This program will develop the skills, language and understanding needed to navigate the emerging impact investment landscape.
Through unpacking real impact investing deals and investment simulations, the course will increase your effectiveness, confidence and ability to contribute to the strategies and decision making that marry investment and impact. You will leave the course with a richer understanding of critical concepts such as risk and return, the role of measurement, portfolio construction and and types of capital. Through demystifying the due diligence and decision-making processes, the course will equip you with the skills to help deliver real, sustainable impact.
Intended Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this program, students should be able to:
- communicate ideas and examples of impact investment with colleagues and the wider community
- have a tool kit and key resources to help them better navigate the impact investment landscape
- have confidence to ‘sit at the table’ for investment decisions, not just granting decisions
- understand the role of risk/return in shaping investment decisions and how much to pay for capital
- have experience in the deal cycle and due diligence process in making an investment decision
- better understand the structuring of deals through unpacking key case studies
This program is recommended for:
Professionals from mid-career to senior leaders, seeking to extend their understanding of and ability to engage with impact investment. The course is also designed for those working in Government, Philanthropy, NFPs and Social Enterprises. For those with a corporate background the course will build an appreciation for the nuance and drivers of impact investment in contrast to your traditional investment approach.
Dates and Times
2019 Course dates to be advised.
Bessi Graham is a leading practitioner in both impact investment and social enterprise and was recognised as an entrepreneur in the 2017 Telstra Business Women's Awards as a finalist. She is internationally recognised for her work in designing the NAB Impact Investment Readiness Fund; her role as Co- Founder of TDi, Benefit Capital and the Impact Investment Centre; and her tireless advocacy for the role of Investable Social Enterprises (ISEs) in bringing about solutions to societies most pressing challenges.
For the last 20 years Bessi’s work has focused on helping unlock all forms of capital for people and organisations delivering positive social and environmental outcomes. The common theme across all of the businesses she owns, founded and runs is a belief in the power of business as an agent for change if you design models that can “Do Good and Make Money”.
Bessi is a sought after speaker and has played a leading role in engaging the social sector on the important topic of outcomes measurement through her work as inaugural Chair of SIMNA, Head Judge of Australia's first Impact Measurement Awards, Chair and facilitator of Australia's leading Measurement Conferences and for Co-authoring the report 'Impact Measurement: Exploring its role in impact investment' with NAB's Elliot Anderson.
Bessi has a background in management consulting and training and holds a BA majoring in politics and a MA in International Relations. She has also completed the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education courses 'Creating Collaborative Solutions: Innovations in Governance' and 'Leadership for the 21st Century: Chaos, Conflict and Courage'.
Woodward Conference Centre
185 Pelham St
Carlton VIC 3053
6:00pm - 9:00pm Thursday, October 11th, 2018
9:30am - 5:30pm Friday, October 12th, 2018
9:30am - 5:30pm Friday, November 23rd, 2018
University of Melbourne, Parkville
$2700 + GST
Invoicing for group bookings available upon request.
10% for group bookings of 3 or more people.
$2,500 + GST for early bird available until 31 August 2018.
Discounts can be stacked.
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