Capital for Good Podcast

Presented by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, and hosted by Georgia Levenson Keohane, seasoned executive, award winning author, and an adjunct professor of social enterprise at Columbia Business School, Capital for Good provides a chance to hear from corporate and civic leaders about their visions, plans, commitments, and on the ground efforts to build a more just, inclusive, and sustainable society. Each episode features in depth and candid conversations with leaders across the private, nonprofit, and public sectors on unpacking solutions to some of our most urgent challenges. 

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Past Episodes:

Scott Rechler, CEO and Chairman of RXR: Doing Good and Doing Well Means Doing Better
Scott Rechler is chairman and CEO of RXR, a leading real estate owner, investor, operator, and developer committed to building socially, economically, and environmentally responsible communities.

Liz Luckett and The Social Entrepreneurs’ Fund: Impact Investing Pioneer
Liz Luckett, ’90CC, the managing partner of The Social Entrepreneurs’ Fund, and a co-founder of Maycomb Capital, is a pioneer impact investor who has blazed the trail, and set a very high bar, for the billions of dollars and many new entrants to the field.

The Black Economic Alliance Foundation: Closing the Racial Wealth Gap – An Investment in Shared Prosperity and the Growth of the American Economy
Samantha Tweedy, the inaugural president of the Black Economic Alliance Foundation, has spent her career building and leading transformative racial and economic justice initiatives at the intersection of the public, private, and philanthropic sectors.

FreshDirect and the New York Common Pantry: A Partnership to Nourish New Yorkers
Stephen Grimaldi, the executive director of New York Common Pantry, and John MacDonald and Scott Crawford, the chief marketing and chief merchandising officers of FreshDirect, talk about the extraordinary partnership the two organizations forged in the height of the pandemic.

Greening Buildings, Blocks, and Cities: BlocPower and Decarbonization at Scale With Donnel Baird ’13
Donnel Baird ’13 is the founder and CEO of BlocPower, a clean tech startup based in New York City that develops portfolios of clean energy retrofit opportunities in underserved communities and connects those opportunities to investors seeking social, environmental, and financial returns.

Athletes Unlimited: Professional Sports — and Business — Reimagined With Jonathan Soros
Jonathan Soros is chief executive officer of JS Capital Management LLC and co-founder of Athletes Unlimited, a new model of professional sports and a reimagination of the way business can — and should — show up in the world.

Public Private Partnerships and the Future of New York City With Kathryn Wylde
Kathryn Wylde is one of New York and the country’s preeminent leaders when it comes to robust, cross-sector partnerships. As president and CEO of the Partnership for New York City, New York’s leading business organization, Wylde has been a key liaison between the city’s public and private sectors in the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery.

Walking the Walk on Climate Change and Mission Aligned Investing With Valerie Rockefeller
Valerie Rockefeller is one of the country’s most innovative leaders in the fight against climate change and in our transition to a low carbon economy. As chair of Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and BankFWD, she is helping to pioneer ways to channel philanthropy and the capital markets towards a more inclusive and sustainable future.

A Stake in Each Other’s Dreams and Struggles With Governor Deval Patrick
Governor Deval Patrick is one of the country’s most talented and inspiring leaders who has blazed many trails across and between the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. We explore some of the through lines in a career that has included successful chapters in civil rights law and activism, policy and politics, and entrepreneurship and investing.

The Care Economy: Expanding Our Imagination for What Is Possible With Ai-jen Poo
Ai-jen Poo is one of the country’s most innovative and celebrated leaders of the labor and women’s movements. The executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, she is an award-winning organizer, author, and leading voice on economic inclusion and shared prosperity.

Introducing Capital for Good Season Two
We find ourselves at a moment of great challenge — and opportunity. In this season of Capital for Good, with host Georgia Levenson Keohane, we'll explore how the world's health, economic, racial, and climate crises have compelled us to reimagine how leaders across the private, nonprofit, and public sectors champion social and environmental change in ways that truly advance shared prosperity and a sustainable future.

Heather Higginbottom – Policy, the Private Sector, and the Promise of a More Inclusive Economy
Heather Higginbottom is the president of the JPMorgan Chase PolicyCenter, which develops and advances sustainable, evidence-based policy solutions to drive inclusive economic growth in the United States and around the world.

Roy Swan – Courage, Capital, and the Future of Mission Investments
Roy Swan is the director of mission investments at the Ford Foundation and a national leader in the fields of sustainable finance, impact investing, and community and economic development.

Martin Whittaker – JUST Capital: Can Companies Deliver on the Promise of Stakeholder Capitalism?
Martin Whittaker is a leader in the field of sustainable finance, impact investing, and responsible business and founding CEO of JUST Capital, a nonprofit dedicated to aligning corporate behavior with the values of the American people.

Cheryl Dorsey – The Future of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Cheryl Dorsey is a trailblazer in the social entrepreneurship movement, and the president of Echoing Green, a global nonprofit that supports emerging social entrepreneurs and invests deeply in their ideas and leadership.

Judy Samuelson – The Six New Rules of Business: Creating Real Value in a Changing World
Judy Samuelson — founder and executive director of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program and author of The Six New Rules of Business: Creating Real Value in a Changing World — discusses how and why the rules of business are changing for the better.

Wes Moore – Poverty, Opportunity, and Equity: The Future of Philanthropy and Social Change
Wes Moore — bestselling author, combat veteran, social entrepreneur, and chief executive officer of the Robin Hood Foundation — is one of the country’s leading voices on issues of economic opportunity and social and racial equity.

Dan Doctoroff – Leadership, Inclusive Growth, and the Future of New York City
Dan Doctoroff, chairman and CEO of Sidewalk Labs, explores “crisis as catalyst,” how New York’s leaders re-imagined and rebuilt the city in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks with strong management and execution, resourceful innovation, and a belief that “the impossible is possible” — all essential elements for recovery today.

Sally Susman – Innovation and Corporate Citizenship in Extraordinary Times
Sally Susman, executive vice president and chief corporate affairs officer at Pfizer, talks about leadership, innovation, breakthroughs, and partnerships in these extraordinary times.

Lisa Mensah – Community Development Financial Institutions: Financing Justice, Investing in Hope
Lisa Mensah, president and CEO of Opportunity Finance Network, discusses economic and community development finance institutions (CDFIs), finance justice, and ways the Biden-Harris Administration can support CDFIs to "finance hope" and help struggling communities build back stronger.

Sir Ronald Cohen – Impact: Reshaping Capitalism to Drive Real Change
We speak with Sir Ronald Cohen, investor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, statesman, author, and a leader of the impact investing revolution on reshaping capitalism to drive real change.

Welcome to the Capital for Good Podcast
Can business be a force for good? What is the role of capital markets and philanthropy along the pathways to inclusive growth? How can public private partnerships help bring all of our resources and ingenuity to bear?