Introducing 2019 Conference Speaker Dr. Alexis Crow!


Desirée Patno is the CEO and President of Women in the Housing and Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) and Desirée Patno Enterprises, Inc. (DPE). With almost three decades specializing in the Housing and Real Estate Ecosystem, she leads her executive team’s expertise of championing women’s economic growth and independence.

NAWRB’s 2019 Solutions.Housing.Equality SHETalk Speaker Dr. Alexis Crow is Lead, Geopolitical Investing practice, PwC Senior Fellow, Columbia Business School; Global Business and Economics, Atlantic Council. In her role, she is leading corporations and asset managers to capitalize on dislocations in order to profit and expand around the globe. Previously, she was Managing Director at New York-based G2 Investment Group, where she was responsible for developing investment strategies for the firm, and for providing counsel on geopolitical issues across asset classes.

We are looking forward to hearing Dr. Alexis Crow’s insight on trending investment strategies around the globe and engaging in discussions featured in the upcoming six-volume 2019 Women in the Housing Ecosystem Report. Here is an excerpt on the rise of impact investing among family offices around the globe:

“A prominent finding among family office portfolios is the rising interest in impact investing and purpose-driven wealth, especially by the next generation. According to the 2018 GIIN Annual Impact Investor Survey, about 229 of the world’s leading impact investor organizations manage over $228 billion collectively in impact assets. More than one-third of family offices are involved in impact investing, increasing 4.2 percentage points from 2016.

A related trend is wealth management with purpose as nearly all family offices indicated that they planned to increase their sustainable investments in the next year. Thirty-eight of the family offices reported being involved in sustainable investing, commonly investing capital for clean energy, water, healthcare and gender equality.

Thirty-nine percent expect the younger generation will increase asset allocations to impact or environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. The next generation’s developing interest in impact investing, in contrast to previous generations who were more focused on wealth building, is likely attributed to technological development. Such advancements made it easier for the global community to connect with one another, and it made people aware of pressing humanitarian and environmental issues.”

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