The SILC Club

About the Club

Mission

The mission of the SILC Club is to elevate and catalyze corporate sustainability through empowering finance, accounting, legal and compliance professionals to create a stakeholder ecosystem founded on transparency, accountability, and inclusivity. The Club serves as a consortium, a platform for ongoing dialogue and a launching pad for revolutionary ideas brought forth by the Sustainability Investment Leadership Conference.

Q1 2018 Newsletter

Events Calendar

There are no upcoming events at this time.

SILC Club Officers

Jeffrey Yin
General Counsel, XO Group Inc
Stanley Goldstein
Co-Founder and Chairman
Erin O’Brien
Vice President and Marketing
Feona Castro
Marketing
Benjamin Overton
Secretary
Adam Bernstein
Technology & Business Development
Matthew Levy
Treasurer
Sachin Sawhney
Technology & Business Development
Trysha Daskam

In The News

Book Review: “Double entry” is a War Cry to Accountants

By Jaishree Singh In “Double Entry,” Jane Gleeson-White argues that the way humans currently measure and report business value is dangerous for human life and the planet. For instance, a cost-benefit analysis by the Ford Motor Company in 1977 found that the cost of adding a safety device to their Pinto vehicles was greater than the…
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SILC, Latham & Watkins LLP, and Mintz Group Host A Panel on Reputation and Sustainability

By Erin O’Brien On November 9th, 2017, the SILC Club led a panel discussion on the topic of Reputation and Sustainability, hosted by Latham & Watkins LLP and in collaboration with Mintz Group, a global corporate investigations firm. The panel featured Jim Mintz, private investigator and founder of Mintz Group, and Sara Orr, an environmental, energy,…
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General Counsel, XO Group Inc

Jeffrey Yin

Jeffrey Yin joined XO Group as General Counsel in January 2018 with nearly 20 years of experience advising a diverse portfolio of businesses ranging from emerging growth startups to large public companies. Prior, Yin served as General Counsel of The Alberleen Group and Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel of Medallion Financial Corp. Yin’s law firm experience includes Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP, in the business and technology groups. Yin received a B.A. in Economics and Rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from the New York University School of Law.

Co-Founder and Chairman

President

Stanley Goldstein

Stanley Goldstein launched a solo firm in 1964 which became Goldstein, Golub & Kessler,(now part of McGladrey). His work with City Associates, one of the earliest hedge funds, led to an expertise in that sector. He now runs a private equity fund with investments in Gerson Lehrman Group, Novus, Artivest, Clear-Serve and equalitycardproject.com. He is the founder of several non-profits including American Friends of James Joyce and Donors’ Forum, a roundtable of grant-making foundations and family offices. Mr. Goldstein is a graduate of Brooklyn College and the founder of The New York Hedge Fund Roundtable.

Vice President and Marketing

Erin O’Brien

Erin O’Brien serves as Vice President and Marketing Officer of the SILC Club.

Erin works alongside Feona to drive the organization’s marketing and communications efforts and assists the Events Team in planning and executing the Club’s monthly programming. Erin is also an Associate at The Alberleen Group where she conducts due diligence and financial analysis for mergers and acquisitions, capital raises, and IPO engagements across a variety of sectors with a focus on impact investing.

Erin graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and minors in Business Fundamentals
and English Literature.

Marketing

Feona Castro

Feona Castro serves as Marketing Officer of the SILC Club and Director of Communications at the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance (CDVCA).
In addition to spearheading marketing and communications efforts at CDVCA, she also conducts investment analysis and manages transactional activity on the CDVCA’s Central Fund and New Markets Tax Credit investments. Prior to her role in the organization, she has played an active part in the development of the social enterprise sector in the Philippines. In 2014, she co-founded an internationally recognized social enterprise, which aims to revolutionize relief operations management in disaster-stricken areas.
Ms. Castro holds an undergraduate degree in Business Management from Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines, and completed masters-level marketing and management courses at Universite Catholique de Lille, France.

Secretary

Benjamin Overton

Benjamin Overton is Secretary of the SILC Club and Programme Officer for North America at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, working on TrustLaw, the Foundation’s global pro bono program. In this role, he manages TrustLaw’s network of over 500 NGOs and social enterprises across the region. Benjamin is also deeply involved in the development of TrustLaw’s Social Enterprise and Impact Investing Training series. Prior to the Foundation, Benjamin worked in a number of roles for human rights and foreign affairs NGOs. Outside of his professional positions, he is a member of the American Planning Board of Humanity in Action. Benjamin has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Asian Studies, a Master’s of Public Administration and a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington.

Technology & Business Development

Adam Bernstein

Adam Bernstein is an ESG / Impact Analyst for Gitterman Wealth Management LLC. He is a core member of the firm’s SMART (Sustainability Metrics Applied to Risk Tolerance)® Investing Services, which offer individuals and financial professionals investment opportunities in the ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) arena.

Adam is also a Board Member of the Sustainability Investment Leadership Conference (SILC), which works with corporations, investment, accounting, and law firms on how to integrate sustainability into their overall growth strategies. He began his career at Merrill Lynch’s Global Wealth and Investment Management Division and Alliance Bernstein’s Thematic Portfolio Desk.

Adam is a graduate of Elon University, where he received a CFA Institute recognition scholarship, and holds a BSBA in finance. While at Elon, Adam competed in both Track and Cross Country. He is currently part of the NYC Climate Braintrust, a climate change social entrepreneur accelerator backed by the World Economic Forum and Echoing Green.

Treasurer

Matthew Levy

“I grew up in Mahopac, New York and ever since I was a kid I was interested in the business world. I ended up going to Lehigh University looking to enter the finance field; however, after taking my first accounting class, I realized accounting was what I really wanted to do. When I graduated in 2012, I was hired by PKF O’Connor Davies, ranked among the Top 100 accounting firms in the U.S.

The majority of my clients are not-for-profit organizations. By working regularly with these nonprofit entities, I became interested in sustainability — focusing on economic, social, and environmental responsibility. My clients not only recognize the need for sustainability, but also realize they are ultimately potential benefactors.

I am hoping to grow in my knowledge of the relevant professional standards on sustainability so that I can help my clients develop related business strategies and provide them with accounting, reporting and assurance services. Taking a proactive interest in sustainability now, while in its early stages, further contributes to the development of my career as a “trusted advisor.””

Technology & Business Development

Sachin Sawhney

Trysha Daskam