Why CEOs Should Set Aside Equity for Social Impact (and their investors should support them) - Ascent Conference
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Why CEOs Should Set Aside Equity for Social Impact (and their investors should support them)

Over the past few years, companies have demonstrated that they have an important and essential role to play in tackling the toughest challenges of our time.

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Jan D'Alessandro

Head of Equity Pledge Initiative & Boardroom Allies Pledge 1%
As General Counsel & Head of Partnerships & CSR at several public & private venture-backed companies (including AOL, Yahoo, The Find (acquired by Facebook), Topspin Media (acquired by Apple) and Backplane (founded by Lady Gaga), I have dedicated my career to harnessing the power of technology to make the world a better place and empowering companies to do well by doing good. I founded Blue J Strategies in 2016 with Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins) in order to mobilize our collective networks and expertise to help purpose driven companies scale efficiently. I am a partnership builder and have extensive experience launching CSR programs, structuring and managing partnerships across the media, technology and nonprofit sectors, as well as a proven ability to evaluate, negotiate and close strategic partnerships, set strategy as a member of the executive team, manage legal affairs, devise and implement effective cross- departmental programs, and inspire and lead teams.

Why CEOs Should Set Aside Equity for Social Impact (and their investors should support them)

Over the past few years, companies have demonstrated that they have an important and essential role to play in tackling the toughest challenges of our time. Increasingly, leveraging assets for good is proving to be not only the right thing to do, but is becoming a business imperative as expectations of corporate stakeholders evolve. With this shift, a new trend is emerging: Setting aside pre-IPO stock to sustainably and significantly fund a company’s social impact efforts. Top companies like Airbnb, Coinbase, DigitalOcean, Olo, Toast, Twilio, Unity Technologies, Uipath and more have ignited over one billion dollars in new philanthropy on their roads to IPO.

Join Jan D’Alessandro, President, Blue J Strategies and Head of the Pledge 1% Equity Initiative and Boardroom Allies program, in a discussion about how she helped these leading companies formalize their equity set aside for social impact prior to their IPOs. Delve into the details on how to build board consensus, choose the right model for setting aside equity and structure for your .org, and more. Find out more about the Pledge 1% Boardroom Allies, a coalition of top venture capitalists who have committed to supporting their portfolio companies in setting aside equity for social impact.

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