Schedule of events


All events are held on Zoom and the link to the session will be in your confirmation email from Eventbrite. Email if you have any questions or issues with the registration process. 

Tuesday, May 26th

Reinventing Capitalism: Mobilizing Business to Serve Humanity
1:00 PM ET | 10:00 AM PT

Paul Polman, Former CEO of Unilever & Founder, Imagine
Rachel Gerrol, Co-Founder & CEO, NEXUS

Join us for a fireside chat with Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever, to discuss why sustainable business is a priority, how business has responded to COVID, and how we can recover post-COVID. At Unilever, Paul proved that a more responsible approach to business can go hand-in-hand with excellent financial performance. He turned around Unilever while also pursuing an ambitious sustainability agenda and became widely regarded as an enlightened corporate leader. More recently, Paul founded Imagine, a benefit corporation that works with CEOs to leverage their collective power to drive change on tipping points in their industry – from greenhouse gas emissions to labor standards to biodiversity. Together, we will re-imagine a world in which business serves humanity.

The Green Impact Economy: Can Carbon Recycling Save Us?
6:00 PM ET | 3:00 PM PT

Aimée Christensen, Founder & Executive Director, Sun Valley Institute & CEO, Christensen Global Strategies
Nicholas Flanders, Co-Founder & CEO, OPUS 12
Derek Handley, Founding General Partner, Aera VC

Join us for a conversation on the green impact economy with the founder of OPUS 12, a company Bill Gates called “one of the first” to potentially crack atmospheric carbon recycling, the founder of the Sun Valley Institute and former ‘Climate Maven’ at Google, and a leading impact investor who co-created The B Team, a global sustainability alliance, with Sir Richard Branson. Together they will discuss new ideas and impact investment thematics to drive a carbon neutral world.

This is the first in a series of conversations to explore transformative breakthroughs and solutions for carbon reduction in the green (carbon and conservation), red (heart and health)  and blue (oceans and water) impact economy.

Wednesday, May 27th

Looking Ahead to a Safer World: COVID-19 and Beyond
6:00 PM ET | 3:00 PM PT

Mark Smolinski, President, Ending Pandemics
Jeff Skoll, Founder & Chairman, Skoll Foundation

Legendary philanthropist, entrepreneur, investor and producer Jeff Skoll will interview Dr. Mark Smolinski, world-renowned epidemiologist and president of San Francisco-based nonprofit Ending Pandemics, for an exclusive NEXUS discussion on Looking Ahead to a Safer World: COVID-19 and Beyond. As planetary changes in climate, land use, consumption, travel and trade significantly heighten disease outbreak risk, the horizon also holds innovative approaches, technologies and collaborations with the potential to transform global pandemic preparedness and disease prevention. Join us for a lively and informative exploration of the challenges at hand and the ways that visionary philanthropic investment are leading global progress towards a safer and healthier world.

Thursday, May 28th

Combining Forces on Children & Youth Mental Health 
1:00 PM ET | 10:00 AM PT

Zak Williams, CEO & Co-Founder, PYM Health & Co-Founder & Co-President, Hypothesis
Joan Steinberg, Managing Director, Global Head of Philanthropy, Morgan Stanley & President, Morgan Stanley Foundation

Childhood & adolescence are meant to be times for growth and learning, yet for an increasing number of young people, the struggle with anxiety, depression and mental health challenges poses an urgent and often overlooked threat to their well-being.  

Join NEXUS for an interactive conversation with Joan Steinberg, the force behind Morgan Stanley’s newly launched “Alliance for Children’s Mental Health” and leading next gen mental health advocate Zak Williams for a discussion on how to educate parents, spot warning signs and symptoms in kids and teens and model resilience during COVID for the young people in our lives.

We’ll address the giant funding gap around children’s mental health, specific non-profits who are leading the way, how the private sector can step up to break stigma around mental health and how we can use this unique moment when extended families are under one roof together to enhance openness and dialogue across generations and rebrand vulnerability from being a weakness to being seen as a strength.

Bias Is Its Own Virus: Starting Over Post-COVID
6:00 PM ET | 3:00 PM PT

Erika Alexander, Actress, Activist, Entrepreneur, & Co-Founder, Color Farm Media
Morgan Simon, Founding Partner, Candide Group
Nathalie Molina Niño, Entrepreneur, Builder Capitalist, & Author, Leapfrog, The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs

Rules can appear to be applied equally, but actually be designed for certain communities to fail. Like in the case of the PPP program, where an estimated 90% of women and people of color-led businesses couldn’t access support. Or the case of drive-through “free” testing sites -that are limited, of course, to those with money for a car. 

We can and will do better. Join Nathalie, Morgan and Erika, two investors and an entrepreneur working to help the public and policymakers think through the racialized impact of COVID, and opportunities to support communities of color at the center of the COVID crisis. Join them to learn more about how to avoid the pitfalls of implicit bias in COVID intervention, and to help protect and lift up our most entrepreneurial communities.

friday, may 29th

Guided Meditation & Perspective for Turbulent Times
1:00 PM ET | 10:00 AM PT

Jennifer Smorgon, Meditation Master

Join us for an hour of escape from the trappings of day to day life and shake off the worries of the week. Together we will be led by the melodic messages of Jen Smorgon as she guides us into a meditation together.

NO MEDITATION EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY – All levels are welcome and embraced!