April Wensel Announced as Impact Summit Headline Speaker

April Wensel Impact Summit

More than 400 people, representing businesses of every size and structure, are expected to attend the summit in Glasgow on May 15th.

April Wensel, founder of San Diego-based Compassionate Coding, has been revealed as the headline speaker at Impact Summit 2019.

The organisation works to bring emotional intelligence and ethics to software development, a sector in which Wensel worked for more than a decade in Silicon Valley.

Compassionate Coding has also been announced as a partner for this year’s summit – a relationship which FutureX said highlights the ‘Tech for Good’ theme that will run throughout the two-day event. The other themes featured at Impact Summit are ‘A Sustainable Future’ and ‘People Behind the Purpose’.

Wensel’s talk at Impact Summit marks the only Scottish date of her European speaking tour this spring. Commenting on the announcement, she underlined the importance of events such as this in helping to develop a compassionate future in business.

“By bringing together passionate individuals doing inspiring, heart-centred work, events like Impact Summit give me hope for the future of business,” Wensel said. “I’m excited to share strategies for incorporating compassion into our technologies in order to consciously alleviate suffering and meaningfully improve lives.”

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Impact Summit has also secured the support of wealth manager, Cazenove Capital, which operates as part of the Schroders group. The firm, which boasts a global investment portfolio, has recently set a focus on impact investing.

Bob Hair, head of Edinburgh office at Cazenove Capital, explained that through supporting Impact Summit this year, the firm is helping to raise greater awareness of how investment can help change society for the better.

“As long-term stewards of our clients’ capital, we have been helping clients align their sustainability objectives with their investments for over 15 years,” he said. “Many of our clients want to see their investments help shape better outcomes for society and, by sponsoring Impact Summit 19, we are helping to raise awareness of how investing for ‘People, Planet and Purpose’ can make a serious difference to society.”

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More than 400 people from a broad range of backgrounds, sectors and businesses are expected to attend the summit on 15th May, which is held at Glasgow’s SWG3 venue.

FutureX co-founder, Bruce Walker added: “We’re thrilled to be working with organisations like Cazenove Capital and Compassionate Coding for this year’s Impact Summit. As the UK becomes an innovation leader in so many industries, it’s incredibly valuable to bring in these international perspectives and make Impact Summit an example of the kinds of collaborations needed to support a new vision of society.”



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