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Meet Kat and Mike: Transformational Leaders And Social Justice Advocates For Business And Banking

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Meet Kat and Mike: Transformational Leaders And Social Justice Advocates For Business And Banking

With the launch of Building Banking on Values, a new VoiceAmerica radio series I’m hosting that goes behind the scenes to tell the stories of the people, passion and positivity within the values-based banking and financing sector; I thought to introduce you to some of our guests. Listen to the show now!

Meet Kat Taylor: Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Beneficial State Bank (USA)

Kat works in service of restoring social justice and environmental well-being. She is active in a variety of social enterprises, public benefit and philanthropic ventures on the West Coast of the USA. Currently, she serves as Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Beneficial State Bank, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) whose mission is to bring beneficial banking to low-income communities in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner. Beneficial State Bank is the result of a merger between OneCalifornia Bank, which Kat and her husband, Tom Steyer, founded in Oakland, CA, and ShoreBank Pacific, with offices in California, Oregon and Washington. The bank’s revolutionary ownership mandates that any distributed profit be invested in the low-income communities it serves and environment upon which its communities and customers depend. Learn more.

Kat is also a Founding Director of TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation (TKREF), dedicated to inspiring a sustainable food system through ranching, training, tours, research, and school food and garden programs. TKREF owns the social enterprise LeftCoast GrassFed, raising humanely cattle and other livestock for the benefit of people and the planet. Kat serves and has served on many non-profit boards including the Harvard Board of Overseers, Ecotrust, Good Samaritan Family Resource Center, ProPublica, CuriOdyssey, Insight Prison Project, KQED and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She graduated from Harvard College and earned a JD/MBA from Stanford University. Tom Steyer, Kat’s climate/energy activist husband, and she have four grown children, each pursuing their one wild and precious life.

 

 

Meet Mike Townsend: Chief Executive Director, Earthshine (USA)

Mike is a business and economic transformation leader, advisory Board member, speaker, teacher and author of The Quiet Revolution.

Mike is Founder/CEO with Earthshine – an international business consultancy/think-tank that integrates sustainability principles into the heart of business strategy and operations – enabling sustainable business success and the transition to a sustainable & low carbon economy. He is passionate about making a real difference.
In addition to running Earthshine, Mike serves on an advisory board with University of Oslo, he teaches courses/lectures on Sustainable Development, Business & Economy, and delivers inspirational keynote speeches.

Mike is author of The Quiet Revolution, Editor of Reframing the Game (2015), Lead author of A Journey in Search of Capitalism 2.0 (2013). He is also a regular contributor for Huffington Post, 2-Degrees, The Guardian, Edie.net and others.

Mike holds an MBA from the University of Birmingham Business School (UK) and a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering Management from the University of Wolverhampton (UK), and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Learn more.

 

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Meet Cyrille, Vince and Whitni: Leading Change In Social Solidarity Investment and Banking From Europe To The USA

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Meet Cyrille, Vince and Whitni: Leading Change In Social Solidarity Investment and Banking From Europe To The USA

With the launch of Building Banking on Values, a new VoiceAmerica radio series I’m hosting that goes behind the scenes to tell the stories of the people, passion and positivity within the values-based banking and financing sector; I thought to introduce you to some of our guests. Listen to the show now!

Meet Cyrille Langendorff: Managing Director of International Affairs, Crédit Coopératif (France)

Cyrille is Managing Director of the International Affairs department of the French cooperative bank, Credit Coopératif (a member of BPCE banking group) and he has over 20 years of experience in the banking sector.

After achieving a masters in Finance from Paris Dauphine University, Cyrille spent the first 15 years of his investment banking career working for Banque Paribas and ABN AMRO Bank in Abidjan, London and Paris.

Prior to his current role as Managing Director at Credit Coopératif, Cyrille spent four years analysing and monitoring the solidarity investments portfolio managed by Ecofi Investissements (an asset management company of Credit Coopératif Group) in France, and the European funds invested in Credit Coopératif’s partners such as, the European Federation of Ethical and Alternative Banks (FEBEA), and the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV).

Cyrille represents Credit Coopératif on the boards of investment companies like, Coopest and Coopmed, InPulse (a Credit Coopératif subsidiary active in impact investing), Microfinance Solidaire (a micro finance subsidiary of a French NGO), Entrepreneurs du Monde, and FEBEA. He is also currently a board member of Babyloan Networks, an association that promotes social entrepreneurship and microfinance in French schools, and a board member of the French international solidarity NGO, ACTED.

Cyrille has been a rapporteur of the French national advisory board’s report on social impact investment (2014) and is contributing to the work of the Global Steering Group for Social Impact Investment under chairmanship of Sir Ronald Cohen.  Learn more.

Meet Vince Siciliano: Chief Executive Officer,  New Resource Bank (USA) 

Vince Siciliano is president and CEO of New Resource Bank, a mission-oriented bank in San Francisco that works with businesses, non-profits, 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.

Vince currently leads New Resource Bank in serving values-driven organisations working to achieve well being for community and the planet. A longtime environmentalist and finance leader, Vince has served as CEO at International Savings Bank of San Diego; president and CEO of the Danielson Trust, a $1.5 billion company providing investment management services; and COO at First National Bank. Under his management as CEO, 1st Pacific Bank of California was named the best-performing de novo bank in California by The Findley Reports, a banking consulting firm.

Vince has been a member of the board of governors of the Savings and Community Bankers of America and the National Trade Association for the savings and loan industry, as well as a board member of the California League of Savings Institutions. He serves on the advisory board of the American Sustainable Business Council and is chairman of the board for the Ken Blanchard Center for Faith Walk Leadership. Siciliano is a graduate of Stanford University and earned a master’s degree in environmental planning from the University of California at Berkeley. He lives in Millbrae with his wife and is a proud father of two sons.Learn more.

Meet Whitni Thomas: Investor Relations Manager, Triodos Bank,  Corporate Finance (UK)

Whitni Thomas focuses on the distribution and marketing of Triodos Corporate Finance’s social and environmental investment offerings. Previously Whitni was Head of Access to Finance at the New Economics Foundation where she led the think tank’s research and consultancy work on improving access to finance for financially excluded individuals as well as social businesses.

Whitni also worked in Mexico for a year helping to run a microcredit programme. Whitni started her career at JP Morgan where she worked for six years in New York and London structuring leveraged finance for management buy-outs. Learn more. 

 

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Meet Blake and Diego: Driving Systemic Change Through Responsible Finance and ‘Common Good’ Economics by Linda Ryan

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Meet Blake and Diego: Driving Systemic Change Through Responsible Finance and ‘Common Good’ Economics by Linda Ryan

With the launch of Building Banking on Values, a new VoiceAmerica radio series I’m hosting that goes behind the scenes to tell the stories of the people, passion and positivity within the values-based banking and financing sector; I thought to introduce you to some of our guests. Listen to the show episodes right here!

Meet Blake Goud: Chief Executive Officer, RFI Foundation, A Think Tank for Responsible Finance (Global)

Blake Goud is the CEO of the RFI Foundation, a non-profit working to identify a neutral, non-partisan and universal value proposition that encourages convergence of responsible finance practices. By highlighting the shared standards around principles that govern the sector, Islamic finance will contribute to a more diverse and representative thinking around the growth, trajectory and development of responsible finance.

Blake was Chief Research Officer for ME Global Advisors where his focus was on MENA financial sector development and the growth of the Islamic economy. He was responsible for leading ME Global Advisors’ research efforts as well as advising on the content of the events connected to this research. His primary areas of interest are global Islamic banking, capital markets, and opportunities to increase financial inclusion in Islamic finance through crowdfunding and microfinance.

Blake has nearly a decade of experience researching Islamic finance and working in the financial sector in a compliance and investment officer role for a small US-based investment advisor and broker-dealer. Prior to joining Middle East Global Advisors and RFI Foundation, he was the Community Leader for the Thomson Reuters Islamic Finance Gateway. At Thomson Reuters, he conducted research and analysis on Islamic finance and the Islamic economy, crafted discussion points and drafted white papers for large-scale events and one-on-one sessions with leaders of the Islamic finance industry including IILM roundtables in London, UK and Washington, DC and was a principal author of the GIES 2013 Review following the Global Islamic Economy Summit organised in collaboration with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre.

His published research includes papers on Islamic microfinance, renewable energy microfinance and public finance using an Islamic alternative for tax increment finance. He received his B.A. in Economics from Reed College in 2003. Learn more.

 

Meet Diego Isabel La Moneda: Founder and Director of the Global Hub for the Common Good – Driving Systemic Change

Diego defines himself as a social entrepreneur and a change-maker. He is specialised in new economics, social and political innovation, participatory democracy, sustainable development and business management and he has extensive experience working both with private companies, public institutions and governments.

He is Founder and Director of the Global Hub for the Common Good  an open and participatory think-do tank that brings together people and organisations who are working to co-create a new economy that is more sustainable, people-oriented and aimed at the common good. They advise both private and public organisations and the Global Hub is also the promoter of the first Global Forum “New Economy and Social Innovation” – NESI – that will take place in Málaga (Spain), 19-22 April 2017. NESI will be a meeting place for international networks, businesses, NGOs, local governments, universities, activists and people who are co-creating a new economy and catalysing systemic change.

He is also one of the international promoters of the Economy for the Common Good, a social movement founded by Christian Felber that works towards an economic system, which places the Common Good at the center of all economic activity

Diego is author of the book Yo Soy Tú: Propuesta para una Nueva Sociedad (Octaedro, 2013), co-author of Dentro de 15 años (Lid, 2014) as well as an international speaker. He studied Environmental and Forest Engineering and has an MSc in Global Governance and Ethics from the University College of London.

Watch the video. Community Talk: Economy for the Common Good

 

 

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Meet Laurie and Jim: Investment Moguls Bridging the Gaps Between Ethical Investment, Growth Capital and An Equitable Global Economy by Linda Ryan

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Meet Damien and Charles: A Corporate Philosopher and Banking Practitioner Who Believe Money Can Be Put To Good Use

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Meet Damien and Charles: A Corporate Philosopher and Banking Practitioner Who Believe Money Can Be Put To Good Use

With the launch of Building Banking on Values, a new VoiceAmerica radio series I’m hosting that goes behind the scenes to tell the stories of the people, passion and positivity within the values-based banking and financing sector; I thought to introduce you to some of our guests. Listen to the show episodes right here!

Meet Damien Walsh,  Managing Director,  Bank Australia, Whose Motto is ‘Money Should be Put to Good Use’

Damien became Managing Director of Bank Australia on 1 September 2011, after serving as General Manager of Corporate Services for eight years and also being Company Secretary. Damien has over 25 years of experience in the mutual banking sector.

Damien has worked primarily in the financial services sector, having spent time at Enterprise, Esso Employees, Outlook and Members Australia Credit Unions.

Damien is responsible for and manages the bank’s operations. He works with the Board in setting strategy, monitoring performance and budget, and ensuring the bank adheres to all prudential, legal and compliance matters.

He has been instrumental in shaping the bank’s response to sustainable development. A highlight was his presentation at the 2005 UNEP FI Global Roundtable at the United Nations, New York.

Damien is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds a Bachelor of Business and a Masters in Business Administration.

As Australia’s first 100% customer owned bank, Bank Australia see the business of banking a little differently to their competitors. Being sharp on price, and making a profit is important but Bank Australia believes money should also be put to good use, creating positive social, environmental and cultural outcomes. A kind of mutual prosperity for all.

Not being bound by the demands of investors means the bank acts in the best long term interests of their customers. Put simply, as a customer and part owner of the bank, they are answerable only to customers. ‘We respect your point of view, which is why our customers each have an equal say in how we go about our business. Customers have been banking with us since 1957 and today nearly 130,000 people and community sector organisations choose to bank with us. Our profits are reinvested in the bank to provide fairer fees, better interest rates, and the responsible products and services that our customers expect. And be reassured, we have to meet the same prudential standards that apply to all Australian banks, so you can be certain that banking with Bank Australia is safe and secure.’ Learn more.

Meet Charles Hampden-Turner, Management Philosopher, Researcher and Advocate for Values-based Corporate Cultures

Charles Hampden-Turner is a British management philosopher, and Senior Research Associate at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge since 1990. He is the creator of Dilemma Theory, and co-founder and Director of Research and Development at the Trompenaars-Hampden-Turner (THT) Group, in Amsterdam.

In his latest book, Nine Visions of Capitalism, Charles examines the values essential to wealth creation and some of the movements, people and banks leading the values-based way to economic success. Nine Visions of Capitalismsuggests that a marriage of East meets West corporate cultures holds the clue to competitiveness. While many economies have only one cultural context, the most successful economies have two and can switch between them. Context switching is vital to commerce since the views of producers and consumers, owners and operators, management and labour are far enough apart to be considered opposites.

Charles received his masters and doctorate degrees from the Harvard Business School and was the recipient of the Douglas McGregor Memorial Award, as well as the Columbia University Prize for the Study of the Corporation.

He won Guggenheim, Rockefeller and Ford Foundation Fellowships and has worked as a consultant for Shell, BP, Digital Equipment, The Economic Council of Canada, the BBC, Philips, Nissan, DSM, Dow Chemical, AMD, Sematech and Apple computers among others.

He has conducted research throughout Europe and North America and is the author of nine books, including: Maps of the Mind, MacMillan (1981), Charting the Corporate Mind, Basil Blackwell and the Free Press (1990), and Corporate Culture: Vicious and Virtuous Circles. He has worked with Fons Trompenaars onThe Seven Cultures of Capitalism, Mastering the Infinite Game, Building Cross-Cultural Competence and 21 Leaders for the 21st Century. Learn more.

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Watch the video. Nine Visions of Capitalism.

 

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Meet Olaf, Darrin and Marloes: Leading Grassroots Change in Banking From Community Development Solutions to Occupy and Innovation Movements

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Meet Olaf, Darrin and Marloes: Leading Grassroots Change in Banking From Community Development Solutions to Occupy and Innovation Movements

With the launch of the Building Banking on Values, a new VoiceAmerica radio series I’m hosting that goes behind the scenes to tell the stories of the people, passion and positivity within the values-based banking and financing sector; I thought to introduce you to some of our guests. Listen to the show episodes right here!

Meet Olaf Weber: Author, Professor, and Program Director of the Master’s Program (MES) in Sustainability Management, University of Waterloo (Canada)

Olaf is the director of the master’s program in Sustainability Management and a CIGI Senior Fellow. His research and teaching interests centre on the connection between financial sector players, such as banks and sustainable development, and the link between sustainability and the financial performance of enterprises. Olaf works on research questions like:

  • What are the current and potential impacts of banks on sustainable development and what may banks do to influence sustainable development in a positive way?
  • What is the role of voluntary and regulatory mechanisms for the financial sector to become more sustainable?
  • How do social banking and impact investing contribute to sustainable development?
  • How do businesses manage environmental risks such as water risks and conflict minerals and how do their management practices influence their financial performance?

Currently, Olaf supervises Sustainability Management students and PhD students working on the three research questions and teaches courses in Environmental Finance, Sustainability Accounting and Reporting, and Theories and Tools for Sustainability Management. Olaf also collaborates with banks, such asChina Industrial Bank on Green Finance.

Olaf’s latest book, Sustainable Banking introduces business leaders and students to the many ways in which financial institutions can manage their environmental and social impact and meet the needs of the current generation without compromising the needs of future generations. Olaf Weber and Blair Feltmate go beyond the business case for sustainability: how managing environmental, social, and governance risk can contribute to a bank’s bottom line – to make the sustainability case for banking: how banks and other financial institutions can make a positive impact on society.Book discount.

The book also explores the key aspects involved in making a financial institution sustainable: how to manage the direct and indirect impacts of banking activities on the community and the environment, how to minimize and mitigate the environmental footprint of internal operations, and how to account for various types of environmental and social risk in lending and project finance. They also introduce sustainable banking products and strategies being adopted by industry leaders, such as responsible investing, social finance, and impact lending.

Meet Darrin Williams: Chief Executive Director of Southern Bancorp, Inc. (USA)

Meet Darrin Williams: Chief Executive Director of Southern Bancorp, Inc. (USA)
Darrin Williams’ career is a unique combination of law, business, and politics. Presently, Darrin serves as the CEO of Southern Bancorp, Inc., where he oversees the activities of all three of Southern’s companies. Southern is one of  the most effective and largest community development organizations in the United States, as well as a model for an entire industry of mission-focused financial institutions known as Community Development Financial Institutions. Southern is a $1.2 billion asset organization with over 80,000 customers and 43 branches located primarily in underserved markets in the Mid-South.  Prior to joining Southern, Williams served as Speaker Pro-Tempore in the Arkansas House of Representatives and as the managing partner of the law firm of Carney, Williams, Bates, Pulliam & Bowman, PLLC, where he focused on representing aggrieved investors and consumers in class action litigation against some of the nation’s largest publicly traded companies. On the web at www.banksouthern.com

Williams also served three terms of elected office in the Arkansas House of Representatives, serving as Chair of the House Judiciary Committee and Speaker Pro Tempore of the 89th Arkansas General Assembly. He has been recognised nationally for his legislative work, including being named a 2013 Champion of Small Business by the National Capital Coalition, an Aspen-Rodel Fellow in Public Leadership by the Aspen Institute, and selected as one of 12 state legislators from around the country to watch by Governing Magazine.

In 1986, then Governor Bill Clinton and the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation announced an initiative to end decades of economic decline in rural Arkansas by creating new trends of investment in people, jobs, business and property. Southern Bancorp, a community development bank holding company, and its family of nonprofit development affiliates would emerge from that initiative. A consortium of private foundations, governmental entities, corporations and concerned individuals would come together later that year to incorporate Southern Bancorp. Learn more.

 

Meet Marloes Nicholls:  Senior Fellow, Finance Innovation Lab, and Program Manager with Meteos (United Kingdom)

Marloes has been Programme Manager, Finance (Meteos), Director of Money Comms Lab and lead researcher for BankingFutures. Marloes provides advice to campaigners and students working on alternative finance and economics. Marloes has conducted workshops and lectures in a variety of fora, including the International Cooperative Alliance World Expo, the Pisa Internet Festival, OIKOS, the Skoll Centre for Entrepreneurship, and a number of financial institutions.

Marloes has a wealth of experience working on social change, including co-founding the campaign Move Your Money UK and working at Oxfam on global campaigns and policy. At Oxfam, she was a divisional project manager and supported the development and evaluation of major high profile campaigns, including work on Oxfam’s climate change policy and campaigning.

Marloes continues to participate in grassroots, creative activism in the UK, and is particularly interested in drawing on the arts and community organising to provide accessible ways for the public to engage with money and the financial system. Marloes is also an active member of the New Economy Organisers Network (NEON) and guides Occupy London Tours of Mayfair.

In 2015, Marloes was invited to become a Senior Fellow of the Finance Innovation Lab, in recognition of her work towards creating a more democratic, fair and responsible financial system.

An economist by training, Marloes graduated from Nuffield College, University of Oxford, with a Masters of Philosophy in 2011 and received a first class bachelors in Philosophy and Economics from the University of Bristol in 2008; where she specialised in Game Theory. She worked as a research assistant for notable professors and politicians during this academic period. Learn more.

 

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Meet James and Gil: Investment Bankers With Corporate Heads and Social Hearts by Linda Ryan

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Meet James and Gil: Investment Bankers With Corporate Heads and Social Hearts by Linda Ryan

With the launch of the Building Banking on Values, a new VoiceAmerica radio series I’m hosting that goes behind the scenes to tell the stories of the people, passion and positivity within the values-based banking and financing sector; I thought to introduce you to some of our guests.

Meet James Vaccaro: Head of Corporate Strategy, Triodos Bank (The Netherlands) and Specialist in Social and Environmental Finance

James has been at Triodos Bank since 1998. He has advised on bond issues and share offers for leading social enterprises and charities, and managed equity investments in a range of early stage businesses in the organic food, recycling and environmental technology sectors.

James holds a MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University and has a Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance. He is a Fellow of both the RSA and the Strategic Management Forum.

James started his career at Triodos Bank as Development Manager – managing marketing intelligence projects and product development before becoming a loan manager with a focus in the renewable energy sector. After some time working in The Netherlands in venture capital and microfinance, James returned to the UK in 2005, starting Triodos Bank’s investment activity and was Managing Director of Investment Management UK, incorporating corporate finance advisory services and fund management. James was also the Managing Director of Triodos Renewables plc from 2005-2012. He now leads the development of strategy across the Triodos Bank group internationally.

James has served as a member of the Investment & Contract Readiness Fund Panel and author of a report for the G8 Social Investment Taskforce. He has been a director of many green and sustainable businesses and has served on the board of The UK Sustainable Investment & Finance Association (UKSIF) and been treasurer of a local community development association in south Bristol. He is a member of the Global Steering Committee for the UNEP Finance Initiative and a director of Bristol Green Capital Partnership and Regen SW. Learn more.

Meet Gil Crawford: Chief Executive Office of MicroVest (USA), Advocate for Purposeful Capital and Investment Expert In Microfinance

Crawford is Chief Executive Officer of MicroVest. He is responsible for leading the company’s investment operations and strategy since MicroVest’s founding in 2003. As MicroVest’s CEO, he led the launch of MicroVest I, LP, the first commercial private equity vehicle focused on microfinance in North America. Mr. Crawford has over 25 years experience with microfinance institutions and capital markets across the globe.

Before helping to found MicroVest Capital Management, Mr. Crawford worked for the Latin American Financial Markets Division at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and focused on investments in microfinance institutions. Prior to joining IFC, Gil created and ran Seed Capital Development Fund, a US based non‐profit firm, involved in creating financial instruments and attracting funds to capitalise microfinance institutions, primarily in Latin America, Asia and Africa. Prior to creating Seed Capital, Gil was the Assistant Project Director for Africa Venture Capital Project, designed to create risk capital firms in Africa.

Gil received his bank training at Chase Manhattan Bank after working in Africa for the Red Cross and State Department. He is a graduate of SAIS at Johns Hopkins University and Bates College.

Gil was an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS from 2010 to 2014. He serves on the Board of the Tunisian American Fund, which began operating in July 2013, and of SFC, a Sub-Saharan finance company. He is also an Independent Director of American Capital Senior Finance, LLC since January 2014. He is fluent in English and conversant in French, Spanish and Swedish. Learn more. 

 

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Meet Katrin: Researcher, Human Capital Expert, and MIT Educator Changing the Next Generation of Banking Professionals

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Meet Katrin: Researcher, Human Capital Expert, and MIT Educator Changing the Next Generation of Banking Professionals

With less than a month to go to the launch of Building Banking on Values, a new VoiceAmerica radio series I’m hosting that goes behind the scenes to tell the stories of the people, passion and positivity within the values-based banking and financing sector; I thought to introduce you to some of our guests.

Meet Katrin: Researcher, Human Capital Expert, and MIT Educator Changing the Next Generation of Banking Professionals.

Dr. Katrin Kaeufer is research director at the Presencing Institute, and Research Fellow at the Community Innovators Lab (CoLab) at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Her research focuses on leadership, social transformation and socially responsible banking. Kaeufer earned her MBA and Ph.D. from Witten/Herdecke University, Germany. Her dissertation on Socially Responsible Banking was published as a book. She has consulted with mid-sized as well as global companies, non-profit organisations, the World Bank and with the United Nations Development Program in New York. She is also co-founding member of the Presencing Institute. Her recent book (2013) which she co-authored with C. Otto Scharmer is titled “Leading from the emerging Future: From Ego-system to Eco-system Economies”.

 Creating a new wave of banking professionals

Katrin is also changing the profession of banking by launching a new Massive Open Online Course from MIT and with contributions, insights and case studies from members of the Global Alliance of Banking on Values and other sustainability and community-focused banking change makers.

The free six week online course called Just Money – Banking as If Society Mattered will launch on April 19, 2016. Here’s a snippet of what the course reveals…


What do you know about banking? Do you know what your bank does with your money? The recent financial crisis highlighted some of the most fundamental issues with the mainstream banking system.


 

This is the world’s first Massive Open Online Course looking into banks that operate differently, namely, ‘just banks’ that use capital and finance as a tool to address social and ecological challenges.

The course is for anyone who wants to understand the unique role banks play as intermediaries in our economy and how they can leverage that position to produce positive social, environmental, and economic change.

Course instructors have worked for over 10 years with ‘just banks’ from around the world, as well as in the fields of community development, economic democracy, and social change. No previous knowledge of finance or banking is needed to take this course. Register for the course now.

Oh, and don’t forget to tune into Building Banking on Values. My VoiceAmerica radio show airs on Thursdays 15:00 PDT on the Business channel

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Meet David: a Serious Banker Who Believes Banking Should Have a Seriously Social Conscience

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Meet David: a Serious Banker Who Believes Banking Should Have a Seriously Social Conscience

With less than two months to go to the launch of Building Banking on Values, a new VoiceAmerica radio series I’m hosting that goes behind the scenes to tell the stories of the people, passion and positivity within the values-based banking and financing sector; I thought to introduce you to some of our guests.

Meet David Korslund: a Serious Banker Who Believes Banking Should Have a Seriously Social Conscience. 

David Korslund has filled a number of senior and strategic roles in banking since 1976. He began his career at Shore Bank in Chicago while completing his MBA at the Booth School of the University of Chicago. From 1983 through early 2009 he worked with ABN AMRO Bank in the United States and The Netherlands. He held a variety of senior positions including responsibility for the planning and performance management of all ABN AMRO activities while providing strategic decision support to ABN AMRO’s Managing Board. Since leaving ABN AMRO in 2009 he has focused on providing strategic advice on inclusive finance delivering a Triple Bottom Line of People, Planet and Prosperity.

David works as Senior Adviser for Enclude an advisory firm dedicated to building more sustainable businesses and institutions. He is also Senior Adviser to the Global Alliance for Banking on Values, a consortium of socially progressive and innovative banks focused on delivering sustainable economic development and environmental improvement throughout the world. For the GABV he researched and authored “Real Economy – Real Returns: The Power and Positive Impact of Sustainability-focused Banking” updated in October 2015. More recently, David acted as Adviser for the GABV initiated investment vehicle Sustainability | Finance | Real Economies that closed in February 2015.  David resides in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with his Dutch husband.

David

Join us on the show each week to hear David share his thoughts and interpretations about what’s in the news and behind the headlines in the world of banking. 

Oh, and don’t forget to tune into Building Banking on Values. My VoiceAmerica radio show airs on Thursdays 15:00 PDT on the Business channel

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Meet Linda: Connector, Translator and Maverick Who Builds Bridges in the EU Banking Sector

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Meet Linda: Connector, Translator and Maverick Who Builds Bridges in the EU Banking Sector

With less than two months to go to the launch of Building Banking on Values, a new VoiceAmerica radio series I’m hosting that goes behind the scenes to tell the stories of the people, passion and positivity within the values-based banking and financing sector; I thought to introduce you to some of our guests.

Meet Linda van Goor, Regulatory Communications Expert whose motto is to ‘connect, translate, empower’ when facilitating change in the EU banking sector. 

Linda has worked for universities, the banking sector, De Nederlandsche Bank and the European Commission as a teacher, adviser, moderator, issues-manager, supervisor, regulator and trainer. She’s been explaining, connecting, coordinating, translating, drafting and applying European regulatory issues in the financial sector for years. The European idea “unified in diversity” has always been a guiding principle.LindaEU


Finding common interests and bridging the gap between legal text and day-to-day practice has been my guiding approach. Regulatory communication is my means to find common interests and to guide and empower people to solve problems, to cooperate across national or sector borders and to create opportunities.


Colleagues in Brussels sometimes referred to this approach as “the Linda way” – listening until finding the essence of a problem or a legal text, the commonalities and common goals of the many parties involved, then explaining that essence in simpler words to others and finally inducing joint initiatives. That’s how Linda van Goor contributed to bringing home high impact legislation (especially Directive 2011/89/EU and related initiatives regarding complex financial groups) in full cooperation with respective Presidencies and the Council, Commission colleagues and the European Parliament, and under the responsibility of the European Commission.

Read Linda’ s blog

 

Oh, and don’t forget to tune into Building Banking on Values. My VoiceAmerica radio show airs on Thursdays 15:00 PDT on the Business channel

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