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ICUSTA -Annual Meeting Impact Investing Sessions

Impact Investing: The Future is in Your Hearts and Hands

About this Event

Join us for an exciting conference connecting leaders and experts on Impact Investing! This afternoon of engaging conversation will showcase how impact investing models can address global challenges and be a part of actionable solutions to some of the most pressing problems of our time.

Guest presentations will address issues related to poverty, inequality, climate, and environmental degradation. The speakers will share experiences of Impact Investing, debate the key opportunities and challenges that they face, and discuss the impact-investing infrastructure and its scalability.


  • 12:30 - 1:30pm: Opening Keynote in Scanlan

  • 1:45pm - 2:45 pm: Session 1 in Cullen Hall

  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm: Session 2 in Cullen Hall

  • 4:15pm - 5:15pm: Session 3 in Cullen Hall

  • 5:30pm - 6:30pm: Closing Keynote in Scanlan

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5:30 PM17:30

Impact Investing vs. ESG Investing: Do you know the difference?

“Impact Investing vs. ESG Investing: Do you know the difference?” is a panel discussion by practitioners in institutional investment, private equity, and philanthropic foundations. The purpose is to provide concrete examples of these three types of responsible investing by active practitioners in order to compare and contrast them.

This topic is inspired by growing interest—and common areas of confusion—about this field. Specifically, the event aims to spark informative discussions among participants regarding impact and ESG investing and create a deeper understanding of the role they play in shaping investment trends.


  • Kevin Pasha of J.P. Morgan (institutional investor perspective)

  • Jamila Yamani of Climate Impact Capital (private equity perspective)

  • Michael Menendez of the Southern Impact Investing Alliance (philanthropic perspective)


  • 5:30 - 6:00 pm: Networking and Registration

  • 6:00 - 7:00 pm: Panel Discussion and Q&A

by Resilient Business Forum, a project of Global Affairs Associates, LLC

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7:30 AM07:30

Capital for Change: Houston Women Creating Social Impact

Join this inaugural conversation! How can we harness the power of Houston women to achieve greater impact for the causes they care about?

About this Event

Why Houston Women?

Women in Houston are a driving force in philanthropy. We give BIG and have Texas-sized hearts, but research shows we can make a bigger difference.

The first and only empirical study on the charitable giving patterns of Houston women found the multiplicity of interests of Houston women donors diluted their voice and, consequently, their power to resolve the challenges they want to address.

CauseAdvance founder, LaTanya Flix, initiated this research. Drawing on the data and 20+ years of experience advising donors and leading women and girls organizations, she is gathering an incredible group of Houston leaders from giving networks, angel and impact investing, and social entrepreneurship to explore how these tools can help women strengthen their capacity to make a bigger impact.

While these approaches are growing in silos in Houston, we lack shared information on how to access and integrate them into our philanthropy, portfolios, and business models.


Connect, brainstorm, and learn with top minds in Houston! Read presenter bios here. Local philanthropy and social impact leaders will also join us to facilitate table conversations!

Our agenda includes:

  • Charitable Giving Patterns Data Snapshot

  • Five Lightning Talks from Houston Innovators

  • Two Rounds of Table Talk

  • Q&A and Idea Exchange

Guiding questions for our conversation:

  • How can you know if your resources are supporting the very problems you seek to alleviate?

  • Why is our current charity model not enough?

  • How can you partner with others to amplify your giving?

  • How can Houston women use their financial power- philanthropic, investment, and purchasing- to give in alignment with their values?

  • How can my money do good while still providing strong returns and financial security?


The following groups are invited. Yes, men are absolutely welcome!

  • Individual Donors and Givers

  • Wealth Advisors

  • Philanthropists

  • Foundations

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Investors

  • Trust Officers

  • People interested in giving with others

  • Impact Organizations

Reserve your seat at the table- $40 includes full breakfast.


LaTanya Flix is founder and principal of CauseAdvance, an advisory practice that helps clients use the full leverage of their resources to accelerate change for the causes they care about. Prior to starting her practice, LaTanya was Donor Engagement Director at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, Executive Director of The Women’s Resource of Greater Houston, and held senior positions and consulted for national and local organizations. She is a proud native Houstonian and holds an MPAff from The LBJ School of Public Affairs, UT Austin and a BA from Trinity University.


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4:30 PM16:30

The New ROII: Return on Impact Investing in For-Profit Social Ventures

  • Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Rice University) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) estimates the impact investing market place at $114B and growing. Individuals and institutions alike are looking for opportunities to place investment capital into businesses that do well by doing good, which allow their dollars to generate both financial and social return. Like traditional capital markets, the impact investing marketplace spans a continuum of investment opportunities ranging from early-stage angel investing to large-scale investment by institutional investors such as CalPERS and Morgan Stanley.

Impact Hub Houston and LILIE (Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Rice University) invite you to attend this panel discussion and gain a better understanding about the unique characteristics of the impact investing continuum from angel investors, venture capital investors, and institutional investors who are actively placing return-seeking investment capital into for-profit social enterprises.

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2:45 PM14:45

Capital + Causes: Financial Innovation and Impact Investing

  • Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Rice University) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Funders and investors supporting social enterprises have become increasingly sophisticated, identifying new structures and mechanisms to inject capital into an organization to support its growth and scaling. Innovation in the types of capital deployed and the ways in which it structured is allowing social enterprises the flexibility they need to more effectively scale their impact. Impact Hub Houston and LILIE (Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Rice University) will host a series of short TED-style talks from experts that explore how new financing mechanisms are expanding traditional funding models beyond traditional grants and direct equity investments.

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6:00 PM18:00

Why Social Entrepreneurship + Guest Speaker: Ria Bhatnagar


This meet-up will have three parts:
6:00pm Social Entrepreneurship Intro: What is Social Entrepreneurship?
6:30pm Guest Speaker: Ria Bhatnagar
7:00pm Networking & open discussion on impact topics

Our guest speaker is Ria Bhatnagar who has over seven years of experience working in the social enterprise and non-profit space specifically helping these organizations with their fundraising. Ria will be sharing a case study on one of the Social Enterprises called Ziqitza Healthcare Limited that provides Emergency Medical Response Services & Patient Transport Services in India and how they use an innovative business model to be financially sustainable.

PLEASE register also at to ensure we get your registration.

NOTE: If you have been to one of our meet-ups, you can skip the Intro section as you have seen it before and arrive at 6:30pm.

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