Philanthropy

High Water Women: Investing for Impact Symposium: October 29, 2019

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Excited to be participating as a speaker, among a diverse group of colleagues from foundations, investment management, academic, philanthropic, journalism and financial services professionals. I will be providing perspectives on a private wealth panel about the role of foundations, socially responsible investing to address key humanitarian and environmental challenges.

Location: CUNY Graduate Center, New York

October 29: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Workshop: 1:45-2:45 pm

Private Wealth — Portfolio Construction:
While there is significant interest from private investors in impact, adoption has been slow. Reasons for this often include questions on how to deploy impact investments into an existing portfolio, how foundations and PRIs can be used, as well as how to create an investment policy that incorporates impact. This session will explore different ways in which private investors have tackled these issues.

About High Water Women: Since 2013, High Water Women's Investing for Impact Symposium has evolved into an important gathering for investors who want to connect with other investors, advisors, and investment professionals interested in generating positive social impact. High Water Women (HWW) was founded by senior women from the hedge fund and investment communities to connect professionals with high-touch volunteer opportunities. The High Water Women Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization.

AGENDA and registration: https://hwwinvestingforimpact.org

Hope you can join us:

Samantha Taylor

Founder and President of Reputation Dynamics

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Columbia University: Annual African Economic Forum 2018 - April 7, New York

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I am excited to be participating on a panel at Columbia University’s Annual African Economic Forum.  My remarks will primarily focus on the importance of private-public partnerships and approaches to address youth unemployment, mitigate poverty and create a path to economic prosperity.

Saturday, April 7: 3:20 – 4.40 pm

Youth Unemployment: Youth unemployment is one of Africa’s greatest challenges. Unemployment among young people aged 15–24 years old in sub-Saharan Africa has hovered between 12% and 14% since the 2008 global financial crisis. The data does not include youth in vulnerable employment and underemployed in informal sectors, who make up at least 70% of the workforce. Although these statistics may seem daunting, African policymakers, entrepreneurs, and private businesses have been working to mitigate unemployment among African youth in their respective countries by tapping into innovation. This panel will focus on the complexities of unemployment, expand on the roles of actors on the ground who are working to solve this problem, and give exposure to budding programs and innovations that have been successful in alleviating unemployment throughout the continent.

Panelists:

Annie Duflo - Executive Director of Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

Mpho Sekwele - Co-Founder, Bantu Hikers

Samantha Taylor - President, Reputation Dynamics

Special Event Feature: Elephant Art Shop:  Original watercolor paintings, cards and prints for sale with proceeds to benefit the endangered African elephant species.

Facebook: @ElephantArtShop

You can also find updates and information regarding AEF here at:

http://aefcolumbia.com

We do hope that you will be able to join this important conversation.

Sam Taylor, Founder of Reputation Dynamics

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Corporate Responsibility Magazine - 2017 SUPERSTAR WINNERS

Reputation Dynamics Founder and President, Samantha Taylor, is proud to be nominated for and featured among a list of corporate responsibility services providers.

Congratulations to the other nominees and look forward to advancing our important work in 2017.

The Editors -- Our annual spotlight on the best of the best providers and practitioners in corporate responsibility.

While strong leadership is an essential trait for executives in corporate responsibility, demonstrating this attribute while performing important tasks, practicing sustainable habits, contributing to the company’s bottom line, and driving others to perform exceptionally is worth acknowledgement.

CR Magazine honors those who demonstrate a superior dedication to CR that is evident in every aspect of their daily lives. The CR Superstar is someone who lives and breathes sustainability and encourages everyone around them to participate in creating a better business environment.

This is our annual list of outstanding CR thought leaders—successful individuals who were nominated by their industry peers, CR Magazine staff, and the Corporate Responsibility Association for their groundbreaking ideas, high-level thinking, and impressive leadership. We offer our congratulations for this year’s distinguished winners as we look forward to another year of industry advancement in 2017.

See more at:

Click here to view the complete list of this year’s superstars. 

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Community Collaboration: Building Meaningful Partnerships for Impact - Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship

Webinar: Wednesday July 13, 2016; 12:00 PM ET
Partnerships are an increasingly important component of companies' corporate citizenship strategies. From purely philanthropic alliances to more complex, fully integrated collaborations, companies pursue a wide array of partnerships to achieve community involvement goals.

Sound understanding and management of a complex set of issues will help to ensure that your partnerships have the ability to impact social issues and return value back to the business.

Join us on July 13th to help you deliver on your programs' full potential.

Featured Speakers:

Hilary S. Ayala, Director of Strategic Partnerships Programs, Con Edison
Hope Barter, Principal, Energy Tech High School
Reisa Brafman, Social Consciousness Leader of Community Partnerships & Women's Initiatives, EILEEN FISHER
Kim Bogucki, Detective and Co-founder of the IF Project
Michele Mitchell, Co-Director of The Uncondemned, Producer, Writer
Samantha Taylor, Social Impact Coordinator for The Uncondemned, Founder of Reputation Dynamics

To register: http://ccc.bc.edu/index.cfm?fuseaction=courseregistration.viewWebinar&L_ID=762&utm_campaign=Webinar_Collaboration_7_13_16&utm_medium=email&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_PRJXLiuVybyrIkp_LiqlQo5T1Yaj83iSauKw8ze7oUf40wAwSPlmsx9w-um8MBRCrSz-ZB85zdIx9QO06lngMrOSQc0Vx34JqQX6Tx_MNEuvSNBE&_hsmi=31573625&utm_content=31573625&utm_source=hs_email&hsCtaTracking=dc3973fe-0494-41e9-9043-66d4f4ca4da5%7C05f85cab-2b26-4a5a-94d6-c49bd680f6f9

Columbia University: Annual African Economic Forum 2016 - April 2, New York

I am excited to be participating on a panel at Columbia University’s Annual African Economic Forum.  My remarks on the Development Policy/RegionalIntegration in Africa panel will focus on ‘Aligning Business with Purpose', importance of partnerships to address community challenges and create a path to economic prosperity. 

Regional Integration as Development Policy: Throughout history, the African continent has been broken up and torn apart for the economic needs of outsiders. Now, as a group of nation states, the continent’s leaders are attempting to figure out how to establish partnerships to bring about inclusive growth. At a continental level, organizations such as the African Union, the African Development Bank and the UN Economic Commission on Africa are working towards creating an enabling environment for the citizens of various nations to engage in a range of economic and social activities. At a regional level, we have organizations such as ECOWAS, COMESA, and SADC working towards this aim. Our Regional Integration as Development Policy panelists will shed light on how this system of integration both creates lucrative opportunities for economic development, while also raising some major challenges.

Panelists:
Rachel Macauley - MIA Candidate, Columbia SIPA
Mamadou Diouf - Director, Institute of African Studies, Columbia University
Nayé Anna BATHILY - Head Global Parliamentary Relations, The World Bank Group
Samantha Taylor - Founder, Reputation Dynamics
Yetunde A. Odugbesan-Omede - CEO, Yetunde Global Consulting, LLC

You can also find updates and information regarding AEF here at:

http://aef2016.com/schedule.html.

We do hope that you will be able to join this important conversation.

Sam Taylor, Founder of Reputation Dynamics