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Gender Lens Investing with Joy Anderson: Episode 52 of Money + Meaning

SOCAP Global July 28, 2020

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Episode 52 of Money + Meaning featuring Joy Anderson of the Criterion Institute

“Finance at some fundamental level is about making bets on the future. Nobody makes money in the present – we only make money because we were right about the future that we bet on. So one really important way to think about investing with a gender lens is to question your assumptions about the future.”

“What I think we lack in innovative finance is knowledge of the world. I think we lack grounded knowledge about how things actually work…So for us (at Criterion Institute), a lot of what we’re working on is how do we build those bridges between the people who have knowledge about gender and those who work in finance.”

– Joy Anderson, Founder and President of Criterion Institute

On this episode we are joined by Joy Anderson, Founder and President of the Criterion Institute, a leading think tank focused on shaping markets to create social and environmental good. Joy has been at the forefront of the rapidly evolving field of impact investing over the past nearly two decades and is one of the pioneers of the gender lens investing movement. She has worked with a number of prominent impact organizations over the years, including Village Capital, Unreasonable Institute and Echoing Green, and was named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Forbes.

Our conversation touches upon the growth and evolution of gender lens investing, the biggest challenges facing the field and how knowledge of history helps drive systems-level change.

Content warning: the subject of gender-based violence is discussed during this episode. 

Featured Voices

Joy Anderson
Founder and President
Criterion Institute
Alex Kravitz

Additional Resources from the Criterion Institute

Watch Joy on the SOCAP18 Mainstage

About Money + Meaning

Money + Meaning is the official podcast of SOCAP. The series aims to expand the conversation around impact investing and strategies to finance and support social change while stimulating innovative and valuable new partnerships across sectors.

Equity and Inclusion / Gender Equity / Impact Investing
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