Laurie J. Spengler

Launching a business, particularly at a time of global uncertainty and pain, represents my conviction that each of us must move beyond our individual comfort zone, draw upon our skills, resources and commitments and take bold steps to contribute to the change we say we seek.

Confronting this reality motivated me to establish Courageous Capital Advisors. Drawing upon a career devoted to generating positive impact with the tools of investment banking and law that started before the phrase ‘impact investing’ was even coined, I am pushing myself to go further and deeper with my commitment to forward change.

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Laurie J. Spengler is an impact investment banker, board member and active contributor to the impact investing industry. Among her current board engagements, she serves as a non-executive director of the CDC Group (the UK DFI), Lendable, the UK Impact Investing Institute and Bridges Insights. Laurie serves as Global Ambassador to the Global Steering Group on Impact Investing and is Senior Fellow and Advisory Council member at Casei3 at the Fuqua Business School. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Laurie is a frequent speaker and preferred interviewer at industry convenings on topics ranging from impact investing, values-based banking, gender smart investing to inclusive and sustainable economics and more. Her increasingly regular writings are gaining traction with new audiences expressing interest in building a more resilient future for all.

Laurie is CEO of Courageous Capital Advisors, LLC, an impact investing advisory firm dedicated to generating outsized positive impact by providing targeted strategy, transaction and governance services. Previously, Laurie was CEO of Enclude Ltd. and Enclude Capital UK Limited, formerly part of the ShoreBank and Triodos family of companies, and now a Palladium Company. Prior to building Enclude Capital, Laurie was founder and CEO of Central European Advisory Group, a regional advisory firm she sold to her management team in 2005. She also worked as an attorney with the New York, Brussels and Prague offices of White & Case. Laurie has a JD from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree from Stanford University.

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