2020 Impact & Sustainable Finance Faculty Consortium

Consumer finance and new technologies: research and practice
The Impact & Sustainable Finance Faculty Consortium 2020 Convening will be held as a fully-remote virtual event. The convening will be comprised of two 3-hour sessions:
  • 9:00AM - 12:00PM CST on Wednesday, June 24
  • 9:00AM - 12:00PM CST on Thursday, June 25
This will be the fourth annual convening of faculty who teach impact and sustainable finance courses at the university level. During our two 3-hour sessions, we will focus on the newest developments in the field and the process of moving that expertise into the classroom. Our mission remains the same as it has always been: collaborate across institutions and continents to elevate and propel forward the field as a whole.

Digital Format

The virtual convening will be held on Zoom. This will necessitate some changes to the format, but the general tenor of the convening will remain the same: a conversation between peers open to learning from each other. The Convening will be held as a zoom "meeting" and all participants will be able to be seen and heard, and should expect the opportunity to contribute actively to all conversations.

Generally, you should expect the following:
  • Short days: we're planning three hour sessions so that the digital format isn't exhausting
  • Small group break out rooms for personal networking
  • Medium-sized group break out rooms for more focused discussion
  • Fast-paced sessions with short speaking slots to keep engagement high while digital

June 24-25, 2020

Please contact the Kellogg Team with any questions


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Time Event
9:00 a.m. - 9:35 a.m. 
Welcome & Introduction

Megan Kashner, Northwestern University
Jaap Bos, Maastricht University
9:35 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Practitioner Panel | COVID-19 and the Biosphere: Risks and Lessons

Moderator- John Tobin-de la Puente, Cornell University
Moderator- Lloyd Kurtz, Northwestern University
Presenter- Geeta Aiyer, Boston Common Asset Management
Presenter- Dr. Frank Hawkins, International Union for Conservation of Nature
Presenter- Courtney Lowrance, Citi Group

The COVID-19 pandemic has imposed a tragic toll around the world, with far-reaching implications for society and the biosphere. Our practitioner panel will discuss what they have learned from this health crisis, how they are adapting, and how this experience is shaping their longer-term thinking about risk. They will consider, among other issues, the risk of biodiversity loss and how that may lead to pandemics such as the current one. In addition, they will explore how finance, and private investment capital in particular, may have a role to play in addressing these risks and both protecting the biosphere and improving public health.
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 
Small Group Networking
10:45 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. 
10:55 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
Message from the Dean of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

Dave Chen, Northwestern University
Francesca Cornelli, Northwestern University
11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. 
In the Classroom: Practitioners, Cases, and Research (Breakouts)

Moderator- Shawn Cole, Harvard University
Using Cases (Room 1)
Presenter- Rebecca Henderson, Harvard University
Sharing Practitioner Perspectives (Room 2)
Presenter- Matt Bannick, Stanford University
Weaving in Research (Room 3)
Presenter- Shawn Cole, Harvard University & Rob Bauer, Maastricht University

This session represents a cornerstone of our convening each year. In three break-out rooms, we will learn how our colleagues are use cases, practitioner perspectives, or research in the classroom. In each room we’ll benefit from hearing from one presenter on the topic, then engage in discussion about how we use and would like to use these in our own classrooms. By the end of each of these three break-outs, we will emerge with more knowledge, additional resources, and creative ideas and examples from across the field of instruction.
11:50 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Closing Session
12:00 p.m. - Open 
Topical Discussion and Networking

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Time Event
9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.
Welcome & Introduction

Megan Kashner, Northwestern University
John Tobin-de la Puente, Cornell University
9:10 a.m. - 9:25 a.m.
Small Group Networking
9:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
Quantification Jubilee: Impact Measurement, Management and Reporting

Moderator- Meeta Kothare, University of Texas at Austin
Moderator- Jaap Bos, Maastricht University
Part 1- First Principles
Presenter- Bryan Locascio, Tideline
Part 2- Recent Advances
Presenter- Megan Wallingford, Sustainalytics
Presenter- Dave Chen, Equilibrium Capital / Northwestern University

This session will focus on impact and ESG measurement, management and reporting. As impact and sustainable finance have grown, so have calls for greater transparency and rigor in quantifying and reporting impact. These calls have come from disparate voices in various sectors – universal asset owners, institutional investors, impact investors, c-suite executives, nonprofit funders, and government agencies, among others. Efforts to integrate and standardize measurement are ongoing and in this session, we bring you a critical look at recent advances in the field that have been especially successful in providing guidance to both the reporting organizations and to their investors.
10:50 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.
How I Teach This (Breakouts)

Moderator- Megan Kashner, Northwestern University
Moderator- Bhakti Mirchandani, Columbia University
Room 1- Sustainable Finance Portfolios
Presenter- Todd Cort, Yale University
Presenter- Christie Stephenson, Sauder University
Room 2- Impact Investing and Development Finance
Presenter- Rehana Nathoo, Georgetown University
Presenter- Lauro Gonzalez, Sao Paulo Business School-FGV

This session will invite members into conversation on the learning arcs we take in teaching our impact investing, sustainable finance, and development finance courses through the lens of the syllabus. Whether you focus on sustainable finance, ESG, portfolio approaches, or market-based responsible finance approaches, we invite you to listen to how your peers structure their classes, push yourself to include and introduce new content and approaches into your classes, and stretch your capacities to the benefit of our work and our students.
11:40 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Closing Session
12:00 p.m. - Open
Topical Discussion and Networking
mosaic bar