How to Launch a Collaborative Fund

How to Launch a Collaborative Fund

On October 25, 2018

How to Launch a Collaborative Fund By Eric White, CAIA and Susan Hammel, CFA, Cogent Consulting Ever since we launched the Minnesota Impact Investing Initiative in...

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Why I Love Impact Hub

Why I Love Impact Hub

On August 09, 2018

Getting Out of My Basement: Why I Love The New Impact Hub/FINNOVATION Lab At first, it was all about the coffee. Consulting entails many coffee meetings...

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Working Moms: Can We Have It All?

Working Moms: Can We Have It All?

On June 01, 2018

Working moms: can we have it all? by Susan Hammel, Founder and President Cogent Consulting Now that my 2 babies are grown up, I can’t help...

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Good Intentions In Impact Investing Are Not Enough

Good Intentions In Impact Investing Are Not Enough

On March 13, 2018

Good Intentions In Impact Investing Are Not Enough I didn’t get into impact investing because of a life goal to become a banker, a dream to become a...

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Impact Investing Is Hot: Why Am I Worried?

Impact Investing Is Hot: Why Am I Worried?

On January 10, 2018

Impact Investing Is Hot: Why Am I Worried? In this article for Minnesota Council on Foundation’s Giving Form I describe the challenges I see facing the...

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What Susan is doing

Right now I’m hopeful: more people are getting vaccinated every day, gender and racial equity remains top of mind for all even though a year has passed since the murder of George Floyd, and more money is moving into making a positive social and environmental impact. After getting my start in impact investing in the 1990s with Prudential Financial headquarters in Newark, New Jersey, I’m particularly excited to see other corporations join the party. Many investors are requesting “education to action” engagements, which is also a change from just a few years ago. And social entrepreneurs like Kate Mortenson of iPondr, the gener8tor team, and Dr. Paul Johnson of Brown Venture Group, the heart of why we do the work we do, well, they continue to inspire me with their tenacity and brilliance.