University of Michigan Ross School of Business

Blair Miller

Past Speaker

Co-founder, BlueOrange Sustainable Capital

Blair Miller has spent her career supporting and building socially responsible business models around the world. Blair is currently at Future Laboratories focusing on companies addressing the opportunities and challenges related to the “future of work.”  Most recently, Blair co-founded Blue like an Orange Sustainable Capital, an emerging markets sustainable investment fund. As a co-founder, she supported in developing the strategy, structuring the fund, developing the impact framework, sourcing early deals, and raising capital. Previously, Blair was Vice President at the office of philanthropist and Founder of Wesray Capital Corporation, Ray Chambers, where she led the office’s efforts in innovative financing to address global health challenges. Blair spent her early career at Acumen, an impact investment fund. At Acumen, Blair spearheaded the talent platform—conceptualizing, capitalizing, and launching programs in East Africa, Pakistan, and India as well as leveraging the curriculum to develop online courses. The programs have trained over 400 people and the online courses have been taken by over 150,000 people around the world.

Blair is a sought-out advisor on talent and impact investing and has worked with firms such Andela, a venture-backed start-up training technology developer in Africa, Learn Capital, an education technology venture fund, McKinsey’s Generation Initiative, a workforce development initiative, Reservoir Capital, a $7B private equity fund, and Roundtable Investment Partners, a multi-family office. Blair serves on numerous boards including The Africa Center, InvestAfrica, and Venture for America. Blair is a senior fellow at Yale University lecturing on “Aligning Profit and Purpose” and is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. Blair holds an MBA from Michigan Ross and BA in English Literature from the University of Virginia, where she was a varsity volleyball player.

Session: Valuing Culture in Organizations

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