Apr 6th, 2021
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Navigating the Grey Entrepreneurship and Social Impact Panel Discussion


Chicago, IL

Navigating the Grey Entrepreneurship and Social Impact Panel Discussion

Entrepreneurship and Social Impact

How can entrepreneurs affect positive social change? What frameworks do those investing in and supporting entrepreneurs use to assess their social impact? During this time of uncertainty and opportunity in both the economy and society, join this panel discussion on entrepreneurship and social impact co-sponsored by the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation, the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Net Impact. The panelists are experts in the fields of impact investing and economic development, and include:

  • Christy Vines, President & CEO of empathy accelerator Ideos and an expert in global peace-making and conflict transformation
  • Malini Ram Moraghan ('06), Founder & Managing Director of Torana Group, an investment firm operating at the intersection of food and agriculture and impact investments
  • Mark O'Halloran ('93), CFO & Director of Economic Development at Together Chicago, which creates collective impact to catalyze change in our local community

The discussion will be moderated by Alyssa Berman-Cutler, Executive Director of Community Development at the University of Chicago.

More from the Navigating the Grey Series

Other events in the Navigating the Grey Series! are taking place from Tuesday Apr 6th - Friday Apr 9th. Upcoming events include:

Further Event Details

  • Co-sponsored by the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation, the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Net Impact.

  • The event will be held virtually.

About Christy Vines

A lifelong social entrepreneur, Christy Vines is the President and CEO of Ideos - a venture that engages strategic empathy in spaces of division and polarization, and in areas where inclusive and sustainable solutions remain elusive. She is a published writer and international speaker with expertise in religion and conflict transformation, peace-making and global women’s leadership. 
Christy has been an advisor to faith, corporate and public leaders, and government agencies in and outside of the U.S. From 2012 to 2013 she served as interim director of the RAND African First Ladies Initiative; and in 2015 as advisor to President Jimmy Carter’s efforts on women, peace and security and the University of San Diego's Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice on countering violent extremism. She lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, Anthony.

About Malini Ram Moraghan ('06)


About Mark O'Halloran ('93)

Mark O’Halloran is a manufacturing entrepreneur with 25 years’ experience starting and running engineering-centric businesses. As CEO, Mark created shareholder value by reinventing factory floors to achieve productivity gains of 400% – 600%, building world-class teams, securing intellectual property, and then bringing those competitive advantages to global customers.

Mark got his start at Griffith Foods where he was mentored by the CEO and financial team to study new markets, develop business plans, and allocate capital for their dozen international subsidiaries.

He speaks Spanish, German, and French, and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago. He and his wife of 33 years have 6 adopted adult children.

About Navigating the Grey

Navigating the Grey is an annual, student-led ethics conference at Booth, born out of the Great Recession by members of the Christians in Business student club in recognition of our responsibilities as future leaders. Each year, we invite prominent representatives of the private and social sectors so that they can share valuable lessons learned with us.

Our goal is to inspire audience members to define their own compass of values, and think consciously about how they will live out those values in the face of inevitable "grey areas" in our personal and professional lives. How will we not just survive these grey areas, but thrive in them?