Investing in a Sustainable, Thriving Blue Planet

Tuesday, June 20th!

What does it look like to invest in the planet and our precious water resources? From ESG and corporate responsibility to local grassroots efforts, we’ll examine the many ways companies, social impact funds, nonprofits, and individuals are taking action to ensure a sustainable Blue Planet.

We’ve assembled a powerhouse panel of ESG, CSR, and environmental ambassadors from across Chicago for cocktails, conversation, and connecting voices in sustainability, corporate engagement, and education advancement.


Adam Hecktman
Founder of For Good Advisory, a social impact data analytics company, and formerly 31 years at Microsoft in civic innovation and corporate philanthropy


Alaina Harkness
Executive Director at Current, Chicago’s water innovation hub, and Nonresident Fellow, Global Cities at Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Jaclyn Wegner
Director of Conservation Action at Shedd Aquarium, partnering with communities and businesses to inform, direct, and enact sustainable policies & practices

Jake Reznick
Senior Associate at S2G Ventures’ Oceans Division, investing in a humane and healthy planet, and Auxiliary Board member at Shedd Aquarium

Jessie Stenftenagel
Founder of The Baitball, a consultancy focused on equitable marine conservation strategies and blue carbon credit initiatives around the globe

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