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Inspire Speakers Series Presents: Social Impact and Investing

November 2, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EDT

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**Please note: Registration for this event closes at 12:00 noon on Thursday, November 2. If you miss the window for online registration, not to worry! You can register at the door.



The world of private capital is founded on a specific and often individualized notion of prosperity. But as 21st-century communities face increasingly interconnected challenges, investment firms are broadening their strategies to consider the triple bottom line, or their potential impact on economic, environmental, and societal well-being. As speakers William Shutkin, Joshua Pollard, and Rich Overmoyer will discuss, solutions to the world’s most intractable issues lie in unusual partnerships, leveraging the specific strengths of businesses, nonprofits, and governmental institutions.  Jaison Morgan, creator of the MacArthur Foundation’s 100 & Change competition, will follow with an in-depth examination of creative incentives to catalyze social change.


4:30-5:30 – Food, Drinks, and Networking

5:30-6:45 – Presentations by national and local presenters

6:45-7:00 – Question & Answer Time

7:00-7:30 – Continued Food, and Drinks, and Networking


About Our Presenters:

William Shutkin is a consultant at Zocalo Community Development, a Denver-based real estate firm that aims to achieve the highest levels of sustainability impact, delivering award-winning mixed-use, mixed-income LEED®-Gold certified projects. With Zocalo, William is spearheading the development of a green, 300-unit mixed-income, mixed-use project on 15 acres in Boulder, Colorado. William is the author of the award-winning book, The Land That Could Be: Environmentalism and Democracy in the Twenty-First Century, and A Republic of Trees: Field Notes on People, Place, and the Planet. He received his AB in history and classics from Brown University and a JD and MA in history from the University of Virginia. He also completed doctoral studies as a Regents Fellow at the University of California Berkeley and graduated from the Executive Program in Business Strategies for Environmental Sustainability at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Jaison Morgan is the CEO of Common Pool. He has been recognized by the BBC as “the world’s expert” in designing prizes to drive innovative breakthroughs. He helped establish a lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study how targeted rewards can be used to induce new solutions to engineering challenges. As the former head of prize development for the X PRIZE Foundation, he led teams to deliver multiple cash bounties of $10 million or more for solutions to common causes. Today, he leads the Common Pool team, an agency that focuses exclusively on the use of prizes and other forms of incentive-based programs. Most recently, Common Pool has been responsible for the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change, a $100 million competition that is attracting widespread attention. Jaison completed graduate studies at the University of Chicago and is a frequent lecturer on the subject of philanthropic prizes and challenge competitions.


Joshua Pollard is a US real estate expert and the CEO and founder of Omicelo, a mission-­driven real estate investment firm. Joshua led US housing research for Goldman Sachs from 2009 to 2013. Before founding Omicelo, Joshua used a psychology-based investment strategy to drive $100 million of real estate capital investments for Pine River Capital Management. Joshua is a board member of Pittsburgh Gateways, a nonprofit economic development organization most recently responsible for Pittsburgh’s $44 million Energy Innovation Center redevelopment. Omicelo Cares, the 501(c)(3) affiliate of Omicelo, uses real estate principles to advance the education and wealth of Americans in disadvantaged neighborhoods; Joshua was invited to the White House to receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award for this work. Joshua graduated from Sewickley Academy and the University of Rochester with dual degrees in statistics and economics.


Rich Overmoyer is the President & CEO of Fourth Economy. Rich founded Fourth Economy in 2010 and has since been leading the charge to help clients translate complex ideas and data into solutions for their communities. He is creative, thoughtful, and entrepreneurial, and uses his own experiences as a guide in his work to connect people who share similar ideas and values. He strongly believes in honesty, respect, and creating true partnerships with clients. Rich attended the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and holds a M.A. in Public Policy and Management and B.A. in Political Science and English Writing.


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November 2, 2017
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium at the Kaufmann Center
1825 Centre Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219 United States
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