April 17th Meeting Recap: Impact Investing – Pioneering Past, Promising Future

By SVMN Volunteer Monica Oyarzun On April 17, 2013, SVMN had the honor and privilege of welcoming Michael Schlein, President and CEO of ACCION, to discuss the organization’s history along with its strategies for future economic and social impact among base of the pyramid (BoP) populations.  During this discussion, Schlein emphasized the themes of hope, […]

Upcoming 4-17-13 Event: Impact Investing – Pioneering Past, Promising Future

Featuring: Michael Schlein Chief Executive Officer of Accion   Photo courtesy of CGAP Event Synopsis Accion has been at the leading edge of advancing the microfinance industry’s access to private capital markets for decades.  From their establishment of the first microfinance loan guarantee fund in the 1980′s to new work in socially responsible venture and angel […]

February 21st Meeting Recap: “Microfinance in 2013: Where Are We Now?”

By SVMN Volunteer Esther Alcaina On Thursday, February 21st, SVMN hosted the event “Microfinance in 2013: Where are We Now?”. Featured speaker Tilman Ehrbeck presented his view on where the sector is today and what opportunities are ahead of us. We were extremely honored to have Mr. Ehrbeck, CEO of CGAP, the world’s leading policy and […]

January 12th Meeting Recap – A Conversation with Author David Roodman

A Conversation with David Roodman Author of Due Diligence: An impertinent inquiry into microfinance Hosted by SVMN Event recap written by SVMN Volunteer Julie Menezes The SVMN event on January 12th featured Economist David Roodman of the Center for Global Development. Roodman discussed his new book, Due Diligence: an impertinent inquiry into microfinance, and how […]

December 6th Meeting Recap – Panel: Is Microfinance Dying?

SVMN Panel: Is Microfinance Dying? Featuring: Dr. Ruth Shapiro, Maya Chorengel, Sean Foote, Dr. Lamia Karim Tuesday, December 6th 2011 Panel Recap Written by SVMN Volunteer Elayna Yussen SVMN packed the house last Tuesday evening with a diverse speaker panel including Maya Chorengel of Elevar Equity, Sean Foote of Labrador Ventures and faculty at UC Berkeley […]