Join us Tuesday, August 28th, for a professional networking event and drinks in celebration of our organization's new name.
Impact Capital Forum is the new brand and vision for our organization, which you previously knew as the Microfinance Club of New York. We've updated our name as the Impact Capital Forum to reflect our broader coverage of the microfinance, impact, and social enterprise sectors. We are now a 2,000+ network of professionals in financial services / financial inclusion / social impact.
Please see our email of August 20 to members and past attendees announcing this re-branding.
This networking event is a casual get together, featuring a cash bar from 5pm-8pm. Our last networking event drew 75 professionals, lots of brainstorming and good cheer. See you there!
NYC’s very own social enterprise restaurant - P.S. Kitchen
Join the Impact Capital Forum on Thursday, September 6th, for a professional networking event and to learn about and experience NYC’s very own social enterprise restaurant.
P.S. Kitchen opened door a year ago as NYC’s first restaurant existing solely as a "social business." They commit to:
1. Creating jobs for those marginalized in New York, such as clients of partnering organizations.
2. Donating 100% of profits to sustainable charitable work locally and overseas.
3. Providing New Yorkers with delicious food options that are kind to the body and the earth.
The restaurant offers an exquisite vegan menu from a renowned chef, fusing traditional French cuisine and Asian essences with American comfort food. Think Maitake Steam Bao buns or Smokey BBQ Beyond Burger as two choices.
This networking event is a casual get-together, featuring unlimited appetizers and cash bar from 5:30pm-7:30pm. We will hear about the restaurant's mission and experiences so far, from co-founder April Tam Smith - by day, a Managing Director in equity derivatives by day - and some of the staff. We hope to see you there!
Watch the video trailer of a documentary on their journey, featuring familiar faces such as Dr. Muhammad Yunus, who was the first patron of P.S. Kitchen at the grand opening of their second floor!
You must register to participate in advance. Entry is $20 for attendance solely at this event, or $10 suggested at the door for those who are Impact Capital Forum subscribed members, or who become members before the event.
P.S. You're highly recommended to stay after the event for dinner, using a special discount code that Impact Capital Forum will share with those who have registered in advance.
"Big data" and related analysis through AI/Machine Learning are changing how projects of all kinds are driven forward. The impact capital/financial inclusion/economic policy sectors have made inroads using these techniques, including loan underwriting, constituent/customer acquisition and macro-economic forecasting, however the full potential of big data-driven initiatives remains largely untapped. At this panel, learn:
how big data differs from traditional data analysis;
how machine learning approaches provide promising techniques to extract insights – but needs to be used with care;
the successes and challenges of applying big data to understanding financial, economic and social activity;
how best to acquire big data (from public and private sources) and develop the talent to make use of it.
Julia Lane, Professor at the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress, and an NYU Provostial Fellow for Innovation Analytics. Dr. Lane is involved in US and international efforts to use highly granular economic data for economic policy-making. See https://wagner.nyu.edu/community/faculty/julia-lane.
Jeff Stewart, founder of Lenddo. Lenddo is a world leader in scoring and identity verification technology, using non-traditional data to provide credit scoring and verification for the emerging middle class. In 2017, the company merged with Entrepreneurial Finance Lab to better serve 20+ emerging markets. See www.lenddo.com and http://include1billion.com/ .
Brian Merrill (moderator) is Senior Manager at Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP. He specializes in forensic accounting, data mining and related application development. See www.linkedin.com/in/brian-merrill-3aaa341/
6:00-6:15pm: Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30pm: Presentation & Q&A
7:30-8:00pm: Networking/Interaction with Panelists
Special thanks to Deloitte for hosting this event.
Enter 30 Rockefeller Plaza on the side street halfway between 5th and 6th Ave., running from 49th to 50th St., across the street from the west side of the skating rink. The event is at Deloitte on the 50th floor.
Programs Coming Soon
These will be posted, with details, in the Next Events section above as dates are announced. Write firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to participate in organizing an event theme.
Impact Capital Forum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. New York, N.Y.