Janet McKinley joined a panel of experts at the High Water Women’s Symposium on October 22 to discuss the evolution of impact investing. She shared her experience co-founding a financial services company, and discussed the role an alternative investment asset class based on trade receivables can play in a portfolio with an impact investment strategy. Panelists included Preeti Bhattacharji from the FB Heron Foundation, Laura Kind McKenna of the Patricia Kind Family Foundation, and Julie Shafer, Bank of the West/BNP Paribas.
The High Water Women’s 2015 Investing for Impact Symposium is an annual event organized by the High Water Women, a non-profit organization founded in 2005 by senior women from the hedge fund and investment communities. Their mission is to engage women throughout the financial services sector in volunteerism and philanthropic giving.
The organization’s name comes from the “high water mark measure” used to incentivize hedge funds to outperform by tying bonuses to the last best gains rather than the previous year performance. The nonprofit encourages these high achieving women to surpass their achievements in philanthropy and volunteering as well.