LOS ANGELES, Sept. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Impact investing has taken another step forward. Thursday, Inspiring Lives Magazine, in collaboration with Akron Wealth Advisors and Hilliard Lyons, introduced "Investing with Purpose - The Empowering Women Portfolio." This new investment strategy allows investors to deploy capital in companies that have aligned their business practices with gender-diversity standards while also powering the future efforts of Inspiring Lives Magazine, a magazine whose core mission and vision is to provide opportunities for networking, professional development, and personal growth.
The Empowering Women's Portfolio was launched at The Emmy Lounge, Passion to Profits, and an exclusive private party for Hollywood celebrities, influencers, and high-net-worth individuals.
Gender diversity as an investment consideration is accelerating. This trend is driven by a growing body of research showing that increased diversity and a more inclusive workforce are often attributes of strong corporate performance, driven in part by a desire from investors to use their investment capital as a tool to drive social change and greater gender equality.
Lack of gender diversity can be an investment risk
Companies and sectors with relatively poor gender diversity may be exposed to higher levels of risk, including reputational risk (as a result of discrimination lawsuits), supply chain risk (related to exploitation of women and girls), and operational risk (associated with poor talent retention and reduced productivity).
Gender diversity as an investment opportunity
Companies and sectors with relatively strong gender diversity may be better positioned across drivers of performance. These drivers may include (1) productivity, decision-making, and innovation; (2) customer acquisition and retention — as a result of brand reputation and customer alignment; and (3) talent recruitment and retention — as a function of employee satisfaction and engagement.
Invest in companies that value women's leadership
"We believe this is an important step in the evolution of women's advocacy. Inspiring Lives Magazine has established itself as one of the leading women's magazines in the country, and the EWP provides the tools needed to expand its impact greatly. We are excited to partner with Akron Wealth Advisors and Hilliard Lyons in providing investors access to a basket of companies that have strong policies and practices in support of women's empowerment and gender equality," said Dr. Shellie Hipsky, CEO of Inspiring Lives International, President of The Global Sisterhood, and Editor-in-Chief at Inspiring Lives Magazine.
About Inspiring Lives Magazine
At their core, they support and inspire women to express themselves authentically through the work that they do while linking passion to purpose. Additionally, they also strive to provide the tools, knowledge, and network to help women lead, start and grow their business in a way that integrates core feminine values like connection, collaboration, inspiration, and motivation.
With opulent photography gracing the pages, each issue of Inspiring Lives Magazine offers captivating stories and empowering ideas imprinted with Dr. Shellie Hipsky's vision on:
- Business & Finance
- Music & Movies
- Art & Books
- Health & Fitness
- Relationships & Self-discovery
- Beauty & Fashion
- Food & Travel
Emphasizing entrepreneurship and personal growth, this magazine inspires, encourages, and instructs, addressing every facet of a woman's life—the spiritual, the intellectual, the emotional, and the physical.
About Akron Wealth Advisors:
Akron Wealth Advisors of Hilliard Lyons is located in Akron, Ohio, and services clients across the United States. Akron Wealth Advisors focuses on families and individuals. Rather than focusing on selling products and investments, we focus on the relationship. We use our expertise to help you realize your long-term goals and vision for your future. Our professionals have a deep understanding of today's financial markets. We will help guide you with confidence, knowledge, and outstanding service on the path to long-term financial freedom.
Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. Narrowly focused investments and investments in smaller companies typically exhibit higher volatility.
J.J.B. Hilliard, W.L. Lyons, LLC ("Hilliard Lyons") is a member of the New York Stock Exchange, FINRA, and SIPC. Founded in 1854, the firm currently has over 70 branches in 12 states.
The claimed benefits of investing in gender-diverse companies (and the risks of not doing so) are based on research by (1) Morgan Stanley, "Putting Gender Diversity to Work: Better Fundamentals, Less Volatility" (May 2016); (2) Catalyst, "The Bottom Line: Corporate Performance and Women's Representation on Boards 2004-2008" (2011); and (3) Bank of America Merrill Lynch, "Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG), Women: the X-Factor" (2018).
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