Episode 24: Social Impact Investing with Laina Greene

Episode 24: Social Impact Investing with Laina Greene

Laina Greene is a Social Impact Investor & Tech Entrepreneur. In this episode, Laina shares her journey and background on social impact investing and why she believes in funding resilient and resourceful women entrepreneurs in indigenous communities.

Episode Highlights:

  • What inspired Laina to get into social impact investing
  • Making investment decisions
  • Her take on traditional venture capital model versus social impact investing
  • Demystifying impact investors
  • Pieces of advice to both entrepreneurs and investors
  • Impact investing in times of global pandemic
  • A triumphant story of a female entrepreneur

Key Takeaways:

“Look for those investors that care about the impact that you’re making and would give some value to that impact.” – Laina Green

“Women are a great investment. They are really resourceful.” – Laina Green

Interview

Laina Greene

Company

Angels of Impact

Bio: 

Laina Greene is the CEO and Founder of Angels of Impact, a community of investors, social entrepreneurs, and volunteers that provides funding and technical assistance to women-led, indigenous community-based enterprises.

Born and raised in Singapore, she has lived and worked in Switzerland, the United States, and Indonesia and traveled to more than 47 countries for work and leisure. She’s also a tech consultant to global entities such as International Telecommunications Union, INTELSAT, Cisco Systems, and Juniper. Laina, founded and ran two for-profits and two nonprofit organizations over the course of her working life.

Get In Touch:

LinkedIn Profile: linkedin.com/in/laina

LinkedIn Company Page: www.linkedin.com/company/angels-of-impact/

Company: www.angelsofimpact.com/

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Episode 23: Fundraising for Sustainable Business with Jocelyn Gaudi Quarrell

Episode 23: Fundraising for Sustainable Business with Jocelyn Gaudi Quarrell

In this episode, GO Box CEO Jocelyn Gaudi Quarrell shares her plans to eliminate waste for to-go food and drinks, her journey in fundraising, how her company’s core value of sustainability impacts her management decisions, and her strategy to get investors on board.

Though Jocelyn is no stranger to fundraising, she shares why she approached Jenny Kassan and her team to be guided and gain more insights into the best way forward.

Episode Highlights:

  • Importance to keeping all stakeholders engaged in Go Box’s Circular System
  • How she balances her time on growing the business, keeping revenue up, and fundraising
  • Importance of keeping employees well informed and engaged on how fundraising is coming along
  • Conversations with diverse investors
  • How she handles the stress and pressure of raising capital
  • Her tips to entrepreneurs who are just getting started on their fundraising journey—from creating pitch decks to rallying support.

Key Takeaways:
Fundraising can be a stressful and emotionally laborious process, so keeping your community close to help work through the process is invaluable.” – Jocelyn Gaudi Quarrell
Your customers are your best investors.” – Jocelyn Gaudi Quarrell
Getting it going is more important than getting it right because it is a fluid process.” – Jenny Kassan

Interview

Jocelyn Gaudi Quarrell

Company

GO Box

Bio: 

Jocelyn Gaudi Quarrell is the owner of GO Box, a reusable takeout food and drinkware service working to eliminate the need for single-use plastic disposables. Prior to funding GO Box, Jocelyn focused on sustainable transportation and mobility systems, working for Zipcar & Alta Bicycle Share, where she helped launch & expand bike-share systems in cities across the US.

Get In Touch:

LinkedIn Profile: linkedin.com/in/jocelyngaudiquarrell
LinkedIn Company Page: www.linkedin.com/company/goboxreuse
Company: goboxpdx.com

 

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Episode 22: Equality in Real Estate

Episode 22: Equality in Real Estate

In this episode, hosts Jenny and Michelle interview Annie McShiras and Noni Session from EB PREC about how they are working to bring more equality to real estate. 

Interview

Annie McShiras

Investment and Fundraising Director at East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative – EB PREC

Noni Session

Executive Director at East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative – EB PREC

Company

East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative – EB PREC

Bio: 

Annie McShiras

Investment and Fundraising Director at East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative – EB PREC

Annie is laser-focused on organizing capital and redistributing wealth.

Annie McShiras is a compassionate leader focused on moving people and institutions towards integrity. She is a relationship and bridge-builder whose unique skillset has catalyzed the redistribution of millions of dollars in service of social and racial justice organizations. Passionate about creating change through action, Annie has been advancing movements and cultivating resources for economic justice, the solidarity economy, and systems change for over a decade.

Annie’s work focuses on the use of finance as a force for good, centered on community control of capital by organizing to advance the equitable redistribution of wealth. She brings a depth of understanding and systemic analysis to the intersection of movements and money.

Noni Session

Executive Director at East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative – EB PREC

Noni is Cultivating Seeds of Change in West Oakland & District 3. A 3rd generation West Oaklander, Cultural Anthropologist and Grassroots Organizer, Noni’s research and organizing work spans national and global arenas. In her doctoral work under the umbrella of the UNDP in Nairobi, Kenya, Noni carried out ethnographic analysis of international humanitarian strategies and their on-the-ground consequences. After nearly gaining election to the Oakland City Council in 2016, she decided that her community’s best solution to rapid displacement and economic instability is to develop an independent cooperative economy. Noni is closely engaged with Mandela Grocery Cooperative, a Black led worker-owned cooperative in West Oakland that is not only bringing organic produce and local economics to the community, but also working to organize cooperative businesses into the upcoming developments around BART; as well, Noni is contributing her visionary energy to homeless advocacy groups across West and East Oakland who are building a movement of houseless and volunteers that are organizing for housing dignity through direct action and policy.

Get In Touch:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/annie-mcshiras-bb317821/

endowmentethics.org  (Company Website)

solidaritynyc.org  (SolidarityNYC website)

https://www.linkedin.com/in/noniforoakland/

Links:

Angels of Main Street

Crowd Fund Main Street

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Episode 21: The Relationship Between Investing & Community Economic Development With Angela Barbash

Episode 21: The Relationship Between Investing & Community Economic Development With Angela Barbash

In this episode, Angela Barbash shares her tips and strategies for those who are interested in economic development and enhancing their communities through investing.

Interview

Angela Barbash

Company

Revalue

Bio: 

Angela is a mom, anthropologist, entrepreneur, and an unabashed challenger of the status quo. She has dedicated 17 years in service as a values-driven financial advisor in the Metro Detroit region, including founding Revalue as a values-driven investment firm in 2013, and was one of the first to obtain the Chartered Sustainable Responsible Impact Investing Counselor (CSRIC) designation in the U.S. Angela has contributed countless hours to field building, public education, and infrastructure development to help build a more empathetic finance industry. You will often find her educating on the topic of financial resiliency, community capital, and conscious business management.

Get In Touch:

inquire@revalueinvesting.com

220 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

http://revalueinvesting.com

http://whatisgrubstake.com

https://www.facebook.com/RevalueInvesting/
https://www.instagram.com/_revalue/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/angelabarbash/

 

Links:

Angels of Main Street

Crowd Fund Main Street

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Episode 20: Empowering Female Angel Investors With Suzanne Andrews

Episode 20: Empowering Female Angel Investors With Suzanne Andrews

Suzanne Andrews is an angel investor and an ecosystem builder in the finance innovation space, with a particular focus on women and money. In this episode, Suzanne shares her mission to empower women and teach them to shift their mindsets so they can see themselves as investors. 

Interview

Suzanne Andrews

Company

Montcalm, Principal for Connections

Bio: 

Suzanne’s areas of focus at Montcalm are education, communication, and connections. She develops our educational programs for clients and the broader community, to support people in reaching a deeper understanding of their relationship with money and how to invest for their future from a place of positive engagement. Through strategic communications, she articulates our unique services and approach, so that people looking for holistic, transparent, and expert financial services will connect with us.

Previously, Suzanne was a software engineer at Apple and a midwife’s assistant, and she is a proud mom. She has a BA in Computer Science from Brown University. She co-authored the historic first book for women about angel investing, Impact With Wings.

Get In Touch:

suzanneandrews@montcalmtcr.com

1083 Mission Street, 2nd floor, San Francisco, CA 94103

Montcalmtcr.com
Portfolia.co

link to Wingpact book on Amazon:

Montcalm: https://www.linkedin.com/company/2893480/admin/

Links:

Angels of Main Street

Crowd Fund Main Street

 

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