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Job Quality in Practice Webinar – To Boost Job Quality, Money Matters: Practical Tools for Engaging Investors and Lenders Toward Change

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To achieve vibrant communities and expand economic opportunity, capital must play a key aligning role. Business lenders and investors, including those such as CDFIs that seek social impact as well as financial returns, are important contributors to the local economy and job creation. But what kinds of jobs are the businesses they finance creating? What kinds of jobs do we want them to create? Can we influence the quality of these jobs? And what can job quality advocates in workforce development and other fields learn from pioneering investors and lenders about strategies to measure job quality in firms and drive business practice change?

This webinar will be held on February 11, Tuesday, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET. and is the second in our Job Quality in Practice webinar series. The panel includes:

  • Betsy Biemann: CEO, Coastal Enterprises Inc., Aspen Institute Job Quality Fellow
  • Bhairvee Shavdia: Senior Associate, HCAP Partners, Aspen Institute Job Quality Fellow
  • Tom Woelfel: Director, Research and Consulting, Pacific Community Ventures
  • Moderator: Mark Popovich: Director, Good Companies/Good Jobs Initiative, The Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program

The Job Quality in Practice series is designed to support practitioners across fields – including workforce development, economic development, capital deployment, policy, worker advocacy, and business – to address job quality in their work. Webinars will share actionable tools and approaches, highlight leading practitioners’ work, and create connections across disciplines.

We are grateful to Prudential Financial for its support of our Job Quality in Practice webinar series and our ongoing efforts to advance a job quality field of practice.

Other Webinars in This Series


Business lenders and investors can play important roles in supporting the creation of quality jobs. Hear @AspenWorkforce and others discuss how money matters for #jobquality.

Webinar: “To Boost #JobQuality, Money Matters: Practical Tools for Engaging Investors and Lenders Toward Change.” Featuring Betsy Biemann (@CEIMaine), Bhairvee Shavdia (@hcapllc), @tomwoelfel (@PCVtweets), and @mpopov1229 (@AspenWorkforce).

Impact investing has skyrocketed, but these investments seldom consider how business practices affect workers. How can we encourage investors and lenders to make #jobquality a priority?

Good jobs are good business. Companies that prioritize #jobquality often outperform their peers. How can investors and lenders identify businesses that offer quality jobs and support their growth?

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Event information
Tue Feb 11, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT