About the Defiant Optimist Series
Be a part of the conversation that brings together the voices and stories of some of the world’s most motivated and bold thinkers who are making finance work for all.
Join IIX founder and CEO, Professor Durreen Shahnaz for Season 2 of Defiant Optimist™ , a monthly webinar series that features individuals who are making great strides in inclusive finance and business. Through personal stories, anecdotes, and words of wisdom, these monthly sessions seek to inspire IIX’s global network of 50,000+ key development and private sector actors, including policymakers, development specialists, investors, corporate, financial professional, and the wider impact investing community.
Discover what it really means to follow your own path and remain steadfast in your pursuit towards enabling financial inclusion for the 99%. Find strength in your own capabilities and feel emboldened to question the conventional. Be inspired by our torchbearers of defiant optimism that are:
- …mobilizing private sector capital to fund SDG 2030 goals
- …leading efforts to make finance work the world’s 46 least developed countries
- …using finance to create a world where no woman has to die giving life
- …bringing awareness about diversity and inclusion in the financial sector
- …and more!
Executive Secretary for the UNCDF
Chief Executive Officer of ANZ
Lead & Executive Director of Merck for Mothers
Gillian Marcelle PhD
Managing Member of Resilience Capital Ventures LLC
October 28, 2021
Annual Memberships Available
Hear the advice, stories, and words of wisdom and take the first step in becoming a leader for change. Learn from industry experts and chart your path to becoming a Defiant Optimist today!
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Discover what it really means to follow your own path and remain steadfast in your pursuit. Become driven to work with a purpose and leverage key insights to further your personal and professional goals. Find strength in your own capabilities and feel emboldened to question the conventional.
World-class special guests:
Hear the inspiring stories of change-makers from around the globe
Understand how you can make a real impact in the lives of others
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Connect with other professionals and stay up-to-date on industry trends
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About the Host
Durreen Shahnaz, a global leader of social impact and impact investing, is the founder of Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) and IIX Foundation. Over the past three decades, her mission has been to build a more inclusive, sustainable world by transforming financial markets and bringing underserved women to the forefront of capital markets. Drawing on a rich career as an investment banker, development worker, researcher, educator, and serial social entrepreneur, Shahnaz’s work has helped thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, governments and impact stakeholders around the world to play a role in sustainable development and women’s empowerment.
What is the Defiant Optimist series?
Defiant Optimist™ is a monthly webinar series hosted by IIX Founder and CEO, Prof. Durreen Shahnaz, and features individuals making great strides in inclusive finance and business. Through personal stories, anecdotes, and words of wisdom, these monthly sessions seek to inspire a new generation of defiant optimists.
Who can attend?
The session is intended for anyone interested in making finance work for the 99%! We hope our listeners will be inspired, find strength in their capabilities, and feel emboldened to question the conventional, through these sessions.
How long is each session?
Each webinar in the Defiant Optimist™series will run for one hour and includes a Q&A session, with Prof. Shahnaz and the guest speaker. Guests with our annual membership pass will also be invited to a 10-15 minute closed door session with the guest speaker.
How can I attend?
You can purchase single session tickets, as well as annual memberships. Please register your interest here, or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a student and/or a member of the IIX Institute alumni network. Am I eligible for a discount?
All students and alumni of the IIX Institute are eligible for a 10% discount. Please contact us at email@example.com for further details.
I purchased a ticket but missed the session. What do I do?
You are eligible to receive a recording of the session shortly after the event has ended.
How can I contact the IIX Institute team?
Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (65) 6221 7051 for more information.