Events

Our events provide impact investing education, provide opportunities for local engagement, and present opportunities for investment in local impact companies.

 
Public Events
Subject matter experts share their knowledge across a range of impact-oriented topics, verticals, and practices. 
Impact-based companies present their vision and offering. 
Focus areas include environment, health, energy, technology, housing, ocean health, social justice, community, and others.
Members-Only Events
Member-only social gatherings that happen after public events, during which members can meet the presenters. 
Issue-focused groups where we identify the most impactful things we can do in Santa Barbara, brainstorm local resources, and plan. 
Educational events including workshops, discussing impact investments, and sharing personal experiences.
RECENT EVENTS

SCA Conversations Presents: 

Ocean Health:
Threats, Opportunities and Solutions - 10/7/20

Our featured guests for this event were Steve Gaines, Dean of Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, UCSB; Ben Halpern, Professor of Marine Ecology and Conservation Planning, UCSB; Christopher Costello, Professor of Resource Economics, UCSB; Douglas McCauley, Director of Benioff Ocean Initiative and Associate Professor, UCSB.

Moderator:

Laura Francis, Director, Sea Forward Fund.

SCA Conversations Presents: 

Patagonia: In Business To Save

Our Home Planet - 9/23/20

Our featured guest for this event is Alex Kremer, Corporate Development Director at Patagonia.

Moderator:

Jonathan Gartner, Impact Investor at Sustainable Change Alliance.

SCA Conversations Presents: 

Managing Impactful Businesses Through the Pandemic - 9/9/20

Our featured guests for this event are Rashi Bahri Chitnis, Founder and CEO of Shoonya; Andreas Forsland, Founder and CEO of Cognixion; Julie Henley McNamara, Operating Partner at Entrada Ventures.

Moderator:

Tom Washing, Founder of Sequel Venture Partners, Angel Impact Investor.

SCA Conversations Presents: 

Santa Barbara Better Together Fund: The Interdependency of our Economic Vitality - 8/26/20

Our featured guests for this event are Caroline Powers, Committee Member at SB Better Together Fund; Dave Powers, CEO of Deckers Brands.

Moderator:

Amy Cooper, Owner of Plum Goods.

SCA Conversations Presents: 

Business Impact:
Structures and Certificates for Sustainability - 8/12/20

Our featured guests for this event are Avery Young, Co-Founder at Everoot; Mary Linnell Simmons, Director of Marketing at Fair Trade America; Scott Welker, VP International Business Development at GoodWeave International.

Moderator:

Christopher Gallo, Vice President, Wealth Management at UBS Santa Barbara

SCA Conversations Presents: 

Entrepreneurs and Investors in the Renewable Energy World - 7/29/20

Our featured guests for this upcoming event are Matt Riley, Head of Grid-Scale Renewables, ENGIE North America; Owen Barrett, Founder, Lumeo, ZNE Capital.

Moderator:

Titus Brenninkmeijer, President, Solgenix

SCA Conversations Presents: 

Startup Investing in a

Changing Landscape - 7/15/20

Our featured guests for this upcoming event are Seth Levy, Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP; Philip B. Taub, Partner & Head of Private Equity, Nixon Peabody LLP.

Moderator:

Sherylle Mills Englander, Director, Office of Technology & Industry Alliances at University of California, Santa Barbara 

SCA Conversations Presents: 

Homelessness: What's Working, What's Ahead - 7/1/20

Our featured guests for our upcoming event are

Brad Fieldhouse, President/Executive Director of City Net; Jeff Shaffer, Director of Initiatives, SB ACT; Alice Villarreal Redit, Resident Services Supervisor at the Housing Authority, City of Santa Barbara; and Moderator: Glenn Bacheller, Sustainable Change Alliance Member
& Homelessness Volunteer. 

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SCA Conversations Presents: 

Creating Community and Equality in Our Food System - 6/17/20

Our featured guests for our upcoming event are Kendra Wise, Supervising Environmental Health Specialist with Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, Alegra Roth, Food and Climate Program Manager at Community Environmental Council, Shakira Miracle, Executive Director at
Santa Barbara County Food Action Network, and Lacey Baldivez, Director of Community Programs and Education at Food Bank SB County. This event will be moderated by Kiah Jordan, Founder at Impact Family Office. 

SCA Conversations Presents: 

Cottage Partnering with the Community for COVID 19 Response - 6/3/20

Our featured guests for our upcoming event is Ron Werft, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cottage Health with Dr. Richard Beswick, Vice President of Research and Chief Research Officer, Cottage Health and SCA Foundation Board Member as co-host and moderator

SCA Conversations Presents: 

Coronavirus: Opportunities to Address Climate Change - 5/27/20

Our featured guests for our upcoming event is:

Dr. Ivor John, Managing Partner, Hydrogen Power Partners, LLC and moderated by

Stephen MacIntosh, Director of Financial Planning with Argyle Capital Partners and founding Board Member of SCA Foundation

SCA Conversations Presents: 

White Buffalo Land Trust--Future of Regenerative Agriculture on the Central Coast - 5/20/20

Our featured guests for our upcoming event is

White Buffalo Land Trust:

Steve Finkle, Founder & President

Jesse Smith, Director of Land Stewardship  

Moderator: Sherylle Mills Englander

Director, UCSB Office of Technology & Industry Alliances

SCA Conversations Presents: 

From Business Resiliency to Community Resiliency - 5/6/20

Our guest is Nicki Parr of 

Women's Economic Ventures (WEV)

Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives

SCA Conversations Presents: 

County Response to Covid-19 with Supervisor Das Williams - 4/29/20

Das Williams is the County Supervisor on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors. He represents the First District, which encompasses Carpinteria, most of Santa Barbara, and parts of the Los Padres National Forest.

SCA Conversations presents: Bridging nonprofits, for-profits and philanthropy to meet this moment

The guest this week is Geoff Green From the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce and will be moderated by Dr. Peter Brill SCA discussing non profit earned income training programs


Apr 8, 2020 01:00 PM Pacific Time 

Weekly SCA Conversations

For those of you that missed

SCA Conversations with

 Interim CEO at Santa Barbara Foundation

Jackie Carrera

 COVID-19 Joint Response Effort

CLICK THE LINK BELOW

Wed April 1st  1:00 PM Webinar 

Topic: Sustainable Change Alliance | COVID-19 Joint Response Effort

Time: Apr 1, 2020 01:00 PM Pacific Time 

 

SCA Conversations Presents: 

2020 Virtual Intellectual Property Sandbox - 10/21/20

Our featured guests for this event were: Lisa White, CEO of In2Cell; Robert Postrozny, Development, Xiresta; Prajakta Kulkarni, CEO of SciKare; David Meng, CEO of Khyron.

Moderator:

Sherylle Mills Englander, Director, UCSB Office of Technology & Industry Alliances.

Intellectual Property Sandbox

Various companies from UCSB

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Edtech and Edutainment: The Future of Learning is Now

Rashi Bahri of Shoonya

Girish Venkat & Jon Kraft of Thrively

David Obst & Sasha Barab of The Advisor

Purpose Driven Wealth: Engaging the Impact Generation

Alexandra Cole of Purpose Generation

Whitney Webb of Launch Generation

Rachel Winslow of Westmont Downtown

Tanaaz Jasani of Swell Investing

Impact Investing and Innovation in the Fields of Rehabilitation, Disabilities, and Assistive Technologies

Sharon Basham of Cottage Health

Andreas Forsland of Cognixion

Thomas Kaufmann of Otojoy

Demystifying Direct Impact Investments

Brian Coryat of Entrada Ventures

Tom Olson of Nasif, Hicks, Harris and Co.

Francesco Barbera of Barbera Corporate Law, P.C.

Impact Investing in Real Estate

Gino Borges of Open Path Investments

Joe Halsell of Halsell Building

Diana Pereira of Impact Hub Santa Barbara

Our Values and Journey to Impact Investing

Peter Brill of Sustainable Change Alliance

Toby Bateson of Wells Fargo Advisors

Jonathan Gartner of Sustainable Change Alliance

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Exclusive Tasting with Frinj Coffee

MEMBERS ONLY

Jay Ruskey, Founder & CEO, Frinj

Reversing the Tide II

TONIIC in partnership with Sustainable Change Alliance

Intellectual Property Sandbox

Edtech and Edutainment: The Future of Learning is Now

Rashi Bahri of Shoonya

Girish Venkat & Jon Kraft of Thrively

David Obst & Sasha Barab of The Advisor

Purpose Driven Wealth: Engaging the Impact Generation

Impact Investing and Innovation in the Fields of Rehabilitation, Disabilities, and Assistive Technologies

PAST EVENTS AND SPEAKERS
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Women in Entrepreneurship: Impact, Purpose, and Profit

Sherry Villanueva, ACME Hospitality

Sandra Hirsch, Zyris

Sumita Pennathur, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UCSB

Denise Wharton, Ventura Training Institute

Exclusive Tasting with Frinj Coffee

MEMBERS ONLY

Jay Ruskey, Founder & CEO, Frinj

Reversing the Tide II

TONIIC in partnership with Sustainable Change Alliance

Intellectual Property Sandbox

Various companies from UCSB

Edtech and Edutainment: The Future of Learning is Now

Rashi Bahri of Shoonya

Girish Venkat & Jon Kraft of Thrively

David Obst & Sasha Barab of The Advisor

Purpose Driven Wealth: Engaging the Impact Generation

Alexandra Cole of Purpose Generation

Whitney Webb of Launch Generation

Rachel Winslow of Westmont Downtown

Tanaaz Jasani of Swell Investing

Impact Investing and Innovation in the Fields of Rehabilitation, Disabilities, and Assistive Technologies

Sharon Basham of Cottage Health

Andreas Forsland of Cognixion

Thomas Kaufmann of Otojoy

Demystifying Direct Impact Investments

Brian Coryat of Entrada Ventures

Tom Olson of Nasif, Hicks, Harris and Co.

Francesco Barbera of Barbera Corporate Law, P.C.

Impact Investing in Real Estate

Gino Borges of Open Path Investments

Joe Halsell of Halsell Building

Diana Pereira of Impact Hub Santa Barbara

Our Values and Journey to Impact Investing

Peter Brill of Sustainable Change Alliance

Toby Bateson of Wells Fargo Advisors

Jonathan Gartner of Sustainable Change Alliance

Protecting Yourself, Our Community, and the World

Sigrid Wright of Community Environmental Council

James GP Dehlsen of Ecomerit Technologies

Catherine Von Burg of SimpliPhi Power

Constructing an Impact Investment Portfolio

Toby Bateson, Wells Fargo Advisors

Kiah Jordan, Impact First Financial 

Adam Bendell, CEO of TONIIC

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Rolf Geyling, President, Santa Barbara Rescue Mission

Robert Terenzi of Vega Coffee

Ian Bentley of Parker Clay

Elizabeth Scharpf of SHE: Sustainable Health Enterprise

Healthcare Industry and Impact Investing Opportunities

Ron Werft, President & CEO, Cottage Health

Peter Burks, Ph.D., CEO, Active Life Scientific, Inc.

Evan Strenk, CEO & Founder, Milo Sensors

Impact Investing in Sustainable Aquaculture and Food

Steve Gaines, Dean, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UCSB

Teresa Goines, Founder & CEO, Old Skool Cafe

Norah Eddy, Co-Founder & CMO,  Salty Girl Seafood

Impact Investing in Energy

David Auston, Institute for Energy Efficiency, UCSB

Francesca Cava, Vice President of Operations & Board member, ARES

Heather Hochrein, CEO & Shannon Walker, COO, EV Match

Impact Investor Group Meeting

Michael Smith, Interim Chair of Shared Mission

John Schindler, CEO of GoBeyond Foods

Jeanne David, Founder and CEO of Outer Aisle Gourmet

Impact Investor Group Meeting

Tina N. Castra, Managing Partner of Avivar Capital

Russ Teall, President & Founder of Biodico

Discussion of TONIIC

Richard Muller, COO and Managing Director, North America, TONIIC

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