Program speakers


Laurie Lane-Zucker 

Founder – Impact Entrepreneur

Laurie Lane-Zucker is Founder and CEO of Impact Entrepreneur, PBC, an impact economy business that hosts the Impact Entrepreneur Network — a large, global network of “systems-minded” entrepreneurs, investors, and scholars of social and environmental innovation — editor and publisher of Impact Entrepreneur, a digital magazine covering the emerging Impact Economy, and host of the Luminarias and Building an Impact Economy Webinar Series.

For over 30 years, Laurie has been a “pioneer” (Forbes) and recognized leader in sustainability, social enterprise, and impact investing. Laurie was the founding Executive Director of the international environmental organization, Orion Society, which publishes the celebrated Orion Magazine, as well as the founder of a global sustainability think-tank, the Triad Institute, and Hotfrog, a Founding B Corporation, GIIRS Pioneer Company, and the first company ever to complete an equity transaction on an impact investment exchange. Laurie is the bestselling and multiple award-winning publisher and editor of books and magazines on sustainability and social impact — having worked with such acclaimed authors as Wendell Berry, Barry Lopez, Terry Tempest Williams, and David James Duncan — and the author of numerous articles on entrepreneurship and impact investing.

Laurie is contributing author of the recently published academic textbook from World Scientific, Sustainability: Business and Investment Implications (2023). He has given keynote addresses and been a panelist and moderator for dozens of international conferences — from Istanbul, Turkey to Sydney, Australia. He did his undergraduate work at Middlebury College and the University of Edinburgh, and his graduate studies at Columbia University and the Bread Load School of English.