As the youngest EVP at Sanwa Bank in New York, I was responsible for managing big egos and billion dollar trading portfolios. It offered me an extraordinary vantage point for understanding our international financial system, how wealth is created and destroyed and how a powerful culture influences lives. In 1994 I departed Wall Street in search of other key levers, disciplines and cultures for creating a more positive impact.
I started in San Francisco just as the Web was born where I produced a pivotal event series drawing technology’s greatest innovators across disciplines to focus on the impact technology would have on society and culture (New Minds, San Francisco 1997-98); seeing then how important interdisciplinary collaboration was in the innovation process, I started two art-science-technology networks in both the US (Creative Disturbance (1998-present), and Canada (Circuit4 (2000-2005);
Finally understanding how business really can improve lives and be a pillar for a new economy, I then co-founded the largest gathering of social entrepreneurs and impact investors in the world - the Social Capital Markets Conference (SOCAP 2008-present); and helped make the case to the White House and government agencies to accelerate the supply of impact investment capital. This work helped catalyze the formation of Startup America and the creation of a billion dollar SBA Impact fund. (Enterprise Innovation Fund - Obama Administration 2008-10).
Finding myself at the center of a growing movement, I became an impact investor and co-designed and co-developed a pioneering philanthropic and impact investment organization with a portfolio in the U.S. Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, India & Africa (Halloran Philanthropies 2008-present); Working from an emerging market context in southern Mexico, I also co-founded a co-working space for social entrepreneurs, now one of nearly 100 international Impact Hub spaces and an 11,000 member global network in 48 countries (Impact Hub Oaxaca 2009-present);
My experience in Mexico solidified my belief that culture is the most powerful catalyst for change. As an entrepreneur this led me to form a music & arts festival and platform for social innovation in Mexico to inspire youth to solve their own communities challenges (CATAPULTA 2013-present).
The experiences above have allowed me to witness the rise of a new world order accelerated by technology and networks now being driven by a social innovation movement that will ultimately lead to a more mature collective intelligence for the planet. As a social architect who has discovered the art of realizing ideas through the integration of culture, innovation, collaboration and investment, I’m actively seeking like-minded partners and clients to create new bridges to this positive future.