Special Events
Benjamin Cooper Memorial Lecture

Benjamin Cooper Lecture featuring Jacqueline Novogratz Founder and CEO of Acumen

@ Washington Hebrew Congregation
Join us for the 22nd annual Benjamin Cooper Memorial Lecture, featuring Jacqueline Novogratz, founder and CEO of Acumen. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The lecture begins promptly at 7:30 p.m.

The Benjamin Cooper Memorial Lecture was established in memory of Ben Cooper by his close friends David Goldberg '98, Jennifer Miller '98, Megan Palmer '97, Jacob Remes '98, Dan Sharfman '97, and Jessica Wolland '97. Ben, a rising senior at Georgetown Day School, was killed in a tragic accident on August 12, 1997. The Lecture Fund, endowed by the Cooper-Areen family, enables GDS to bring a renowned guest lecturer to the school each year to stimulate the kind of dialogue in which Ben loved to participate. Jacqueline Novogratz, founder and CEO of Acumen, will be this year's speaker. Jacqueline's work began in 1986 when she quit her job on Wall Street to co-found Rwandaês first microfinance institution, Duterimbere. The experience inspired her to write the bestseller, The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor, and create Acumen. Indeed, when she founded Acumen in 2001, few had heard of the words "impact investing." Fifteen years later, under Jacquelineês leadership, Acumen has invested $110 million to build more than 102 social enterprises in countries like Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Pakistan, India, Colombia, the U.S. and others. These companies have created and supported 60,000 jobs, leveraged an additional $522 million, and brought basic services like affordable education, health care, clean water, energy and sanitation to more than 200 million people. In 2015, Fast Company named Acumen one of the worldês Top 10 Most Innovative Not-for-Profits.


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