Investing in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Keynote Event of the 2018 Pardee RAND Faculty Leaders Program

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Daryn Dodson
Managing Director, Illumen Capital


Wednesday, July 18, 2018


4:00 p.m. — Reception
5:00 p.m. — Program


RAND Corporation
1776 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA


Economic inclusion irrespective of race and gender remains a critical and reinvigorated issue in the US. Daryn Dodson, founder and managing director of Illumen Capital, built his organization because while companies that are more diverse and inclusive have repeatedly been shown to perform better financially, investments in this space remain limited. Of the $36 trillion in the asset management industry, which invests money for big institutions and private investors, just 1 percent is managed by firms owned by women and minorities.

As impact investing funds proliferate and capital flow increases towards vehicles that invest for both social and financial returns, it’s of urgent importance that we intervene to mitigate the biases that have led to this injustice. If impact investors don’t commit to doing so, they risk not only perpetuating the same inequities present across race & gender in global financial markets, but also leaving money on the table. This talk will explore the multi-trillion dollar investment opportunity to apply a strategy that both unlocks latent financial returns and creates a more equitable world.

This event is co-sponsored by the RAND Diversity Forum


Daryn Dodson is founder and managing director of Illumen Capital. Daryn is a passionate advocate of social and economic justice, especially for disadvantaged and marginalized groups. His work with impact investors, private equity funds, Fortune 100 companies, universities and foundations has been viewed through the lens of addressing the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems.

How to Attend

Register online by July 11. There is no charge to attend, but seating is limited and advance registration is required. For further information, contact