Defiant optimism – the stubborn belief that systems that enrich the few can be transformed for the good of the many – requires an indomitable spirit.

Join us for a virtual book event where Durreen Shahnaz will share excerpts from 'The Defiant Optimist', which charts her journey from growing up with constrained life chances and working as the first Bangladeshi woman on Wall Street, to becoming a global leader in impact investing and launching the world's first stock exchange for social enterprises. In this session, Durreen illuminates what investing in those excluded from networks of power and opportunity requires.

About Durreen Shahnaz
Prof. Durreen Shahnaz, a Bangladeshi-American entrepreneur, is the CEO and founder of Impact Investment Exchange (IIX). A global leader in sustainable finance and impact investing, she is a 2017 Oslo Business for Peace Award Honoree, a financial rainmaker in Forbes 50 over 50, and an Asia Society Game Changer Awardee.

Over the last 14 years, IIX has connected the Back Streets of underserved communities to the Wall Streets of the world, and unlocked close to US$300 million of capital impacting over 150 million lives and promoting climate action across the globe.

To find out more about 'The Defiant Optimist' and pre-order your copy, click here.

Wednesday, June 28, 2023
6:00 PM ET - 7:00 PM ET

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