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December 3, 2023
Navigating Impact Measurement and Management (IMM) with Sara Olsen
In a world where the traditional paradigms of business and investment are being reshaped towards creating meaningful, sustainable impact, the methodologies we employ to measure and manage this impact are of paramount importance. This Deep Dive session with Impact Measurement and Management expert and Impact Entrepreneur Magazine contributor, Sara Olsen, serves as a beacon in navigating the nuanced landscape of IMM, dissecting the various approaches and applications of IMM for investors and impact enterprises.
Drawing from Sara’s prolific insights, as articulated in her recent articles — “A Fresh Take on Impact Management: First Principles” and “Let the Era of Impact Accounting Begin,” we’ll delve into the core principles that undergird impactful decision-making in enterprises and investment practices, and Sara will answer questions from meeting participants about their professional journeys and how they can better integrate IMM into their businesses.
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Join this thought-provoking conversation with Sara Olsen, as we unravel the fabric of IMM, dissect its relevance in today’s impact economy, and envision a future where measurement and management of impact are ingrained in the DNA of every enterprise and investment endeavor, propelling the impact economy forward.
Deep Dives are hour-long Zoom Meetings: Live Q&A Sessions (as opposed to our Zoom Webinars, where the audience is in View-Only Mode) between a subject matter expert and author of an IE Magazine article and our members and readers. We urge you to read the articles in question and come bearing questions!
The idea that one day all investors and enterprises could understand not only their financial return on investment but also their social return on investment was the impetus for Sara Olsen to found SVT Group, the first firm specialized in impact management, in 2001. SVT is a “best for the world” certified B Corporation that designs and implements systems to measure, manage and communicate social and ecological impact, and to use them to identify direct streams of previously hidden value for client organizations. SVT systems have assessed the social and environmental value of over $9Bn across a variety of asset categories for clients including Yo Yo Ma, Fair Trade USA, Beneficial State Bank, and CalPERS’ Environmental Investment Advisor.
Recognized twice as one of America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs by Bloomberg Businessweek for her work defining and growing the impact management discipline, Sara has directly trained over 7000 individuals in impact management skills; is methodology co-chair for Social Value International, “the professional home for people working to change the way society accounts for value”; and is founding board member of Social Value United States, its US chapter. She has served as Social Value International’s delegate to the Impact Management Project and as a moderator of the Harvard Business Review’s Idealab discussion board on Managing Impact. Sara was also the co-founder of the Global Social Venture Competition, which from 1999-2019 helped spark and accelerate thousands of social ventures.