Impact Week

Purpose + Profit

Collaboration across sectors today creates a better tomorrow

How can businesses address the world’s biggest challenges and inspire social change? UCLA Anderson’s Impact Week brings together the thought leaders and founders of mission-driven businesses for a week-long event focused on creating social, environmental and economic evolution. Join us for powerful and informative design workshops, panels, screenings, network mixers and more.


April 14 – 21, 2017

Schedule and events subject to change. Please check back for updates.

Friday, April 14, 2017 – Energy Innovation Conference
The UCLA Anderson Energy Innovation Conference is an annual event that brings together industry professionals, students and academics with a passion for energy and showcases innovative technologies with the potential to reinvent the energy industry.
Monday, April 17, 2017 – Profit and Social Goods
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Opening Keynote + Reception Executive Dining Room Christopher Gavigan, The Honest Company
Moderated by Hal Hershfield, UCLA Anderson School of Management
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Leveraging Private-Sector Lessons for Impact in Education Executive Dining Room Frank Baxter, Alliance for College Ready Public Schools;
Todd Mackey ('91), GoGuardian;
Jasmine Pachnanda, Alliance for College Ready Public Schools;
Hoa Truong ('02), The Broad Center
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Dean's Distinguished Speaker Series
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Korn Convocation Hall Christine McCarthy ('81), The Walt Disney Company
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 – Impact Across Careers
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Diversity@Work: An Inclusion Workshop with Deloitte D-313 Team from Deloitte Strategic Inclusion; Melany De La Cruz-Viesca, UCLA Asian American Studies Center; Kimberly Freeman ('02), UCLA Anderson School of Management
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. D4X: A Networking Mixer Fowler Museum Social Impact Industry Professionals
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 – Designing Inclusive Systems
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Blockchain: An Introduction and Implications for Impact C-315 Lisa Nestor ('15),
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Models of Impact: A Design Workshop by verynice Anderson Venture Accelerator:
Rosenfeld Library (Ground Floor)
Shane Chase, verynice
7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Net Impact Consulting Challenge Kickoff TBA
Thursday, April 20, 2017 – Investing for Impact
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Investing in Affordable Housing in Los Angeles C-315 Tyler Monroe, Thomas Safran & Associates;
Molly Rysman, Office of County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl; 
Tara Barauskas, Community Corporation of Santa Monica
5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Closing Keynote + Reception Korn Convocation Hall
Jennifer Kenning, Align Impact
Friday, April 21, 2017 – Impactathon
9:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. IMPACTATHON: An Interactive Social Impact Workshop for Entrepreneurs

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Anderson Venture Accelerator:
Rosenfeld Library (Ground Floor)
Sam Polk, Everytable and Groceryships;
Andrew McDowell, With Love Market and Café;
Somya Munjal, Youthful Savings;
Neetal Parekh, Innov8social
Frank Baxter
Frank E. Baxter is Chairman Emeritus of Jefferies LLC, a global investment bank. He retired as Chief Executive officer in 2001, a position he held since 1987.

He is the current Honorary Consul of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay in the City of Sacramento. He is the former Ambassador to Uruguay where he served from November, 2006 to January, 2009.

He is Chairman of the Board of Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools, a charter management organization with twenty-eight middle and high schools; Chairman of the Board of Fremont College, a career college; Board member of EdVoice, an educational advocacy group in Sacramento; member of the Boards of Los Angeles Music Center Foundation; Pacific Council on International Policy; and St. John’s Health Center Foundation. He is a Life Trustee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Los Angeles Opera.

He has been involved in other numerous civic activities, including: Chairman of After-School All Stars; Board Member, California Institute of the Arts; Member, Governor Schwarzenegger’s Commission for Jobs and Economic Growth; Chairman of the Executive Committee, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, while undergoing a major building campaign; and Trustee, I Have a Dream Foundation, LA Chapter.

He is a former director of the NASD and served as Chairman of the committee, which resulted in the spin-off of NASDAQ. He subsequently served on the Board of NASDAQ as a member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the CEO search committee. He is also a former director of the Securities Industry Association.

He is the recipient of the Bet Tzedek, House of Justice; the City of Angels; and Posse Foundation awards.

He graduated with honors from the University of California at Berkeley in 1961 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics.

He is a member of the California Club and the Los Angeles Country Club.

Ambassador Baxter has been married to his wife Kathy since 1962. They have three children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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Todd Mackey '91
Todd is a successful entrepreneur and seasoned business executive with a wide range of experience, including manufacturing to SaaS, industrial products to education, and investment banking to operations.

He has provided executive leadership, scaled B2B sales teams, and lead operations and finance, M&A and corporate development efforts. Todd has co-founded and/or scaled 5 companies, angel invested, raised venture capital, acquired several companies, and lead two successful exits, including a sale to a NYSE company.

In his last company, GoGuardian, a SaaS EdTech start-up, Todd was the Co-founder, President & COO. He made the initial $100K angel investment, completed key hires, established company policies and norms, lead an A-round of financing, and helped build the company to $10M ARR in 30 months. Todd transitioned to an advisory role with GoGuardian, and is looking for his next growth company opportunity in disrupted or disruptable markets and new technology areas.

Todd received his MBA from UCLA Anderson, where he emphasized in entrepreneurial studies. He received his bachelors degree Magna Cum Laude in finance at San Diego State University, where he participated in a study-abroad program through the University of London, was involved in student government, the debate team, and ranked 7th in his graduating class of 350.

Todd is an active member of Young Presidents’ Organization, and resides with his son Connor in the South Bay Los Angeles area.

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Hoa Truong '02
Hoa Truong is managing director of The Broad Academy. He is responsible for all aspects of the program including recruitment, selection, session design and training and professional development.

Prior to this role, he served as senior director of The Broad Residency, overseeing all aspects of the Resident experience that relate directly to their work in Residency partner organizations. Before joining The Broad Center, Hoa was the chief operating officer for Camino Nuevo Charter Academy and served as director of knowledge management and then vice president of operations at Green Dot Public Schools. Hoa began his career as a strategic marketing manager for Audio Visual Services Corporation and as a senior consultant at Arthur Andersen. A graduate of The Broad Residency and a first-generation college graduate, Hoa earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Jasmine Pachnanda
Ms. Pachnanda currently serves as the Chief College Officer for Alliance College-Ready Schools, Los Angeles's largest CMO. Alliance runs 28 middle and high schools and serves 12,500 students.

As Chief College Officer, Ms. Pachnanda leads Alliance's vision of 75% college completion by ensuring counselors are equipped to guide students through college awareness and matching decisions and by directly supporting Alliance alumni through college.

Ms. Pachnanda received her BA from UCLA and worked in finance and accounting before receiving her MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Prior to entering the world of education, Ms. Pachnanda worked at The Boston Consulting Group, primarily in the healthcare and social impact practice areas.

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Christopher Gavigan
Christopher Gavigan is co-founder and chief purpose officer of The Honest Company. He has devoted his life to helping families nurture the healthiest, happiest babies and children.

“Parents get a lot of advice about what to feed their children and how to baby-proof their home,” he says, “but many are still completely unaware of the potential risks posed by everyday basics, like home cleaners, body washes, and laundry soaps. Yet there’s growing consensus that some chemicals used in these products may be linked to chronic diseases like asthma, ADHD, and even cancer.”

A father of four children, Gavigan is the former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World (a national nonprofit empowering parents to protect their children from toxic risks), author of a best-selling book and instrumental in catapulting health message into millions of homes with a collaboration with WebMD. “Everything I stand for and all I’ve done over the last 15 years has come to this moment,” he says of The Honest Company. “I’m thrilled to launch a brand that offers some of the most thoughtfully designed, innovative and safest products available.”

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Kimberly Freeman ('02)
Kimberly Freeman is Assistant Dean for Diversity Initiatives and Community Relations at UCLA Anderson School of Management. She also serves as a member of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion’s committee of campus-wide equity advisors.

Prior to joining UCLA Anderson, Kimberly worked for over 24 years at Southern California Gas Company. Kimberly is a member of the California Volunteers board of directors and a trustee of Mount Saint Mary’s University – Los Angeles. She has been appointed by two governors and two mayors to State and city commissions and previously chaired the boards of Leadership California and Southern California Leadership Network. She was also a founding board member of the Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute (LAAAWPPI). Kimberly earned an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley, a master of public policy (MPP) degree from the University of Southern California, and her MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

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Leobardo Estrada
Professor Estrada’s areas of expertise include ethnic and racial demographic trends, particularly in the Latino population of the southwestern United States, inner city redevelopment, and social policy analysis and research methods.

He twice has been asked to provide his knowledge on methodologies related to ethnic and racial groups to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, serving as Special Assistant to the Chief of the Population Division and as Staff Assistant to the Deputy Director. His areas of interest are (1) ethnic communities—Latino American; (2) geographic information systems; and (3) race and ethnicity. He teaches courses on Planning for Minority Communities and Geographic Information Systems at UCLA and is a board member for New Economics for Women.

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Melany De La Cruz-Viesca
Melany De La Cruz-Viesca is the Assistant Director of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center (AASC) and the Managing Editor of AAPI Nexus, a nationwide journal focusing on Asian American & Pacific Islanders policy, practice, and community issues.

She also serves as the Director of the AAPI Community Development Census Information Center, a joint partnership between UCLA AASC, the National Coalition of Asian Pacific American Community Development (CAPACD) and the U.S. Census Bureau. She is the lead author of, "The Color of Wealth in Los Angeles," which is the first report examining wealth inequity by race and ethnicity in the Los Angeles area. She has sixteen years of experience in providing training and technical support on using census data, developing articles, fact sheets and reports on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander subpopulation groups, and advocacy to meet the specific needs of community-based organizations. She is a member of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development's Experts of Color Network. She was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in 2008 and recently re-appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to the City’s Human Relations Commission. She holds a master's degree in urban planning from UCLA and a bachelor's degree in ethnic studies and urban studies and planning from UC San Diego.

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Devon Dickau '15
Devon Dickau (’15). As a management consultant of Deloitte, Devon is also an impact strategist and chief of staff for the firm’s Leadership Center for Inclusion.

He has significant knowledge and method of approach to inclusion in the workplace. His leadership at Deloitte spearheads inclusion labs. His team is committed to the idea as they promote and engage with our people, clients, and thought leaders to redefine inclusion in the 21st-century workplace arena.

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Lisa Nestor '15
Lisa is a 2015 UCLA Anderson graduate. At Anderson, Lisa focused on marketing and entrepreneurship while maintaining her passion for financial systems, technology and their capacity to empower humanity. Lisa joined Stellar in 2016 as Director of Partnerships.

In this role she leads development of Stellar's partner network, facilitating collaborations with institutions and businesses looking to utilize Stellar's open-source distributed ledger. Prior to Stellar, Lisa facilitated village savings groups in Mauritania, West Africa, managed financial inclusion research studies at the Centre for Microfinance in India and led product marketing and growth at Payoff.

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Shane Chase
Shane is a practitioner in participatory design research and synthesis. His work involves facilitating teams and embedding innovation processes to define and develop positively impactful business models.

As a LEED Green Associate, he has also consulted with colleges and their surrounding municipalities regarding sustainability and green infrastructure. Shane holds an MBA in Design Strategy from California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

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Tara Barauskas
Tara Barauskas is the Executive Director of Community Corporation of Santa Monica, a nonprofit affordable housing owner and development organization based in Santa Monica, California.

In this role she oversees the functional areas of the organization, including management of 1,700 units of affordable housing, housing development, resident services, maintenance and administration of 80 staff. Prior to joining Community Corp, Ms. Barauskas was the Director of Housing for A Community of Friends, a nonprofit permanent supportive housing owner and developer in Los Angeles. In that capacity she oversaw the development of numerous affordable housing projects in LA, Orange County and Inland Empire. Prior to this role, she worked for a for-profit affordable housing development company, developing affordable housing projects throughout the state of California. Ms. Barauskas holds a Bachelors Degree in English from California State University, Long Beach, and a LEED AP Accreditation from the US Green Building Council. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for SCANPH, a nonprofit membership organization that advocates for effective affordable housing policy throughout Southern California.

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Molly Rysman
Molly Rysman works to create systems change and public policy that support solutions to homelessness and expands the supply of affordable housing in the 3rd district and throughout Los Angeles County.

Prior to joining Supervisor Kuehl’s office, she served as the Los Angeles Director for CSH, a community development finance institution dedicated to expanding housing solutions to reduce homelessness. Ms. Rysman earned a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the UCLA and is a proud alumnus of Cal State LA, where she earned her bachelor’s degree.

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Tyler Monroe
Tyler Monroe is Vice President of Development for Thomas Safran & Associates. Thomas Safran & Associates is a developer and operator of affordable housing, mixed-income, multifamily and mixed-use development.Tyler joined Thomas Safran & Associates Development in 2008.

He manages the acquisition, design, entitlement, finance and construction processes for both new construction and adaptive re-use projects. He is experienced with public/private partnerships; complex financial structures that use low income housing tax credits, tax exempt bonds and public agency funds; and design and construction management. Previously, Mr.Monroe was a project manager for a regional general contractor.

Tyler is an alumnus of the University of Southern California (USC) with graduate degrees in both Business Administration (MBA) and Real Estate Development (MRED). He has a Bachelor’s degree in both Architecture and Italian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. >

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Jennifer Kenning
Combining her desire for change across the globe and passion for financial management, Jennifer serves as the CEO and Co-Founder of Align. Align serves as an independent specialized impact advisor to high net worth families, individuals and foundations.

In collaboration with advisors, Align aims to increase the effectiveness and alignment of philanthropic grants, impact investments, and mission related investments. Align’s portfolios aim to deliver the same risk/return profiles with globally diversified approaches, investing in companies that are more aligned with a client’s values while avoiding companies that are potentially harmful to the environment and society.

Jennifer joined Aspiriant in 2002 as an associate in Wealth Management eventually leading the charge as a Director in Wealth Management in the family office division and as a member of Aspiriant’s Board of Directors. In 2014, Jennifer left Aspiriant to launch Align.

Jennifer was named “40 under 40” for Investment News in 2014, a finalist for “Rising Star for Family Wealth” report, and selected for Private Asset Management’s “50 Most Influential Women in Private Wealth’” 2016. Jennifer was hand selected to attend Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women of the Next Generation” Summit and Skoll World Forum. Jenn sits on the industry advisory board for the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, Wharton Social Impact Initiative and Tara Health Foundation joint project aligning investors interests in improving the lives of women. In March and November 2016, Jennifer curated and led an Impact Investing course for the University of Cape Town on site in Africa. Jenn was honored to serve as the Committee Senior Investment Advisor for ImpactAsset’s Annual IA 50 Impact Investing Fund Showcase in 2017. A frequent speaker and moderator, Jenn excels leading discussions on global change.

Jennifer earned a BBA degree in Finance and BA in Economics from the Southern Methodist University and graduated Cum Laude. She finished her accounting certificate at UCLA and holds her Series 65 license. She sits on the board of various private foundations, the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles chapter of Advisors in Philanthropy, the Advisory Board for Thrdplc (a social enterprise), and the advisory board of Investment News. Similarly, Jenn works closely with the following non– profits and social enterprises in the field: DOST (India), Wala (Uganda), Livelyhoods (Kenya), IkamvaYouth (South Africa), and Shine Centers (South Africa). Jenn is currently launching a female entrepreneurial program in Somoto, Nicaragua after feeding 250 children daily for the past five years. She has built strategic partnerships on the ground bringing the malnourishment rate down from 28% to 5%. Jennifer also serves as a mentor for inner city youth driving change locally with organizations such as Ambition and Step-Up. When not on a plane, building a sustainable farm in Nicaragua or meeting with investors in Ethiopia, Jennifer is a lover of Soul Cycle, scuba diving, Dave Matthews Band and football.

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