Join a community of change-makers dedicated to creating a sustainable and socially responsible future. 

Prepare to join the rapidly growing field of ESG (environmental, social, and governance) with our two-day credential course, where you'll develop a comprehensive perspective and an evidence-based approach to ESG and impact investing.

Through a combination of in-person lectures, case studies, and guest speakers,  you will gain a practical perspective, expand your industry network, and earn a shareable certification of completion.


  • In-person lectures from University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy faculty at the UChicago campus.
  • Case studies and guest speakers to gain a practical perspective.
  • Shareable certification of completion to showcase your academic rigor

Who Will Benefit

  • An investor or philanthropist who wants to learn how to evaluate and manage impact investment opportunities using cutting-edge frameworks, techniques, and toolkits.
  • An enterprise leader who wants to gain strategies and methodologies to improve ESG performance within your organization and access more investment opportunities.
  • A public policy and regulation maker who wants to develop more effective policies and regulations to promote the healthy development of the industry.
  • A consultant or risk management professional who wants to acquire frameworks and analytical tools to better serve clients' development goals.

Now accepting applications for fall 2023.

Course Overview
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ESG, Impact Investing


Beginner, Intermediate


2 days


October 29, 2023 - October 30, 2023


Public and Non-Profit Sector Employees: $1,500


Private Sector Employees: $2,200


UChicago Alumni, Graduate Students, and Staff: $1,200


*$300 per person discount for organizations with 3 or more attendees


In-person at the University of Chicago campus

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Watch our program overview video below for more details on the curriculum.

Meet the Program Faculty

Justin Marlowe, Research Professor and Director of the Center for Municipal Finance

Justin Marlowe is a Research Professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. His research and teaching are focused on public finance, with an emphasis on public capital markets, infrastructure finance, state and local budgeting, and financial disclosure. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Public Budgeting & Finance.

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Meet the Program Faculty

John Oxtoby, Lecturer and Senior Vice President

John Oxtoby is the Senior Vice President and Director of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Investing on Ariel’s domestic equity team. John joined the firm in 2014 and works with portfolio managers and analysts to evaluate the ESG risks and opportunities in current and prospective investments. Under John’s direction, Ariel’s ESG team leads proactive engagement strategies with portfolio companies to improve performance on material ESG issues. John also teaches ESG and impact investing at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

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