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High Water Women's

Accelerating Impact Investing

High Water Women

Since 2013, High Water Women (HWW) has been a pioneer in bringing leaders together to demonstrate the power and effectiveness of deploying capital in ways that drive financial, social and environmental profits. We know that impact investing produces better returns, stronger businesses and a more resilient economy. This once radical notion is fundamentally changing how investors view the world and the demands they are making of their portfolios. Our growing network of 1,342 thought leaders and investors and reaches across sectors, platforms, strategies and perspectives. We invite you to join us.

Important update

In 2005, a group of senior women in hedge funds and financial services founded High Water Women to give back to their communities. Since then, through on-the-ground volunteering, we have pursued and achieved our mission of economic empowerment of women and low income youth through programs in financial literacy, an annual backpack drive and pioneering programs in impact investing and financial inclusion.

Along our 17 year journey, multitudes of women in finance have also met lifelong friends and mentors, laughed, weathered a few storms and most of all been inspired by the women we’ve worked with and served. We are proud of the work we’ve accomplished in an organization with a maximum of two full time staff! And none of this would have happened without your countless hours of volunteering and generous support.

As we look ahead there is so much more to accomplish. Rather than try to go it alone, we determined that our programs will continue to scale and provide even greater impact at other organizations that have the resources to achieve our shared mission. While this was a very hard decision for the Board, we believe that it is in the best interest of the community we serve, as well as our sponsors and volunteers, to be able to continue the work rather than risk having to close our doors and end the programs we’ve all worked so hard to make successful.

We are eternally grateful to 100 Women in Finance, Portfolios with Purpose and Sydney Paige Foundation (with whom we’ve partnered already for many years) for the time and effort you’ve spent working with us on this solution. Thank you for being an important part of the High Water Women Foundation over the years. We are so grateful to all our volunteers, donors and supporters for making these programs possible. We are very proud of all that we have accomplished together since 2005 and truly value you and your commitment to our programs.


Thank you to our underwriting partners

  • RBC Global Asset Management
  • IMPAX Asset Management
  • TriLinc Global, Invest with Impact
  • Treehouse Investments LLC, High Water Women Symposium Sponsor
  • DWS Group


  • Testimonial
    “Good variety across different types of stakeholders in this space and different approaches and universally good speakers which is SO refreshing! I will also say that just being in a large room that is almost 100% women who are leaders in this space is a great confidence builder in and of itself. The momentum is palpable."
    Marieke Spence
    Executive Director, Impact Capital Managers
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    “The HHW Impact Investing Summit was one of the first movers in the space convening stakeholders and continues to deliver today high-quality attendees and speakers from both finance and philanthropy and generate in-depth, practical insights you can take home.“
    Eleni Delipaltadaki Janis
    Managing Partner, Equivico by NCRC
  • Testimonial
    “A great event for experienced practitioners and those new to the space. It both lifts up women in the investment industry and offers content that is valuable to anyone interested in impact and ESG.”
    Delilah Rothenberg
    Executive Director, Predistribution Initiative
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    “Despite the short schedule, this event is long on actionable content from values-driven leaders in the industry. Meeting and learning from so many luminaries in the space of putting capital to a good purpose. The main stage panels and speakers were full of insights.”
    Ravi Mikkelsen
    CEO, Climate Link
  • Testimonial
    “It's rare to find myself in a room full of successful and engaged women with a strong interest for investing with a positive impact. Hearing about these women's work was inspiring and I came away with a lot of practical advice.”
    Irene Mastelli
    Director, Phenix Capital
  • Testimonial
    "The curation of content and speakers was excellent."
    Patience Marime-Ball
    Founder and CEO, Women of the Word Endowment
  • Testimonial
    “High level conversations with peers, collaborating to transform business for the better.”
    Sophia Swire
    Founder and CEO Future Brilliance GEDI
  • Testimonial
    “I've always liked the HWW symposium given it attracts a large group of accomplished and sincere professional women in finance and the content has been strong. It's always great for networking.”
    Christina Leijonhufvud
    Managing Partner, Tideline
  • Testimonial
    “The High Water Women Symposium offers speakers a safe space to speak freely about some of the challenges facing impact investing, and women's role in changing the face of investing more broadly making connections.”
    Anne Amanda Bangasser
    Director, Treehouse Investments
  • Testimonial
    “The High Water Women Investing for Impact Symposium brought together a diversified group of professionals from different industries who all shared a passion for impact investing. I was impressed by the quality of the speakers and their accomplishments. It was also a great venue for networking and making connections.”
    Anita Hlibczuk
    Senior Analyst, Harris Douglas Asset Management
  • Testimonial
    "Better than Davos."
    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Testimonial
    "I do this for a living ...and this is the best I've ever been to. Just let me know how we can help next year."
    Gil Crawford, Founder
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    "It wasn't just the content that was great. This event had soul."
    Big Bank