Watch: Investing in Women

We've rounded up some powerful perspectives on why investing in women and girls leads to financial and social returns, courtesy of the very smart friends and beta members of the Women Effect community. 

Jackie VanderBrug: The Gender Lens Opportunity

Jackie VanderBrug is a leader in the emerging global field of gender lens investing and a founder of the Women Effect Investments Initiative. Jackie works with both investors and investment vehicles to develop the gender lens investing market.

Ellen Weber: Why women must invest in women

Ellen Weber, executive director of Robin Hood Ventures and Temple University's Fox School of Business's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, on the importance of women investing in women - and why we all need to have our own binders full of women.

Yann Borgstedt: Why men should invest in women

In this powerful talk, entrepreneur and philanthropist Yann Borgstedt demonstrates the benefits of investing in girls and women. In 2005, Yann started the Womanity Foundation, which focuses on women's education, training and development in Afghanistan, Brazil, India, the West Bank, Israel and Morocco.

Tracy Gray: Why it's time for women to be sexist with investment capital

In her TEDxOlympicBlvdWomen talk, Tracy Gray issues a call to action for women to become less risk averse and invest capital in women-owned business and investment firms. She inspires the listener to reflect on how this single act will literally not only change people's lives, but will also change the world.

Zairah Khan: The value of investing in women

Zairah Khan expounds on her idea of investing in women by meticulously examining social issues and how to address them. "I always saw room for improvement, that things could be worked upon," she explains. As founder and CEO of VIVEinvest, Khan initiates funds specifically geared towards investing in women entrepreneurs in developing markets.

Angela Lee: Be a bias breaker

More women are starting companies than ever before, to the tune of more than 1200 companies per day. However, why are so few of these companies getting funded and how does this impact both the startup landscape and our society at large?

Jacki Zehner

Jacki Zehner talks about the issues that have hindered women's advancement in the financial industry and the solutions she has discovered to fix this inequality. She is a former partner and managing director (and the first female trader) at Goldman Sachs and the inaugural CEO of Women Moving Millions, a nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing unprecedented resources for the advancement of women and girls.

Anne Ravanona

Founder of Global Invest Her, Anne talks about the importance of investing in women entrepreneurs, unconscious bias in the heads of both investors and women entrepreneurs, and what we should do to change things moving forward.

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