Disruptive ideas in Philanthropy: Impact Investing
Financial markets have become an opportunity to do good and a key player in solving the world's most critical problems. Combining people's goodwill with the possibility of making a profit has shown to have long-lasting impacts on the region's main challenges: poor health and education systems, corruption, insecurity, violence, poverty, and climate change.
Dr. Judith Rodin
Judith Rodin is a pioneer, innovator, change‐maker and global thought‐leader. For more than two decades, Dr. Rodin led and transformed two global institutions: The Rockefeller Foundation and the University of Pennsylvania.
A groundbreaking executive throughout her career, Dr. Rodin was the first woman named to permanently lead an Ivy League Institution and was the first woman to serve as The Rockefeller Foundation’s president.
A pioneer of the behavioral medicine and health psychology movements, Dr. Rodin was trained as a research psychologist. After completing her Ph.D. work at Columbia University in 1970, she joined the faculty of New York University as an assistant professor of Psychology.
Kim Meredith is Chief Executive Officer of the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, taking on the role of chief strategist, fundraiser, grantmaker, and advocate for one of the country’s top public hospitals, the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. She oversees all aspects of the Foundation and works closely with the Foundation Board of Directors.
Finance in vulnerable communities
The globalization and digitization that we are experiencing today have allowed us to create better services and better products to support people in vulnerable contexts. In this conversation, Javier M. Flores, General Director of la Fundación Microfinanzas BBVA, comments on the advances in technology and microfinance and the new challenges our society faces to leave no one behind.
Partnerships for Reskilling in the Americas
Re-skilling and up-skilling initiatives have become vital in helping the most vulnerable populations to achieve more and better economic opportunities. However, to accomplish this, organizations, the private and public sector, and academia must partner up to make this possible across the hemisphere.
Digital Citizenship and the Future of Work in the Americas
In recent months we have seen trends that we thought would take years to normalize as the new standard. This conversation will discuss what we need to do as organizations and as individuals to stay professionally current and adapt in times of unprecedented digital acceleration.
Innovation and Inclusion in the Americas
Innovative practices to promote total inclusion for people with disabilities have proven to be strong drivers of development in other areas. María Catalina Saieh, President of Fundación Descubreme, in conversation with Robert Ivanschitz, General Counsel at Microsoft and board member of The Trust, will address the importance of failure, the power of effective communication between civil society organizations, and the exponential effect of inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace.
Family and Early Childhood Development
Early childhood is decisive in the development of people's lives. How do we do so that in the turbulent world that we are in, we do not lose focus on this transcendent stage? In this conversation, Eva Fernández Garza, Fundación FEMSA's Early Childhood Manager, together with Mauricio Doehner, a member of our board of directors, will touch on topics such as education, family, and examples of resilience in the new normal.
Philanthropy is for everyone
Most philanthropists aren't famous. Patricia Villela Marino, President of the Humanitas360 Institute, a non-profit organization working to reduce violence and improve the quality of life of the people holds a conversation with Kim Meredith, the newest member of the Board of The Trust for the Americas. We hope the conversation will inspire people from all walks of life to take meaningful action to drive structural change in the Hemisphere.