Every dollar passing through our hands represents an opportunity to advance our values. From the most simple action of buying our morning cup of coffee to the broader scope of managing our investment portfolio, we can simply reinforce the current global financial system trajectory OR we can help create a shift toward a more socially just and sustainable future. If those values resonate with you, listen in to: “Make your Money Matter”.
This program was recorded at our June forum at Impact Hub Boulder. Our forum presenters were Mickki Langston, with BALLE and the Mile High Business Alliance addressing the social impact of supporting local community businesses. Steve Schueth of First Affirmative Financial Network was also on the panel. Steve is a leading thinker and practitioner in the arena of sustainable and responsible impact investing. Dennis Paul of Elevations Credit Union rounded out the panel as a local champion of supporting main street vs. Wall St.
Mickki Langston: Originally hailing from Southwest Kansas’ rural ranching and agriculture community, Mickki has called Colorado home since 1999. Recognizing the need to reclaim our power to envision, create and share community wealth, Mickki co-founded the Mile High Business Alliance in 2007. Currently serving as Executive Director, Mickki combines her passion for healthy communities with her varied experience as a small business owner. Over time, her role at MHBA has evolved to one of advocacy on behalf of small businesses, collaboration-building with local partners, and empowerment of MHBA’s small-but-mighty staff. Her leadership supports the fulfillment of the business alliance’s mission to build a more resilient, connected and healthy local economy. Mickki lives in the Baker neighborhood of Denver where she gets to frequent unique local businesses, grow a few vegetables and nurture her other passions, including cooking great dinners, canning delicious pickles, and supporting women as a childbirth educator and doula.
Steven J. Schueth: President and Chief Marketing Officer of First Affirmative Financial Network. He currently serves as a director of the Denver-based nonprofit Alliance for a Sustainable Colorado. He received the social investment industry’s “SRI Service Award” in 1998, and has produced and hosted the annual SRI in the Rockies Conference since 1999. Steve worked from 1989 to 1997 for Calvert where he specialized in promoting the concept and practice of socially responsible investing with the public and press. Steve managed Calvert’s national sales organization from 1994 to 1997.
Dennis Paul: Having worked in the credit union industry for 25 years, Dennis has been involved in all facets of retail delivery, lending, operations, marketing and business development. Dennis’ current responsibilities include the oversight of all of Elevations Credit Union’s business and community development initiatives, public relations and the Elevations Foundation, an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization charged with carrying out the philanthropic endeavors of Elevations Credit Union. In addition, Dennis oversees the Credit Union’s award winning RealityCheck consumer education initiatives.
Forum Food Sponsor:
The Protein Bar graciously provided a delicious sampling of their menu for forum attendees.