Disrupting Markets for Social Impact

Nonprofit organizations have long played an influential role in advancing social impact. However, in recent years, the boundaries of social good have expanded to multiple sectors. In this session, we will explore how technology and business innovations are enabling tri-sector collaboration that creates productive disruption and optimizes social good.


Kent Grayson Associate Professor of Marketing, Bernice and Leonard Lavin Professorship / Kellogg School of Management

Dean Karlan Professor of Economics and Finance, Kellogg School of Management / Frederic Esser Nemmers Chair / Co-Director, Global Poverty Research Lab, Buffett Institute

Dean Karlan is a professor of economics and finance at the Kellogg School of Management, and president and founder of Innovations for Poverty Action, a nonprofit organization dedicated to discovering and promoting solutions to global poverty problems. His research focuses on microeconomic issues of poverty, typically employing experimental methodologies and behavioral economics insights to examine what works and what does not. As a social entrepreneur, he is co-founder of stickK.com, a website that uses lessons from behavioral economics to help people reach personal goals, such as weight loss and smoking cessation, through commitment contracts on corporate wellness platforms.

Faculty Lead / Disrupting Markets for Social Impact

2:15 p.m.
Michael Mazzeo Associate Professor of Strategy / Kellogg School of Management

Jennifer Tescher President, chief executive officer, Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI)

Jennifer Tescher is the president and CEO of the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI), the nation’s authority on consumer financial health. CFSI leads a network of financial services innovators committed to promoting high-quality financial products. Through its Compass Principles and a lineup of proprietary research, insights and events, CFSI connects members of its network to build a more robust financial services marketplace.

Tescher founded CFSI in 2004 and has since achieved notable success in championing increased access to high-quality financial products and services for underserved consumers as an objective for the industry. She has become a nationally known expert on this topic, frequently quoted in national and financial press including The New York Times, NPR’s Marketplace, and The Washington Post, with major speaking engagements at a broad spectrum of industry and policy convenings. She is also currently an advisory council member of Accion’s Center for Financial Inclusion.

Tescher launched CFSI’s annual conference, newly titled “Emerge: Consumer Financial Health Forum,” which presents cutting-edge thought leadership and showcases innovators, executives and emerging companies in the financial services industries.

Speaker / Disrupting Markets for Social Impact

2:15 p.m.
Time & Location

Time / 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Location / McCormick Auditorium (Allen Center, Room 164)