Presented by: Glenmede

Invest in Women, Affect Climate Change

Glenmede and BRAVA Investments brought together a panel of industry leaders to explore the nexus of climate change and women, and how investing with a gender lens can help address global warming while raising the global standing of women.


2018 Hosts:

We are humbled by the positive responses we’ve received from guests of the 2018 Event. See what Bloomberg “Good Business” had to say.

  • “We can’t talk about improving the lives of women without talking about African Americans and Latinas. There is a massive and untapped market opportunity for investors who are smart enough to see it.”

    Monique Woodard, 500 Startups, Venture Partner and 2017 Annual Event Series Speaker
  • “Investors can make an impact and make their voice heard by engaging companies and letting them know that they care deeply.”

    Casey Clark, Director of Sustainable and Impact Investing, Glenmede
  • “By investing with [a gender lens] you are . . . equipping a whole generation of women.”

    Nathalie Molina-Niña, CEO, BRAVA Investments

2018 Speakers

Dr. Katharine Wilkinson

Vice President of Communication & Engagement, Project Drawdown

Dr. Katharine Wilkinson is Vice President of Communication & Engagement at Project Drawdown, where she is advancing the organization’s message, reach, and influence around the world. She was lead writer for the New York Times bestseller Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming—the #1 environmental book of 2017.

Katharine’s interdisciplinary background cuts across research, strategy, advocacy, and thought leadership. Previously, she was Director of Strategy at the purpose consultancy BrightHouse. She has taught at the University of Oxford and Agnes Scott College and worked for The Boston Consulting Group and Natural Resources Defense Council. Her first book, Between God & Green: How Evangelicals Are Cultivating a Middle Ground on Climate Change, was called “a vitally important, even subversive, story” by The Boston Globe.

As an international public speaker, Katharine’s perspective has been featured by Aspen Ideas, Skoll World Forum, Talks @ Google, and The Weather Channel. Katharine holds a doctorate in Geography & Environment from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and a B.A. in Religion from Sewanee—The University of the South. She is happiest on a mountain or a horse.

For more details, listen to Dr. Wilkinson’s interview with Dr. Marshall Shepherd on Weather Geeks here.

Featured Video: Solving Climate Change—The Opportunity for Business

Nathalie Molina Niño

CEO, BRAVA Investments

Nathalie Molina Niño is the CEO of BRAVA Investments and the writer of LEAPFROG, The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs (Tarcher Perigee, a Penguin Random House imprint). She is committed to delivering returns to investors while making a catalytic impact on women in the world. A technologist and coder by training, Nathalie is a consummate entrepreneur, and a storyteller at heart.

Prior to launching BRAVA, Nathalie led the launch of SELF MADE, the company, mobile app, learning platform and NY Times Best Selling book by Telemundo’s former Entertainment president, Nely Galan. In 2015, Nathalie stepped in as interim Chief Revenue Officer of PowerToFly, a startup aimed at closing the gender gap in tech. And in 2012, while at Columbia University, Molina Niño co-founded Entrepreneurs@Athena at the Athena Center for Leadership studies of Barnard College, with the mission of leveling the playing field for women entrepreneurs. Nathalie launched her first tech startup at the age of 20.

Prior to Athena, Molina Niño was involved in launching and growing a multinational business with Lionbridge (NASDAQ: LIOX) into a $100M operation in 30+ countries. At Lionbridge she helped lead the growth of its largest business from approx $5M in 2003 to nearly $100M in 2009, including the inception of the strategic relationship with Microsoft Bing.

Molina Niño has advised industry leaders in both the for- and non-profit sector ranging from multinationals (Disney, Microsoft, MTV, The Discovery Channel, Mattel), early stage startups (Cranium, Onvia) and non-profits (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, World Affairs Council, Seattle International Film Festival, Athena). She writes and is quoted widely in the media, from best-selling books like Tim Ferriss’ 4-Hour Workweek to diverse media outlets ranging from Bitch Magazine to Forbes, Time Inc and CNN Money.

As New York City & State’s Corporate Social Responsibility Honoree, Nathalie has been recognized for her exceptional leadership in educating women founders. Keith Ferrazzi called her a “super-connector” in his updated best-selling classic, Never Eat Alone. Nathalie is the “fuel core of a network that makes it easy for her to tap the resources to get stuff done, and done quickly.”

For more details, check out Nathalie’s featured article with the Washington Post on Investing in Women.

Featured Video: Bankrolling Business Benefitting Women

Laura LaRosa, Moderator

Executive Director, Glenmede

Laura LaRosa is Glenmede’s Executive Director. As an executive member of the Company’s Management Committee, she is responsible for setting the strategy and practices that guide the Company’s business development professionals. Ms. LaRosa and her team spearhead initiatives to broaden relationships with individuals, families, endowments and foundations.

Ms. LaRosa joined Glenmede in 1994 and has over 30 years of experience in fixed income trading, sales and client development, and she is a member of Glenmede’s Investment Policy Committee. Prior to her current role, Ms. LaRosa served as Director of Portfolio Management, overseeing a team of investment professionals responsible for managing $17 billion of assets for clients, and was previously Director of Fixed Income, managing over $7 billion in assets.

A frequent speaker on portfolio management, fixed income, impact and gender-lens investing and investment strategy, Ms. LaRosa was recognized as one of 2017’s 100 Corporate Women Leaders in STEM by STEMconnector.

Active in her community, Ms. LaRosa is a member of the Board of the Committee of Seventy, the Barnes Foundation’s Corporate Leadership Board, Friends of Rittenhouse Square, the Williamson College of the Trades, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children as well as the Friends of the Avenue of the Arts. She is also a member of the Forum of Executive Women.

Ms. LaRosa received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Featured Article: Gender Lens Investing Builds Traction

2018 Co-Chairs

  • Nicholas Ashburn

    Senior Director for Impact Investing, Wharton Social Impact Initiative

  • Rhonda Cohen

    Chairman of the Board of Directors, Glenmede Trust Company

  • Nina Farran

    CEO/Founder, Fashionkind

  • Edie Fraser

    Chairman & Founder, STEMconnector & Million Women Mentors

  • Cindy Gallop

    CEO/Founder, IfWeRanTheWorld.com

  • Samantha Katz

    CEO/Co-Founder, Left Tackle Capital

  • Paula Luff

    Director of Sustainability & Impact, Inherent Group

  • Sari Miller

    CEO, Sarjay Inc.

  • Nancy Tellem

    Executive Chairman & Chief Media Officer, Eko

  • Tensie Whelan

    Director, NYU Stern Business School Center for Sustainable Business