Impact Investing With A Gender Lens Strategy

Screen Shot 2018-08-27 at 12.14.56 PMWhat is Gender Lens Investing? What potential investment advantages can it offer? And does it really make a difference to integrate financial returns with social impact.

Investing with a gender focus continues to grow among the impact investing community but there is no single one-size-fits all approach. This was one of the key takeaways in the event “Demystifying Gender Lens Investing – how to integrate financial returns with social impact” by the organization Impact Capital ForumHelene Diyabanza Peterson, of the Master’s program in International Communication, reports:

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ICSB Argentina: Sustainable Development Goals 2030, Small Business and Tango

IMG-2791This week, a team of St. John’s students is participating in the ICSB Academy Pitch Competition in Taiwan. As they compete and learn, we reflect back on how last year’s competition in Argentina affected students’ who went on this special trip. Helene Diyabanza Peterson, who recently graduated from the College of Professional Studies, as Master of Science in International Communication, looks back at her experience in Buenos Aires:

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Women Innovators are needed to foster sustainable development

dwedutvvoaaw4wcThe 62nd Commission on the Status of Women is meeting at the United Nations in New York from 12 to 23rd March. To honor the event, we are sharing some insights about women, development, and entrepreneurship, based on related events organized by UN Women, the Nordic Innovation House, Innovation Norway, and SAP. Continue reading “Women Innovators are needed to foster sustainable development”

“We need to define Good Life!”

IMG_8898Written by Dr. Minna Aslama Horowitz, IICM Research Fellow. 

Dr. Luca Rossi, the senior researcher for the Italian National Institute of Public Health, visited the Institute for International Communication in February 2018. He spoke in several graduate classes and gave a public Guest Lecture on “The Making of the Contemporary Society: International Organizations and Global Development”. Continue reading ““We need to define Good Life!””

Sustainable Innovative Collaboration


Written by Alexis Dursunyan, Graduate Student of International Communication at St. John’s University. 

A round table allows for equal, free flow of conversation and collaboration between individuals. Research shows that circular seating arrangements lead to people feeling a need to belong. ICSB Academy was a series of round tables; inspiring innovation, creativity and best of all friendship. Continue reading “Sustainable Innovative Collaboration”

Working the Room in Buenos Aires: A Global Gathering of Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Argentina-1Written by Leah Victorino, Development coordinator at Empowered Solar and alumna of St. John’s Global Development and Social Justice Graduate Program. 

Nine St. John’s University graduate students embarked on a journey to Buenos Aires with three faculty members this June for a real exercise in international business. Dean Katia Passerini, Assistant Dean Kevin James, and Dr. Basilio Monteiro identified an opportunity for us to travel, network, and participate in an introduction to the entrepreneurship field through the International Council for Small Business Academy and World Conference. Continue reading “Working the Room in Buenos Aires: A Global Gathering of Aspiring Entrepreneurs”