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Wednesday, January 24 • 8:40am - 9:20am
Philanthropic Big Bets

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Session held in Libby Gardner Concert Hall.
Significant societal transformations are possible when philanthropists and investors act with urgency and balance the tendency to let caution be their guide. Material investments in bold ideas can change the world in leaps, rather than in incremental steps. While many want to move the needle on critical issues, few make a leap to invest in a big bet. Our panelists and their companies are among those few. Learn how they found breakthrough opportunities to invest in ideas that change the world and why Big Bets are more important than ever.”

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John Balbach

Associate Director, Impact Investments, MacArthur Foundation
John brings more than twenty years of diverse experience across the nonprofit sector, large corporations, early-stage ventures and public-private partnerships to this role. Prior to MacArthur, he was integral to Silicon Valley Bank establishing a strong Seattle presence, and he led... Read More →
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Kimberlee Cornett

Director of Social Investments, The Kresge Foundation
As managing director of The Kresge Foundation’s Social Investment Practice, Kimberlee Cornett works closely with the foundation’s program teams to make capital and financing available to organizations working on key, strategic priorities of the foundation. She identifies capital... Read More →
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Benjamin Kerman

Senior Fellow and Advisor for Strategy and Impact, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
Leader in using human and organizational development practices, strategic learning tools, and rigorous program evaluation to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families.
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Rehana Nathoo

VP, Social Innovation, The Case Foundation
As far back as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with learning. Whether it be new skills or perspectives, I’m most intrigued by the things I don’t know. That desire has afforded me some of my most exhilarating and challenging experiences, and I hope that journey continues. Rehana... Read More →
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Fraser Nelson

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Sorenson Impact
Fraser Nelson is Director of Strategic Partnerships at Sorenson Impact, where she facilitates social impact and innovation projects throughout the United States. Prior to joining Sorenson, she served as the first Director of Data and Innovation for Salt Lake County Mayor's Office... Read More →

Wednesday January 24, 2018 8:40am - 9:20am MST
Libby Gardner Hall