Being a CEO and leader of a mission-driven company has its own unique opportunities and responsibilities. Opportunities because you are able to use your business as a force for good effecting a much broader set of stakeholders, intentionally looking for ways to affect people, planet, and profit in a positive way. But also a responsibility because you understand how capitalism can be leveraged for good. You know what the business is capable of, and you have an expectation that focusing strictly on the bottom line is not an option.

To support those who are on the journey of running mission-driven companies, Big Path is proud to present the Impact CEO Series, which will be a monthly virtual webinar that will include panels, groups discussions, and individual speakers for the purpose of engaging, supporting and raising our collective game on what it means to run a mission-driven company.

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How Impact Leaders & Companies Can Be Anti-Racist

A Three Part Series

Racism has been one of America’s greatest weaknesses for hundreds of years, since the founding of the republic. However, in the wake of George Floyd’s death, there is a renewed awareness of, and commitment to addressing, the structural racism that has been such a part of our economy, institutions, policies, and practices.

For CEOs, the vast majority of whom are white, this new awareness and focus has triggered a range of reactions. But the most important of these responses has been a sense of urgency and a desire for change and justice.

In fact, there is a growing understanding that, in order to dismantle structural racism, there is no middle ground. To be neutral is to be complicit. Therefore, proactive, anti-racist work is required. This three part series will help leaders of impact companies understand the shifts that are occurring, unpack what these changes mean, and determine what personal and enterprise-level actions can be taken to be anti-racist.

Our Panelists

Ryan Pintado-Vertner


Ryan Pintado-Vertner is the Founder & Principal at Smoketown, an empathy-led team of experienced operators and specialized skill players who help mission-driven businesses maximize their performance against multiple bottom lines…



Darrin L. Williams

CEO, Southern Bancorp, INC

Darrin is a banker, securities and consumer protection attorney, former legislator and passionate advocate for financial inclusion. He serves as CEO of Southern Bancorp, Inc., one of the country’s oldest, largest and leading community development financial institutions…


Julia Collins

Founder & CEO, Planet FWD

Julia Collins is a serial entrepreneur who realized food was her calling as a young girl in San Francisco where it was the epicenter of her community. She’s spent her career building food companies, having launched brands such as…


Jane Hileman

CEO, American Reading Company

Jane Hileman is the founder and CEO of American Reading Company.  As a veteran teacher in Philadelphia Schools, Jane’s determination to teach children to become proficient, lifelong readers and learners led her to create the IRLA®…


Parts 1-3

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August 18, 2020, 9PT - 10PT / 12ET – 1 ET

In the first webinar, we will focus on structural racism. How it shows up in our daily lives, the role that capitalism and the private sector play, and how the last few months have impacted the thinking and approach of CEOs, including the unique role of white CEOs. We have an incredible set of leaders to help us begin this series.

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September 22, 2020, 9PT - 10PT / 12ET – 1 ET

In Part 2, we will focus on the internal anti-racist work that CEOs and companies can pursue. What does it mean to be an anti-racist individual in our society? What does it mean to imbed anti-racism in culture and hiring practices? Is there a difference between Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and anti-racism? We will hear from both CEOs who are doing the work and thought leaders who support the work.

Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

October 20, 2020, 9PT - 10PT / 12ET – 1 ET

In Part 3, we will focus on the external anti-racist work that companies can pursue. How does a company identify its authentic and sustainable role in the fight against racist policies and practices? Are there best practices that impact companies can emulate? What kind of anti-racist goals can companies set? Are there pitfalls that can be avoided? We will hear from both CEOs who are doing the work and thought leaders who support the work.