State of the Field and Practice of Impact Investing

Fran Seegull May 19, 2021

Impact investors have raced to respond to the health, economic and social crises that have unfolded in 2020, supporting critical response and recovery efforts in communities globally. As the conversation begins to turn towards the ways in which these crises will lead to a reimagination of societal and economic structures, it is important to also ask how these crises will reshape impact investing. Vital institutions are being strained, investment strategies are being tested and stakeholders are rightfully demanding a more authentic role in determining how impact capital affects their lives. Cathy Clark and Fran Seegull will discuss the questions and trends that will chart impact investing’s course through the recovery and for years to come.


Fireside Chat

Meta Themes

  • Impact Investing

  • Equity & Inclusion


Impact Investing; Impact Leadership for Stakeholder Capitalism; Equity and Inclusivity

Purpose and Desired Outcome

The purpose of this session is to provide an overview of the impact investing landscape, grounded in how the crisis set of the past year has affected the work and motivations of impact investors and other players in the broader financial system. The fireside chat is meant to spark a conversation related to how impact investing is and should be situated within societal conversations such as stakeholder accountability, dismantling systemic racism and beyond.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Government

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Asset Managers

  • Corporate & SME

  • Entrepreneurs


  • NameFran Seegull
  • TitlePresident
  • OrganizationU.S. Impact Investing Alliance
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameCathy Clark
  • TitleFaculty Director
  • OrganizationCASE, Duke University: The Fuqua School of Business
  • StatusConfirmed
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