Dr. Lisette M. Garcia and René Redwood present The Power of the Purse: Gender Lens Investing and Giving

Lisette and Rene combinedTuesday, February 24, 2015

TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A
$20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues, The Transition Network and
The Woman’s National Democratic Club


The Power of the Purse:  Gender Lens Investing and Giving

Dr. Lisette M. Garcia and René Redwood

A movement known as “investing with a gender lens” focused on the nexus of gender and investment is emerging to encourage the use of investments to deliver financial returns and to improve the lives of women and girls. A gender lens allows investors to gain new perspectives, highlight poorly understood inequalities, uncover new opportunities, identify blockages in the system, and find value where none was found before. Goals include adding women to corporate boards and in leadership positions.

Dr. Lisette Garcia directs the  Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) Research Institute to advance Hispanic inclusion in corporate America.

René Redwood, CEO of Redwood Enterprise, LLC, is one of the nation’s foremost diversity experts and advocates. She has been Director of Political Operations for the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Special Assistant to the Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, and District Office Director for Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.

Although women are the majority voters, women are more likely to be at financial risk. Investing and giving with a gender lens can create financial and social impact by increasing women’s access to capital, promoting workplace equity, and creating products and services that improve the lives of women and girls. Applying a gender lens highlights the ways that gender is material to financial outcomes and financial outcomes are material to gender.  Women need to close the gap: only 7% of all philanthropic dollars are invested in programs for girls and women.

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