Faculty Distinguished Lecture Scheduled for October 13

Professor of Finance Bing Yu will deliver Meredith College’s Faculty Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, October 13, 2022, at 7 p.m., in Jones Auditorium.

The topic of his lecture is “Impact Investing: Driving Capitalists to Do Good While Doing Well.”

Impact investing is a strategy of investing for financial returns as well as a positive social or environmental impact.

Dr. Yu says impact investing takes into account the social impact of a corporation’s actions from an environmental, social, or corporate governance aspect. It creates a triple helix of risk-return-impact when making impact investing decisions.

This investing model has developed because traditional capitalism is no longer meeting the needs of the planet, according to Dr. Yu.

“Today, inequality, social tensions, and environmental challenges are threatening quality of life,” Dr. Yu explains. “Investors want to generate positive social impacts by allocating their investing capital to firms that demonstrate social and environmental integrity rather than those that are simply self-interested. That is where impact investing emerges.”

Dr. Yu joined Meredith College in 2008. His research interests include international corporate finance; impact investing; assets pricing in emerging markets; gender diversity and corporate governance; and law, culture, and corporate finance. His research has been published in journals including the International Review of Financial Analysis, Managerial Finance, and Managerial Auditing Journal. Yu serves as a referee at numerous finance journals, including the Financial Review, Quantitative Finance, and Managerial Finance.

Before beginning his academic career, Yu was a financial analyst and then a manager of the corporate finance department in an investment firm in China. He holds a Ph.D. in Finance from Kent State University and an MBA from the University of Toledo.

About the Faculty Distinguished Lecture
The Faculty Distinguished Lecture was designed to represent a significant achievement of research by a Meredith faculty member. The first lecture was presented in 1964 by Professor of English Norma Rose.

This event is free and open to the public. The lecture counts as an Academic/Cultural Event for General Education for Meredith students. The Faculty Distinguished Lecture is sponsored by Meredith’s Convocation Committee.

A reception will follow in Johnson Hall Rotunda.

A live stream option will also be available. Details on attendance options will be posted on

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