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Social Impact Webinar Series, Book Talk, Manifesto for a Moral Revolution: Practices to Build a Better World

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Book Talk, Manifesto for a Moral Revolution: Practices to Build a Better World

with author Jacqueline Novogratz, founder and CEO of Acumen, and moderated by Shaiza Rizavi ’96, managing member and portfolio manager at Gilder Gagnon Howe & Co. LLC

Tuesday, June 23, 2020
1:00-2:00 PM EDT
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Join us for a dynamic fireside chat with Jacqueline Novogratz as she discusses her new book, Manifesto for a Moral Revolution: Practices to Build a Better World. Drawing on inspiring stories from change-makers around the world and on memories of her own most difficult experiences, Jacqueline divulges the most common leadership mistakes and the mindsets needed to rise above them. The culmination of thirty years of work developing sustainable solutions for the problems of the poor, Manifesto for a Moral Revolution offers the perspectives necessary for all those — whether ascending the corporate ladder, solving inequity across key systems in the United States, or bringing solar light to rural villages — who seek to leave this world better off than they found it.


Speaker Bios:
Jacqueline Novogratz
Founder and CEO of Acumen

Jacqueline Novogratz is the New York Times best-selling author of The Blue Sweater. Her second book, Manifesto for a Moral Revolution: Practices to Build a Better World, was published in May 2020.

In 2001, Jacqueline founded Acumen with the idea of investing philanthropic patient capital in entrepreneurs seeking to solve the toughest issues of poverty. As a pioneer of impact investing, Acumen and its investments have brought critical services like health care, education and clean energy to hundreds of millions of low-income people. After supporting hundreds of entrepreneurs, Jacqueline and her team recognized character as the crucial ingredient for success; in 2020, they launched Acumen Academy to instruct others in global social change.

Under Jacqueline’s leadership, Acumen also has launched several for-profit impact funds designed to invest at the intersection of poverty and climate change, and has spun off 60 Decibels, founded on the principle that serving all stakeholders is as important as enriching shareholders.

Jacqueline has been named one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy, one of the 25 Smartest People of the Decade by the Daily Beast, and one of the world’s 100 Greatest Living Business Minds by Forbes, which also honored her with the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Entrepreneurship. In addition to her work with Acumen, she is a sought-after speaker and sits on a number of philanthropic boards. She lives in New York City with her husband.

Shaiza Rizavi ’96
Managing Member and Portfolio Manager, Gilder Gagnon Howe & Co. LLC

Shaiza Rizavi is a managing member and portfolio manager at Gilder Gagnon Howe & Co. (GGHC), a New York-based growth-equity brokerage and investment management firm dedicated to individual investors. She has been with the firm since graduating from the Business School. She began her career in Southeast Asia, analyzing opportunities for global replication of successful youth development programs after receiving a BS from Vanderbilt University. Ms. Rizavi serves on the boards of trustees of the American Museum of Natural History, the Calhoun School, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Seeds of Peace and Acumen. She is also a member of the Economic Club of New York and the NationSwell Council, a digital media company focused on American innovation and renewal.

At Columbia Business School, Ms. Rizavi has been a member of the advisory board of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise (and its predecessor, the Social Enterprise Program) since 2005. She also serves on the School’s Board of Overseers and on the Investment Board of the Tamer Fund for Social Ventures.

Ms. Rizavi and her husband Jon Friedland ’97 live in New York with their four children.


Social Impact Webinar Series
This webinar series was designed to engage our social enterprise community during New York's Shelter in Place recommendation. Our intention is to continue to disseminate best practices for the social enterprise sector, as well as discuss the pressing social and environmental challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure vulnerable and marginalized community needs are still addressed. All webinars will be recorded and shared on the center's COVID-19 Relief and Response webpage,

June 23rd, 2020 1:00 PM through  2:00 PM