Garance Choko

Founder & CEO, CODA Societies, USA

Garance Choko is the CEO of Coda Societies, a firm that shapes social and economic infrastructures to promote equity worldwide. She started her career as a concert pianist at a very young age. Later, when she moved to the United States to continue her performance studies, she pursued her passion for public administration, innovation and social impact. She earned her Masters of Public Administration from Cornell University.

Garance has launched social innovation firms, designed and implemented physical spaces, national and local health care systems, nationwide public administration processes, think tanks, regional economic agendas and labor policies for institutions, corporations and governments in North America, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. She is devoted to social equity and a proud board member at Sing For Hope.


Monday, 9th December, 2019

09:50  -  10:50
PLENARY: Designing the Blueprint

Pillar 2: Designing an impact management and measurement program

While impact measurement is necessary to communicate the value generated by one’s actions and justify ROI from partners (or members) investing time and money, it is mostly possible as a result of a well-planned and executed impact management strategy. But the sector of association meetings has struggled with coming up with a concerted and impactful methodology for impact assessment for several reasons:

  • It lacks knowledge in the science of impact investment
  • There are no clear indicators for the sector and virtually no benchmarks serving as reference points
  • There are no frameworks and predictive models for use by the sector to help demonstrate the cause-to-effect relationships generating change
  • There’s a lack of consensus on the merit of even tracking social impact for associations and their meetings

This session will explore what an impact management program is, what it looks like and how it can be supported through tools and techniques.


Areas of impact:

11:20  -  12:10
LEARNING LABS – Session 3: Impact as a Business Model

Session 3: Impact as a Business Model
(Panel Discussion x 3 Panellists)

This session will be a discussion on the concept of “impact as a business model” for associations to unlock new opportunities of growth and value sharing. We will explore how associations can develop business models that are designed specifically to create positive societal impact beyond the basic operational delivery of services and products. When an organisation intentionally puts impact at the core of its business model, the focus is shifted from being activity-driven to being driven by the specific positive outcomes that are created for all their stakeholders. This elevates the organisation in the value chain and can unlock a plethora of new opportunities.

We will discuss this with panelists coming from the social enterprise world and associations who have successfully made this transition.


Areas of impact: