Spreading Light: An Interview with Seungah Jeong and John Salzinger of MPOWERD on SOCAP’s Money + Meaning Podcast

MPOWERD is an innovative solar light manufacturer recently named one as one of the Real Leaders 100 most impactful companies in the world. Their mission is to sustainably provide clean, safe, and affordable solar lighting to everyone. In this episode of Money + Meaning, host Alex Kravitz interviews Seungah Jeong and John Salzinger about their own journeys to impact and the inspiring ways MPOWERD products are helping people around the globe.

20 Years of Impact Investing with SJF Ventures on SOCAP’s Money + Meaning Podcast Episode 2.9

This week’s episode is a conversation with impact investing pioneer Dave Kirkpatrick of SJF Ventures and Impact Capital Managers. Dave was at the forefront of the impact investing industry when he co-founded SJF Ventures back in 1999. Originally the Sustainable Jobs Fund, SJF has grown from a $17 million first fund to the recent $125 million close of fund four. In this conversation, host Alex Kravitz asks Dave about his longevity in the industry, how his investment philosophy has evolved over the lifecycle of his four funds, and how the industry has changed over his 20 years as an investor.

Diversifying Workforce Development and Hiring: LaborX and TechSF on SOCAP’s Money + Meaning Podcast Episode 2.8

Two-thirds of the workforce in the United States lacks a college degree. With many companies and job platforms screening candidates based on education, a significant number of smart, hard-working people are locked out of the job market. In this episode of Money + Meaning, Lindsay Smalling interviews Yscaira Jimenez and Orrian Willis of TechSF about the insights they can offer into this challenge and the details of their innovative partnership, as well as the impacts they are seeing the program create for workers, employers, and communities.

How Can We Build More Inclusive Food Systems? SOCAP Podcast Money + Meaning Episode 2.5

Tens of millions of American lack access to healthy, affordable food, resulting in negative health outcomes and slowing economic development across the country. Despite their potential for creating tremendous social and economic impact, these “good food entrepreneurs” and their ventures often face significant barriers to success. In this episode, we take a close look at The Michigan Good Food Fund, a $30 million public-private partnership loan fund that offers patient capital and business support to businesses that increase access to affordable, healthy food in low-income and underserved communities in Michigan.