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[Event Recap] Scholars from Boston Share Takeaways from SRI Conference in Denver

Robin Miller with input from Rafael de la Puente and Anton Malin

[Event Recap] Scholars from Boston Share Takeaways from SRI Conference in Denver
Two years ago, a group of long-time SRI industry professionals led by emeriti members of the First Affirmative Financial Network felt it important to increase the number of aspiring young professionals attending the annual SRI Conference (formerly SRI in the Rockies). These members raised money to award scholarships to exceptional students and young professionals interested in careers in sustainable, responsible and impact investing from across the country. The scholarships cover the cost of registration, lodging and transportation to the conference.

For the 27th SRI Conference in Denver, twelve scholarships were given in memory of Laurie McClain who passed away this spring. McClain was a financial planner and First Affirmative Financial Network advisor who was highly respected by her colleagues and peers.

Several scholars this year are part of BASIC-Boston. Here are a few of their key takeaways from the conference:

Robin Miller, a recent MBA/M.S. graduate from Clark University, said, “One of my favorite parts of the conference was the action strategy circles. These sessions were designed to provide a facilitated discussion space where participants learn from and interact with one another on focused topics.” Robin attended the circles on gender lens investing and better banking practices. Robin is training to become a licensed banker and will be putting the lessons she learned in the action strategy circles directly to work.

Rafael de la Puente, an undergraduate student at Tufts University, noted hearing from Rebecca Adamson, President and Founder of First People’s Worldwide, as his key takeaway. Adamson gave a speech on the impact of the North Dakota Access Pipeline on both the environment and the lives of indigenous peoples. Rafael said, “It was truly inspiring to see so many people from so many different backgrounds come together so easily, and it was truly gratifying to see that, despite setbacks, they will never stop working in the name of the values they all passionately believe in.”

Anton Malin, an undergraduate student at Brown University who hails from the Boston area, said, “As I immersed myself into the conference coming from a state of despair and uncertainty caused by the election the day before, I quickly realized the SRI community was exactly the inspiring antidote I needed.” Anton noted that the session on agriculture and climate change offered compelling cases on the necessity and feasibility of regenerative agriculture and what impact investors can do to provide new leadership in the area.

To learn more about the scholarship program and contribute to next year’s scholarship class, visit the SRI Scholarship Program page.