Programs & Events


Join Mission Investors Exchange at SOCAP 2017! MIE at SOCAP includes a block of MIE-curated programming, a $250 discount off the ticket price for our members, and dedicated time for our network to connect. Contact us at [email protected] for the discount code.

8:30am - 10:30 am [Plenery]
Mission Possible: Foundations Driving More Capital to Real Impact
Emmett Carson, CEO, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Clara Miller, CEO, Heron Foundation
Matt Onek, CEO, Mission Investors Exchange
1:15pm - 2:15pm 
Innovating Foundations (It's Not Your Grandfather's Philanthropy)
What does innovative impact investing by foundations look like? Pioneering foundations will respond to rapid-fire questions meant to spark debate and reveal strategies for employing the most innovative investment models in the impact investing space. This lively and interactive conversation will address opportunities for “deep impact,” and how foundations use first-in capital, the heft of endowments, and their prominent platforms to partner for social change.
Jamie Merisotis, CEO, Lumina Foundation
Tracy Palandjian, Trustee, Surdna Foundation
Kelly Ryan, CEO, Incourage
Moderator: Debra Schwartz, Managing Director of Impact Investments, MacArthur Foundation
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Come Together Right Now: Catalyzing Place-based Impact Investing Ecosystems
What does building a place-based impact investing ecosystem really mean? Who is involved and how are they learning from each other? Rooted in research, this session features foundation leaders and others who have come together focused on the common goal of improving a place. Whether you are an investor, investee, or advisor, come to hear how stronger networks and coordination can amplify your work. Leave with a vision and tips for growing your own impact investing ecosystem.
Susan Hammel, Executive in Residence, Minnesota Council on Foundations
Cynthia Muller, Program and Portfolio Officer, Mission Driven Investments, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
William R. Towns, Executive Director, Benefit Chicago
Moderator: Melanie Audette, Senior Vice President, Mission Investors Exchange
3:45pm - 4:45pm
Done Deals - Real Impact: The Mission Investors Exchange Investment Opportunity Forum
Real deals come to life in Mission Investors Exchange’s Investment Opportunity Forum with fast-paced, investor/investee side-by-side stories of social and environmental problem-solving. All fueled by foundation capital.
John Balbach, Associate Director, Impact Investments, MacArthur Foundation
Gireesh Shrimali, Director, Climate Policy Initiative India
Joan Briggs, Executive Director, The Fink Family Foundation
Martin Edlund, CEO, Malaria No More
Madeline Wu, Mission Investing Officer, The David & Lucile Packard Foundation
Julie Rosser Mahowald, CFO, Housing Trust of Silicon Valley
ModeratorNhadine Leung, Managing Director, Mission Investors Exchange

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