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AGENDA

8:30am - 9:00am

Registration

9:00am - 9:15am

Opening Remarks
Tony Livoti
President, Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA)

9:15am - 9:35am

The Key Components of a Socially Responsible Company
Conrad MacKerron
Director, Corporate Social Responsibility Program, As You Sow Foundation

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9:35am - 9:55am

Microfinance & Socially Responsible Investing (SRI): How Do the Two Intersect?
Sanjay Sinha
Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Micro Credit Enterprises (MCE
)
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9:55am - 10:15am

Micro Enterprise Development: A Potent Tool for Stimulating Local Economies
Claudia Viek
Chief Executive Officer, California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity (CAMEO)

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10:15am - 10:35am

SRI-Building a Global Standard with the United Nations Global Compact and Principles for Responsible Investment
Mehul M. Thakker
Investment Advisor, Progressive Asset Management-FWG

10:35am - 10:50am

Break

10:50am - 11:10am

Integrating Social-Responsibility into For Profit Economic Development
Charles V. Fishel
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Abundant Biofuels
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11:10am - 11:30am

Emerging or Just Merging: Is Social Investing a Brave New World or More of the Scary Old World?
Rupert Ayton
Chairman & Co-Founder
, Center for the Development of Social Finance (CDSF)

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11:30am - 11:50am

Women and Global Poverty: How Microlending Can Enhance and Sustain their Livelihood
Almaz Negash
Managing Partner,
Entwine Global

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11:50am - 12:10pm

Social Investing, Then and Now
Lloyd Kurtz
Senior Portfolio Manager, Nelson Capital Management

12:10pm - 1:15pm Lunch Break
1:15pm - 1:35pm Addressing Global Warming Through Innovative Energy Policy and Business Participation
Scott Secrest
Financial Advisor, Natural Investments, LLC
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1:35pm - 2:00pm

SRI: Myths and Realities
Lincoln Pain
CFP/AIF, Effective Assets

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2:00pm - 2:20pm

The Rise of Peer Lending: Extending Microlending to Creditworthy Borrowers in the US
Rob Garcia
Sr. Director, Product Strategy, Lending Club
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2:20pm - 3:00pm Panel with all presenters - sponsored by Lending Club

SPEAKERS

Almaz Negash
Managing Partner & Founder, Entwine Global

Women and Global Poverty: How Microlending Can Enhance and Sustain Their Livelihood

Due to dire poverty and lack of access to capital, many people in Africa, Asia, Latin America and other parts of the world are at an economic disadvantage. The problem is even more severe for women for they are deprived of equal access to education, health care, capital, and decision making powers in the political, social, and business sectors. According to the UNDP Human Development Report, women in Africa represent 52 per cent of the total population, contribute approximately 75 percent of the agricultural work, and produce 60 to 80 percent of the food. Yet they earn only 10 percent of African incomes and own just 1 per cent of the continents assets.

In recent years, there has been a movement by individuals, social entrepreneurs, foundations, NGOs and non-profit organizations to help women in developing countries generate income through microlending/financing programs. Microlending/financing can be used by promoting sound practice, supporting on-going research and monitoring programs, by ensuring policy targets and programs that meet the needs of the community.

Almaz NegashAlmaz Negash consults businesses and educational institutions on international trade, marketing, economic development and sustainability. Over the last fifteen years she has helped build and foster countless, vital strategic relationships between a diverse set of individuals and organizations around the world. Serving at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Ms Negash had the opportunity to further her expertise in connecting, former head of states, business and community leaders, individuals and organizations from varied backgrounds to critical global challenges. She went from advising firms and governments on how to increase their bottom lines through trade and joint partnerships at SVCITD, to the often times much more difficult task of bringing individuals from different countries, cultures, and educational backgrounds together to share common goals and objectives at the Markkula Center.

Ms Negash is co-founder of the Global Women Leadership Network at the Leavey School of Business at SCU and a co author of the book Awakening Social Responsibility. She writes and speaks on regional and global issues.

Charles V. Fishel
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Abundant Biofuels Corporation

Integrating Social-Responsibility into For-Profit Economic Development

Dr. Fishel will be speaking on creative micro finance schemes for foreign direct investment.  For example, in the Philippines, Abundant Biofuels Corporation is joint venturing with the Lumad tribal structure to develop biofuels on ancestral.  Also, where land is held individually by small farmers, Abundant Biofuels plans to work with micro lenders to facilitate outsourcing of planting and harvesting of Jatropha used to produce biofuels.

Chuck FishelDr. Fishel is chairman and CEO of Abundant Biofuels Corporation.  He serves on the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausaane Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (Environmental Impacts Working Group and Social Impacts Working Group).   He serves as a director on the boards of several public and private for-profit companies, including the Brownfield Foundation, Inc., a charitable, non-profit corporation dedicated to land recycling for the good of the community and the environment.

He has held senior management, finance and legal roles with Fortune 100 multi-national organizations (Intel, Teledyne, Carnation Company, Peter Kiewit Sons’ and Williams Companies) as well as start-up companies.  Industry experience includes technology (electronics, biotechnology and nanotechnology), insurance, construction, mining, broadcasting, food processing, energy, manufacturing, public utility, and consulting about technology evaluation and commercialization.

Dr. Fishel teaches at San Jose State University and visiting professor at the Naval Postgraduate School.  He is the author of Global Business Strategies (CyclopsMedia: 2004).  

Claudia Viek
Chief Executive Officer, California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity (CAMEO)

Micro Enterprise Development: A Potent Tool for Stimulating Local Economies

Micro Enterprise organizations that provide loans, business assistance and training have emerged as the primary support for Main Street businesses during this severe recession. What trends support a focus on investment in locally owned businesses and what needs to be done to focus economic stimulus efforts so that all of our diverse communities in California benefit? The presenter will also provide an overview of statewide Micro Enterprise resources and a description of current policies on the state and national levels. This California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity model for California can be replicated in other countries for their micro enterprise communities.

Claudia ViekClaudia Viek is the CEO of CAMEO, the California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity, a statewide network of 130 organizations and individuals committed to promoting economic opportunity and community well-being through Micro Enterprise development. CAMEO’s nonprofit members served 20,000 businesses in 2007 with training, business assistance and micro loans.

Ms Viek has been a pioneer in both the Micro Enterprise and business incubation fields in California. She was the founder and former Executive Director of the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center in San Francisco - an award winning training, financing and business incubation program. Ms Viek served on the Board of the National Business Incubation Assoc and founded the Pacific Incubation Network of incubator members from Baja to Alaska.

Ms Viek is the past President of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of National Assoc. of Women Business Owners has served on numerous nonprofit boards in her community.

She has a BA from William Smith College, and has a large extended family, including eight grandchildren.

Conrad MacKerron
Director, Corporate Social Responsibility Program, As You Sow Foundation

The Key Components of a Socially Responsible Company

After a decade of corporate scandals on sweatshop labor, phony balance sheets, and subprime mortgages and increasing consumer expectations for a low-carbon future, it’s surprising how many companies still do not have adequate policies in place to address crucial social and environmental flashpoints. If you are a principal in a new or ongoing company, it is important to know about the basic corporate responsibility policies and practices investors and stakeholders expect from company management. Mr. MacKerron will review existing key issue areas as well as newly emerging ones.

Conrad MacKerronMr. MacKerron is Director of the Corporate Social Responsibility Program at As You Sow Foundation, which uses shareholder advocacy to promote progressive CSR policies at publicly traded companies. He has been instrumental in key social and environmental policy changes at major U.S. companies. His efforts have led to commitments by Dell, Apple and Best Buy on take back and recycling of electronics; and The Coca-Cola Co., Nestle Waters NA, and PespiCo on beverage container recycled content and recovery.

He led a dialogue with Gap Inc. that resulted in the 2004 release of a ground-breaking public report ranking the performance of supply chain facilities and frankly discussing problems with global factory monitoring. He was also part of a core group that developed Project Kaleidoscope, a multi-year project to improve working conditions at 10 Walt Disney Co. and McDonald’s Corp. suppliers in China’s Pearl River Delta.

Mr. MacKerron is a former Social Investment Analyst at Piper Jaffray Inc. and Progressive Asset Management, and former analyst for energy and environment at the Investor Responsibility Research Center (now RiskMetrics Group). He also served as board member of the Social Investment Forum, which promotes the practice of socially responsible investing, and was chair of its Advocacy and Public Policy Program.

Lincoln Pain
CFP/AIF, Effective Assets

SRI: Myths and Realities

Mr. Pain will talk about the definitions of socially responsible investing (SRI), the myths about SRI (performance/effectiveness) and whether or not SRI is an asset class, a strategy or both.  He will discuss the elements of SRI that are certainly separate asset classes.  He will discuss the conjunction between fiduciary responsibility, prudent investing and SRI.

Lincoln PainLincoln Pain, CFP/AIF, has been a financial professional specializing in socially responsible investing for twenty-three years.  He is the President of Effective Assets, a financial planning firm in Berkeley, California.  He is currently the Chair of the Northern California chapter of the national trade association for socially responsible investing professionals, the Bay Area Social Investment Forum (BASIF), and has served on the Social Investment Forum Board of Directors.  Mr. Pain is the co-founder (along with Conrad MacKerron, also in this program) of the Shareholder Action Network.  He is the advisor to the fiduciaries of a variety of national charities, progressive businesses, foundations and labor unions.  Before becoming a financial planner he was the West Coast Correspondent for the Nightly Business Report.  Mr. Pain is holder of the title of having served the longest period as a volunteer in a single Amnesty International USA committee. 

Mr. Pain is a registered representative of Cambridge Investment Research (CIR), a member of SIPC/FINRA, and offers investment advisory services through First Affirmative Financial Network  (FAFN), a Federally Registered Investment Advisor, not a subsidiary or affiliate of CIR.


Lloyd Kurtz
Senior Portfolio Manager, Nelson Capital Management
, Owned by Wells Fargo Bank
Social Investing, Then and Now

Social investing has grown and evolved dramatically over the past five years. Lloyd Kurtz, a longtime researcher and practitioner will bring us up to date on the globalization and increased role of sustainability in this rapidly growing investment field.

Lloyd KurtzLloyd Kurtz is a senior portfolio manager at Nelson Capital Management and lead PM for socially responsible investing (SRI). Before joining Nelson Capital in 2004, Mr. Kurtz was a Senior Vice President at Harris Bretall Sullivan & Smith in San Francisco where he served as Director of Quantitative Research and provided research coverage for the healthcare, basic industry and energy sectors. Before joining Harris Bretall in 1995, he spent four years as Senior Research Analyst at KLD, a Boston research firm specializing in social investment research. At KLD, he did much of the initial quantitative work in the development of the Domini Social Index.

Mr. Kurtz is a Research Fellow at the U.C. Berkeley Haas Business School's Center for Corporate Responsibility, and serves as Program Administrator for the Moskowitz Prize. He has published numerous articles on SRI in academic journals, and authored a chapter on SRI for the 2008 Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility.

He holds a B.A. from Vassar College, an M.B.A. from Babson College, and is a Chartered Financial analyst. In 1999, he received the SRI Service Award for his contributions to social investing.

Mehul M. Thakker
Investment Advisor, Progressive Asset Management-FWG

SRI-Building a Global Standard with the United Nations Global Compact and Principles for Responsible Investment

The modern global financial crisis which began last year has called into question the benefits of unfettered free market capitalism, and has given the business and investor community additional reasons to seek out new standards of regulation and new definitions of success that will be sustainable.  As people engage in the global exchange of labor, capital, goods, and culture, it is more important than ever to consider the common needs and priorities of not only businesses, but the civil societies in which we operate.  Can global standards of responsible investment truly be adopted by the business and investor community?  What should those standards emphasize and who/what should they protect and benefit?  The United Nations has taken the lead in defining a new paradigm for global business and investors, with a focus on human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption.  Progressive Asset Management, Inc. along with other private sector companies, has reshaped it's 20+ year old SRI guidelines to adhere to the UN Global Compact and Principles for Responsible Investment.

Mehul M. Thakker is an Investment Advisor with Progressive Asset Management-FWG (PAM-FWG), focusing on socially responsible investing (SRI) and community development.  Founded in 1987, PAM is the nation’s first full service broker dealer to specialize in SRI.  Mr. Thakker began his investment career with UBS PaineWebber in 2001 and has been an Investment Advisor with PAM-FWG since 2003.

As an Advisor with PAM-FWG, Mr. Thakker advises individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations on how to develop investment policies and portfolios that are consistent with their social and environmental goals, while adhering to fiduciary responsibilities.

Mr. Thakker has broad experience in the areas of domestic/international investing, and community development, and is active in the movement for shareholder rights and corporate social responsibility.  In addition, he has served on the boards of several non-profits, including as Finance Director of the Network of Indian Professionals-SFBA, and Youth Together, Inc., an Oakland, CA based youth empowerment and education organization. 

In 2006, Mr. Thakker was a contributing author to the book, California Under Corporate Rule, and was the Green Party candidate for Treasurer of the State of California.  He received his B.S. with honors in Business Management from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1999 and currently resides in Oakland, CA.

Rob Garcia
Sr. Director, Product Strategy, Lending Club

The Rise of Peer Lending: Extending Microlending to Creditworthy Borrowers in the US

Peer Lending has recently risen as a clear alternative and complement to traditional bank loans and microlending.  Lending Club eliminates the high cost and complexity of the current banking system, providing borrowers with loans at more attractive rates while offering investors an opportunity for better returns.

Rob GarciaRob Garcia has been creating innovative online commerce and financial products for more than 10 years. He joined the founders of Lending Club when it was just in its concept phase, and has been the force behind taking the concept to market. 

Thanks to Mr. Garcia's leadership, Lending Club's website has become a clear leader of the new wave of online financial communities, winning numerous prizes such as the Webby Award as best banking site last year, and earning Harvard Business Review's recognition as one of the top 20 breakthrough ideas of this year.


He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Universidad Simon Bolivar, and an M.B.A. from Babson College.

Rupert Ayton
Chairman & Co-Founder, Center for the Development of Social Finance (CDSF)

Emerging or Just Merging: Is Social Investing a Brave New World or More of the Scary Old World?

Is modern portfolio theory dead? Is social investing alive? Are they different, or are they based upon the same principles? What are the social investment options available today? What will they be tomorrow? Rupert Ayton provides an experience-based context for unraveling these knotty questions and others, discusses current trends, and highlights specific examples.

Rupert AytonRupert Ayton has worked in the financial arena for more than 25 years. He is recognized as a leading thinker in the social finance sector and in 2004 founded the non-profit Center for the Development of Social Finance. Mr. Ayton has served on the California State Assembly’s Emerging Domestic Markets investment task force and now serves on the investment committee of the McKenzie River Gathering Foundation, an early proponent of SRI. Mr. Ayton is also Chief Financial Officer of Movilix Financial Services, LLC, an Oregon-based start-up serving the unbanked Hispanic community.

Sanjay Sinha
Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Micro Credit Enterprises (MCE)

Microfinance & Socially Responsible Investing (SRI): How Do the Two Intersect?

Sanjay Sinha will provide an overview of the Microfinance industry.  Further, he will discuss a particular business model within this industry.  Since 2005, this business model has been providing opportunity for socially driven investors to leverage their capital to address poverty on a global basis.

Sanjay SinhaSanjay Sinha has been the Deputy Chief Financial Officer of MicroCredit Enterprises (MCE) since January, 2007.  As with 80% of MCE’s management team, this position is a pro-bono position.  Mr. Sinha was introduced to the world of microlending at an early age while living in India.  Micro-businesses, such as gardening services, laundry and small retail outlets were all around his community at that time; however, Mr. Sinha did not know, back then, that some of these businesses were made possible by themovement that was founded in his neighboring country of Bangladesh by the Nobel Laureate, Muhammed Yunus.  

Professionally, Mr. Sinha has spent most of his career in the financial services industry, primarily as a Relationship Manager.  Mr. Sinha’s focus has been on developing and managing relationships with Fortune 500 and middle market companies in a variety of industries.  He is currently with California Bank & Trust in the Commercial Banking Group in San Francisco, California. 

His previous banking experience includes two years with Rabobank International and seven years with Yasuda Trust & Banking Company. In addition to his tenure and experience in banking, Mr. Sinha spent three years with The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia and two years with two internet start-ups in Silicon Valley, first with BigVine.com and, then, with CompanyFinance.com.  Mr. Sinha holds a Bachelors of Science in Management from the University of Tennessee and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from Georgia State University. 

Since 2007, Mr. Sinha has also been a pro bono Business Advisor with Pacific Community Ventures, a private equity and business advisory group that focuses on providing capital and strategic advice to businesses in low and middle income neighborhoods in the State of California.

Scott Secrest
Financial Advisor, Natural Investment, LLC

Addressing Global Warming Through Innovative Energy Policy and Business Participation

Scott Secrest will be speaking on ideas for innovative climate and energy policy.  The current global recession and looming threat of global warming together present a historic opportunity for U.S. businesses.  The governmental and business actions that are needed to restore our global economy are the same steps that are required to address the climate crisis.

A rapid and efficient transition to a 21st century, low-carbon economy will create new jobs and stimulate economic growth, while putting us on the path to curbing global warming.

Businesses need a vibrant economy with certainties regarding meaningful energy and climate regulation, incentives for innovation and public investment in renewable technologies and green jobs.

Scott SecrestScott Secrest is a fee-only Financial Advisor with Natural Investments, LLC., a socially responsible investment manager with five offices in the western U.S.  managing $70MM in client assets.  Scott is the author of numerous published articles on various SRI topics and investing. 

Mr. Secrest also serves as the firm’s Director of Investment Research.  This role requires the continual evaluation,  modeling and management of the broad range of socially responsible and alternative energy investments in the marketplace. 

Mr. Secrest is a graduate of the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO. and has been licensed in the securities business for more than 20 years.  He presently holds an Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS®) designation.  Scott has headed the Natural Investments office in San Luis Obispo since 2005.



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