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VT WIN Book Club: The XX Edge: Unlocking Higher Returns and Lower Risk with co-authors Patience Marime-Ball and Ruth Shaber, M.D.

October 12, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


The Vermont Women’s Investors Network believes strongly in being an inclusive and diverse network.  While we appreciate our male allies, this event is free and open to all WOMEN, no matter their path, life experiences or relationships, to discover and achieve their economic goals in alignment with their values

THE XX EDGE Zoom Book Club
October 12, 2022
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Via Zoom

Join the Vermont Women’s Investors Network for our 3rd Zoom Book Club to discuss the book The XX Edge:  Unlocking Higher Returns and Lower Risk with co-authors Patience Marime-Ball and Ruth Shaber, M.D.   Their new book is sparking a movement to change the investment paradigm and create space for women in financial decision-making.   The XX Edge (Forefront Books – June 21, 2022) reveals a new paradigm of gender-focused investing where more women are placed in decision-making roles and able to optimize their skills across all capital markets — leading to higher returns for individual investors and greater economic growth.

In today’s world, 97.8 percent of allocated investment capital is currently managed by men. What’s more, of the Fortune 500 companies, only 41 are led by women. Barely 14 percent of private equity fund managers are women, and less than 3 percent of venture capital is directed towards enterprises run by women.  What most investors don’t realize is that when more women are involved in financial decision-making across all entities that make financial decisions (including governments, private and public companies, investment funds, real estate development, and individual households), money is managed more efficiently and effectively, investments are more profitable, and companies and governments make better decisions that benefit individual investors and ultimately the overall economy. This is the XX Edge.

The field of gender-focused investing is about to be flipped. Traditionally, the field has prioritized how finance can improve the lives of women and girls and thereby lift families and communities. Consider a different paradigm: one with women at the center of investing as agents and actors, not just as beneficiaries,” say Patience and Ruth. In The XX Edge, Patience Marime-Ball and Ruth Shaber, MD demonstrate the inherent gender differences between women and men and why these differences make women excellent financial decision-makers and investment collaborators.

We’re excited to dig into this book as a group with the authors and share our observations, aha! moments, etc.  It’ll be an hour and a half of conversation, reflection and celebration with women who want to use their economic power for good!

So, how can you participate?

#1) Sign up below

#2) Purchase the book ahead of time, preferably at your local book store (support local)!

#3) Read the book (no, no one else can do that for you)! When your done, share it with your male friends (or just buy them one to keep). 

#4) Bring your questions, key takeaways to the meeting and one action you will take after reading this book.

#5) Bring a beverage of your choice and enjoy our conversation Note: The link to sign up for the event will be in our next newsletter. We want to make sure you have enough time to buy and read the book.

About the Authors:

Patience Marime-Ball

Patience Marime-Ball has more than two and a half decades of investment experience across capital markets and is widely recognized for using the levers of finance to innovate pathways for creating a more equal world. Patience has led many “firsts” in the investing space; she developed the Banking on Women platform at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and was responsible for co-designing IFC’s Global Trade Liquidity Program, as well as the first-ever gender bond issued on the Uridashi market. As the founder and CEO of Women of the World Endowment, an investment nonprofit focused on gender intersectional investing, and most recently, the co-author of her new book The XX Edge: Unlocking Higher Returns and Lower Risk, Patience actively drives forward a capital system that is more inclusive. Patience is a non-executive Board member for MIO Partners and Intelligent Medicine Acquisition Corp (Nasdaq: IQMD). She serves as a member of multiple advisory boards including Emerging Sun LLC, a company she co-founded in 2005.


Ruth Shaber, MD

Ruth Shaber, MD, is an innovator and changemaker on a mission to change the face of finance. As the founder and president of Tara Health Foundation, which promotes health, well-being, and opportunity for women and girls through innovative evidence-informed programs, the co-founder and board chair of Rhia Ventures, a group of foundations and investors that collaborate to bring new types of capital and enterprise to the field of reproductive health in the U.S., and now, as the co-author of her new book The XX Edge: Unlocking Higher Returns and Lower Risk, Ruth’s entire career has been dedicated to pushing for change. She had a robust career as an obstetrician and gynecologist and executive at Kaiser Permanente where she founded the Women’s Health Research Institute. She serves as a board member at the Women of World Endowment and Toniic, and Ruth was recognized as a Forbes 2020 Impact 50:

Investors Seeking Profit—and Pushing for Change for her contributions to the field of impact investing.

Many Thanks to our Sponsors:

VT EPSCoR *** Vermont Women’s Fund *** Vermont Community Loan Fund

About Us:

The Vermont Women’s Investor Network (WIN) seeks to empower encourage and support diversity and all women no matter their path, life experiences or relationships, to discover and achieve their economic goals in alignment with their values. We want to change the faces of who is doing the investing to ensure there is equity in who is getting the investment dollars.


Janice St. Onge, Flexible Capital Fund: janice@flexiblecapitalfund.com
Louisa Schibli, Milk Money VT: louisa@milkmoneyvt.com

Disclaimer:  The Vermont Women’s Investors Network (VT WIN) is not for solicitation of professional services. VT WIN is not an investment advisor, financial advisor, broker/dealer or other type of advisor or fiduciary.  VT WIN is not affiliated with the companies attending VT WIN meetings, and does not endorse, effectuate investment in or recommend the securities of any of the companies attending.



October 12, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


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