Impact Day Charleston

Featuring the Seventh Annual Tommy Baker Hour

With Mike Gianoni, CEO of Blackbaud

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 • Charleston Gaillard Center 

Charleston, SC

 We are proud to announce that Impact Day will now be a part of the CofC's 250th Anniversary Celebration on April 14, 2020!

Let's Make an Impact! 


The Four Pillars of Impact

Personal, Profit, People, Planet

Making a Difference While Making a Profit

Six years ago, Stuart Williams brought the entire thesis of Impact Investing, Impact Entrepreneurship and Impact Management ("Profit for Purpose"), to the School of Business at the College of Charleston. Subsequently, Impact Studies have been one of the most popular areas of education in the school, led by the incredible six-credit ImpactX class.


Today, many experts believe that during the next 50 years, the greatest accumulation of wealth will be amassed by people who innovate scalable solutions for the social and environmental problems we face. Furthermore, the future's highest and most sustainable corporate profits will be delivered by executives that adopt the leadership and management principles of "Profit for Purpose."

Thanks to Williams, the School of Business at the College of Charleston, and Mayor John Tecklenburg, our city has rapidly become a global hub for using Impact to create an environment that is changing the narrative about the importance of business and profit, while creating a community that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable for ALL of its residents. We are becoming a place where businesses can make greater profits by making a greater difference, and a place which will give every resident the opportunity to participate in and personally benefit from the creation of a sustainable future. We are proud that the School of Business is grooming students to fuel the future. 

Each presentation at the event is meant to provide participants with the knowledge, tools, research and data they need to benefit from the future of inclusion, business, investing, economics, equality, diversity and sustainable cities. Highlights of the afternoon include:


  • The Tommy Baker Hour – Mr. Tommy Baker will be hosting a fireside chat with Mike Gianoni, the CEO of Blackbaud 

  • Presentations from some of the world's leading experts in their fields

Impact Day CHS was created by Williams and then donated to the School of Business at the College of Charleston so all proceeds go to help fund Impact Studies. 

Network. Learn. Celebrate. Impact.


Companies represented, including individuals from local Impact businesses such as Boeing, Greystar, Baker Motors, Blackbaud, Mercedes, Volvo, and many others


Combined years of Impact knowledge among globally recognized speakers, panelists and other participants


Graduates and members of the Impact studies programs at the College of Charleston ready to change the world


Already raised for Impact-focused studies at the College of Charleston School of Business

Presented by


Impact Day CHS Sponsors


Reception Sponsors

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Impact Life Corp.

A S.C. Public Benefit Corporation



Monday, April 13, 2020

5:15 p.m. Community Impact Entrepreneurs Pitch Competition

Six Charleston Impact entrepreneurs will pitch their Impact innovation to a panel of independent judges. The winner will receive:


  • A $1,500 cash prize


  • The School of Business, College of Charleston Community Impact Entrepreneur of the Year Award, presented the next day at the Gaillard

  • 10 Hours of Impact Mentoring by Stuart Williams (a $5,000 value)

7 – 9 p.m. Charleston's first-ever Impact Film Screenings

Both events will take place in the Wells Fargo Auditorium in the School of Business at the College of Charleston located at 5 Liberty Street, Charleston, SC.

"As the world continues to talk about developing new community-based economic systems using multi-stakeholder capitalism, Charleston, SC is actually doing it. The City has had a model in place for the past five years, and it is now ready to be scaled for communities around the world. When the participants in Davos talk about the future of capitalism, they need to be visiting Charleston."

- Lawrence Bloom

Secretary-General, Be Earth, 

A United Nations IGO

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

1 p.m. Welcome

Dr. Alan Shao, Dean, The School of Business at the College of Charleston

Mr. Stuart M. Williams, Founder and Chairman, In Place Impact; Impact Expert in Residence, the College of Charleston School of Business

1:15 p.m. The Future of Charleston: A Global Hub of Impact but Maintaining the Charm of the City

Charleston is becoming a global hub of Impact. This outstanding panel will provide you with insight into best practices that will be adopted for Impact Investing, Impact Entrepreneurship, Smart Cities and Leadership and Management through the lens of Profit for Purpose. As the world continues to talk about this, Charleston has actually done something about it and has implemented a multi-stakeholder capitalism program that will help make our city economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable for all of its residents and community stakeholders.

Moderator: Alan T. Shao, Ph.D., Dean, School of Business, the College of Charleston and Vice President of Corporate Partnerships


The Honorable John Tecklenburg, Mayor, The City of Charleston

Andrew T. Hsu, Ph.D., President, College of Charleston 

Kimberly Powell, Owner, Woodhouse Day Spa Charleston and Regional Developer Woodhouse Day Spa Southeast

Head of Impact Investing, Bank of America

Cynthia Ellsworth, Co-Founder and CEO, Impact Life (an Impact focused company)

2:30 p.m. Charleston: The World’s Leading Hub for the Future of Business, Inclusion, Capitalism, Equality, Diversity and Sustainable Cities

Capitalism is an extremely important to community stakeholder and although many people wish to beat it down, the real experts will talk about developing models that provide positive benefits for all community stakeholders. This presentation will show us how every stakeholder  – corporate and personal – in Charleston can participate in and benefit from the creation of a sustainable future. 


Stuart M. Williams, Founder and Chairman, In Place Impact

3 p.m. Refreshment Break

3:30 p.m. Profit for Purpose: Delivering Charleston's Highest and Most Sustainable Corporate Profits and Investment Returns

It is widely predicted that the future's highest and most sustainable corporate profits and investment returns will be delivered by executives that embrace the leadership and management principles of Profit for Purpose. Learn how savvy business leaders are preparing for and benefiting from this paradigm shift. 

Moderator: Rachel Hutchisson, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Social Responsibility, Blackbaud


Jason Britton, ESG Portfolio Manager, Adjunct professor of Impact Investing, College of Charleston

Stuart Valentine, Co-Founder, Centered Wealth

Jina Penn-Tracy, Co-Founder, Centered Wealth


4:45 p.m. The Seventh Annual Tommy Baker Hour

Mr. Tommy Baker, founder and chairman of Baker Motor Company, once again brings his inimitable style and charm to interview a business leader in Charleston. This year we are privileged to welcome Mike Gianoni, CEO of Blackbaud – a global company founded upon Profit for Purpose. 

5:45 p.m. Reception and Awards

The College of Charleston Impact Person of the Year

The College of Charleston School of Business Community Impact Entrepreneurs of the Year

7:30 p.m. Event Concludes