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Your Environmentally Sustainable Financial Services News Brief (Ep.70)



A lot is going on in the world today, from climate change to active wars. 

But, how does it all affect us?

In this episode, Kimberly Griego-Kiel breaks down some of today’s hot topics in the news. In an educational discussion, Kim addresses how these industry-related topics impact financial advisors and investors while unveiling the role of ESG and the markets within these uncertain times.

Kim discusses:

  • The rapid increase in attacks on the ESG industry
  • Ways advisors in the ESG arena can respond to the situations happening within the industry
  • Deloitte’s four key stages of decarbonization
  • Why investors shouldn’t panic about the bear market
  • And more!

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What You Should Know About Gender Lens Investing with Kristin Hull, Ph.D. (Ep.69)



Looking at investing from a gender perspective uncovers the inequalities of the economy and reveals opportunities to create more effective and efficient systems.

In this episode, Kimberly Griego-Kiel sits down with Kristin Hull, the founder, CEO & CIO of Nia Impact Capital. Kristin unveils the role gender plays in impact investing and highlights Nia’s portfolio and its contribution to environmental sustainability and social justice. 

Kristin discusses:

  • The definition of gender lens investing
  • The firm’s six solution themes 
  • How to find business success through diversity in management
  • Ways to incorporate gender investing in your portfolio
  • And more!

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About Our Guest:

Kristin Hull is the founder, CEO, and CIO of Nia Impact Capital. Kristin is a conscious investor empowering individuals, families, and organizations to invest in alignment with their values for the world they want to see. She launched Nia Global Solutions in 2013 to bring activism and impact investing into the public markets. In doing so, she developed Nia’s six solutions-focused investment themes, weaving a gender lens throughout the investment thesis.

Kristin founded Nia Community Investments in 2010, a 100% mission-aligned investment fund focused on social justice and environmental sustainability in Oakland. Before Nia Community, Kristin served as President and Chair of the Board of the Hull Family Foundation from 2007 to 2011, where she oversaw all of the investment efforts, transitioning the endowment from a traditional investment portfolio to one of the country’s first 100% mission impact invested portfolios. Kristin is also a co-founder of Impact Hub Oakland, a co-working space nurturing entrepreneurs and social change-makers.

 


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A Conversation on Disability Rights & the ESG Community (Ep. 68)



Over 15% of the world’s population lives with some kind of disability. However, disability issues and rights are often overlooked when we consider Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues.

In this episode, Kim Griego-Kiel sheds light on disability rights and the lack of attention it receives in ESG conversations. She highlights why disability inclusion is critical for approaching ESG holistically and unveils how inclusion contributes to successful business operations. 

Kimberly discusses:

  • How the Disability Equality Index is improving ESG and the impact investing arena
  • The purchasing power the disability community holds globally
  • Reasons it’s critical for organizations to be inclusive for their business success 
  • The difference between diversity and inclusion  
  • And more!

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What You Should Know About Your Portfolio’s Exposure to Russia with Johann Klaassen & Sonia Kowal (Ep. 67)



How do you hold individuals, investors, and larger companies accountable in a timely fashion when considering the conflict between Russia and Ukraine?

Learn how you can support Ukrainians from an investing standpoint in this week’s episode of Deep Impact Investing. 

This week, Kimberly Griego-Kiel and Johann Klaassen welcome Sonia Kowal, President of Zevin Asset Management. Together, they talk about the Russian-Ukrainian situation while unveiling the importance of looking at corporate and individual investing exposures to Russian companies to mitigate humanitarian and financial risk. 

 Sonia, Kim, and Johann discuss:

  • The two major risks concerned with direct exposure to Russian companies in your mutual funds
  • How to push multinational corporations out of Russia
  • The overarching risk of investing in authoritarian regimes across the world
  • The critical role of community investment in Ukraine’s recovery
  • And more!

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About our Sonia Kowal:

Sonia is Zenin Asset Management’s President and has over two decades of investment experience in managing corporate matters, business practices, and strategic planning. She is a member of the firm’s Board of Managers and the Investment Committee. She is passionate about the value of integrating environmental, social, and governance issues into investments and is a frequent speaker on the topic at conferences. She feels particularly strongly about racial equity, wealth inequality, and our disastrous criminal justice system. 

About Johann Klaassen:

Johann is Horizons Sustainable Financial Services’ executive vice president and chief investment officer. Here he develops asset allocation strategies and oversees investment policy for Horizons’ individual and institutional clients. As a passionate advocate for SRI, a skilled navigator of its intricacies, and an enthusiastic early adopter of just about every new communication tool and technology, Johann is informed, informative, and far more accessible than his many commitments might imply. He directly serves clients across the nation, tending to specialize in serving unusual and special circumstances or needs.



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56. Leadership & Community Investments as Crucial ESG Components — Part 2



In October 2021, Kimberly Griego-Kiel took part in the ESG For Impact! Conference in Colorado Springs. 

Now back with part two of her ESG for Impact! miniseries, Kim welcomes George Gay, the CEO of First Affirmative Financial Network, and Ebony Perkins, Self-Help Credit Union’s Vice President and Director of Investor Relations. 

George and Kim explore George’s military background and ways to gain leadership within the environmental, social, and governance investing arena, while Ebony reviews everything you need to know about community investments. Plus, she shares how Self-Help Credit Union can support you when you need it the most. 

Kim, George, and Ebony discuss:

  • How leadership skills are transferable from industry to industry
  • How 9/11 and the 2008 Market Crisis affected perceptions of success 
  • The lending business during the pandemic
  • The importance of understanding where your money ‘sleeps’
  • And more!

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About George Gay:

George has worked at First Affirmative Financial Network since 1986, serving as the CEO since 1999. First Affirmative is a leading provider of professional services to investment professionals who focus on socially responsible investing, sustainable investing, ESG investing, and/or Impact Investing. Through their managed account service, Sustainable Investment Solutions TM, they currently manage roughly $1 Billion for clients around the country. Geroge is recognized as an industry role model and mentor. He’s a highly sought-after speaker, panelist, and counselor. He is a past recipient of the industry’s “SRI Service Award.”

About Ebony Perkins:

Ebony is a dedicated, solution-oriented social entrepreneur with a passion for community investing. In her career, she has scaled operations across 70 individual branches and 800 employees to grow cash investments in the social impact space, nearly doubling investments YoY from 2020 – 2021.  She has participated on a leadership team that has led overall deposit growth from $1.2B to $2.5B over five years through strategic planning, business development initiatives, and mergers and acquisitions. Ebony was elected to the Board of US SIF in 2020, the leading voice for sustainable investing across all asset classes. She has secured $250M + in community investments by engaging foundations, high net worth individuals, and Fortune 100 companies across industries, including tech, consumer goods, and financial services.

 


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55. How we can Create a New Economy With Rex Raimond — Part 1



In October 2021, Kimberly Griego-Kiel took part in the ESG For Impact! conference in Colorado Springs. 

During this two-day conference, Kim attended sessions focused on SRI investments, strategies, and concepts while connecting with like-minded professionals and industry leaders. 

One of those leaders was Rex Raimond, the director of The Transformational Investing in Food Systems (TIFS) Initiative.

In the first part of the ESG for Impact! miniseries, Rex joins Kim to explain everything around investing in global food systems. They explore how food growth can impact our health and the environment and outline ways we can get into a new sustainable economy.

Kim and Rex discuss:

  • How food systems fit within the ESG arena
  • The destructiveness of the agricultural system
  • The financial component of growing food system operations
  • Consequences of not managing our land properly
  • And more!

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About Rex Raimond: 

Rex Raimond has more than 20 years of experience developing strategies and building effective partnerships for sustainable and equitable food systems. He applies his partnership-building skills to help build a movement among concessional, impact, and commercial investors, companies, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders to increase investment in principles-aligned food system businesses that are economically viable and deliver sustainable impact. Rex has worked on many aspects of food and agricultural systems transformation, including sustainable finance, crop insurance, and agricultural policy, market incentives for soil health practices, sustainable supply chains, food safety, science and emerging technologies, sustainable landscape planning, and climate change. 

 


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54. 2021 Year-End Planning With Kimberly Griego-Kiel and Johann Klaassen



Yes, it’s that time of the year already. It’s time to think about year-end planning! 

To kick-start your year-end planning, join Kimberly Griego-Kiel and Johann Klaassen for this information-packed episode as they discuss why a yearly plan is so important for your finances. With rules constantly changing, find out the benefits of having review sessions with your financial advisor to ensure you are not being penalized. 

Plus, discover why early retirement planning is your ticket to becoming financially free in the future!

Kimberly and Johann discuss:

  • How to make the most out of your retirement account
  • Efficient ways to save on taxes
  • The two certain things in life
  • Reasons to have a will in place
  • And more!

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About Johann Klaassen:

As Horizons Sustainable Financial Services’ Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, Johann supports investors who focus their efforts on environmental, social, and corporate governance issues. He also helps clients vote with their dollars for a positive transformation of our economy and society toward a socially just and environmentally sustainable world. 


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53. Fishy Fish: What You Should Really Know About Sustainable Seafood



Regardless of whether you enjoy seafood, the truth is, it’s important to be informed about seafood’s sustainable and unsustainable components.

That’s exactly what Kim Griego-Kiel is here to help you learn in this week’s episode.

Join in as Kim reveals how understanding seafood sustainability can help you make conscious decisions as a consumer. Plus, learn how you, too, can mitigate the harm caused to the environment when these marine creatures are extracted from their natural habitat.

Kim discusses:

  • The definition of sustainably harvested seafood 
  • The role of regulatory agencies within the industry 
  • What bycatch is and why it should be eliminated
  • Ways to find labels and certifications for sustainable seafood
  • Easy ways to support sustainable seafood
  • Consequences of fishes being in the wrong habitat
  • And more!

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52. Investing for Climate Risk and Gender Equality With Pooja Khosla



Many of us want to be informed investors, putting our money towards companies and causes that will positively impact our earth and societies.

But finding the information we need to make these decisions can be a challenging task.

That’s why companies like Entelligent are working to give investors the data they need to invest according to their values.

In this episode, econometrician and Entelligent’s executive vice president for client & product development, Pooja Khosla, joins Kimberly Griego-Kiel to discuss just how the company helps investors engage in impact investing. She talks about investment solutions that are climate-aligned and explains how her investment tools translate the projections from climate change models into simple rankings, which can be used to build climate-resilient portfolios.

Pooja discusses:

  • What an econometrician is
  • How Entelligent helps investors engage in ESG investing
  • Sustainable impact investing
  • How climate change and inequality are linked
  • Gender equality in financial services and how the pandemic has empowered women
  • And more!

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About our Guest:

Pooja Khosla Ph.D. is Vice President of Client Development at Entelligent. Dr. Khosla is an economist, econometrician, and mathematician who has deep knowledge to build investing solutions. She has extensive experience in predictive modeling, microfinance, and designing impact investment tools and has been working on impact solutions since 2003, both nationally and internationally. 


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51. What’s Risk Got to Do With It? With Johann Klaassen



Fear is a double-edged sword:

It can hold you back from doing something you should do and can also make you do something you normally wouldn’t do — especially when it comes to your investments.

In this week’s episode, Kimberly Griego-Kiel and Johann Klaassen discuss the different risks that involve the investment arena. Drawing from client and prospect concerns, Kim and Johann address must-know considerations around risks so that you, too, can learn how to make better financial decisions. 

Johann discusses:

  • Reasons why you should report on your ESG criteria
  • How much risk should you take with your portfolio
  • Risk perception: How do you understand and measure risk 
  • The types of risks involved in the markets
  • And more

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About Johann Klaassen:

As Horizons Sustainable Financial Services’ Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, Johann supports investors who focus their efforts on environmental, social, and corporate governance issues. He also helps clients vote with their dollars for a positive transformation of our economy and society toward a socially just and environmentally sustainable world.