Gwen Walden

November 30, 2021
Gwen Walden is a senior managing director in Arabella’s San Francisco office, where she leads the firm’s West Coast practice. In this capacity, she engages with a range of clients on strategy, evaluation, and impact investing work, implementing programs and projects and managing donor collaboratives. She has expertise in the arts, health, early childhood, and education, and works to meet Read More


November 30, 2021
Ashoka identifies and supports the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, learns from the patterns in their innovations, and mobilizes a global community that embraces these new frameworks to build an “everyone a changemaker world.” Read about Ashoka’s theory of change for this historic moment, the new inequality, and the new framework that they require. Read More

Panorama Global

November 30, 2021
Panorama Global is a platform for social change dedicated to solving pressing global problems through Audacious Thinking and Bold Action. Panorama partners with ambitious leaders to help strengthen their organizations and advance priority issues, and initiates projects when they see gaps that need to be filled. Read More

Miki Akimoto

November 29, 2021
Miki Akimoto is the Chief Impact Officer at the National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP). In this role, she partners with the CEO to implement NCFP’s strategic plan, enhance sector partnerships, and ensure a strong measurement and evaluation plan. She aligns and integrates NCFP’s revenue, relationship management, and program strategies. Miki oversees NCFP’s programs, communications, and development teams. Miki has Read More

Croatan Institute

November 29, 2021
Croatan Institute is an independent, nonprofit research and action institute whose mission is to build social equity and ecological resilience by leveraging finance to create pathways to a just economy. Since our launch on Earth Day in 2014, we have worked collaboratively with more than 125 organizations, including environmental nonprofits, community development organizations, farmers and land stewards, impact investors, foundations, Read More

Vilas Dhar

November 24, 2021
Vilas Dhar is President of the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, a 21st century philanthropy advancing artificial intelligence (AI) and data solutions to create a thriving, equitable, and sustainable future for all. Under his leadership, the Foundation bridges technological innovation and social impact with a commitment to justice and equity. These core values sustain his deep optimism that technological advances can Read More

Veronica Kyle

November 21, 2021
Veronica is a sought-after speaker & workshop facilitator on environmental issues, gender-related issues, green economic opportunities, and more. She also works with houses of worship across Illinois to link African American churches to the work of Faith in Place. She holds a B.A. in Religion and Women Studies and a M.A. degree in Gender and Development Studies. Read More

Valerie Hill Rawls

November 21, 2021
In addition to being a social entrepreneur, new urbanist, mass collaborator, and co-creator, Valerie is a marketing expert by training and a career of more than four decades. Valerie earned a B.A. in Marketing from Illinois State University and in the past decade has engaged diverse stakeholders in sustainability initiatives. Read More

Stephanie Ellis-Smith

November 17, 2021
Stephanie Ellis-Smith is the owner and CEO of the philanthropic advisory firm Phila (pronounced phyla) Engaged Giving. Stephanie is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) and a Certified 21/64 Advisor in multi-generational family philanthropy. She works with ultra-high-net-wealth and high-profile individuals and families, foundations, and corporations to make catalytic investments in people and organizations that advance racial and social justice. Read More

Brian Hamilton

November 15, 2021
Brian Hamilton is a board member of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. He is also the CEO of Trillion Corporation. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in the Birmingham suburb of Bessemer, the company provides a range of services in the telecommunications marketplace, including procurement, warehousing, just-in-time inventory management and project management. Read More