuerScientific Adventures for Girls / Tanal BasmasFoundation / Valerie Red-Horse MohlSocial Venture Circle / Ha NguyenSpero Ventures / Bulbul GuptaSocos LLC / Naomi BaerStanford / Sarah BurgaudStartOutMarie BernardSunnyvale Community Services / Aarti ChandnaSV2 / Carmen MunozSV2 / Grace MahSV2 / Linda LazorSV2 / Lucinda BrommersmaSV2 / Nancy HeinenSV2 / Brad JohnstonTanoshi Anwar McQueenTEAMinc / Ken TsunodaTechSoup / Michelle GlauserTechtonica / Stephen DinanThe Shift Network / Eric QuickThe Town Kitchen / Xavier Duboisevoxtelevision network / Rafael SaavedraTrace.Global/Trace.Coffee /  John FohrTrustLayer / Eric BoyerUBS / Poonam NarulaUC Davis / Miriam Rivera, Ulu Ventures / Julie LeinUrban Innovation Fund / Katie PowersWeFunder / Cory SmithWisdom Labs / Colleen Kavanagh PuknysZegos Foods /


ONE WORLD Training, PBC is a facilitator bringing together investors and early stage companies. ONE WORLD Training, PBC is not affiliated with the presenting companies and does not endorse or recommend any of the companies (or the securities of such companies) that may seek funding at an event organized by ONE WORLD Training, PBC such as the Impact Summit. Any offers to, or investments made, by an individual who attends the Impact Summit will be to or in his, her or its individual capacity. Consequently, investors conduct their own due diligence in connection with any investment in companies, including but not limited to legal, tax, and investment advice.