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About the Event

Watch the Recording

Our ocean gives life to our planet, but some of its most important ecosystems are under threat. As we approached World Ocean Day 2024, we gathered for an online event to get inspired by four incredible women who are using their talents, passion and creativity to support a thriving and healthy ocean.


An engaging conversation and Q&A ensued (with lots of audience interaction) as they shared how their innovative work in impact investing, conservation, and community engagement is tackling some of the greatest challenges facing our ocean. 

The rich panel discussion provided valuable insights and fresh perspectives on the possibilities and challenges in the ocean impact space, including: 

  • A glimpse into the evolving landscape of ocean impact investing

  • The importance of collaboration between nonprofits, corporations, and government to address the ocean's challenges

  • Frameworks for measuring and managing impact

  • How to launch a career in ocean impact (or simply get more involved)

View recording alongside chat here: 


  • Donna Hazard, General Partner and Board Member, SeaAhead

    • Donna Hazard is General Partner and Board Member at SeaAhead, a Boston-based bluetech hub spurring innovation, building and investing in sustainable, high- growth, ocean-related companies through an accelerator, angel investor group, and corporate and venture advisory services. She leads SeaAhead's bluetech investor network, the Blue Angels.

  • Janis Searles Jones, CEO, Ocean Conservancy

    • Janis Searles Jones is CEO of Ocean Conservancy, a nonprofit working internationally to solve the greatest challenges facing the ocean. Jones is fluent in marine conservation and policy, with deep expertise in Alaska, the Arctic and the intersection of ocean and climate issues, specifically offshore oil and gas, clean-ocean energy, zero-emissions shipping and ocean-plastic pollution. 

  • Gracie White, Director, Global Ocean Investments at Conservation International Ventures LLC

    • Gracie White is Director of Global Ocean Investments at Conservation International Ventures LLC where she supports early-stage companies within emerging markets through a blend of debt and equity investment products. Her background has primarily centered around sustainable aquaculture, with a primary focus on seaweed, and she previously worked for Hatch Blue, NOAA, and the CREO Syndicate.


  • Moderated by Laura Francis, Sea Forward Fund Director 

    • Laura Francis is Director of Sea Forward, an organization that supports innovative and effective solutions in the ocean space. She worked at NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary for 27 years in education and outreach before turning her focus to ocean philanthropy and impact investing.

Additional Resources

Expand your understanding of topics shared in the webinar.

Learn more about ocean impact and investing

Learn more about Sea Forward


Learn more about the panelists' organizations 

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