Screen grab of CEO Jacqueline Novogratz speaking by video conference
Mar 02, 2021

Jacqueline Novogratz explains her journey to social entrepreneurship via Wall Street

Jacqueline Novogratz has spent her life working to empower people around the world. As founder and CEO of the impact-investing firm Acumen, Novogratz has helped bring affordable education, health care, clean water, energy and sanitation to more than 308 million people in nations such as Colombia, India and Pakistan. Carving a... read more Breaking ground in microfinance She quit the Wall Street job, moved to Africa and co-founded Rwanda’s first microfinance institution, Duterimbere. That effort eventually led her to build Acumen. Under Novogratz’s leadership, Acumen has invested $137 million in 139 social enterprises across Africa, Latin America, South Asia and the... read more Balancing humility & audacity Boulding asked Novogratz what business schools could do to better prepare students to meet the challenges of the future. In business, those graduates will come upon opportunities to shape new initiatives and models for which there are no roadmaps, she said. In the absence of a map, “we need to be... read more One of Acumen’s principles is balancing humility with audacity, which can be in conflict, Boulding noted. He asked Novogratz how business schools can teach students to find this balance. “You know, the answer is we also have to practice listening,” Novogratz said. “I think that at business schools, we often get good at speaking and... read more