Joy Anderson: Intersectional Impact and Investing with a Gender Lens

Joy Anderson is a leader at the intersection of business and social change. She is the president and founder of Criterion Institute, a nonprofit that does research and education to broaden who and what matters in the work of reinventing the economy. Criterion Institute has helped launch and grow the gender lens investing field. She has been a teacher, a consultant, and a founding principal of Good Capital, an investment firm that increases the flow of capital to innovative ventures creating solutions to inequality and poverty. Her thought leadership focuses on shaping financial markets, investing with a gender lens, and combining theological and financial imagination. She holds a Ph.D. in American History from New York University.

In this interview we discuss:

  • How Joy's experience in public education informs her approach to investing

  • Privilege 101 and addressing structural inequity by co-imagining what role finance can play in driving social change

  • Moving from the idea of “economy” as an abstraction to a more granular systems change view of market systems that work for people

  • The endless temptation of end-results and the arrogance embedded in expectations around “getting” results

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Ryan Honeyman is a Partner at LIFT Economy and author of The B Corp Handbook: How to Use Business as a Force for Good (Berrett-Koehler Publishers). LIFT Economy is an impact consulting firm whose mission is to create, model, and share a locally self-reliant economy that works for the benefit of all life. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @honeymanconsult or email him ryan@lifteconomy.com.