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How can private market investors and entrepreneurs identify and utilize creative strategies to work toward social equity?

On Thursday, October 29, the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation hosted the second session in the Innovating for Social Equity event series, which examines how the philanthropic and private sectors can do better and more to achieve meaningful change. Led by four industry thought leaders with diverse perspectives and approaches, this session explored the tools investors and entrepreneurs can leverage to affect change, what it will take to increase investment in Black, Latinx, and women founders, why diverse managers hold such a small proportion of investment capital, and more. 


  • Priya Parrish, '09, Impact Investor in Residence, Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation; Managing Partner, Private Equity at Impact Engine



  • Mike Asem, Partner, M25
  • Robert Gertner, Joel F. Gemunder Professor of Strategy and Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business; John Edwardson Faculty Director of the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation
  • Brittany Henry, '17, Investment Associate, Impact America Fund


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  • Save the date for our third event in the Innovating for Social Equity series on Tuesday, February 2nd, which will focus on what corporations are doing to drive social change. This panel will be moderated by Rustandy Center executive in residence and managing director of the Corporate Coalition, Brian Fabes. Keep an eye out on the Rustandy Center events page.
  • Explore the 5P framework that impact investor in residence at the Rustandy Center and managing director at Impact Engine Priya Parrish and her colleagues use to evaluate the potential for lasting social returns on investments. Check out their detailed framework.
  • Sign up for our monthly newsletter to receive articles from Booth faculty with ideas for accelerating impact in the social sector and updates on relevant news and events. Sign up for the Rustandy Monthly.