Catherine H. Clark, Adjunct Professor and Faculty Director of CASE and CASE i3
Ranked #4 most influential academic in business and society, as well as one of the top 20 women in the USA working in philanthropy, social innovation and civic engagement, Cathy Clark has helped define and build the fields of impact investing and social entrepreneurship for over 30 years. She has had significant influence on leadership and market formation around how to use business as a force for good. She is also an award-winning professor who has taught at Duke University, UNC, and Columbia Business Schools, who has brought her experiences as a professional investor, philanthropist, and consultant to her academic work. Her focus: developing the mindsets, tools, markets, policies, and practices to drive social and environmental impact at scale.
Cathy serves as Faculty Director at the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and as Founding Director of the CASE i3 Initiative on Impact Investing. At CASE i3, she has managed research projects with over 200 partner institutions, and oversees the CASE i3 Consulting Practicum, which has matched over 30 teams of MBAs with impact investing organizations around the world. At Duke, she also co-leads the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD), which started as an accelerator working to scale impact of mid-stage global health ventures in India and East Africa in partnership with USAID’s Global Development Lab Higher Education Solution Network, and is now producing research and educational experiences for funders, governments, entrepreneurs, and others.
Cathy is a serial entrepreneur, collaborative partner, and pioneering influencer. She looks for ways to create “impact DNA” to help people and organizations build their own adaptive solutions to social and environmental problems at scale. In 2001, she taught Columbia Business School’s first course in social entrepreneurship, where she became Faculty Director for the Global Social Venture Competition, and created methods for measuring impact by enterprises used by over 50 MBA programs globally within a few years. In 2007, she helped create the standards for B Corporations, which have been used by over 50,000 companies globally, including the thousands of companies who are now certified or legally incorporated as B Corporations or public benefit corps, including 6 divisions of Unilever, Danone North America, and Patagonia. In 2011, she founded CASE i3 at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business as the first academic initiative focused on impact investing, so she could deepen her engagement and research on portfolio, fund, and deal structures in investing for impact, and help direct a new wave of prepared talent into the emerging field. In 2013-2014, all of this work expanded significantly in scope; in two years she served as the sole academic member of the G8 Task Force on Social Impact Investing US National Advisory Board, co-authored with Jed Emerson and Ben Thornley the first global study on high performing impact investment funds, and was subsequently invited by the Obama White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Engagement to study and report on $2.5 billion in new private-sector impact investments. Today, alumni from CASE i3 are embedded in institutions all over the world.
Cathy gets her ideas into the world in many ways, and fully exploits social media and online platforms. She has written or co-authored over 35 publications and is a dynamic, sought-after speaker. Her co-authored book, The Impact Investor, reached #18 in finance textbooks on Amazon. Her 10 co-authored teaching case studies on high-performing impact funds help students globally understand the success factors for impact funds. Her online training series, CASE Smart Impact Capital, is a professional training series in continuous use since 2017, licensed by over 60 accelerator, government, fund, and university cohorts, and has helped entrepreneurs in 130 countries raise impact investment capital more easily. She is also a co-author of CASE’s ScalingPathways series, developed in partnership with leading social entrepreneurship funders — the Skoll Foundation, USAID, and MercyCorps — to study and share lessons from the common challenges that very successful social entrepreneurs have overcome.
Cathy teaches executive education programs for investors and entrepreneurs, most recently through CASE’s highly rated Getting Gender Smart executive education program co-taught with Suzanne Biegel of Catalyst at Large, which offers a certificate on investing with a gender lens, in addition to her the daytime MBA elective courses, which she has taught continuously since 2001.
Prior to her academic career, Cathy was an impact investor at Flatiron Partners, a grantmaker and PRI investor at the Markle Foundation, and a policy convener at the Aspen Institute. She remains very involved in corporate and nonprofit boards. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from the University of Virginia, and tweets at @cathyhc.
John M. Buley, Jr., Professor of the Practice and CASE i3 Advisory Board Chair
John M. Buley, Jr. is Professor of the Practice of Finance at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and Advisory Committee Chair of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship Impact Investing Initiative. In 2012, John retired from JP Morgan, where he was Head of Principal Investing for Social Finance. As a unit of JP Morgan’s Investment Bank, the Social Finance Group is responsible for investing JP Morgan’s capital commitment of $100mm in impact investments in the Emerging Markets. Prior, John was Chairman and Head of the Investment Committee of JPM Mezzanine Capital, a proprietary investment strategy focused on subordinated debt and equity co-investment for mid-cap U.S. and European companies. JPM Mezzanine Capital invested over $1bn in over 40 private companies in the U.S. and Europe during his tenure. John has held Board of Director responsibilities or Board observer rights for over 20 private U.S. companies. John started his career as an attorney in the banking practice of White & Case. John earned a J.D. from Temple University and an LL.M in International Taxation from Villanova University. John is a member of the New York Bar and admitted to practice in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Carrie Gonnella, Senior Program Director, CASE i3
Carrie Gonnella is Senior Program Director for the CASE i3 Initiative on Impact Investing. In this position Carrie manages a number of MBA student offerings related to investing for both a financial and a social return. Carrie also contributes to several practitioner-focused projects, such as the CASE Smart Impact Capital online toolkit, CASE i3’s two-year project tracking public commitments related to the US National Advisory Board on Impact Investing, the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD), and the B Lab and GIIRS research project. Carrie is a Duke alumna who graduated with an MBA from Fuqua and an MEM from the Nicholas School of the Environment in 2013. Carrie’s past work experience includes serving as a Teach for America Corps Member in the Bay Area of California, completing a Climate Corps Fellow with Environmental Defense Fund, and managing the assurance process for certified B Corporations at B Lab. Follow Carrie on Twitter @CarrieGonnella.
Erin Worsham, Executive Director, CASE
Erin is the Executive Director of the award-winning Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. CASE is a leader in the field of social innovation, serving as a hub for research, teaching and practitioner engagement. CASE’s work includes premier educational programming, the CASE i3 Initiative on Impact Investing, and the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD), an accelerator focused on scaling global health ventures in India and East Africa.
In her role at CASE, Erin leads the development and execution of center strategy, establishes relationships with key constituents, oversees operations and programs and contributes to thought leadership on social entrepreneurship. Her work has been published in the Academy of Management, Learning & Education; Huffington Post; NextBillion, DevEx, Social Impact Exchange, and she most recently served as the lead author of CASE’s Scaling Pathways series, in partnership with the Skoll Foundation, USAID’s Global Development Lab and MercyCorps.
Erin has been at Fuqua since 2009, having played a variety of roles within CASE as well as developed the strategy for and launched a new position within the Fuqua Career Management Center focused on social impact careers. Prior to Fuqua, Erin worked in the nonprofit, public and private sectors including consulting with government and nonprofit clients at Booz Allen Hamilton, helping to develop public-private partnerships at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), working on private sector development issues at the World Bank, and working for a nonprofit think tank in Washington D.C. She earned her BA from Duke University and her MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Erin was recognized as a “40 under 40” awardee by the Triangle Business Journal in 2014. You can follow Erin on Twitter @ErinWorsham.
Robyn Ferhman, Managing Director, CASE
As Managing Director, Robyn Schryer Fehrman manages the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD) and supports overall CASE strategy and operations. Through As Managing Director, Robyn Schryer Fehrman supports CASE’s overall strategy, leads the center’s internal operations, and manages practitioner and student programs. Prior to joining CASE in 2015, Robyn had a 15-year career in nonprofit leadership & philanthropy, most recently serving as Executive Director of Teach For America – Eastern North Carolina. Robyn has been active in many boards and task forces focused on education, public health, and environmental advocacy at the local, state, and national levels. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of Global Grassroots, a social enterprise that catalyzes women and girls as the leaders of Conscious Social Change in their communities. Outside of Duke, she is the founder of Mindful Type A Wellness – a yoga and mindfulness consulting practice for high impact leaders and organizations pursuing transformational change and Mindful Social Impact – a philanthropic advising practice helping individuals and families consciously align their values and money with the impact they seek to make in the world. She has been honored as one of Triangle Business Journal’s 40 Leaders Under 40, a Leadership Triangle Goodmon Fellow Alumni Award winner, and a Carolina Center for Public Service Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award winner. Robyn received a B.A. in English and a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She lives in Durham with her husband and two children. Follow Robyn on Twitter @RobynFehrman.
Kimberly Bardy Langsam, Senior Program Director, CASE
Kimberly Bardy Langsam is Senior Program Director for CASE, managing and contributing to a number of projects bringing together insights and hard-won advice from the social venture community to support the field in scaling more efficiently and effectively. Projects include CASE Smart Impact Capital, an online training toolkit for those raising impact capital; Scaling Pathways, a series sharing strategies to address key scaling challenges such as talent, partnerships, and financing; and SEAD, an effort to build the knowledge base around scaling innovations in global health. Kim was previously a Health Development Officer in the Office of HIV/AIDS at USAID where she worked on PEPFAR’s supply chain management initiatives and worked closely with USAID Missions and multilateral partners. Prior to that, she supported research and programming at the Injury Control Center Uganda in Kampala. Kim has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and an ScM from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Tara Schoenborn, Writer & Marketing Coordinator
As CASE’s Writer & Marketing Coordinator, Tara tells and shares inspiring cross-sector social impact stories in innovative and unique ways that capture the full breadth of CASE’s work and raise awareness about creating positive social change. Having worked in HIV communications at the Clinton Health Access Initiative prior to CASE, Tara has also previously worked in government, public relations agencies, start-ups and nonprofits across the United States to provide comprehensive and strategic communications expertise to help reach business, social and marketing goals. Tara graduated from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication with a B.A. in political science and public relations and holds a M.A. in international media from American University’s School of International Service.
Laurie J. Spengler, Senior Fellow, CASE i3
Laurie J. Spengler is an impact investment banker, board member and active contributor to the impact investing industry. Economic development, entrepreneurship, sustainable business, financial inclusion, responsible and impact investment are consistent themes defining Laurie’s pursuit of purpose. Her skills range from strategic advisory to capital structuring, capital raising and M&A services. Laurie’s particular expertise is designing, structuring and launching investment vehicles that align different types of capital with positive impact and appropriate financial returns.
A featured speaker and author, Laurie is a distinguished member of the impact investing and development finance communities. Among her active board engagements, she serves as a non-executive director of the CDC Group (the UK DFI) and the UK Impact Investing Institute. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Previously, Laurie was CEO of Enclude Capital UK Limited, formerly part of the Shore Bank and Triodos family of companies, and now a Palladium Company. Prior to building Enclude Capital, Laurie was founder and CEO of Central European Advisory Group, a regional advisory firm she sold to her management team in 2005. She also worked as an attorney with the New York, Brussels and Prague offices of White & Case.
Laurie has a JD from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree from Stanford University.
Greg Coussa, Senior Fellow, CASE i3
Greg is an independent strategy and operations professional currently serving as Strategic Director at Meltwater and its nonprofit, MEST, a Pan-African entrepreneurial training program, seed fund, and tech incubator. Previously, Greg founded and managed the U.S. operations of Spring Impact, a consultancy focused on guiding social ventures to scale geographically. During his time at Spring Impact, Greg worked with a variety of social ventures across the globe, established and managed the board of directors, built the US team, and grew annual earned revenue to over $1M.
Greg earned his MBA with a focus on Social Entrepreneurship from Said Business School at the University of Oxford and his bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from UCLA.
Ruth Tolman, Director, Student Life
Ruth Tolman is the Director of Student Life for the Daytime MBA Program. Her primary responsibilities include working with student club leadership, advising the Net Impact Club, and administering select programs that enhance the social impact dimension of the MBA student experience. Ruth began her work at Fuqua in 2007, working as Program Manager and later, Assistant Director of The Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE). In her role at CASE, Ruth similarly supported the Daytime MBAs interested in social impact with advising, program, and event management related to social entrepreneurship. Prior to coming to Fuqua, she supported MBA programming at the UNC Center for Sustainable Enterprise (CSE) at the Kenan-Flagler Business School. Ruth has a B.S. in biochemistry from Brigham Young University.
Jessica Wingert, Sector Director for Social Impact & Sustainability Careers
As the Sector Director for Social Impact & Sustainability sector careers at Fuqua School of Business, Jessica coaches students and develops relationships with employers across many industries in “impact” sectors–from sustainability to impact investing, education, philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, impact consulting, and more. Having been a practitioner, a recruiter, and an MBA student, Jessica brings her experience and understanding of the sector to guide Fuqua students to evaluate impact career options and develop recruiting strategies. Well-versed in the custom job search, Jessica helps students add structure to an often unstructured job search, helping each student to find the role and organization that offers the best fit.
Jessica graduated from Fuqua’s Daytime MBA program in 2014, where she concentrated in Energy & Environment. Prior to getting her MBA, Jessica was a supply chain & procurement consultant, where she a managed global client and project teams and co-led her company’s on-campus recruiting program. After Fuqua, Jessica built the operational sustainability program for a Fortune 200 food and agriculture company as their first Sustainability Manager. She holds a BS in Marketing from Georgetown University and an MBA from Duke. Email Jessica or Read her post: Why MBAs should consider social impact and sustainability in their career planning.