How Investors Can Champion Racial Equity & Avoid Common Pitfalls

How Investors Can Champion Racial Equity & Avoid Common Pitfalls

Thursday, July 21, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM


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Pitfalls Investors Racial Equity

Achieving racial and economic equity is a defining opportunity of our time. When it comes to investors, the urgency of the moment necessitates greater understanding, pushing and growing in how they approach advancing racial equity and economic justice. Despite recognizing the need for more effective practices within their organizations and portfolios, many investors starting out on their diversity, equity, and inclusion journeys succumb to several common pitfalls: 

  • Thinking that racial equity is solely about diverse representation
  • Using impact management to claim victories, not guide growth
  • Aiming to solve for equity in one big push

In this Building an Impact Economy webinar, our panelists, who co-designed the IRIS+ racial equity theme for impact investing and co-wrote a related article for Impact Entrepreneur Magazine, will discuss both the opportunities and pitfalls for investors. They will provide insights into how investors can consider power, risk, and justice in their impact measurement and management work.


Mahlet Getachew, Managing Director of Corporate Racial Equity at PolicyLink, works to ignite the racial equity movement more broadly and deeply within corporate America. She comes to PolicyLink with extensive experience in the private sector advising public and private corporations across various industries as external legal counsel and in-house counsel.

Tynesia Boyea-Robinson, President and CEO of CapEQ™, has been religiously leading and writing about enterprises that “do well and do good” for over a decade. As President and CEO of CapEQ™ she works with companies and investors to embed equitable impact in their daily practice.

Lissa Glasgo, Director, IRIS+/Impact Measurement & Management (IMM) at the GIIN, leads the IRIS+ standards on impact themes including DEI and supports the development of the GIIN’s impact performance benchmarks. She is grateful to have spent her career on IMM strategy/research for incredible organizations and people around the globe.


Melanie Audette, Senior Vice President at Mission Investors Exchange, a national membership network for foundations building and growing their impact investing programs. She works with members to identify and drive additional resources towards innovative impact investing opportunities, facilitates partnerships across the sector, and represents the impact investing network.

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