Marylhurst MBA alum Sylvia Panek joined the socially responsible financial advisors at Natural Investments in Jan. 2018.
In her role as financial planner at the Chicago-based investment firm, Sylvia Panek helps her clients develop wealth-building strategies that align with their social values.
“My last year in business school, a professor introduced us to the stakeholder model where a company considers the well-being of everyone: employees, customers, community, society,” Sylvia writes on her Natural Investments profile page. “When all other class narratives focused on the shareholder model (do only what maximizes value to investors), it was a revolutionary concept that lit a spark in me. What came out of that lesson was an energy that has sustained me for the length of my career – a business can operate on a triple-bottom line: people, planet, and profit.”
Prior to joining Natural Investments, Sylvia and consulted for several years with financial professionals on socially responsible investments, including with the advisory firm Impact Investors. Her career also includes stints with the Nonprofit Financial Center, an organization focused on assisting nonprofits to operate with security on limited budgets; Green America, an organization devoted to a sustainable economy and planet; and US SIF, The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment.
Sylvia Panek earned her MBA in Sustainable Business from Marylhurst University in 2014. She is an associate board member of the Delta Institute, a think tank devoted to addressing complex environmental challenges with communities across the Midwest.