The Rise of Gender Capitalism


Presented by:

Jackie VanderBrug, senior vice president, US Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management
Sarah Kaplan, professor of strategic management, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Sharon Vosmek, CEO, Astia
Catherine Gill, senior vice president, investor relations and operations, Root Capital


Moderated by:

Eric Nee, managing editor, Stanford Social Innovation Review

Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m.–12:00 noon PDT, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT



The world is waking up to the economic power of women. A growing number of studies have indicated that gender-inclusive companies are more successful, that women’s participation in the labor force has had measurable effects on economic growth—indeed, that women’s leadership benefits the economy and society on every level. Despite this, traditional investment opportunities—both in the for-profit and the social sector—have excluded women from access to capital and done little to further gender equity in the workplace. In recent years, a movement towards “investing with a gender lens” has emerged. This movement encourages the use of capital to deliver financial returns and improve the lives of women and girls and their communities.

In this webinar, Jackie VanderBrug and Sarah Kaplan, authors of “The Rise of Gender Capitalism," will give an overview of the gender lens framework and discuss with Sharon Vosmek of Astia and Catherine Gill of Root Capital how its application can allow cross-sector leaders to identify opportunities to further social impact.

They will focus on three primary areas, plus case studies from three organizations:  

  • Gaining access to capital for women and girls
  • Promoting workplace equality
  • Creating products and services that affect the lives of women and girls
  • Lessons learned at Astia, a nonprofit venture capital firm dedicated to identifying and promoting high-growth female entrepreneurs
  • How applying a gender lens led Root Capital to shift its strategy toward lending to organizations with gender-inclusive practices
  • How gender lens investing is leading to the creation of new investment products at US Trust

This webinar is for all social change leaders interested in learning how applying a gender lens to their work can increase social impact, and anyone in the non- or for-profit sectors who wish to design a financial system where inclusive practices and financial returns are not mutually exclusive. 

Price: $49, which includes access to the live webinar; unlimited access to the webinar as many times as you’d like for twelve months; and downloadable slides. Purchase this webinar with "Corporations and NGOs: Empowering Women Globally" for the discounted price of $69. 



Speaker Bios


Jackie VanderBrug, senior vice president, US Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management
Twitter: @jvbrug

Jackie is VanderBrug is a senior vice president at US Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. She is responsible for formulating and developing the firm’s impact investing strategy. VanderBrug brings a broad array of experience including entrepreneur, analyst, and strategy consultant.  As part of the start-up team at iBasis she led business development, growing the global VOiP firm through to a successful IPO. She cofounded WORK IN PROGRESS, a nonprofit social enterprise. Prior to joining US Trust, VanderBrug was managing director at Criterion Ventures. There, she was instrumental in the establishment of the pioneering social investing fund, Good Capital, and led the development of the emerging field of gender-lens investing as a founder of the Women Effect Investments initiative. VanderBrug serves on advisory boards for the Opportunity Collaboration, International Center for the Research on Women, and the Trustees of the Donations. A regular speaker, her recent engagements include the Nantucket Project, The International Finance Corporation, TEDx, SOCAP, Impact Capitalism, and the Women’s Funding Network.

Sarah Kaplan, professor of strategic management, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Twitter: @sarah_kaplan/@rotmanschool

Sarah Kaplan is a professor of strategic management at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and senior fellow at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She is author of the bestselling business book, Creative Destruction: Why Companies That Are Built To Last Underperform the Market—And How to Successfully Transform Them. Kaplan’s research explores how organizations participate in and respond to the emergence of new fields and technologies. Her studies examine the biotechnology, fiber optics, financial services, nanotechnology, and most recently, the field emerging at the nexus of gender and finance. Kaplan’s interest in gender-lens investing is in understanding how whole new ecosystems can be built.

Sharon Vosmek, CEO, Astia
Twitter: @astiaglobal/@astiaangel/@vosmek

Sharon Vosmek has been CEO of Astia since 2007, previously joining as COO in 2004. Astia’s mission is to propel women’s full participation as entrepreneurs and leaders in high-growth businesses, fueling innovation and driving economic growth. Under Vosmek’s guidance, the Astia community of investors, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders has grown from 20 individuals in Silicon Valley; to more than 5,000 around the globe, representing every continent. A highly sought-after speaker, Vosmek most recently spoke at the United Nations and the Milken Institute California Summit. She has given lectures at numerous universities, most notably on the topic of building inclusive ecosystems at Stanford and MIT. Vosmek was invited to participate in The White House Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference and the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In 2011 she was a US delegate to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women and the Economy Summit.  

Catherine Gill, senior vice president, investor relations and operations, Root Capital
Twitter: @RootCapital

Catherine Gill oversees debt and philanthropy fundraising efforts at Root Capital as well as human resources and information technology. Root Capital is a nonprofit social investment fund that seeks to grow rural prosperity by investing in small and growing businesses in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. Previously, Gill served as director for the Capital Partners division of the Nonprofit Finance Fund and as site director for the agency’s New England region. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Boston University’s School of Management. Gill holds an master’s degree in business administration from the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa (IESE) in Barcelona and a bachelor’s degree in ancient Greek from Wellesley College. She lives in Lexington, Mass. with her husband, two children, and two lop-eared rabbits.

Eric Nee, managing editor, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Twitter: @SSIReview

Eric Nee is the managing editor of Stanford Social Innovation Review, published by the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University, and co-host of the Social Innovation Conversations podcast channel. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the publishing industry, most of it covering the high-tech industry. Before joining Stanford, Nee was a senior writer for Fortune magazine in the Palo Alto, Calif., bureau. He also helped Time Inc. launch eCompany Now (where he was executive editor), which later merged with Business 2.0. Before joining Fortune, Nee launched Forbes magazine’s Silicon Valley bureau, where he was bureau manager. He also served as editor-in-chief of Upside magazine for close to five years.