Social impact investing and conscious capital have become widespread themes in business over the last several years. This session will include a panel of entrepreneurs who have embraced social impact as part of their business model. You'll hear how they embedded in their corporate culture and get their advice to founders who want use their business to drive more than profits.
Building Social Impact Into Your Business
Charles Wood currently serves as Vice President of Economic Development for the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining the Chattanooga Chamber, Charles held economic development positions in Pensacola, Florida, College Station, Texas and Mobile, Alabama. During his more than 20 year career in economic development Charles has led marketing, recruitment and expansion efforts resulting in thousands of jobs created by dozens of companies including Hewlett Packard, Mellon Financial, and Volkswagen. He also led the creation of two business incubators, a multi-state entrepreneurial network and the Greater Chattanooga Economic Partnership, a tri-state regional marketing organization.
Charles holds a Masters Degree in Economic Development from the University of Southern Mississippi, completed Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma and holds the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from the International Economic Development Council. He serves on the editorial board of IEDC’s Economic Development Journal and the board of the Southern Economic Development Council and is a member of Rotary. Charles and his wife Angie have one grown son and live in downtown Chattanooga. In his spare time he crews on sailboats, cooks Cajun food and can be found at his son’s coffee shop on the Northshore.