Social Impact and Investing

November 2 @ 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. EST | Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium at Hill House Association

Cost – $20

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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 in 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 wellbeing. 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 – Q&A segment

7:00-7:30 – Continued food, 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, through award-winning mixed-use, mixed-income LEED®-Gold certified projects. 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 BA 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 incentivizing innovation to engineering challenges. As the former head of prize development for the X PRIZE Foundation, he led teams to deliver multiple cash bounties of more than $10 million to solve some of the world’s most common problems. Today, Jaison 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. He 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. A graduate of the University of Rochester, Joshua studied statistics and economics.

RichOvermoyer1Rich Overmoyer is the President and CEO of Fourth Economy. Rich founded Fourth Economy in 2010, helping 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 an M.A. in Public Policy and Management and a B.A. in Political Science and English Writing.

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