March Board MeetingTue, 11 Mar 2014
WDN's board meets every other month, with longer retreats in January, May and September.
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Mapping Our Network, Mapping Our Power: The Results Are In!Tue, 11 Mar 2014
At our WDN Connect 2013, we took part in an innovative mapping exercise where attendees completed a short survey together in real time to get a sense of the reach and power of the WDN network. Members who were not at the conference also participated in the survey online.
In total, 152 WDN members and prospective members took part in the network mapping survey, which is more than 80% of our membership.
Democracy Partners, the firm who helped design and execute the survey, will present an overview of the results of the survey during this webinar.
We will cover everything from the top issue areas our members support, an estimate of total annual giving, and the wide range of of our members' connections to organizations through board service and philanthropic investments.
Please join us for this exciting call.
Investing in Community and JusticeWed, 12 Mar 2014
The Values Based Investing Circle is thrilled to provide an opportunity for you to take action on bridging the wealth divide. This call is the first in a series that will explore concrete ways that you can move your money towards opportunities that align with your values, while continuing to be an active participant in the banking system.
In this webinar, we will explore the topic of community investing, which are investments that are made directly into low-income and marginalized communities in order to benefit these communities by increasing capital, creating wealth, and supporting healthier local economies. Community investing can create a real and immediate positive catalyst for change. You will learn how to provide access to capital while also obtaining a return on your investment dollars at the same time.
Please join us for an engaging conversation with two leaders in the field, Connie Evans, President and CEO of Association for Enterprise Opportunity, and Alisa Gravitz, President and CEO of Green America. Connie has worked internationally and has over 30 years of expertise in developing and implementing strategies that further economic development, health, and social change in communities. Alisa has been at the forefront of green investments and corporate accountability, which has given her unique insight into how leveraging your mission and values expands opportunities for all.
You don’t want to miss this call to learn how to move your money to create sustainable change. We’ll also hear from Values Based Investing Circle members Suzanne Biegel and Carla Kleefeld, who will share their personal experiences in community investing. Please join us to share your experiences and lessons too!
WDN Story Sharing: Geeta AiyerWed, 19 Mar 2014We are pleased to continue our Story Sharing call series, which provides opportunities for WDN members to learn more about one another, and to connect in a different way than our education calls provide. These calls feature members sharing the stories and experiences of how they became "ignited" as progressive activists and leaders.
We're thrilled to feature Geeta Aiyer, who has a background in rural development in India, as well as in values-based investing. She has been in the field of finance for 25 years, and will share how her early influences have shaped her philanthropy, as well as what she has learned about philanthropy from her work in finance.
Discussion will focus on shareholder activism, activism across silos, and the importance of community engagement.
Half the call will be reserved for your questions and answers.
More About GeetaGeeta is Chief Strategist for investment products at Boston Common Asset Management. She was previously President of Walden Asset Management and has over 25 years of investment experience. Her prior work experience includes positions at United States Trust Company (Boston), Cambridge Associates, Inc., and in rural development/public administration in India. She has founded two other companies, Walden Capital Management (1994) and East India Spice (1987). She received her MBA from Harvard University and her BA (Hons) and MA degrees from the University of Delhi, India. Geeta serves on the Board of Directors of the Sierra Club Foundation, Earthworks, YW Boston, and Ubuntu at Work, a global non-profit for women. She was formerly on the boards of The Worldwatch Institute, and the New England Foundation for the Arts. She is the 2010 recipient of the Women’s Venture Fund’s Highest Leaf Award and was honored to accept the 2013 Business Leader in Human Rights Award from the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project on behalf of Boston Common Asset Management.
Take Action! Hold Corporations Accountable: Vote Your ProxyThu, 20 Mar 2014
Did you know that you can use your investments to challenge corporations on issues like transparency around political contributions, environmental protections, and numbers of women on corporate boards? As shareholders, you have the right to say how the companies you own treat their workers, disclose political contributions, operate to ensure environmental sustainability, and more.
You can take action – and this call will show you how! Please join us on March 20th to learn more how you can use your financial portfolio to vote to influence change on the issues that matter to you.
WDN members have already started taking action, and this call will help us expand our reach even further. In recent months, 25 WDN members sent a letter to Pepsico as part of a larger partner-led campaign on climate change and the fuel used by large soda company fleets. The letter led to a productive conversation with high-level Pepsico executives. This webinar will help us scale these kinds of efforts to promote more equitable and sustainable corporate policies and practices.
We are thrilled to have Andrew Behar, CEO of As You Sow, as our featured speaker along with Harriett Crosby (invited) who activated her portfolio last spring and then addressed the General Mills Board and management team at their annual shareholder’s meeting. They will share why voting on shareholder resolutions can and does lead to corporate accountability. You’ll learn how to cast your vote and we’ll discuss future opportunities for engagement.
We also will encourage those of you who may have engaged in shareholder activism in the past to share your stories.
In March, you will receive a special proxy-voting guide in the mail and over email that will provide an overview of all shareholder resolutions that have been filed -- with a record-breaking 416 companies this year. This guide will help you to identify companies you own stock in. You can then VOTE to encourage these companies to adopt more responsible policies and practices!
It costs nothing to vote as a shareholder, and it can have a big impact. Don’t miss this exciting call to learn more about how to vote your proxy and hold corporations accountable!