Impact Investing: How to Align your Career with your Values

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Jan 9, 2015

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Ross Baird
Col ‘07

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Ross Baird

The University of Virginia’s alumni have always been committed to making a positive benefit on society–you may remember serving with Madison House or engaging with a Charlottesville community organization.  Yet alumni often struggle to translate that commitment in their careers. Are you intellectually challenged in the work you do, but sometimes feel empty inside, like you’re not making a difference? Do you sometimes get discouraged because living out your values in the workplace seems incompatible with being successful? Join Ross Baird (Col ‘07) for a webinar to discuss how a growing group of entrepreneurs and investors world-wide are re-claiming entrepreneurship to solve major problems in society through impact investing.

Impact investing is an approach to business and investments that seeks to build companies that achieve financial success, as well as making an intentional, proactive positive impact beyond financial returns. Impact investments can range from off-grid solar companies bringing power to hundreds of millions in India and sub-Saharan Africa to education technologies that bring access to opportunity to children across the US and the world. Over the past 2 years alone, the Global Impact Investing Network estimates that $17 billion worldwide has been dedicated to “impact investments”, and the approach is growing like wildfire.

During the webinar, Ross will also discuss the Impact Business Leaders program that the University of Virginia is launching in March. Visit the website to learn more – note that the early deadline for applications for Impact Business Leaders closes December 15th and the final deadline is January 15th!

Presenter Bio:

Ross Baird (Col ‘07) developed the Village Capital concept for supporting entrepreneurs seeking a positive benefit on society in 2009, and has led the development of programs worldwide. Before launching Village Capital, he worked with First Light Ventures, a seed fund focused on impact investments, as well as several education-related startups: the Indian School Finance Company in Hyderabad, India, the National College Advising Corps in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and two ventures using technology to promote civic participation. He also currently teaches courses on social entrepreneurship and impact investing at the Batten School at the University of Virginia. He also has a MPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall and Truman Scholar.