Impact Investing
September 19, 2016
Sheraton Denver Downtown, CO

that our 2016 Inside Alternatives Conference will feature a specific multiple session track on IMPACT / SRI and ESG Investing, directed by Tom Kostigen,  and scheduled for September 19.

Advisors are failing at properly communicating to clients the benefits of impact investing — even though more than two-thirds of clients ask about the prospects of impact investments.

Leading industry experts will share their insights and acumen on ways to gain and retain clients by leveraging the myriad attributes impact investments afford. From prospecting to client meetings and next-generation planning, attendees will amass the knowledgeware and skill set to service clients at a higher level and collaborate for a more prosperous future.

Impact investments already appeal to the vanguard of financial services — family offices, institutions and high net worth individuals. Find out how to gain and capture more assets under management with cutting edge market intelligence and sales tactics.

This one-day track at Inside Alternatives is not to be missed!

*All registered attendees for the Impact Track will have access to Inside Alternatives at no additional cost.



Bo Brustkern

Bo Brustkern is co-founder and chief executive officer of NSR Invest. Prior to co-founding NSR Invest, Brustkern co-founded LendIt, the world’s preeminent conference focused on the marketplace lending industry. Brustkern is also a partner at Lend Academy, the leading online news and education source for the marketplace lending industry.

Stephanie Gripne, Ph.D

Stephanie Gripne is the creative force behind the Impact Finance Center. As an academic entrepreneur, philanthropic advisor, researcher, and educator in the field of impact investing, Gripne sets the vision and provides leadership for the entire organization while focusing on business development, client engagement, and industry thought leadership through her research, writing, and speaking.

Mason Henderson

Mason Henderson manages ClimeCo Corporation’s hedge fund and brokerage arms, focusing on emission reduction credits, regulated markets, carbon markets, renewable energy credits and  Federal NOx and SO2. Henderson’s career also includes trades conducted under the EU ETS, CDM and JI markets, U.S. NOx Budget and Title IV SO2 Acid Rain programs.

Phil Kirshman

Phil Kirshman is the chief investment officer at Cornerstone Capital Investment Management (CCIM). Kirshman serves on the board of US SIF, a leading sustainability-focused membership trade organization, on the advisory council to the City of Denver Office of Sustainability, and on the advisory council to Mile High Connects.

Thomas Kostigen

Thomas Kostigen is a New York Times bestselling author. Check out his blog,, as well as his forthcoming books: The National Geographic Extreme Weather Survival Guide: Understand, Prepare, Survive, Recover and Extreme Weather: Surviving Tornadoes, Sandstorms, Hailstorms, Blizzards, Hurricanes, and More!

Sang H. Lee

Sang H. Lee is the chief executive officer and founder of DarcMatter, a technology platform providing enhanced capital connectivity between issuers and qualified investors in the alternative securities space. He has been recognized as an ‘Under30CEO Entrepreneur to Watch in New York City’ and a ‘GOOD100’ leader.

Gloria Nelund

Gloria S. Nelund has served as chairman and chief executive officer of SC Distributors since its formation in April 2012. In addition, she has served as the chairman and chief executive officer of their Advisor since its formation in April 2012 and as the chairman and chief executive officer of their Sponsor since its formation in August 2008.

Amy Muska O’Brien

Amy Muska O’Brien is managing director and head of TIAA-CREF’s responsible investment team. She provides overall strategic leadership to asset management on the implementation of TIAA-CREF’s responsible investment commitments and environmental, social and governance (ESG) approaches, including ESG-focused funds, ESG integration frameworks across asset classes, and the firm’s community and impact investing portfolios.

Subject to change

September 19, 2016

7:00 am


7:00 am 8:00 am


8:00 am

Inside Alternatives Opening Remarks

8:10 am – 9:00 am

Inside Alternatives Opening General Session

9:10 am – 9:20 am

Impact/ SRI/ ESG Opening Remarks

9:20 am - 9:55 am

The Disconnect Between Financial Advisors And Clients

A majority of clients are asking for impact investments yet only a minority of FAs are servicing them. Why the gap?

10:00 am – 10:30

Morning Networking Break With Exhibitors

10:35 am – 11:15 am

A Plethora Of Impact Investments Now Exist For Retail Investors

Via which platforms, exchanges and broker-dealers can investors find them?

11:15 am – 12:15pm

Impact Investments Can Outperform Traditional Securities

Which investments--private equity, debt, or alternatives--are outshining their common peers?

12:20 pm – 1:30 pm

General Session Lunch With Inside Alternatives

1:30 pm – 2:05 pm

Break With Exhibitors

2:10 pm – 3:00 pm

For Those Seeking Non-Correlated Assets, Impact Investments Fit The Bill

How to construct portfolios while lowering risk using impact investments.

3:05 pm – 4:00 pm

Gender Investing: The Power Of Women

Investing in women-owned businesses and social entrepreneurs is a virtual sector unto itself in the impact investing world. A look at the reasons why, and success stories.

4:00 pm – 4:40 pm

Social Entrepreneurs Are Changing The World By Disrupting Industries

Which sectors are poised for positive, global change?

4:40 pm – 5:30 pm

More Than $300 Billion In Philanthropic Funding Could Be Re-Directed To Impact Investments

A better understanding of charitable giving and goals could foster a sea change in the amount of impact investings total assets under management.

5:30 pm

Cocktail Reception In The Exhibit Hall

Sponsors and Partners

Calvert Foundation

Calvert Foundation enables people to invest for social good. Through its flagship Community Investment Note, Calvert Foundation has raised almost $1 billion from more than 13,000 investors to invest in hundreds of nonprofits and social enterprises worldwide. Investor dollars empower women, fund the construction of affordable housing, provide loans to small business owners, increase access to healthcare, and support fair trade and sustainable agriculture. Learn more at


ClimeCo Corporation is a respected advisor and trader of environmental commodity market products. Regional criteria pollutant trading programs, California cap-and-trade, voluntary markets and project financing of internal CO2 abatement systems, and a diverse commodity portfolio. Within the Climate Action Reserve, ClimeCo is the largest producer of US voluntary carbon offsets, managing projects that reduce more than 3,000,000Tonnes of CO2e annually.

NSR Invest

We provide intelligent access to peer-to-peer marketplaces through our two product families: private funds, and managed accounts. Our underwriting is sophisticated, smart, and uses the finest tools of the trade to expertly build and manage your clients’ portfolios. Our state-of-the-art technology connects directly to major reporting systems for integrated portfolio management.

Nuveen Investments

Nuveen Investments, a separate operating subsidiary of TIAA-CREF, is a leading provider of mutual funds, closed-end funds and separately managed accounts. Committed to delivering excellence across every major asset class, Nuveen draws upon the focused expertise of its independent investment affiliates that together manage more than $226 billion in assets as of March 31, 2015.

SC Distributors

SC Distributors is a premier distribution platform for select alternative investment products. The company aligns itself with leading alternative investment sponsors that have a demonstrated history of success that can help design and deliver what it believes are fully differentiated, high quality investment products. Through a demonstrated financial services wholesale distribution model, SC Distributors delivers these products to financial advisors, and their clients, throughout the United States.

TIAA-Cref Asset Management

Born from a legacy of making a difference, TIAA-CREF Asset Management has been committed to serving the best of interests of our clients for nearly 100 years. With $632 billion in AUM (3/31/2015), TIAA-CREF Asset Management draws on deep expertise across multiple asset classes in public and private markets.

TriLinc Global

TriLinc Global is a groundbreaking impact fund manager whose mission is to demonstrate the role that the capital markets can play in helping solve some of the world’s pressing economic, social and environmental challenges. By creating institutional-quality impact funds that attract private capital at scale, TriLinc Global sets a high standard of transparency and accountability for delivering financial returns, and for tracking and reporting impact to investors. To bring about transformative change, we help investors recognize the power they have to set a new standard for capitalism by requiring companies to think differently about their role in society. Through intentionally selecting only those investments with potential to improve society while still generating competitive returns, TriLinc funds seek to demonstrate that investors can do well by doing good.


What is the dress code for the conference?
The attire for the conference is business casual. No shorts or t-shirts.

What is the cancellation policy?
If you are unable to attend, you may replace your registration with a substitute delegate at no extra cost. Should you completely cancel, notification must be submitted in writing by August 19, 2016. Cancellations received by August 19, 2016 will be subject to a $50 administrative fee. No cancellation refunds/requests will be accepted after August 19, 2016.

In the event the conference is cancelled, Charter Financial Publishing Network (CFPN) assumes no liability for non-refundable transportation costs, hotel accommodations or any additional costs incurred by registrants. CFPN reserves the right to alter the agenda without notice including the substitution or cancellation of speakers and/or topics.

What time does registration open on Sunday, September 18?
Attendee registration opens at 8:30 a.m

Can I register on-site on the day of the conference?
Yes, however we encourage you to register beforehand.

How will continuing education hours be credited?
Forms will be available at registration, all attendees are to self-report the program for credit



For inquiries on registration please contact:
Linda Mantello: (732) 450-8866 ext. 36 • Email


Important Information For All Conference Registrants (attendees, sponsors and speakers):
It has come to our attention that a company called Exhibition Housing Services has been systematically contacting our sponsors, speakers and attendees in an attempt to mislead them into believing that our Conference room block (and discounted rates) are no longer available. This company then tries to secure a credit card number, claiming they can book rooms for our registrants at other nearby hotels. This is a fraud. Please disregard any communications from Exhibition Housing Services, or other similar entities, and contact Linda Mantello, conference coordinator at Financial Advisor magazine with any questions or concerns.

Conference Cancellation Policy
If you are unable to attend, you may replace your registration with a substitute delegate at no extra cost. Should you completely cancel, notification must be submitted in writing at least 45 days prior to the event. No cancellation refunds/requests will be accepted within 45 days of the event.

In the event the conference is cancelled, the producer assumes no liability for non-refundable transportation costs, hotel accommodations or any additional costs incurred by registrants. The Conference producer reserves the right to alter the agenda without notice including the substitution or cancellation of speakers and/or topics.

Details of the Conference provided on this website and in other materials is for your general information and use only. It is subject to change without notice.


Speaking/Sponsorship Opportunities

If you're interested in speaking or sponsorship opportunities please contact: David Smith, EVP, Group Publisher (732) 450-8866 ext. 26

Press Inquiries

For inquiries on registration or hotel information please contact:

Linda Dunn
(732) 450-8866
ext. 36