• Keynote Speaker Revealed for Irish Impact 2015!

    We are pleased to announce our opening keynote speaker, Andi Phillips, a Vice President in the Urban Investment Group at Goldman Sachs.

    Andi leads the GS Social Impact Fund and deal teams with a focus on social impact bonds and economic development financing.

    She also developed the Access to Capital program as part of the 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative.  

    Andi's keynote will set the stage for an excellent discussion on impact investing!

    Past keynote speakers have included Dr. Jordan Kassalow of VisionSpring and NY Times columnist and author David Bornstein.


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    Irish Impact wishes to thank our interns, Colleen Wade and Elisabeth O'Toole, for their tireless efforts to advance social entrepreneurship at Notre Dame!

    No two individuals demonstrated more passion for our work and for promoting Irish Impact.

    We congratulate them on their recent graduation and look forward to engaging them as Irish Impact alums!

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Irish Impact 2015 will run Thursday, October 29 and Friday, October 30 on campus at the University of Notre Dame! All of the conference events are free and open to all Notre Dame students, faculty and staff, alumni, social entrepreneurs, impact investors, and the general public! For more information about lodging and other logistics, please contact the Gigot Center at 574-631-3042, consult the Gigot Center website or e-mail entrep@nd.edu.


The 2015 Irish Impact Social Entrepreneurship Conference is right around the corner! Register now for this exceptional opportunity to learn more about impact investing from institutional investors, private equity and social enterprise funders, social entrepreneurs and many other amazing practitioners.  


The Keynote speaker for the conference this year is Andi Phillips, a vice president in the Urban Investment Group at Goldman Sachs. Impact investing has the power to drive worldwide social change, and Adi has seen this firsthand through the firm's impact investing busines focused on community development, social impact bonds and financie for small businesses.  Since 2001 this Goldman Sachs' impact investing business has commited more than $4 villion to underserved communities across the United States, including New York, New Orleans, Newark, Camden, Detroit, Memphis, Chicago, Boston and Salt Lake City. Andi’s talk will be Thursday, October 29th at 5:30pm in the Mendoza College of Business' Jordan Auditorium.


Here are just a few of the other numerous panels and discussions that will be held during the conference:

-A case study featuring Impact Engine: Addressing the Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Needs. Impact Engine will discuss their process and share successes and challenges they’ve faced trying to build a social entrepreneurship and impact-investing ecosystem

-Workshop: Students Bridging the Investing Gap. This panel will feature impact investing at the university level, with speakers from the University of Michigan, University of Utah, and Columbia University, and will strive to answer the question-what are the challenges student-led funds face from human resources management to deal flow to gauging impact?

-Panel: Public, INGO, and Private Partnerships in Impact Investing. Representatives from USAID, The Clinton Foundation, Open Road Alliance and Catholic Relief Services will discuss impact investing innovations in the public and international NG sectors.

-Plenary Panel: Myth or Mythical? Impact-First vs. Finance-First Investing. Panelists will discuss and debate the reported tensions that exist between those striving for impact versus those striving for a return. Don’t miss this lively and what it sure to be captivating debate!

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For a full schedule of the Irish Impact Social Entrepreneurship Conference 2015, click on the pdf link below!



Speakers for the panels and discussions will include:

-Mike Belinksy, a consultant at The Bridgespan Group and founding partner of Instiglio, a nonprofit organization that works on results-based financing programs and social impact bonds in international development.

-Laura Broderick, COO at Verb, a social enterprise that runs global social innovation competitions that tap into the power of social entrepreneurs in order to tackle the world’s most pressing problems.

-Elizabeth Coston, Director of Operations & Investor Relations at Impact Engine, where she is responsible for oversight of the fund’s processes, policies, and procedures.

-Paul Brown, professor at the David Eccles School of Business at The University of Utah where he teaches courses in impact investing, entrepreneurship, innovation, the foundations of business thought, and other topics.

-Kevin Jones, creator of Social Capital Markets, a network of investors, entrepreneurs, and social impact leaders who strive to meet at the intersection of money and meaning.

For a full list of speakers for the Irish Impact Social Entrepreneurship Conference 2015, click on the pdf link below!








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