Innovation and Impact: Investing for a Truly Sustainable Future Listen

Beth Richardson Director of GIIRS, B Lab Presenter View
Vince Siciliano President and CEO, New Resource Bank Presenter View
Michael Van Patten CEO and Founder, Mission Markets Inc. Presenter View
Don Shaffer President and CEO, RSF Social Finance Moderator

Come learn about the latest innovations in the impact investing space.  Advisors, investors, and consumers all have an important role to play.  The session will focus on new products, improving transparency, social metrics, fiduciary standards, and developing the overall infrastructure for investing with maximum impact. 

Speaker Biographies

Beth Richardson is the Director of GIIRS (Global Impact Investing Ratings System), B Lab where she is overseeing the launch of GIIRS (the Global Impact Investing Ratings System). GIIRS is a ratings agency that provides companies and funds with social and environmental performance ratings. Ms. Richardson has worked closely with social entrepreneurs and social enterprise throughout her career. She has held roles at Self-Help, a leading community development bank; Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, a non-profit that supports social entrepreneurs in more than 60 countries; and the Amy Biehl Foundation Trust in Cape Town, South Africa.


Vince Siciliano is President and CEO of New Resource Bank, a mission-oriented bank in San Francisco that works with businesses, nonprofits, and individuals seeking environmental and social as well as financial returns. The bank is dedicated to advancing sustainability with everything it does—lending, operations, and putting deposits to work for good. Mr. Siciliano and the bank are founding members of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values. Mr. Siciliano has previously been the president or CEO of a number of San Diego financial institutions, starting his banking career in Bank of America's International Division.


Michael Van Patten is the Founder and Chairman of Mission Markets Inc. He is responsible for guiding Mission Markets' financial and technological innovation and applying it to the social and environmental capital markets. Mission Markets is a next generation financial services firm that combines leading capital markets, technology, information exchange, and advisory capabilities with the world's first comprehensive, FINRA compliant marketplace specializing in the impact and sustainability sectors.  Mr. Van Patten has over 20 years of experience on Wall Street and has been integrally involved in the design and implementation of private placement and illiquid security transactions platforms for several companies including co-founding the highly successful NYPPEX.


Don Shaffer is President and CEO of RSF Social Finance, a pioneering non-profit financial services organization dedicated to transforming the way the world works with money.  Prior to joining RSF, Don served as Executive Director of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), developing it into an alliance of over 15,000 independently owned businesses across the U.S. and Canada.  Mr. Shaffer has also served as Interim Executive Director of Investors' Circle.  He has held senior management positions building social mission companies, and has served and led sales, marketing, business-development, and general-operations teams in the education and software sectors.


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