Social Impact and Lunch

Social Impact & Lunch

This lunchtime series will give students the opportunity to engage with leaders who are addressing the multifaceted social impacts of corporate, non-profit and public sector organizations in ways that foster the public good. Events are presented in collaboration with the Managing for Social Impact and the Public Good interdisciplinary program.

Are you faculty, alumni or a friend of Boston College and would like to talk about ethical issues in your line of work? Email us at to learn how to get involved!

FALL 2021


Purpose Built Communities: Theory of Impact and Change

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
12:00PM | Carney 437

Purpose Built Communities (PBC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving racial equity, economic mobility and health outcomes in communities across the country. It serves as a bridge, connecting community leaders with resources and partner organizations that share a vision to make holistic, at-scale investments in defined neighborhoods to achieve excellent and equitable outcomes for the people who live there.

PBC's collaboration with innovative thinkers is driven by a collective desire to advance communities, improve the lives of residents of neighborhoods made vulnerable, end a cycle of intergenerational poverty, and set a new course for cities across the country.

Lunch session will feature CEO Carol Naughton, Sr. VP Michelle Matthews, and VP, Educational Programs Catalina Sibilsky who will discuss their work and engage in dialogue with students.

See CBS 60 Minutes clip

Program is for undergraduate students only. Register here.

Letting Go

Letting Go: How Philanthropists and Impact Investors Can Do the Most Good by Giving Up Control

Wednesday, November 3, 2021
11:30AM | Fulton 515

In Letting Go, Ben Wrobel and Meg Massey tell the story of the funders who have chosen to cede decision-making power to people with lived experience of the problem at hand. The stories range from a global foundation run by and for young feminist activists, to a neighborhood loan fund controlled by working-class residents of color.

About the authors:

Meg Massey is a journalist covering social impact and social justice in the world of finance. Her writing has been featured in Time, Fortune, Impact Alpha, and others. She began her social sector career as a policy analyst in the Obama White House, and later led strategic communications for the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG) and the Urban Institute’s Research to Action Lab before founding her strategy firm, Sanspeur, in 2019.

Ben Wrobel is Director of Communications at Village Capital, a pioneer in participatory investing. He started his career as chief speechwriter for the NAACP, and later raised money for voter registration campaigns including Stacey Abrams’ New Georgia Project. He has edited two best-selling books: REACH: 40 Black Men on Living, Leading and Succeeding and The Innovation Blind Spot.

Program is for undergraduate students only. Register here.