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What do your money choices say about your values?

Welcome! I'm a reformed free-market capitalist who now spends his time at the intersection of purpose and profit. I create and share a variety of resources designed to help you get smarter about impact investing and explore new ways of using money to create a better world. 

My appearances & Interviews
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Growing up I loved to play Monopoly. But I was often frustrated by the role that chance played. A few unlucky rolls early in the night was all it took to seal your fate if you were unfortunate enough to miss the valuable properties.

That always struck me as outrageously unfair; that somehow I could lose the game because of bad luck. I couldn't tolerate it. My solution was to siphon a handful of quality properties that would be shuffled and dealt to each player so that all players had a chance to win no matter how the dice landed. 

 

These were my instincts as a kid. Sadly, my formal finance education would indoctrinate me in free-market capitalism where we were taught that maximizing shareholder value was our sole goal. Thankfully, my life experiences led me to reject this harmful doctrine and come to understand that my 12 yr old self was right all along!

Today, I'm most passionate about advancing equality (particularly wealth, gender, and racial), protecting our planet, and motivating others to positively impact what they care about.

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What I Do

After spending the first 15 years of my career in the institutional investment industry, I had some life experiences (here's the story) that made me decide to direct my time, energy, and money to address the outrageous inequality that still exists today.

The field of impact investing gave me the best opportunity to use my existing skillset to make a dent in inequality.

 

Now I spend all of my time dedicated to one of three pursuits: 

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Awareness

The field of impact investing is still nascent. I aim to bring more investors into the fold through public speaking, hosting the Impact Investing Podcast, writing articles and sharing a free newsletter.

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Action

While a growing number of people are talking about impact investing, still far too few people are actually doing it. I aim to reduce the friction points that lead to this talk-action gap.

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Access

Impact investing is only accessible to the wealthy elite. It is important that we democratize access to allow all investors to participate in the returns we can generate by solving the social and environmental challenges of our time.

I take a "portfolio" approach to my impact efforts. This means that, much like I diversify my investments across a portfolio of securities, I split my time and energy in a variety of ways that I believe can create the biggest impact on the problems closest to my heart. In this way, I invest my human capital the same way I invest my financial capital, I diversify. Here's how I spend my time.

Consulting
Public Speaking
Podcasting
Writing
Founder
 
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Speaking

I am available for keynote presentations, panel discussions, and media interviews. My speaking topics focus on the intersection of money and meaning. See all my past speaking engagements/topics here.

Recent engagements

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Morningstar Investment Conference

Cape Town, South Africa

October 15, 2019

Advisors, are you ready for change?

A keynote presentation on how advisors need to adapt their practice to survive and thrive in the new world order.

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Wealth Professional Invest ESG

Toronto, Canada

October 20, 2020

Impact Investing: The Next Frontier

A keynote presentation discussing the opportunity for advisors to both serve their clients well and grow their business through impact investing.

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MaRS Social Finance Forum

Toronto, Canada

November 06, 2019

Fireside Chat: Is Capitalism broken?

A fireside chat where we discussed why Capitalism isn't working and how the ways in which impact investing could go wrong.

Media appearances

 

podcasting

I host two podcasts, the Impact Investing Podcast and the Kind Wealth Podcast. 

The for-profit and non-profit worlds are on a collision course. Already the lines are blurring as new fields like impact investing, social enterprise, and blended finance emerge.

Join me for a series of conversations with changemakers from all walks of life who are using for-profit principles in surprising and creative ways to drive social and environmental impact.

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The Kind Wealth Podcast is a series of real, raw, and sometimes uncomfortable conversations about money.

Here we smash the cultural taboo around money, lift the veil of financial confusion, explore the intersection of money and meaning, and give you practical advice so you can take control of your money and live life on your own terms.

 

Writing

I have been profiled and my thoughts have appeared in a wide variety of national and international media.

Press Appearances

Advisors Stepping Up to Provide Free Advice During COVID

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Why Performance Fees Are a Scam

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For this shopaholic millennial lawyer, lockdown on CERB was a financial wake-up call

My Blog

 

I share a variety of free educational resources aimed at helping people get smarter about impact investing. In addition to promoting awareness and education I love connecting people and organizations with shared values and aligned missions.

Community

Join our community of changemakers as we explore new ideas and approaches that allow us to harness the power of the capital markets for good. By subscribing you will receive articles, podcast episodes, new investment ideas, academic research, event invitations, and more. Learn more on my Learn Page.

More about me

More About Me

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  • I have three amazing women/girls in my life who challenge me and make me laugh every single day.

  • I am a former competitive boxer and find the sport endlessly fascinating despite the fact that I am a pacifist.   

  • I love experiencing new cultures and have lived, worked, and traveled throughout over 40 countries 

  • Fun Fact: I have been on TV in 3 different​ continents. 

  • I try hard to eat less red meat but I think hamburgers are the greatest food ever invented (Shake Shack is the reigning champ).  

  • I am an outspoken advocate for the oxford comma and can't sit idly by when editing a document that has two spaces between sentences.

  • My wife has taught me to appreciate the second-hand economy. We buy/sell used stuff, trade, and barter for a shockingly large percentage of our consumption.

Before you go here's an astronaut, a butterfly, and a unicorn, 

all things that make my girls smile.