The GenderSmart Investing Summit is an invitation-only forum where investment leaders and influencers from over 40 countries including fund managers, VCs, investment intermediaries, DFIs, and gender experts gather to untangle complex challenges and make new commitments to gender finance, together. Find out more about what we do here.
Our overarching 2021 Summit theme conveys the urgency of immediate action grounded in a new long-term vision for a more equitable world. In the midst of economic fallout from the ongoing pandemic, the ecological crisis, and the global call for racial equity and social justice, investment leaders know that allocation approaches need to be redesigned through a broader, more inclusive lens that captures the full spectrum of opportunity. Find the full Summit programme here.
Summit delegates should now have received an invitation to register from the GenderSmart team; please contact us if this is not the case.
Previous Summit delegates and Supporters share their experiences, and why they're attending in 2021.
Wide-reaching, systems-level analysis and solutions-oriented workshops where investment leaders and influencers can discover, design, and test innovative solutions to structural challenges.
Specific and practical tools, frameworks, and insights to help you implement and scale your gender-smart strategies and enhance advocacy within your organisation.
Curated conversation with peers, prospective partners, and gender experts running throughout December to March on the GenderSmart Slack channel and delegate app (launching soon).
From Niche to Normal
As gender lens investing gains traction, it’s increasingly being recognised as “just smart investing”. Sessions in this theme will unpack what it takes to make the case, bring more institutional investors to the table, and unlock more capital at scale across both public and private markets. Delegates will leave with more compelling stakeholder narratives, and sharper gender-smart investment strategies that take all of their parameters and priorities into account.
Building a Better Toolkit
There are more new gender-smart methodologies, tools, and approaches available than ever before. Which of these should be used, and when? We’ll debate priority data gaps and identify areas for improvement and harmonisation, with a particular focus on welcoming new voices and perspectives as we embrace greater diversity as a driver of alpha. We’ll showcase and share emerging practices from leading edge fund managers, intermediaries, and investors, and build consensus about what else is needed.
Systems and Levers
While allocators and intermediaries may share similar goals, the systems they have to navigate, the partners with whom they work, and the strategies they deploy can vary widely. We’ll explore leading-edge investment mandates and innovative, evergreen, and alternative structures, including blended finance; how we might better support first time, diverse fund managers; and the role played by next-generation and female wealth as levers for unlocking more gender-smart capital.
Investing for Recovery and Resilience
What happens when gender finance intersects with high-impact thematic areas such as the care economy, financial and digital inclusion, education, or healthcare? Share existing and emerging opportunities that consider gender, racial, and social equity through resilient jobs, climate-smart approaches, and the opportunities for financing supply chains, in the context of COVID and beyond.
Climate & Gender
There is a rich seam of opportunities at the junction of gender and climate finance. These interactive sessions will share best practices and frameworks to address risks and challenges, pinpointing what good looks like when applying this dual set of lenses. We'll explore both existing portfolios and the opportunity to create new vehicles, while integrating an intersectional racial and social equity lens, in the context of “just transitions.”
The Summit consists of four half days or 16 hours of programming, repeated in two different timezones which we've called Timezone A and Timezone B for ease (see below).
Delegates from EMEA can attend sessions in either timezone, depending on what works for them.
Best for delegates in Southeast Asia and Asia Pacific
07:00 - 11:00 GMT
08:00 - 13:00 CET
10:00 - 14:00 EAT
15:00 - 19:00 JST
Best for delegates in the US, Canada, LatAm & Caribbean