In episode 77 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Kate Byrne, President of SOCAP Global, on impact investing, the rise of women in global leadership, and rapidly moving an events business online in the wake of COVID-19.
Kate Byrne is the president of Intentional Media(soon to be SOCAP Global), the purpose-driven platform whose brands SOCAP, Good Capital Project, and Conscious Company Media are at the intersection of business, meaning, and money. Byrne is the former VP of partnership, membership, and sponsorship for Watermark, the Bay Area’s leading women’s leadership community. She’s played executive leadership roles at the Tides Foundation, George Lucas Education Foundation, Future LLC, BusinessWeek, Fast Company, and SF Gate and Inc — focusing on technology and its ability to advance media, drive revenue and promote social good.
SOCAP is the largest and most diverse impact investing community in the world. They have created a global ecosystem and marketplace – social entrepreneurs, investors, foundation and nonprofit leaders, government and policy leaders, creators, corporations, academics and beyond – through content experiences that educate, spur conversation, and inspire investment in positive impact. Programming includes the annual SOCAP Summit, SOCAP 365, SPECTRUM conference, World-Changing Women’s Summit and Money + Meaning podcasts.
SOCAP Virtual: A Global Impact Summit is the leading gathering of global changemakers addressing the world’s toughest challenges through market-based solutions, October 19 through 23. Hundreds of speakers during more than 150 sessions will explore the following themes: Radical Change. Impact Investing. Meaning. Climate Action. Global Health. Future of Work. Next Gen Leadership. Education for All. Resilience. Inclusion. Arts, Culture & the Creative Economy. Racial Equity.
The five-day conference will convene thought leaders from across the impact ecosystem including impact investors, social entrepreneurs, foundation and nonprofit leaders, government and policy leaders, corporations, academics and other innovative cross-sector practitioners committed to increasing the flow of capital toward social good. There will be intimate fireside chats, virtual workshops, a Digital Pavilion, Social Entrepreneurship Scholarship presentations and a host of virtual networking opportunities for one-on-one to small meeting formats.
“This year we will lay the foundation for a new decade in impact investing and a more just and inclusive economy. Now more than ever, creative market-based solutions are needed to address the world’s toughest problems,” said Cari Hanson, Vice President of SOCAP, the largest impact investing community in the world. “The speakers and conversations we’ve pulled together for our SOCAP Virtual Main Stage schedule were crafted with the goal of presenting such solutions — and to give attendees ways to take collective action to keep the conversation going long after the final session.” Among the Main Stage session highlights:
- Impact Investing on the Precipice: A Fireside Chat with Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, and Sir Ronnie Cohen, author of IMPACT: Reshaping Capitalism to Drive Real Change, and Chairman of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment.
- Cultural New Deal for America: A panel with Jeff Chang, former Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University; Lori Pourier, President of the First Peoples Fund; Carlton Turner, Director of the Mississippi Center for Cultural Production; Deborah Cullinan, CEO of the YBCA.
- The 2% Approach to Dismantling Structural Racism in the U.S. Economy: A Fireside Chat with Robert Smith, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, and Bill Bynum, CEO of HOPE.
- Capital for Climate-Critical Infrastructure and a Resilient Recovery: A Lightning Bolt presentation by Ibrahim AlHusseini, Founder and Managing Partner of FullCycle.
Grant is the founder of Causeartist, one of the most influential impact business platforms in the world. Since 2013, Causeartist has been read in over 200 countries. Grant has personally interviewed over 600 impact entrepreneurs from around the world, highlighting innovations in ethical fashion, climate change, ethical technology, impact investing, and sustainable travel.