IEN Session at WOHESC: Investing in Sustainability: How to Leverage Your Institution’s Endowment

Session Time: 11:30 AM -12:30 PM PT (2:30 - 3:30 PM ET)

Session Date: Thursday, February 11th, 2021

Learn more about the conference and Register here 

  • As a Community Partner for the WOHESC our members are welcome can use this code (IEN30) to get a 30% discount during registration.

Session Description: 

The nation’s higher education endowments have immense economic and social power, representing more than 600 billion dollars. In the past few years, there has been a surge in interest around how endowment investment practices can be better aligned with institutional mission and purpose, including investing in local communities, addressing climate change, and reducing racial disparities.  This session will explore how higher education endowments can align their investment practices with purpose, mission and anchor identity. Through presentations and moderated discussion, participants of this session will walk away with an understanding of how their institution’s endowment works, how to connect with endowment decision-makers on this issue, how to direct endowment capital with environmental and social considerations, the impact of these investments, and what participants can do right now to mobilize endowment action.


  • Jochebed Bogunjoko, Founder & CEO, J Aduke Consulting
  • Kaede Kawauchi, Program Manager, Intentional Endowments Network 
  • Wes Lauer, Associate Professor & Director of Environmental Science, Seattle University
  • Ryan Taylor, Project Coordinator, ASU Enterprise Partners
  • Valentina Zamora, Associate Professor, Seattle University 

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