In 2001, when Jacqueline Novogratz founded Acumen, a global community of socially and environmentally responsible partners dedicated to changing the way the world tackles poverty, few had heard of impact investing―Acumen’s practice of “doing well by doing good.” Nineteen years later, there’s been a seismic shift in how corporate boards and other stakeholders evaluate businesses: impact investment is not only morally defensible but now also economically advantageous, even necessary.
Still, it isn’t easy to reach a success that includes profits as well as mutually favorable relationships with workers and the communities in which they live. So how can today’s leaders, who often kick off their enterprises with high hopes and short timetables, navigate the challenges of poverty and war, of egos and impatience, which have stymied generations of investors who came before?
Jacqueline Novogratz discusses this in her new book Manifesto for a Moral Revolution: Practices to Build a Better World (Henry Holt, May ’20).
Drawing on inspiring stories from change-makers around the world and on memories of her own most difficult experiences, Jacqueline divulges the most common leadership mistakes and the mind-sets needed to rise above them. The culmination of thirty years of work developing sustainable solutions for the problems of the poor, Manifesto for a Moral Revolution offers the perspectives necessary for all those―whether ascending the corporate ladder or bringing solar light to rural villages―who seek to leave this world better off than they found it.
“Don’t let the words ‘manifesto’ and ‘revolution’ fool you; this book is all about love, humility, and patience. With gorgeous writing, arresting stories, and deep insights into complex systems, Novogratz shows the power of listening―not just to the poor but to everyone who can help you see new possibilities. In the process she offers a way to blend capitalism and social justice that will inspire people from across the political spectrum, and which is, I think, the moral revolution we most need,” notes best-selling author Jonathan Haidt.
Jacqueline Novogratz, who last spoke at the Club almost five years ago, will join us for an exclusive conversation about impact investing, her life’s work and discuss the takeaways from her book.
Please pick up a copy of the book at your favorite bookstore.
Please note that no refunds will be issued.
Founder and CEO of Acumen
Jacqueline Novogratz is the founder and CEO of Acumen. She has been named one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy, one of the 25 Smartest People of the Decade by the Daily Beast, and one of the world’s 100 Greatest Living Business Minds by Forbes, which also honored her with the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Entrepreneurship. In addition to Acumen, she is a sought-after speaker and sits on several philanthropic boards.
Hemali Dassani (HBS '99) is an experienced fundraiser and investor relations professional within the alternative investments space and is currently a placement agent and consultant to multiple Private Equity funds. Hemali was previously Director of Investor Relations and the Chief Compliance Officer for Argand Partners. Prior to Argand, she was Director of Investor Relations for Castle Harlan, a middle market private equity fund. Hemali was also a Managing Director with Old City Investment Partners, a multi-family office dedicated to finding high quality investments for the firm’s clientele of family office investors. Ms. Dassani has an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University. She was President of the Harvard Business School Club of Greater New York and currently sits on the Board of the Club. Previously she sat on the Board of Governors for the Harvard Business School Real Estate Alumni Association and the Steering Committee for the Harvard Business School Alumni Angels Association.
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