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Foundation House | Forums

About Foundation House

Foundation House is a Center for Impact situated on an iconic estate in Greenwich, CT. Foundation House is committed to catalyzing systemic change and supporting important environmental, community, and mental health initiatives.  

 

 

About Impact Allies Forums

Foundation House regularly hosts a forum called ‘Impact Allies’ to connect and learn about significant environmental and social initiatives. Topics encompass important issues with an emphasis on positive solutions in areas such as Climate Change, Decarbonization, Water and Oceans, Nature-based Solutions, Sustainable Food, Regenerative Agriculture, Women in Impact, Mental Health Innovations, and Affordable Housing. Participants include asset owners, asset managers, founders, academics, NGO and governmental leaders, and other field experts. These gatherings offer a unique opportunity to gain valuable insights from leading experts, participate in thought-provoking discussions, and network with like-minded individuals.

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Upcoming Events

Friday, April 5th: Impact Allies: Decarbonization II – Carbon Markets

 

Friday, April 26th: Connecticut Food System Transformation: Pathways Towards Equity and Resilience (in partnership with The Foodshed Network)

 

Friday, May 24th: Women in Impact I: Climate Tech (in partnership with Women in Climate Tech)

 

Monday, June 24th: Direct Cash Assistance (in partnership with Fairfield County Community Foundation (FCCF)

Past Events
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Thurs | 12/14/23

Impact Allies Holiday Party and COP 28 Discussion

Foundation House hosted a holiday party to celebrate a year of impact activities and friendships and discuss COP28 with Craig Cogut from Pegasus Capital and other experts from the field.  The evening also featured an inspiring presentation by renown climate artist, Alejandro Duran, and striking photo series Washed Up, which illuminates the threat of plastic pollution in our waterways.

Speakers

  • Richard Zimmerman, Executive Director, Foundation House (Moderator)

  • Craig Cogut, Founder, Pegasus Capital

  • Alejandro Duran, Climate Artist

Thurs | 12/14/23

Emerging Modalities in Mental Health

Foundation House and Noetic Ventures hosted a forum on innovative solutions to the mental health crisis. Mr. John Hamilton, President/CEO of Liberation Programs, an organization helping families overcome addiction, spoke about addiction services and the impact of addiction on our communities. Dr. Jeffery Becker’s discussed his primary work that focuses on the opioid epidemic and pain management. Dr. Erin Amato spoke about depression and addiction in young people and early intervention, Mr. Sa’ad Shah, co-founder of Noetic Fund, presented a path forward, speaking about cutting-edge research and the future of the mental health industry as it relates to these topics.

Speakers

  • Richard Zimmerman, Executive Director, Foundation House (Moderator)

  • Dr. Jeffery Becker, Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Bexson Biomedical, Inc.

  • Dr. Erin Amato, Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. Functional Medicine Fellow. 

  • Sa’ad Shah, Managing Partner, Noetic Fund

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Fri | 09/15/23

Decarbonization 'The Path to a Sustainable Future'

In advance of Climate Week 2023, Foundation House hosted an Impact Allies Forum on Decarbonization with esteemed experts from the scientific, philanthropic, and investment arena. 

Speakers

  • Richard Zimmerman, Executive Director of Foundation House (Moderator)

  • Nidhi Chadda, Founder Enzo Advisors

  • Adam Fraser, CEO Terraset

  • Natalie Gartmann, ESG and Impact Manager, Pegasus Capital Advisors

  • Dr. Martin Wainstein, Open Earth Founder

Tues | 07/25/23

Mental Wellness for Men:  Developing A Game Plan for Stressful and Challenging Times

Foundation House hosted a forum on Men’s Mental Health with the REAL and Third Half Advisors.  The discussion focused on Men’s Mental Health, especially when times are tough and in transition, and how to find ways to seek support, improve outlook, and rediscover purpose in life.

Speakers

  • Mimi Sternlicht, Founder, Foundation House (Host)

  • Richard Zimmerman, Executive Director Foundation House (Host)

  • Shawn Lesser, The REAL

  • Brent Herd, The REAL

  • Caroline Brecker, Third Half Advisors 

  • Campbell Gerrish, Third Half Advisors

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Fri | 06/15/23

Nature-based Solutions (NbS) - Investing in Biodiversity for a Sustainable Future

Foundation House held an Impact Allies Forum on Nature-based Solutions (NBS).  Nature-based solutions (NBS) are actions that work with and enhance nature to address societal challenges, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, water security, and human health.

Speakers

  • Richard Zimmerman, Executive Director of Foundation House (Moderator)

  • Vicki Benjamin, Founder & CEO, Karner Blue Capital

  • Andrew Niebler, Executive VP, General Counsel, Karner Blue Capital

Fri | 04/14/23

Water Issues and Opportunities

Foundation House held an Impact Allies Forum on Nature-based Solutions (NBS).  Nature-based solutions (NBS) are actions that work with and enhance nature to address societal challenges, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, water security, and human health.

Speakers

  • Richard Zimmerman, Executive Director of Foundation House (Moderator)

  • Vicki Benjamin, Founder & CEO, Karner Blue Capital

  • Andrew Niebler, Executive VP, General Counsel, Karner Blue Capital

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Tues | 03/28/23

Greenwich United Way -

Youth Mental Health Forum

Foundation House held a Youth Mental Health Forum with the Greenwich United Way. The evening highlighted the new Greenwich Hospital Intensive Outpatient Center for Youth Mental Health.

Speakers

  • Mimi Sternlicht/Founder, Foundation House (Host)

  • Richard Zimmerman/Executive Director, Foundation House (Host)

  • Demetra Ganias Founder, Ganias Media Lab, Moderator)

  • Dr. Amir Garakani Chair, Psychiatry & Behavioral Health at Greenwich Hospital

  • Dr. Joshua Hrabosky, Program Director, Outpatient Behavioral Health

  • Dr. Toni Jones, Superintendent Greenwich Public Schools

  • Clarena McBeth, Licensed Professional Counselor, LMHC, LPC

  • Debra Hess, Board Member, Greenwich United Way

Fri | 01/10/23

Affordable Housing Summit

Foundation House hosted a private convening of key industry players to explore innovative solutions to Affordable Housing in Connecticut, with the goal to discuss and learn about creative ways to bring about safe and affordable housing to our region.  The Summit provided an overview of the current state of Affordable Housing in the region and focused on creative solutions in development, design, and financing by drawing upon best practices and innovative initiatives in CT region and beyond. Participants and attendees included government and advocacy leaders, housing designers and developers, philanthropists, funders, and interested citizens.

Keynote Speakers

  • Mimi Sternlicht/Founder, Foundation House (Host)

  • Richard Zimmerman/Executive Director, Foundation House (Host)

  • Jonathan Rose/Jonathan Rose Companies (Keynote)

  • Seila Mosquera-Bruno/Commissioner, CT Department of Housing (Keynote)

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Thurs | 01/9/23

Impact Allies Forum - Private Dinner Discussion

Foundation House hosted a private dinner of Impact Allies to discuss impact issues, ideas, and opportunities.  The dinner highlighted key participants in the housing space who were participating in the Foundation House Affordable Housing Conference on 1/10/23

Speakers

  • Richard Zimmerman, Executive Director of Foundation House (Host)

  • Mimi Sternlicht/Founder, Foundation House (Host)

  • Alan Organschi and Lisa Gray at Gray Organschi Architecture

  • Sharon Schneider: Founder and Principal at Integrated Capital Strategies

  • Alfonso Medina: CEO of Madelon

Tues | 06/22/22

Impact Allies Forum - Private Gathering

Foundation House hosted a gathering of Impact Allies to discuss impact issues, ideas, and opportunities.  During the convening participants shared their successes and challenges in impact investing and philanthropy and highlighted key impact initiatives they were undertaking

Speakers

  • Richard Zimmerman/Executive Director, Foundation House (Moderator)

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Fri | 04/22/22

An Evening with Mongabay

Foundation House hosted an evening discussion of Mongabay, a nonprofit environmental science and conservation news platform that produces original reporting in English, Indonesian, Spanish, French, Hindi, and Brazilian Portuguese by leveraging over 800 correspondents in some 70 countries. Mongabay is dedicated to evidence-driven objective journalism.

Speakers

  • Richard Zimmerman, Executive Director of Foundation House (Moderator) 

  • Rhett Bulter, Founder & CEO, Mongabay

Tues | 10/28/21

CT Climate Business Summit

Foundation House hosted the CT Climate Action Business Summit, and initiative of the CT Sustainable Business Council, which brought together key participants in the CT business ecosystem dedicated to discuss climate issues and solutions in an engaging, action-oriented session(s). The Summit especially focused on addressing scaleable solutions to addressing Climate Change in the region. “We believe that sustainable business can be a force for good and that the climate crisis presents an opportunity for businesses to work together to innovate solutions and build a strong economy that works for all.” -Connecticut Sustainable Business Council.

Speakers

  • Richard Zimmerman, Executive Director of Foundation House (Host)

  • Heather Burns, Founder, CEO, Connecticut Sustainable Business Council 

  • Avangrid (sponsor)

  • Andrew Winston, Author, Net Zero

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Tues | 03/28/23

Greenwich United Way -

Youth Mental Health Forum

Foundation House held a Youth Mental Health Forum with the Greenwich United Way. The evening highlighted the new Greenwich Hospital Intensive Outpatient Center for Youth Mental Health.

Speakers

  • Mimi Sternlicht/Founder, Foundation House (Host)

  • Richard Zimmerman/Executive Director, Foundation House (Host)

  • Demetra Ganias Founder, Ganias Media Lab, Moderator)

  • Dr. Amir Garakani Chair, Psychiatry & Behavioral Health at Greenwich Hospital

  • Dr. Joshua Hrabosky, Program Director, Outpatient Behavioral Health

  • Dr. Toni Jones, Superintendent Greenwich Public Schools

  • Clarena McBeth, Licensed Professional Counselor, LMHC, LPC

  • Debra Hess, Board Member, Greenwich United Way

Fri | 01/10/23

Affordable Housing Summit

Foundation House hosted a private convening of key industry players to explore innovative solutions to Affordable Housing in Connecticut, with the goal to discuss and learn about creative ways to bring about safe and affordable housing to our region.  The Summit provided an overview of the current state of Affordable Housing in the region and focused on creative solutions in development, design, and financing by drawing upon best practices and innovative initiatives in CT region and beyond. Participants and attendees included government and advocacy leaders, housing designers and developers, philanthropists, funders, and interested citizens.

Keynote Speakers

  • Mimi Sternlicht/Founder, Foundation House (Host)

  • Richard Zimmerman/Executive Director, Foundation House (Host)

  • Jonathan Rose/Jonathan Rose Companies (Keynote)

  • Seila Mosquera-Bruno/Commissioner, CT Department of Housing (Keynote)

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Thurs | 01/9/23

Impact Allies Forum - Private Dinner Discussion

Foundation House hosted a private dinner of Impact Allies to discuss impact issues, ideas, and opportunities.  The dinner highlighted key participants in the housing space who were participating in the Foundation House Affordable Housing Conference on 1/10/23

Speakers

  • Richard Zimmerman, Executive Director of Foundation House (Host)

  • Mimi Sternlicht/Founder, Foundation House (Host)

  • Alan Organschi and Lisa Gray at Gray Organschi Architecture

  • Sharon Schneider: Founder and Principal at Integrated Capital Strategies

  • Alfonso Medina: CEO of Madelon

Tues | 06/22/22

Impact Allies Forum - Private Gathering

Foundation House hosted a gathering of Impact Allies to discuss impact issues, ideas, and opportunities.  During the convening participants shared their successes and challenges in impact investing and philanthropy and highlighted key impact initiatives they were undertaking

Speakers

  • Richard Zimmerman/Executive Director, Foundation House (Moderator)

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Fri | 04/22/22

An Evening with Mongabay

Foundation House hosted an evening discussion of Mongabay, a nonprofit environmental science and conservation news platform that produces original reporting in English, Indonesian, Spanish, French, Hindi, and Brazilian Portuguese by leveraging over 800 correspondents in some 70 countries. Mongabay is dedicated to evidence-driven objective journalism.

Speakers

  • Richard Zimmerman, Executive Director of Foundation House (Moderator) 

  • Rhett Bulter, Founder & CEO, Mongabay

Tues | 10/28/21

CT Climate Business Summit

Foundation House hosted the CT Climate Action Business Summit, and initiative of the CT Sustainable Business Council, which brought together key participants in the CT business ecosystem dedicated to discuss climate issues and solutions in an engaging, action-oriented session(s). The Summit especially focused on addressing scaleable solutions to addressing Climate Change in the region. “We believe that sustainable business can be a force for good and that the climate crisis presents an opportunity for businesses to work together to innovate solutions and build a strong economy that works for all.” -Connecticut Sustainable Business Council.

Speakers

  • Richard Zimmerman, Executive Director of Foundation House (Host)

  • Heather Burns, Founder, CEO, Connecticut Sustainable Business Council 

  • Avangrid (sponsor)

  • Andrew Winston, Author, Net Zero

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