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Beyond Business As Usual

Join Acumen Academy's End of Year Summit!

This three-day summit will explore how social impact leaders are reimagining typical tools for growth—whether it be deploying capital, marketing products, or measuring results. If you’re an (aspiring) investor, an established entrepreneur or a curious newcomer interested in leading ideas in social entrepreneurship, this series is for you. 

Learn more and join one or all of the events:

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Understanding Patient Capital & Investing Where it's Needed

Join us and learn:

  • Key lessons from Acumen’s 20 years of investing Patient Capital to serve more than 440M people across the globe
  • How Patient Capital is helping scale impact for entrepreneurs across Acumen’s ecosystem 
  • How Patient Capital prioritizes impact over market-rate returns to solve the world’s most urgent problems

Everyone who registers will receive a replay!

About Dan Waldron, Head of Insights at Acumen


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Dan Waldron, Head of insights, AcumenAs Head of Insights, Dan collaborates with Acumen's regional and functional teams to identify the lessons from our activities, and use them to make ourselves and our partners more effective in solving problems of poverty.

Prior to joining Acumen in 2020, Dan spent five years working with the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, a research center at the World Bank focused on financial inclusion. He managed research and technical assistance for 18 asset finance companies in Africa and Asia, and summarized the findings in a technical guide to managing credit risk.

Dan holds a master’s degree from The New School, and a bachelor's degree from New York University. He is also a former Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in Tanzania from 2010 to 2012.


Thursday, December 8, 2022

Marketing Intently & Building Relationships

Join us and learn:

  • How to develop a marketing strategy anchored in purpose and aligned with values of sustainability, inclusivity and trust
  • How to deliver value with every brand interaction and foster long-term stakeholder relationships
  • Cost-effective and ethical marketing practices that drive meaningful action
  • Pitfalls to avoid when communicating in the impact space

Everyone who registers will receive a replay!

About Laura Tufis, Founder & Impact-first Marketer at The Marketing Palette


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Laura is a purpose-driven marketer with over 10 years of experience in impact-first organizations across areas like education, clean energy, gender equality, data for development, cross-sector partnerships, women in leadership and more.

She started The Marketing Palette to support socially and environmentally focused organizations in using marketing for change and to advocate for the radical transformation of marketing into a more ethical, purpose-centered discipline.

Laura brings in-depth expertise in designing marketing strategies, streamlining digital processes and strengthening brand narratives for social impact. Collaboration, transparency and a strong commitment to driving social change are central to her approach.

Laura holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Marketing from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. She loves yoga, cycling, board games, watching penguin documentaries, and reading on social, cultural, feminist and environmental topics.


Friday, December 9, 2022

Measuring Impact & Assessing Insights

Join us and learn:

  • Insights gathered from the impact measurement work at ALIVE and how entrepreneurs and other practitioners can measure impact no matter their experience or access to resources
  • How to understand and use common frameworks for impact assessment
  • What it means to capture impact and how to put those efforts to the best use to scale impact

Everyone who registers will receive a replay!

About Alan Pierce, Impact & Knowledge Sharing Manager at ALIVE Ventures


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Before joining the ALIVE team, Alan had nine years of experience working in the impact sector. As co-founder of Quántica Education, a social enterprise incubator in Colombia, he helped more than 200 social entrepreneurs launch their companies. Prior to Quántica, Alan worked as an independent impact consultant for organizations such as Toniic (an impact investor network), Sopact (impact data management software), and Conscious Capitalism.

Alan has a Master’s in Social Entrepreneurship from Hult International Business School (San Francisco & London), a certification in Management Consulting from the Management Consulting Institute, and is a Certified Impact Analyst (with Impaakt).


About Acumen Academy

Acumen Academy is the world’s school for social change. Our mission is to unleash a new generation of social innovators and leaders with the character and competence to build a more just, inclusive and sustainable world. Blending the best of online and offline learning, we offer anyone, anywhere access to the practical tools, practices, resources and supportive community they need to achieve positive social change. The Acumen Academy community represents a new generation of social innovators and leaders committed to doing what’s right in a world that loves easy.

Learn more at www.acumenacademy.org.