Fighting Global Poverty Through Impact Investing & Partnerships: A Conversation with Yasmina Zaidman of Acumen

January 9, 2017 Jamie Serino

“The status quo isn't going to cut it anymore, and so everywhere we go, we're looking for people who really believe in change and the kind of leadership that that requires.” - Yasmina Zaidman

In this episode of the Champions for Social Good Podcast, Jamie Serino speaks with Yasmina Zaidman (@yasminajz), Director of Strategic Partnerships at Acumen (@Acumen). Yasmina discusses Acumen’s history as a pioneer in helping to develop new solutions to global poverty by investing in businesses, leaders and ideas. Yasmina also discusses how Acumen’s model of investing patient capital helps entrepreneurs create outsized impact in their communities and globally, and how their entrepreneurs have demonstrated that a great business model achieves both growth and impact, from small startups to multinational corporations. Examples of Acumen’s work to help create business partnerships between large companies and entrepreneurs are also discussed.

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About the Author

Jamie Serino

As Director of Marketing at MicroEdge + Blackbaud, Jamie Serino is responsible for driving market leadership, demand generation, branding, strategic events and communications for the Foundations & Corporate Markets group. For more than 15 years, Jamie has developed and led transformational marketing and communication strategies in both B-to-B and B-to-C technology industries including financial services, network security, CRM, Internet telephony and HR/Recruiting technology. Jamie began his career working with nonprofit organizations that served people with developmental disorders and mental illness. In addition, he has helped nonprofit organizations promote causes related to disaster preparedness, pediatric cancer, clean energy and ocean conservation. Jamie holds a B.A. in Psychology from Binghamton University.

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