Previous Annual Conferences

Annual Conference on Legal Issues in Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing – in the US and Beyond, co-organized by the Grunin Center and the Impact Investing Legal Working Group. Attended by students, lawyers and other stakeholders from across the globe, this leading conference explores salient legal, ethical, and social themes affecting the fields of social entrepreneurship and impact investing.

2023 Conference

Professor Burand and panelists at the 2023 Grunin Conference.
2023 Conference

The in-person 2023 Conference focused on the following themes:

  • Distributive Power and Wealth: Is the Impact Space Ready and Willing to Democratize Capital?
  • Impact Investing in Times of Crisis: Governance, Collaboration, Restructurings, Data, and Resilience
  • Dynamic Impact Capital: Evolving Rules, Players, Structures, and Products
  • A Tale of Diverging Regulatory Environments: Navigating Local and Global Regulations and Developing the Skills to Respond
  • People's Choice topics were explored over a variety of Table Talk discussions reflecting conference participants’ suggestions.

2022 Conference

The remote 2022 Conference focused on the following themes:

  • Blending Finance to Advance Climate Adaptation and Resilience

  • Elevating Beneficiaries: Inclusive Design in Impact Instruments

  • Legal Implications of Minority Wealth Equity Strategies

  • Prepare for Impact: Training Lawyers for ESG, Impact Investing, and Social Enterprise Practices

2021 Conference

The remote 2021 Conference focused on the following themes: 

  • Investing in Climate Action 
  • Creating Responsible Exits and Restructurings 
  • Growing The Skills and Expanding the Mindsets of Our Legal Community 
  • Putting a Lens on Impact Investments 
  • Certifying and Regulating Impact 
  • Building Resilient Communities

2020 Conference

The 2020 IILWG/Grunin Center Annual Conference did not take place. We sadly came to this decision out of concern for the health and safety of the more than 400 participants who come from all over the world to New York City to attend this conference at NYU School of Law. 

2019 Conference

Anne Field and Grunin Prize finalists at the 2019 Grunin Conference
2019 Conference

The 2019 Conference focused on the following themes: 

  • Creating and Documenting “New” Impact Investment Products
  • Embedding SDGs and ESG into Deals and Enterprises
  • Blending Capital for Scale
  • Engaging in Place-Based Impact Investing and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Governing for Good – Taking a Longer-Term View 
  • People’s Choice (variety of topics reflecting Conference participants’ suggestions)

2018 Conference

Bjorn Sorenson leading a workshop at the 2018 Grunin Conference.
2018 Conference

The 2018 Conference focused on the following themes:

  • Policy and regulation of impact investing and social entrepreneurship
  • Blending and scaling capital
  • Building investment-ready social enterprises
  • Embedding impact into deal structures
  • Mainstreaming impact
  • People’s choice (variety of topics reflecting conference participants’ suggestions)

2017 Conference

Helen Scott speaking on a panel with Jay Grunin at the 2017 Grunin Conference
2017 Conference

The 2017 Conference focused on the following themes: 

  • Growing the global community of lawyers working in the field of social entrepreneurship and impact investing
  • Planning for market uncertainty when investing in social enterprises or managing social enterprises
  • Aggregating capital for impact investing
  • Creating and documenting new impact investment products