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When BDS infects ESG: An International Case Study HQed in Chicago
ESG is a revolution in the investment world. Trillions of ESG dollars are already under management, and tens of trillions more will be in the next few years. Accompanying that explosive growth is the importance of the ratings of such investments. In 2020 Chicago-based ratings heavyweight Morningstar Inc. bought Sustainalytics, Europe’s leading ESG rater. But they got more than they bargained for: they inherited the company’s BDS-friendly ESG assumptions, terminologies, news sources, and more. Hear from the two Jewish communal professionals - one in the ESG world and the other in the Chicago Jewish advocacy arena - who worked collaboratively and successfully, and who enlarged the circle of advocates – to bring about meaningful, if not (yet) total change.

Feb 9, 2023 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Julie Hammerman
CEO & Founder @JLens
Julie oversees JLens’ role as a bridge between the Jewish community and the values-based investing movement. Julie began her career in investment banking on Wall Street with JPMorgan. She later served as an impact investing strategist for a multi-family office, and was on the founding team of a for-profit social enterprise focused on women's health. Julie received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA in Economics from Tufts University. She is a Wexner Foundation Jewish Heritage alum, an UpStart incubator graduate, and the recipient of the Jewish Community Relations Council’s Leadership Award.
Jay Tcath
Executive Vice President @Jewish United Fund Chicago
Jay’s responsibilities at JUF range from security to public policy, inter-group relations to marketing, fundraising, and oversight of JUF’s Israel office. A trusted adviser to many leading philanthropists, Jay serves on the boards of several family foundations and has led over 30 trips to Israel with leaders from every level of government. Jay was an ROTC scholarship cadet at Georgetown University, and received his bachelor’s in Soviet studies from American University and a master’s from the University of Chicago. In between his schooling, Jay served four years in the U.S. Army, and was a platoon leader in a NATO Air Defense Unit based in the former West Germany. He is a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow and a graduate of the national Mandel Executive Development Program.
Marc Bassewitz
General Counsel @William Harris Investors
Marc is an attorney who has been in private practice and served as in-house counsel since 1982. He is currently General Counsel at William Harris Investors, the family office of the Irving Harris family in Chicago, and at Vivaldi Capital Management and First Trust Capital Management, affiliated wealth management and advisory firms in Chicago. Prior to these engagements, Marc was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Bally Total Fitness Corporation in Chicago, and practiced law at Latham & Watkins LLP as an associate and partner in New York and Chicago for over two decades. Mr. Bassewitz received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Michigan, and began his legal career as a law clerk to Honorable Avern Cohn in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Marc and his wife Sheri have been active in various Jewish organizations in the Chicago area, and Marc is a co-chair of the Advisory Board of JLJS.