Former Milken Team Member Is Leveraging Her Skills For Social Impact
Valerie Red-Horse Mohl, the executive director for Social Venture Circle, got her first job out of film school working on the team of notorious investment banker, Michael Milken who created the modern high-yield bond market and later spent 22 months in prison for securities fraud.
Val later applied her skills running her own investment banking firm, completing $3 billion in transactions, mostly serving the native American community.
Never forgetting her filmmaking studies, she has directed and produced films, including the PBS film Mankiller, a film about Wilma Mankiller, the first woman elected principal chief of the Cherokee Nation.
Val also teaches a course in race and ethnicity at Stanford and sites on the board of the Center for Race and Ethnicity. Her daughter plays on the beach volleyball team for Stanford.
Much of Val’s success and positive social impact relates to the skills and lessons she learned directly from Michael Milken in the 1980s, suggesting that finance and capitalism aren’t inherently good or bad but serve as tools that can be wielded for good and bad. Michael seems to have learned the lesson himself, having devoted much of his post-prison career to social impact.
Interview with Valerie Red-horse Mohl, the Executive Director of Social Venture Circle.
The following is the pre-interview with VALERIE RED-HORSE MOHL. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.
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For over four decades, Social Venture Circle (recently merged organization of two long-existing non-profits Social Venture Network and Investors’ Circle) has been dedicated to an economy that is regenerative, just, and prosperous for all. SVC confronts the challenges we face as a global community and believes the way forward will require moving beyond sustainability to regenerative systems, expanding diversity to include true social and economic inclusion, and broadening the definition of every venture’s success beyond profits to growth that benefits everyone. Since the 1980’s, SVC has served as a facilitator and capacity builder incubating a host of companies and organizations that are tackling society’s most pressing challenges, including non-profits such as B Lab, American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), Net Impact, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), Opportunity Collaboration (OC), BALLE, and Social Venture Institute. Additionally, Social Venture Circle’s pioneering members include businesses focused on social impact such as Ben & Jerry’s, Eileen Fisher, Honest Tea, Kind Bars, Birkenstock, Seventh Generation, and more. Through education, mentoring, seminars and events, SVC has supported thousands of ventures, incubating dozens of new networks, and facilitating over $250 million worth of impact investments and donations into purpose-driven organizations. Sectors SVC supports include emphasis on climate, social justice, affordable housing, recycling, sustainable food and fashion, human rights, gender diversity and the facilitation of capital and business in diverse communities and for diverse led entities.
VALERIE RED-HORSE MOHL. Photo Credit: Social Venture Circle
VALERIE RED-HORSE MOHL’s bio:
Valerie Red-horse Mohl, of Cherokee ancestry, is the Executive Director of Social Venture Circle, a non-profit organization with four decades of leading the way in the field of social impact; building and galvanizing the business world to create social, economic, and environmental change. She is also the owner/founder of Red-Horse Financial Group, Inc., and has more than 30 years of in-depth experience in the financial services and investment banking industry holding seven FINRA registrations including General Securities Principal (series 24) and Municipal Securities Principal (Series 53). Red-Horse Mohl has raised and structured over $3 billion in capital for institutional clients with unique expertise serving Native American tribal nations. She is also the owner/founder of Red-Horse Native Productions, Inc., a film and television production company primarily focused on bringing important social impact documentaries to the screen for which Red-Horse Mohl has produced, written and directed. Red-Horse Mohl was inducted into the NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) Hall of Fame in 2008. She serves on the Board of Stanford University’s Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity and teaches a Stanford course on Entrepreneurship for Social Impact and Racial Equity. Red-Horse Mohl earned a B.A. with Cum Laude honors from UCLA, has been married to former NFL football player Curt Mohl since 1982 and the couple has three children: Courtney (Stanford ‘07), Derek (California Lutheran ‘12) and Chelsea (Stanford ‘20).
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